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Atlus confirms Hatsune Miku Persona 4: Dancing All Night DLC for the Americas

Coming October 20 for $5
Sep 24
// Kyle MacGregor
While we already knew Hatsune Miku was coming to Persona 4: Dancing All Night in Japan, the possibility of a western release was up in the air. Well, until now, anyway. Atlus USA has just informed us the make-believe singer's...

Miracle Girls Festival is fairly standard

Sep 17 // Brett Makedonski
[embed]311207:60413:0[/embed] Still, that familiarity (with the gameplay presentation, anyway) smacked me in the face and ears when I demoed Miracle Girls Festival. Button prompts flying from every which direction confused until they didn't anymore. Eventually there's a rhythm (ha!) you fall into. At least I felt connected to the music through my interaction. But, the honeymoon was short as Miracle Girls Festival ranked me as "standard" after all three songs I played. Cold. Not as chilly as all the times it flashed "worst" at me, but frigid nonetheless. The tracks were brief (probably two minutes, tops) so the onslaught of insults didn't stretch too long. Slightly ironic that Miracle Girls Festival repeatedly called me standard when it's the one cobbled together on the frames of other works. In doing so, it's completely predictable. Not that the fact will bother Project Diva fans, but it is. I can name-call too, Miracle Girls Festival.
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As am I
Sega's Miracle Girls Festival borrows from all over the place. The rhythm game features girls from a number of different anime, and it employs the same engine as Project Diva titles. If you're familiar with all of t...

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Hatsune Miku

Future Tone is the next Hatsune Miku title

On PS4 in 2016
Sep 15
// Brett Makedonski
Get warm, vocaloids. You're on stage soon. The Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA train keeps a rollin' with Future Tone in 2016. This new title was announced during Sony's TGS press conference. It's coming to PS4 next year. Chances are we know what to expect from a Hatsune Miku game: A lot of colors and button prompts flying all across the screen.

Review: Hatsune Miku: Project Mirai DX

Sep 04 // Kyle MacGregor
Hatsune Miku: Project Mirai DX (Nintendo 3DS)Developer: SegaPublisher: SegaRelease Date: September 8, 2015MSRP: $39.99 While Miku's looks will never fade with age, she certainly has received a bit of a makeover in her latest outing. In Project Mirai DX, a spin-off of Sega's successful Project DIVA series for Nintendo 3DS, the digital singer and her band of vocaloid pals sport a super deformed chibi aesthetic.  Inspired by Nendoroid toys, the characters all feature massive, distended heads and petite frames, reminiscent of toddlers. The new art direction is one I can't say I'm terribly fond of, as it gives rise to some awkward moments where the infantile performers unadvisedly attempt to exude sex appeal.  The new look isn't the only notable change to the established formula, though, as the rhythm game portion of the package has seen some revisions. The basic premise is the same, with notes flying in from off-screen, challenging players to keep time with the beat of the music. Players must either press specific buttons or tap the correct portion of the touch screen at certain times, the accuracy of which (in the aggregate) will determine the level of one's success or failure. The touch controls are a new and entirely optional way to play the game. On easy mode, players will tap a single circular area on the portable's lower screen, with each subsequent difficulty level adding another zone to tap on. This initially seems more forgiving than using the buttons, but on normal and hard mode, with multiple areas to worry about, I actually found this was more challenging. Keeping track of the action on the top screen while needing to tap certain sectors below can be quite the feat, particularly in an up-tempo song when the notes are coming in rather quickly. The touch controls can also be rather finicky, though. It's not only easy to tap the wrong portion of the screen, but sometimes the inputs don't seem to register at all. At other times, the game will ask the player to slide the stylus in a particular direction, which can be difficult if you are already pointing at the edge of the surface and are asked to move in a direction where there's no room to go. In contrast with the Project DIVA titles, where notes fly in from every which way to a variety of targets, Project Mirai introduces a single rail system, which I actually found to be a helpful change in most instances. There are times where this can be convoluted, with a crowded rail looping in on itself, or seemingly unfair, where the speed will change at a moments notice and throw off your rhythm, but for the most part it seems to be a better, more straightforward system. Another aspect where Project Mirai is remarkable is the sheer amount of content included in the package. The rhythm game mode vaunts 48 tracks in total, which span all sorts of genres and visual themes with minimal repetition, keeping the experience fresh and varied throughout. There are a lot of secondary aspects of the experience, which didn't necessarily appeal to me, but at the same time don't take anything away from the game. You can play dress-up and house with a selection of characters. There are mini-games and a somewhat limited mode that allows you to design your own compositions. By far my favorite throw-in, though, is PuyoPuyo 39!, a fun little Miku-themed version of Sega's tile-matching puzzle game that even incorporates local competitive play. One thing Project DIVA veterans might not appreciate about Project Mirai is it's a much easier and more lenient experience. On the other hand, some people find those games to be incredibly difficult and have a high barrier for entry. Personally, I was just fine with the challenge on the hard setting, but some rhythm game masters may be left feeling wanting for more in that area. Hatsune Miku: Project Mirai DX retains the essence of the Project DIVA series, but it's definitely its own unique thing. It may not appeal to all fans of the vocaloid songstress' previous work, and it's certainly my least favorite outing of hers in the realm of games. However, that all said, I still generally enjoyed my time with Project Mirai. Despite its missteps, this is a decent game that has a lot to offer for both rhythm game enthusiasts and Miku devotees alike. [This review is based on a retail build of the game provided by the publisher.]
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In many respects, Hatsune Miku symbolizes my interest in Japan. It doesn't matter how much I learn about the virtual pop star or the amazing/bizarre subculture that has taken root around her; it's tough to imagine ever truly ...

