Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA Mega Mix for Switch out next month

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Following its Japanese release earlier this year, Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA Mega Mix for Nintendo Switch will release internationally on May 15 (May 16 in Australia and New Zealand), with a free demo available now.

As well Project DIVA‘s familiar button-based controls in Arcade Mode, Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA Mega Mix includes a new “Mix Mode” that’s let’s you play using Joy Con motion controls. Interestingly, while the melody icons in Arcade Mode default to Switch buttons (A, B, X, Y) as you’d expect, there’s also the option to PlayStation-style icons. That’ll no doubt be a blessing for longtime fans who’ve built their muscle memory around those particular icons, but I’m still a little surprised to see them get the green light for a game exclusive to a Nintendo console.

The base game will include 101 songs, including 10 that haven’t been playable in a Project DIVA game before:

  • Catch the Wave by kz(livetune)
  • Alien Alien by Nayutalien
  • 39 Music! by mikitoP
  • HIBANA by DEC*27 and Mes
  • Teo by Omoi and Sakurai
  • ROKI by mikitoP
  • Jigsaw puzzle by Mafumafu
  • Dreamin Chuchu by emon(Tes.)
  • Oedo Julianight by Mitchie M
  • JitterBug by Nanashi Hachiya

Additional songs will be available through song packs, with six packs available at launch, each containing six songs. The base game is NZ$69.95 AU$59.95, with each song pack costing NZ$12.49 / AU$10.49; there’s also a Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA Mega Mix Mega Pack that includes all of the above for NZ$104.95 / AU$89.95.

One neat new feature in Project DIVA Mega Mix is a T-shirt editor, which allows players to design their own T-shirts for characters in the game to wear. More designs will be available through a collaboration with content uploading website Piapro, in addition to 300 different costume modules included in the base game.

For those wanting to get a taste before the full game comes out next month, there’s a free demo available on the Nintendo eShop. It’s got two songs, “Arifureta Sekai Seifuku” and “Romeo and Cinderella”, each playable in both Arcade Mode (Easy, Normal, Hard difficulties only) and Mix Mode (Easy and Normal difficulties only). You can also use a couple of Miku’s costume modules, “Vintage Dress” and “ARIFURE Miku”.

The Nintendo Switch is fast becoming the go-to console for rhythm games, though the lack of a Miku game has always been a noticeable weak spot. That won’t be the case any longer when Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA Mega Mix launches next month.

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