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9:00 AM on 06.26.2014

Korg DSN-12 analog synthesizer comes to 3DS this September

The following might be lost on you if you're not a music or sound person. Japan-based Detune Ltd, the folks behind DS and 3DS musical software titles Korg DS-10 and Korg M01, are back with another new musical tool, the Korg ...

Dale North

2:00 AM on 06.20.2014

The Rhythm of Fighters combines music with brawling for your gaming pleasure

Do you love fighting games? Do you love music games? What about a combination of the two? No, I'm not talking about Kickbeat. I'm actually talking about The Rhythm of Fighters - SNK Original Sound Collection. Strangely enough...

Brittany Vincent



Just what you wanted: Hatsune Miku Project DIVA F 2nd photo
Just what you wanted: Hatsune Miku Project DIVA F 2nd
by Dale North

As Miku fans likely already know, Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA F 2nd is coming to North America this year, to both PS3 and Vita. It was through your support for the first title that this sequel's release is possible, Sega tells Destructoid. That strong support also made it so that Sega will be bringing physical releases for both versions. That's great news for fellow Vita fans.

I spent a little bit of time with DIVA F 2nd. As you know, the gameplay is pretty close to that of the first game. But they've made a few changes and improvements to that gameplay. In playing through "The World is Mine," "Decorator," and "Doppelgänger," I had to get used to the stick flicking and linked stars (tracing shapes with analog sticks), but those are fun after you get them down. I liked being able to tweak the difficulty settings even further with items, especially on stages I sucked on. Even Normal setting is pretty challenging at first.

There will be 40 songs in this release, some of which have only been available in Japan until now. Old ones were upgraded to HD, too. Some of the videos for these stages were crazy busy, but that's how I like it.

No surprises here, though. Series fans know what they're getting. Stay tuned for more news on DIVA F 2nd's release.

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2:05 PM on 06.12.2014

Fez, Canabalt creators announce new partnership

A unique partnership was unveiled today at the Los Angeles-based Horizon conference, an E3 alternative event hosted by Venus Patrol and the LA Museum of Contemporary Art. Panoramical is described as "anthology of intera...

Kyle MacGregor



Harmonix announces Dance Central Spotlight, a digital-only Xbox One exclusive photo
Harmonix announces Dance Central Spotlight, a digital-only Xbox One exclusive
by Dale North

Dance Central Spotlight is a new Xbox One Kinect dancing title. The idea is to keep the focus on dancing and music, serving as a sort of follow-up to the hit Xbox 360 title Dance Central.

The difference here is that Spotlight is a smaller package, coming with only 10 songs, and released as a download-only title. Harmonix plans to launch with a DLC library of at least 50 tracks, and says that they'll follow with weekly DLC for a time after that. They have improved their authoring pipeline, letting them create song content more quickly.

You'll get more out of each song now, too. With Kinect 2.0's improved skeleton tracking, they can do more with each song. So now, instead of three routines, you'll get eight: four core (easy to difficult) routines, strength and training routines, and finally both easy and difficult choreography routines.

And here's some great news: Legacy DLC will be supported. If you've ever purchased DLC for Dance Central, you'll get the Spotlight version for free when it is released, complete with the 8 routines.

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Fantasia: Music Evolved introduces partner apprentice Scout photo
Fantasia: Music Evolved introduces partner apprentice Scout
by Dale North

Harmonix has thought a lot about how they'll welcome players to Fantasia: Music Evolved and they've decided to add a partner apprentice that will serve as a sort of game guide. Her name is Scout, a talented but impatient apprentice that works alongside the player to fight the force called the Noise.

Scout is fully voiced and animated, and appears as the game begins to help kick off the story. She seems to have a lively personality, wearing a star-covered ball cap and street clothes. Players will cooperate with Scout to save Fantasia. 

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9:33 AM on 06.05.2014

Theatrhythm Final Fantasy Curtain Call trailer shows off RPG elements

The music of Theatrhythm Final Fantasy Curtain Call is pulled from the biggest RPG series ever, so why shouldn't the game have its own RPG elements? This new trailer for the upcoming 3DS music game shows off some of tho...