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I still can't believe Miku is in Persona 4: Dancing All Night

But I'm not complaining
Aug 12
// Chris Carter
Persona 4: Dancing All Night looks rad -- really rad. And it's getting even more rad with the inclusion of Hatsune Miku, a clear effort to link Atlus and Sega, who I constantly still forget is under its wing. This newest tra...
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P4D x Hatsune Miku

Hatsune Miku joins Persona 4: Dancing All Night

A match made in Heaven
Jul 23
// Kyle MacGregor
In case you were wondering just how long it would take for Sega and Atlus to finally cross streams, Hatsune Miku is making a guest appearance in Persona 4: Dancing All Night. The digital diva will perform a remix of "Hea...
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Dragomon Hunter

Dragomon Hunter puts Hatsune Miku in Monster Hunter

That name is art in its purest form
Jul 16
// Joe Parlock
Monster Hunter’s pretty big at the moment, isn’t it? With its unforgiving combat and fantastic enemy designs making it hugely popular, it’s no wonder other developers have been wanting in on some of the suc...
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Sad Miku

Sega slaps Hatsune Miku: Project Mirai DX with a delay

Oh, good...
May 19
// Kyle MacGregor
Hatsune Miku: Project Mirai DX will not be launching next week, as was originally the plan. The Nintendo 3DS rhythm game has been delayed until September 8 in North America and September 11 for Europe, Sega just announced alo...
Hatsune Miku: PM2 photo
Hatsune Miku: PM2

Beard View: Hatsune Miku: Project Mirai 2

I know too much about Hatsune Miku and I don't even know that much
Feb 20
// Jed Whitaker
Oh hello Destructoid! Its your old beard buddy Jed here, and I guess I'm officially part of the Dtoid team now. Are you proud yet dad!? This time on Beard View we're taking a look at Hatsune Miku: Project Mirai 2, the Vocalo...
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Hatsune Miku: Project Mirai DX dances to 3DS in May

Jan 14
// Kyle MacGregor
Hatsune Miku: Project Mirai DX is coming to Nintendo 3DS in late May, Sega announced today. The cutesy rhythm game styles Hatsune Miku and friends after the Good Smile Company's trendy Nendoroid figures, which explains why th...

