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8:30 PM on 07.22.2014

Video: You could win the Theatrhythm: Curtain Call contest, I definitely won't

As we reported earlier today, Square-Enix is holding a contest to win some fabulous Theatrhythm Final Fantasy: Curtain Call prizes. All you have to do is create a short video of your own musical rendition of the Final Fantasy "Main Theme". I took the opportunity to try to turn this news report into an entry for the contest. I probably won't win.

Bill Zoeker


2:30 PM on 07.17.2014

Crypt of the NecroDancer hops to Steam Early Access on July 30

Rhythmic dungeon crawler Crypt of the NecroDancer has been fun to watch at expos, but soon enough we'll be able to play (and fail, likely repeatedly) on our own terms -- the game hits Steam Early Access for Windows, Mac, and...

Jordan Devore

5:00 AM on 07.04.2014

Bang the drums and roll the dice in this Taiko Drum Master RPG

A new Taiko Drum Master game is now available on a mobile device nowhere near you (if you live in Japan, anyway) with Taiko Drum Master: RPG Daton, an adorable quest featuring the cute little Taiko characters, pachinko balls...

Brittany Vincent

10:45 AM on 07.03.2014

Alphabeats puts some wub wub in a word game

You know Teddy Diefenbach, right? He is one of the people working on the Kickstarter uber-success Hyper Light Drifter, and he just cannot seem to stop making new games. At E3 we got to play a bit of his newer title Kyoto Wil...

Darren Nakamura



Square Enix kicks off Theatrhythm Final Fantasy: Curtain Call legacy music campaign photo
Square Enix kicks off Theatrhythm Final Fantasy: Curtain Call legacy music campaign
by Chris Carter

Square Enix has a new trailer out for Theatrhythm Final Fantasy: Curtain Call, and it's decidedly focused on legacy tunes. Billed as the "Legacy of Music Campaign," the developer is kicking off a new series that is aimed at introducing fans to how Final Fantasy got its start.

This first video shows off the first three Final Fantasy games, all of which were on the NES before IV started the fruitful SNES era. All in all, Curtain Call will feature 221 songs and 60 playable characters -- without DLC.

As for DLC, this song is confirmed, and it's all I need.

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10:00 AM on 07.02.2014

Hatsune Miku: Project Mirai Remix announced for 3DS

Hatsune Miku: Project Mirai Remix is shimmying westward next year, Sega of America announced today. The 3DS rhythm game is an enhanced version of Project Mirai 2, which debuted in Japan last November. The localization is a testament to the vocaloid singer's burgeoning popularity, and will mark her first appearance on a Nintendo platform outside the confines of Japan.

Kyle MacGregor



Review: The Rhythm of Fighters photo
Review: The Rhythm of Fighters
by Chris Carter

Over the past few decades, SNK has created a vast stable of memorable characters and franchises. I remember going into an arcade as a child for the first time and spending $10 on Fatal Fury, finding the fighters there more appealing in many ways than Capcom's Street Fighter cast.

SNK has melded these characters into just about every genre imaginable, from beat-'em-ups to shoot-'em-ups (King of Fighters Sky Stage rocks by the way), and now, they're pushing out a rhythm game. Despite the fact that it doesn't defy genre conventions in the slightest, that reliable stable of IPs works strongly in SNK's favor yet again.

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10:30 AM on 06.27.2014

That King of Fighters rhythm game is out now on iOS and Android

A rhyhthm game based on various franchises from the SNK world (most notably King of Fighters) is a thing, and it's dropping on iOS and Android this week. The base app is $0.99, with extra songs available via in-app-purchasing...

Chris Carter

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

11:45 AM on 06.16.2014

Shmup shmup revolution: Rhythm Destruction is on Steam now

We never covered the Rhythm Destruction Kickstarter, but it did fine without us, making more than 120% (wow!) of its $2000 (oh) goal. Mashing up a shmup with a rhythm game seems a little weird to think about, but after watch...

Darren Nakamura

6:00 PM on 06.13.2014

E3's Senran Kagura showcase is both titillating and ridiculous

The Senran Kagura series takes fan-service to new heights in the upcoming brawler Senran Kagura Shinovi Versus and Senran Kagura Bon Appetít!, a rhythm cooking game. Both titles were available to demo at XSEED's booth at E3 2014.

Natalie Kipper







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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Diggin' the new button play in Theatrhythm Final Fantasy: Curtain Call photo
Diggin' the new button play in Theatrhythm Final Fantasy: Curtain Call
by Dale North

Theatrhythm Final Fantasy: Curtain Call has added the option to use buttons instead of the stylus. Game producer Ichiro Hazama told us in an interview at E3 today that he was thinking that fans that play 3DS while laying in bed might enjoy this alternative control method. I told him that I think I might be better at it than the stylus method.

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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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11:48 AM on 06.05.2014

XSEED localizing Senran Kagura Bon Appétit this winter

Senran Kagura Bon Appétit will be cooking up a storm in North America this winter, XSEED Games announced today as a part of its E3 lineup. The PlayStation Vita rhythm game is a spin-off of Marvelous AQL's brawler ...

Kyle MacGregor