Dale North

10:15 AM on 06.03.2014

Theatrhythm Final Fantasy Curtain Call launches Sept. 16

We finally have a release date for 3DS music game Theatrhythm Final Fantasy Curtain Call: September 16. Packed with 26 years of Final Fantasy music, this release comes in both standard and Collector's editions. The latter wil...

Dale North



Songs for the dearth: Classic music games to fill the hollow photo
Songs for the dearth: Classic music games to fill the hollow
by Brittany Vincent

With a new Amplitude on the horizon and a post-Guitar Hero world having left much to be desired by way of rhythm games, we must look to the past to drink our fill from the fount of the world of music. And even before Guitar Hero spoon-fed the bitter taste of recording artists' dignity to the videogame-playing masses (have you heard Band Hero’s reworking of Filter’s “Take A Picture?”), rhythm and music game aficionados had it way better.

The future is always promising, but if you backed the Amplitude Kickstarter because you felt starved for a musical revolution, take a trip down memory lane with these greats. Now, now -- if your favorite isn't on this list, I might just revisit the idea later. You never know.

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7:00 AM on 05.24.2014

Amplitude Kickstarter crosses finish line with $844K

It's over. The Kickstarter campaign for Amplitude, a revival of Harmonix Music System's 2003 PlayStation 2 game, has run its course. After achieving its $775,000 funding goal with precious little time to spare, the project co...

Kyle MacGregor

6:37 PM on 05.22.2014

Get ready 2 rokk: Amplitude's Kickstarter successfully funded

After a tense will-they-or-won't-they run, Harmonix's Kickstarter for a revival of cult classic music game Amplitude has been funded. At the time of this post, the current amount raised by backers is $777,219, with a funding ...

Brittany Vincent

2:45 PM on 05.21.2014

SingStar resurfacing on PS4 later this year so you can sing your heart out

There isn't any decent karaoke where I live and I'm not in San Francisco or New York, so I turn to games like SingStar for my singing fix. SingStar is coming to PS4 in a big way later this year, and I couldn't be more ex...

Brittany Vincent

1:30 PM on 05.14.2014

Harmonix on why it needs Kickstarter to fund Amplitude

Harmonix is attempting to crowdfund a new Amplitude right now and there's been confusion as to why the studio went this route. There's a lot of confusion in general when it comes to crowdfunding, for that matter. In an attemp...

Jordan Devore

10:00 PM on 05.08.2014

Harmonix releases free-to-play Record Run for iOS devices

Harmonix is hard at work getting its Amplitude Kickstarter off the ground, but there's still time for other projects to come to fruition. Harmonix and SuperVillain Studios have teamed up to release rhythm-runner Record Run f...

Brittany Vincent

10:45 AM on 05.08.2014

Rez and Lumines creator Tetsuya Mizuguchi is thinking about his next game

Rez and Lumines creator Tetsuya Mizuguchi took a step back in 2012 to relax, and fully left Q Entertainment last year. He has been working on social games in Japan since then, but it sounds like he's gearing up to create some...

Dale North



Harmonix is bringing Amplitude back, Kickstarter is live photo
Harmonix is bringing Amplitude back, Kickstarter is live
by Dale North

Surely you remember PS2 beat-matching games Frequency and Amplitude. Classics, right? Harmonix told us that they've been waiting to create a new title in the series, and they're announcing a Kickstarter today to do just that. They're hoping to fund a new version of Amplitude for PS3 and PS4.

In the decade or so since these games, Harmonix has become a bit of a big deal with Rock Band, Dance Central, and others. They're wanting to get back to basics, but they hope to be able to plug in some of the creative power they've built up over the years for this new Amplitude. They'll also plug into their mastery of beat-matching that they've learned during Rock Band's development, giving them better control over timing windows.

Expect "an updated soundtrack, incredible visuals, and fine-tuned controls" added to the classic formula, as well single and local multiplayer modes. Oh, and crazy difficulty -- that'll be back. Harmonix says that they are aiming for 60 frames per second on PS3 and PS4. Think of this as the HD, upgraded version of the classic, one that could become a full sequel depending on your contribution and feedback. 

Be sure to check out the single concept image in our gallery below.

The Amplitude Kickstarter is live right now

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