Review: Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA F 2nd

Nov 13 // Brittany Vincent
Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA F 2nd (PlayStation 3 [reviewed], PS Vita)Developer: Sega, Crypton Future MediaPublisher: SegaReleased: November 18, 2014MSRP: $49.99 The Rhythm Game mode is the main attraction, offering over 40 different songs featuring Hatsune Miku, Len and Rin Kagamine, Luka Megurine, and other Vocaloids. They're a chorus of different voices brought to life via the popular singing voice synthesis software, and each has its own unique timbre and quirks. There's a healthy mix of songs presented in this collection, with many returning from previous entries in the Project DIVA series, some with brand new accompanying music videos, and brand new tracks exclusive to Project DIVA F 2nd. For instance, songs like "Melt" and "The World is Mine" were originally seen in the original Project DIVA title released for the PlayStation Portable back in 2009. Songs like "Pinky Promise" and "Doubleganger" are new to the series, giving even veterans plenty of reasons to return. [embed]283791:56320:0[/embed] Players will find several genres and song types to explore as well, from sugary sweet pop to sweeping techno tracks that should please any Vocaloid fan. But, as many Vocaloid faithful can attest to, Miku's voice is a bit of an acquired taste. She'll either grate on your nerves or open up an entirely new world of aural delights to you, and that will make or break your enjoyment of Project DIVA F 2nd. Of course, the music is only half the fun, so even if you aren't as enamored with the tracks as you could be, there's still the excellent framework of the rhythm game left to win you over, which is a unique tonal shift from other similar games on the market. Sure, you're still tasked with pressing buttons on your controller that correspond to the symbols on-screen, but they don't simply appear in a neat and orderly fashion. They pop up in random places about the screen as notes fly in from off-screen as well. Not only do you need to concern yourself with keeping up with the rhythm, but as the accompanying video behind the notes and Miku's dancing plays on, you've got to stay focused to succeed. Some icons require you to simply press face buttons, while others necessitate both a face button and the directional arrow that corresponds to the face button. For instance, with the triangle button you'd also need to press up on the D-pad to hit the note. Others still require flicks of the analog stick, with special notes prompting flicks of both analog sticks on the PS3 controller at once. It can be a lot to take in at once if you're unfamiliar with rhythm games, and even if you're a hardcore devotee to the genre like myself, you might find that the game can be quite punishing at times, even on "Normal" difficulty, which I would caution new players against starting at. Once you work your way up to "Extreme," there's a true feeling of accomplishment in being able to look back on how far you've come, because this game can and will push you. You've got to hit a whopping 80% of the notes in order to clear a track successfully, so you've got to play as though every note matters, because if you want to see everything the game has to offer, it does. That's what makes Project DIVA F 2nd such a robust and inspiring rhythm game. Beyond the glitter and the sugary sweet characters, there's a depth to it that's sorely missing in most music-oriented titles these days. It's exciting to open up new tracks and earn new accessories for a job well done. There's a constant deluge of unlockables to hoard, like new outfits and accessories to dress Miku and company just as you see fit.  If the Rhythm Game mode doesn't keep your attention long enough, you can always head over to Edit Mode to create and edit your own custom music videos using the Vocaloid tunes and an expansive set of tools to create your very own productions. If you're not feeling particularly creative, you can keep up with your Diva Room, which allows you to customize your stable of digital pop stars, whether you change their outfits, the room furnishings, or accessories. You can purchase additional items for the room, but you can also interact with the Vocaloid team there as well. But as previously stated, it's all about the music. You'll quickly find yourself losing hours at a time running through the tracklist, bettering yourself and obtaining new collectible items. It's even worth the slightly longer load times to take in a menagerie of colorful (and sometimes bizarre) fan art of Miku and the gang. There's also more content to come, with Sega making the very same DLC tracks released for the Japanese version available to Western buyers as well. Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA F 2nd is a full-featured, intuitive, and challenging pop star simulator dressed up as a rhythm game. Whether you love Miku and the rest of the virtual virtuosos there's something to enjoy here, even if it's just to prove that you know your way around a rhythm game. It's a worthy follow-up to last year's release and with translated English subtitles for each song, planned DLC, and a delightful mix of music, it's a surefire hit. Just don't get too disappointed when you remember Miku isn't actually a real person.
Review: Hatsune Miku photo
I'll Miku-Miku You♪ (For Reals)
Hatsune Miku is an international sensation. Despite the fact that she's a simple digital creation, she's managed to rack up a massive amount of record sales and sold-out concerts, including a tour with Lady Gaga and even an a...

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Hatsune Miku was on David Letterman last night, watch it here

'Sharing the World'
Oct 09
// Chris Carter
In case you missed it, the Vocaloid-powered digital pop idol Hatsune Miku appeared on David Letterman last night. Comprised of technology that's used in entertainment like the Haunted Mansion at Disney World, she serenaded the crowd and millions of fans across the globe. You can watch it by taking a peek at the video above. I don't know how this happened, but I love it.

Reminder: Hatsune Miku to appear on The Late Show with David Letterman tonight

I can't even
Oct 08
// Dale North
This will never fully compute. I doubt that it'll make sense in my head while it's airing, even.  Vocaloid's Hatsune Miku, the voice synthesizer turned popular character, will be performing live on The Late Show with David Letterman at 11:35 p.m. Eastern Time. As a hologram. Right alongside Anderson Cooper and Gina Rodriguez.  Is this world really real?
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Check out Sega's booth at PAX Prime and hop in an Alien egg pod

I really wish I were going now
Aug 27
// Brittany Vincent
If you're headed to PAX Prime this weekend, first of all, I'm jealous and you should take me with you. Second, you should hit up the Sega booth, where you can get friendly with hands-on demos of Alien: Isolation, Sonic Boom: ...
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Hatsune Miku

