This month, the game I want to feature is one that forced me to invest in a 256GB micro SD card for my Nintendo Switch, as it is only available digitally. 128GB of storage was just not enough, even though I tend to prefer physical games.
This particular game has been sitting there on my Switch’s home screen since the beginning of the month, not playable until May 15th 2020. The fact that I preordered it should probably clue you in that I have been looking forward to playing this particular game.
Before I get to that, though, I do have one honourable mention that I would like to make.
First up, the honourable mention goes to Streets of Rage 4, which was brought to us by Dotemu, Lizardcube and Guard Crush Games. It takes the gameplay of the classic Streets of Rage series, and gives it a modern lick of paint. For fans of old school beat ’em ups and high score chasers, Streets of Rage 4 is well worth your time.
Now we come to the game I want to feature, which is another title with a connection to Sega.The world’s most famous virtual idol comes to Nintendo Switch, though this isn’t the first rhythm game on the system that she has appeared in. Hatsune Miku is a DLC character for Taiko no Tatsujin: Drum ‘n’ Fun!, but that is not the game I am focusing on here.
Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA Mega Mix is the game I want to focus on here. This rhythm game brings over 100 songs to play through to the Nintendo Switch. Of course, they are all Vocaloid songs – Miku, Rin, Len, KAITO and MEIKO are all in attendance.
Project DIVA Mega Mix offers different styles of play. You have your traditional arcade controls, of course, but if you have a pair of Joy-Cons to hand, you can try out the Mix Mode instead. That involves using motion controls, which may not be to everyone’s taste.
Alongside the generous selection of songs are plenty of different outfits – or modules, I suppose – to unlock for each Vocaloid. Completing a song earns you VP, which you can spend to unlock the costumes.
And if you fancy adding your own flair to a Vocaloid’s clothing, you can also create custom t-shirts for them to wear.
Any rhythm game is only as good as its soundtrack, and Project DIVA Mega Mix has plenty of variety to choose from. There are tracks there that I am familiar with thanks to Hatsune Miku: Project Mirai DX on the 3DS, as well as maybe one or two that I know through their cover versions appearing in BanG Dream! Girls Band Party!. Oh, and there is also some crossover with the aforementioned Taiko no Tatsujin: Drum ‘n’ Fun!.
There are some pretty interesting offerings on the Switch when it comes to rhythm games, and Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA Mega Mix only expands that world. Something that rhythm game fans shouldn’t pass up. Also a pretty good way to get into all that Vocaloid stuff, and discover just how great a certain virtual idol is.