Aug 272015
 

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This year’s Magical Mirai will be holding several major announcements, two of which include the new Hatsune Miku project demo and SEGA feat. Hatsune Miku Project VR Tech DEMO. The two will be showcased at SEGA and SONY booths, respectively.

For the time being, not much is known regarding the new Project DIVA. But many fans are tingling with excitement with the approaching opening of the teaser site. As for the VR Tech DEMO, a ticket with specific time will be given to each person. A lottery will be drawn in a situation where the area is flooded with visitors.

Additionally, a Hatsune Miku: Magical Mirai 2015 figure has been announced to be showcased in the exhibition area. The figure was first announced via Hatsune Miku! Nico Nico Live 1th on July 10th. Preorders will open via Goodsmile Company’s online shop on September 4th at 1:00 PM JST.

Magical Mirai 2015 will take place at the Nippon Budokan venue on September 4th~5th for concert activities, and the Tokyo Science Museum on September 4th~6th for exhibition activities.

Aug 272015
 

Pulse Films will be creating their own Hatsune Miku documentary, and they’re looking for overseas Hatsune Miku fans to contribute their own videos for the project. Pulse Films will be recording their own live footage at Hatsune Miku Magical Mirai in Tokyo on September 4th, but they would also like worldwide fans to join in for the documentary.

To participate, simply record a video of yourself that’s between 30 seconds and 2 minutes long, explaining what Hatsune Miku means to you, and why you love her. Then send a link of the video to mikumirai2015@gmail.com (the sooner the better!).

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Aug 262015
 

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Crypton Future Media has announced today the Hatsune Miku Expo song contest, in search for original tracks to perform at a future Hatsune Miku Expo concert. Fans are invited to participate in the song submissions starting now on Soundcloud.

In celebration of the announcement, a two-week trial version of Hatsune Miku V3 English will be available for free on SONICWIRE. The followings below are essential rules to consider for song submissions:

  • Make sure your submission(s) includes a song title and lyrics in the track description
  • Disable downloads via Soundcloud
  • Submit your song to the Hatsune Miku Expo Song Contest Soundcloud group.

The grand winner will be rewarded with 100,00 JPY worth of products from SONICWIRE and a pair of tickets to Hatsune Miku Expo concert where the winning entry will be performed. Furthermore, the winner will have an opportunity to take a commemorative photo with Hatsune Miku on stage (does not cover travel expenses).

Among other participants, two runner-ups will be chosen and presented with 30,000 JPY worth of products from SONICWIRE. Fans are more than welcome to submit songs in any languages they prefer.

The contest opens now up to October 19th. We look forward to hear songs from fans around the world, and to the next location of Hatsune Miku Expo. Now is your chance to take your song around the world!

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Aug 252015
 

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Hatsune Miku: Project Mirai DX for the Nintendo 3DS is set to start making its debut in the West in just a couple more weeks, and we can’t tell you how excited we were to finally have a chance to play it. So of course we were thrilled with the opportunity to give an early impressions and review of the game.

This will of course be an impressions of the full game, not the demo, so we’ve been doing some thorough testing to see what is new, interesting and unique to this game series that helps set it apart from the largely popular “Project Diva” series of rhythm games.

Hatsune Miku: Project Mirai DX is an enhanced version of Project Mirai with additional gameplay features. So if you have not played the two previous Project Mirai games in the past due to difficulties of importing and region lockouts, fret not. This game has all songs from the previous two games, and more! This of course pushes the game to a decently considerable filesize for the digital download, one likely worthy of an SD card upgrade if you’re lacking free space.

The game clearly aims to charm the player with its cute Nendoroid style models/graphics, and it certainly works. I can’t even count how many times I caught myself enjoying watching the characters loafing around, or their faces full of glee and anger while playing against them in minigames.

The rhythm gameplay style is quite similar to the Project Diva series when playing in button press mode. The button symbols and placement may confuse seasoned Project Diva players at first, but you should start adapting to the new layout without too much difficulty. Tap mode feels more like Project Diva Arcade in style with the swipe notes, and the note timing also seems less strict compared to button mode. However, it brings a new gameplay element not found in button mode: Chains (more on this later in the full review).

The smaller activities like minigames, shopping, music composing and just hanging out are all enjoyable to mess around with, although some options seem questionably useless (microphone on the main screen or song list does seemingly nothing), or some arguably important features are simply missing (no Mirai Points counter on the main screen?). Besides the thyrhm game mode, there’s plenty the game has to offer to keep you occupied.

The song selection and customization options are also among the most sizeable of any of the console-based Hatsune Miku rhythm games, and offers a great play value for its price ($39.99 US, $49.99 CA). If you own a Nintendo 3DS, and you’re a fan of Hatsune Miku and rhythm games, this is definitely a game title that should be on your list.

If you preorder the game early enough in North America, you can score yourself a Hatsune Miku wallet chain, and 19 double sided AR cards for use with the game! You can download the free demo now and try it out to see what it’s like, if you’re still on the edge (but trust me, you’ll love it). The North American launch is on September 8th, with the European launch on September 11th.

Project Mirai DX Official Site: http://miku.sega.com/miraidx/

Aug 232015
 

pjdfX_teaseA new announcement from SEGA has revealed a new teaser website for what is presumed to be the next Hatsune Miku Project game title. The news comes via tweets from SEGA and other major game news sources.

Teaser page: http://neXt39.sega.jp/

The page itself shows the numbers “3939.00 / 3939”, with the “3939.00” being shown larger than the rest (the number 39 is often used as a pun reference towards Hatsune Miku). The page coding reveals that it’s a timer that will start ticking down once 3939 minutes are remaining until Hatsune Miku’s birthday on August 31st (JST). Additionally, the page title shows the letter “X” capitalized for the word “neXt”. Keep your eyes peeled for updates on August 31st (JST)!