Hako Vision lets you enjoy a Hatsune Miku concert anywhere

Just don't get weird with it
Aug 26
// Brittany Vincent
The next set of Hako Vision boxes have been revealed, and they'll feature virtual idol Hatsune Miku. Hako Vision is a series of boxes that when opened up and assembled turn into a live "3D" rendering using the power of a sma...
Hatsune Miku PS3 Vita photo
Hatsune Miku PS3 Vita

Hatsune Miku: Project Diva F 2nd takes the stage in November

Synthetic singer returns on PS3 and Vita this holiday season
Aug 13
// Kyle MacGregor
Hatsune Miku: Project Diva F 2nd launches on November 18 in North and Latin America, and elsewhere starting November 21, Sega has announced. Available in both physical and digital formats, the rhythm game features cross-save comparability, as well as twenty classic songs from the the previously Japan-only PSP games and twenty brand new songs.
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SEGA at Comic-Con

Go play Alien: Isolation at Comic-Con

Sonic and Hatsune Miku, too, I guess
Jul 16
// Steven Hansen
SEGA has announced its plans for San Diego Comic-Con, which is to chill at some place called Nerd HQ ironically held at the San Diego Padre's baseball park.  With how much videogame nerds try to bully sportsters for soci...
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Project DIVA F 2nd

Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA F 2nd to feature fully-translated English lyrics

The songs are still in Japanese, though
Jul 03
// Brittany Vincent
It's exciting to see so much love for Hatsune Miku from Sega, especially given how fun the Project DIVA games are. Perhaps as an extension of said love, Sega has announced that Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA F 2nd will feature f...
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Hatsune Miku 3DS

Hatsune Miku: Project Mirai Remix announced for 3DS

First western appearance on a Nintendo system
Jul 02
// Kyle MacGregor
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.

Weekend Playlist: Hatsune Miku

Vocaloid is cool now
Jun 28
Something that is unsurprisingly rising in popularity is Hatsune Miku, the anime persona for a singing synthesizer called Vocaloid. She is literally on fire right now, opening for Lady Gaga on her most recent tour and even s...
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Quick hands-on preview
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 tell...

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Sega @ E3 2014

I wanna be all alone with Alien: Isolation and more with Sega's E3 2014 offerings

Hatsune Miku all up in here, holla!
Jun 06
// Brittany Vincent
Once your heart's broken, what do you do? I only want some pieces of you, Sega. And I won't be making it out to E3 to check out your lineup. There are a few games coming down the pipeline over at Sega that I'm more than a lit...

Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA F 2nd coming west

Mar 28
// Dale North
We forgot to say something the other day. I hate that we did because I'm such a fan! Sega has confirmed that Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA F 2nd will be coming to our shores (North America and Europe) later this year, for both ...
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Project Diva

Uncanny value: Hatsune Miku: Project Diva f out for Vita

Get divastated
Mar 04
// Steven Hansen
Hello everyone, I'm Steven Hansen, Features Editor of Destructoid. Have you heard of Hatsune Miku? Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA f is finally out on Vita today via the PlayStation Network (March 12 for Eruope). It was already ...

Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA f jives to Vita in early March

The virtual pop idol returns!
Feb 15
// Kyle MacGregor
Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA f is dancing its way to PlayStation Vita early next month. Sega's portable rhythm action game will make its North American debut as download-only release on March 4 for $29.99. The synthetic so...
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Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA f dancing to PS Vita in 2014

Portable version coming exclusively via PlayStation Network
Nov 06
// Kyle MacGregor
Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA f is bumping and grinding its way to PlayStation Vita in North America and Europe early next year, Sega of America has announced. The publisher cites the successful launch of the nearly identical Pl...
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Sega at SDCC

Play Sonic Lost World at San Diego Comic-Con

Plus Total War: Rome II, Castle of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse, and Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA F
Jul 11
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
Sega is returning to San Diego Comic-Con once again with their pop-up arcade to be located just across the halls of the giant nerd convention. Fans will be able to roll up to the arcade and get hands-on with Sonic: Lost World...

Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA F to be released in the west

Demo coming June 11 (US), June 12 (EU)
Jun 06
// Dale North
Miku fans are used to importing things. Music. Games. Strange fetish doujinshi. But they won't have to import PS3/Vita music game Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA F, as Sega confirms that it will be coming to both North Americ...
Hatsune Miku in MonHun photo
Hatsune Miku in MonHun

Hatsune Miku in Monster Hunter Frontier G is super weird

That face
Apr 12
// Dale North
I found the weirdest video in you YouTube subscriptions this morning. It showed what looked like Sega's virtual idol, Hatsune Miku, walking through the Monster Hunter world. Then there was singing. And then dancing.  Th...

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