With Autumn approaching it’s not uncommon to forget the occasional game. I felt it necessary to highlight the EU the release of the upcoming vocaloid music game for 3DS, Project Mirai DX.
What are Vocaloids
I felt it best to start with my explanation on vocaloids. Vocaloids are characters used for voice synthesizer software which is designed for music purposes. You are able to use the software to create a singing voice. The voices are created using singers. Some like Megpoid Gumi use it as a selling point. It can be a bit difficult to get your head around the idea of vocaloids to begin with. It might help if you view them as just another musical instrument.
The vocaloids themselves are characters used to promote the software. The most well-known and popular being Hatsune Miku. The vocaloids themselves have had live concerts and Miku appeared on David Letterman show although many fans aren’t impressed with that performance. During the live shows the vocaloids appear as holograms on a screen while a live band plays to accompany them. These performances are very popular and are worthwhile having a look at.
It may seem like a weird concept that people could love and adore a “fictional” idol. It’s actually not that uncommon. Lots of people read books and fall in love with the fictional characters within them. This also the same with fictional TV series.Unlike those characters everything about the vocaloid is decided by the users and even fans. There is no limit on the types of songs vocaloids can sing or their relationships and personalities. It is that aspect of all the people behind and using the software that makes vocaloids so popular.
Project Mirai Series
In 2012 the first Project Mirai game was released in Japan for 3DS. Instead of the more humanoid sized type models it used a chibi style. The style is question was to promote Good Smile Company’s action figurines called Nendoroids. These chibi style figures are based on a variety of characters. Mostly include anime and gaming but has been some Disney Nendoroids as well. Needless to say the game proved to be successful enough to warrant a second game Project Mirai 2. The second game featuring songs from the first game as well as additional ones. The second game was later announced to be coming to Europe as Project Mirai DX. It was then announced later to be coming to Japan and the game’s release west was delayed till 11th September.
The Project Mirai DX itself is a music rhythm game. It has around 47 songs with some having the ability to swap out and have different vocaloid sing. The vocaloids featured are Hatsune Miku, Kagamine Len, Kagamine Rin, Megurine Luka, MEIKO and KAITO. The game also guest stars vocaloid Megpoid Gumi who appears in a number of songs. The game plays like another other music rhythm game with you having to press buttons or tap at right time depending on mode chosen. On top screen you are shown what to tap and at what time. Behind this the chibi vocaloids perform. You can change-up the difficulties and adjust various settings before playing a song. Once you beaten the song you get ranked and some money based on your performance.
There are other things to do as well. Each main vocaloid has their own little room which you select. Using money you can go and buy stuff for said room which the vocaloids can interact with. Can also buy cute outfits the vocaloids wear. Although the head styles are fixed for each vocaloid the bottom part is only fixed base don gender. Some outfits you can change the colour too. You can also change outfits for the performances during the main gameplay. Vocaloids can be sent on holiday using money as well. This changes the setting from their room to the resort which you can also decorate.
Outside of the rooms you can create own PVs and even create some very simple vocaloid music as well. The game also has two mini games. One being a game similar to reversi. The second one is Puyo Puyo. A Japanese match 3 game where coloured blobs drop to the bottom screen. It is unclear if Puyo Puyo will remain in the European release. The game has streetpass feature which allows you to share a customised card featuring a vocaloid. You can also share comments for the performances via streetpass and spotpass.
Music being most important the game has plenty of variety. There if enough variety to suit all music tastes. The game may look cute but a number of songs feature darker and suggestive themes. In a number of performances it is suggested the vocaloid dies at the end. Also the chibi style works well with vocaloids and it being to promote a figure line gives it one of the best reasons for the style. Some of the performances actually work better with them as chibis.
Why You Should Support Project Mirai DX
There are tons of Japanese music games that don’t get localised. Even if you are not a huge fan of vocaloid music in general supporting this game will show interest in music games. This would increase our chances of getting other Japanese music games.
It is a third-party game on a Nintendo console. It’s a Japanese game that is getting a physical release in Europe. If we want more third-party games like that we have to support the ones we can. That way we can get more games in that format and releasing in Europe.
If you have no interest in Japanese music at all and really hate vocaloids then I don’t expect you to go out of your way to buy this game. However if you know someone who might be interested do them the favour of telling them about this game. Unless of course they are already super excited for the game that is.