If you’ve been following Hatsune Miku figurine related news, you may recall the 1/8 scale figure of 2013 Racing Miku that was teased at the 2013 Summer Wonder Festival. All we has was the sculpture with no paint, so it left a lot to our imaginations as to what the finished version would look like.
Wonder no more, as Kahotan from Good Smile Company has revealed images of the final version just a day before preorders were set to open. Starting today, you can place preorders directly from Good Smile Company’s online shop, or from other online vendors. The figure price is set at 9800 JPY ($97 USD) from GSC’s online shop, and the expected shipment period is June 2014.
Orders from GSC’s online store will be available until January 8th JST. Orders from other vendors will remain open until their order capacity is reached.
Less than a month ago, W Rock Games released the Android version of Music Girl Hatsune Miku on the Japanese Google Play store. And with an oddly silent release, the international English version is now available for download.
First released on the iOS platform, Music Girl Hatsune Miku proved popular enough to decide on an Android port. The app price is set at $3.42 USD, and includes the “Harukaze” costume pack.
“Music Girl Hatsune Miku” is a hit app that climbed to #2 in the iTunes App Store ranking in just two days after its release.
This is a music player app in which the ever so popular IP Character “Hatsune Miku”, not only in her home country Japan, but all over the world, dances to the tunes installed in the user’s music player.
By utilizing fully the functions of iPhone/iPod touch, Hatsune Miku’s moves and grooves in exceptionally smooth 3-D graphics.
App Features are as follows:
- Select a song from Android device, and listen to the music together with Miku, and If the BPM is acquired then Miku can move to the beat of the song and show various types of movements.
- The users can enjoy communication with Miku while listening to music, and if the closeness level rises then the user can receive special presents.
- Users can enjoy changing Miku’s fashion by acquiring new hairstyles, accessories and wardrobes available at the store inside the app. More items will be added and available in the future.
Kahotan from Good Smile Company has announced what will be the first official Snow Miku Figma, which has been largely anticipated by fans everywhere. The Figma sculpture is based largely on the Miku Figma 2.0 design (why change perfection?), and parts between the two are interchangeable. The styling closely resembles the 2011 Snow Miku nendoroid.
Three different expressions are announced for inclusion so far, as well as a snowman accessory. Pricing for the figma is set at ¥4,000, and international preorders are expected to open sometime in early 2014. I’d guess sometime after the Sapporo winter festival ends in February, the same as the Snow Miku nendoroid. However, if you plan to be in Japan sometime in February 2014, then check out the Mikatan blog for instructions on how to obtain an early production figure.
In the meantime, we have this beautiful set of images to enjoy. Check the thumbnails below, or view them over at Mikatan’s blog.
More Project Diva F 2nd news is inbound thanks to a few recent announcements. Here’s a quick compilation to add to everything we’ve already learned so far. The biggest announcement, of course, is the launch date: March 6th, 2014.
Two songs from previous games are making a return for a graphical remake, and these are Two-Faced Lovers by Wowaka with the Conflict Module for Miku, and Paradichlorobenzene by OwataP with the Strange Dark module for Len. Interestingly, SEGA seems to have opted for a Cell Shading filter for Two-Faced Lovers to help it better mimic the PV found in Project Diva Arcade.
Also announced are five new game assist and challenge items: Shy Target (slows down notes), Cool Master S (all non-Cool presses will deduct from your life gauge), High Speed (notes will be sped up), Micro Note (on-screen notes become smaller and more difficult to see), and Panic (direction of notes will become randomized).
Lastly, you will now have an option customize the game’s user interface from a selection of available themes, similar to Project Diva Arcade. Four have been revealed thus far, with possibly more to be announced later.
Two different preorder bonuses will be available, depending on if you order the Vita or PS3 version of the game. Preorders for the Vita version will include a PjD F 2nd laundry bag, while the PS3 version will include a similarly styled tote bag.
The game can currently be found for preorder from a few sites, with more options slowly becoming available (Amiami is one example that has both the Vita and PS3 versions). Check out the full set of game images from SEGA’s website, and enjoy the newest promotional video below:
Sega has released Project Mirai 2, the highly anticipated sequel with new songs, gameplay mechanics, as well as customization features.
A new layout for notes has been created for the game play, which is far more variable than the simple note wheel that was in the first Project Mirai game. Note combinations such as rainbow hold notes that giving points for pressing buttons for the duration of the note, simultaneous button presses, and using all four buttons have been added to the game play for a more unique experience. In addition to more buttons to use, the touch pad is also usable for Tap Notes, which have pink, blue, and yellow notes in place of the buttons if you chose to use the feature.
The PVs for each of the songs will allow you to chose one or more character to dance in the background depending on the song, however a number of original PV’s from Nicovideo have been added in place of a few stages and modules, such as Arifureta Sekai Seifuku, Lots of Laugh, Melancholic, and many more. Similar to the first game, select songs have multiple voice tracks for other Vocaloids to sing to, such as Electric Angel having Rin, Luka, or Meiko’s voice sing along.
Options for the Diva Room have been vastly expanded, such as room customization, a variety of character interaction, gift giving from one Vocaloid to another, and theme differences depending on the time of day. There is also department store where you buy items, Costumes, drinks and dessert, but also with furniture to remodel the room.
In addition to the Vocaloid interaction, a mini-game based off of the popular Puyo Puyo games, which features a WiFi two-player mode, or Single-player against an AI. There are also options to play this mini-game with different button layouts, background music, and visual themes. Information can be shared between players through Profile Cards sent to others via wifi, sharing achievement information, and song completion information.
Custom song creation has been added as well, allowing the user to create completely new song tracks to play. Such features include the ability to compose music with the music editor, create the path and notes for the track, and have a character of your choice set up with several different dance moves to a stage of their choosing. Instrument sounds include Piano, Strings, Brass, Reed (instrument), 8-bit chip-tune, and even the ability to create vocals, with each Vocaloid’s voice track able to sing “la” at different pitches to create a melody.
The game is available for international purchase from CDJapan, but can only be played on a Japanese 3DS unit due to the console’s region lock. If you happen to own one, then you’re in luck. SEGA has yet to comment on plans for localizing the Mirai series, but keep an eye for future announcements.