Sep 062012
 


 
Just a little more than a week after the launch of Project Diva f, SEGA has revealed the release date for Dreamy Theater Extend, as well as additional game details. This is the PS3 addition/counterpart to Project Diva Extend for PSP, and is not related to the release of PjD f. To buy and play this game, you will need a PSP and a copy of Project Diva Extend. The price is set at 3,900 Yen, and will launch on September 13th.

As with the previous Dreamy Theater games, you’re basically getting the same game you have on PSP, but with enhanced graphics and support for stereoscopic 3D. Dreamy Theater Extend, however, has a few additional extras to make your purchase worthwhile.
 

 
The first announcement is the addition of importing 6 modules from Project Diva Arcade, bringing the total module list to 160 costumes. These modules in left to right order are Snow Miku 2012, Americana, Sakura Miku, Luka Conflict, Rin Deep Red Fox, and Len Deep Blue Fox.

The last announcement is the inclusion of a new “live” mode. In this mode, you can watch up to two characters dance on a stage to one of 11 tracks, while you have free control of the camera angle. The following tracks for this mode are: “Electric Angel”, “Meltdown”, “StargazeR”, “End of Solitude”, “The Disappearance of Hatsune Miku”, “Time Limit”, “Butterfly on Your Right Shoulder”, “Puzzle”, “Just be Friends”, “SPiCa”, and “Worlds End Dance Hall” (that last one wasn’t in Extend for PSP!).

Watch the official trailer below for previews of the mentioned features, and also be sure to check out the official website and the Project Diva Blog for additional images.

Aug 222012
 


 
It looks like we’ve got yet another game to add to Miku’s growing library of portable apps, and this one comes as a Hatsune Miku remake of an older game titled “Music Girl“, released by W Rock Games. The new app was co-developed with SEGA and Marza Animation Planet Inc, the same company who did the animation work for the first two Project Diva Games. So we’ve got a nice product coming from several experienced companies.

The new app features Hatsune Miku of course, who idles in rooms while waiting for you to play music. Doing so earns communication points, at which Miku will start to ask some quiz questions. Answering correctly helps lift her mood and increase her affection towards the player. You also earn items from Miku as gifts as you do better.

The application is available for free, but only on the Japanese iTunes app store for now. But despite this, it can still be downloaded without a credit card. All you need is a Japanese iTunes account. With the success of Miku Flick, hopefully they’ll consider a translated international release. The game does have in-app purchase options for additional outfits for 350 JPY each, but only the Spring outfit is released so far. The Summer and Fall outfits are due to be released at a later date.

To view the app’s official site, click the banner above. To view the iTunes listing, just click here. Thank you to Salanos and Vocaloidism for the info.

[youtube:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xVl3szBK82w]

Jul 312012
 

Today on July 31st, just one month before Miku’s 5th anniversary, we’ve been treated to another song that’s been created using a beta version of Miku’s English voice bank. Because this is still the beta version, this does not reflect any changes that would be present in the finished product.

The song is titled “NICE AGE”, and comes from HMO a.k.a PAw Lab. The music was done by Yukihiro Takahashi / Ryuichi Sakamoto, and the video was done by y0c1e. There’s far too many other credits to list here, so be sure to read the video’s description here.

The song itself is honestly not too bad. I see many people complaining about the accent, but this is something that had been confirmed by Crypton as a feature well over a year ago at Anime Expo 2011. It’s an English voice bank coming from a Japanese company using a Japanese voice actor, so there will be some accent to the voice. I personally think it adds to her character.

My only real complaint is that the song could have been mastered better. The music suffers from some heavy crackling, static, and loss. This makes it hard to enjoy, and also makes it hard to hear Miku at all in some areas of the track.  Have a listen for yourself, and let me know what you think. Be sure to also express your thoughts on the video on youtube.

EDITED 8/10/2012: A newer version has been uploaded with better audio. This one doesn’t drown out the voice as much.

[youtube:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u2zzy5-R5g8]