Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA Mega Mix Review
Hey folks. I hope all is going well. While 2020 has been low on the new millennium’s tier list, the one thing it seems to have going for it is it’s the game roster. While remakes and RPGs seem to be soaking up all the 2020 New Gaming spotlight, it’s refreshing to add a little variety or should I say rhythm and beat to the mix with Hatsune Miku’s Project Diva MegaMix on Nintendo Switch! Miku’s been making a name for herself with titles on both the Xbox and PlayStation consoles respectively, so naturally she was bound to make her way to the beloved Nintendo Switch. Which begs the question, is Miku’s Switch debut a bop?
There isn’t really a story here. From the intro all we can really gather is Hatsu Miku and her neon-colored Vocaloid homies are taking the globe by storm via a world tour. Since there’s no story, a little background is in order. So allow me to dish the deets on Miku’s infamy. For those of you outside the realm of anime, otaku, and geek culture, Hatsune Miku is the highlighter blue-haired Vocaloid sensation that exploded in Japan in 2007. She has since been making a name for herself via games and merch. So much so that not only does Miku have both a motorcycle AND Mercedes designed in her honor, but some guy actually married a hologram of her! So Hatsune Miku is no stranger to the game, in fact she has solidified herself as an icon as far as beloved Japanese characters. Miku’s crew however includes the neon blond twins Kagamine Rin and Kagamine Len, the lovely Megurine Luka and Meiko, and last but not least, the snatched waist bishonen Vocaloid Kaito. Alongside Miku’s crew, players can also use some of the “extra characters” by buying them. So overall Hatsune Miku’s world tour has a pretty lengthy line up/
The gameplay here is pretty straight forward. Players choose a song and press an assortment of button cues to the beat. The goal here is to stay on beat, miss as few notes as possible to survive to the end of the song. With each completion of a song, players are awarded points they can use to buy costumes, hairstyles, and accessories for Miku and her band of highlighter colored singing sensations. There are also various options to play songs. Such as changing vocals, and the speed of the notes. The cool thing here is the Switch specifically has “Mix Mode” in which players use the joycons which I will talk about more in a moment.
One thing about this title I thoroughly enjoy is its high replay value. There are over 100 and songs and 300 appearance changing modules, which makes for a rather interesting customization feature. Miku and her crew have a wide array of customization attributes to unlock. Most notable about these are some of the crosses over costumes, such as Virtual Righter’s Kage and Sara Bryant, and Space Channel 5’s Ulala. Player’s have the ability to customize performances to their heart’s content. With the assortment of music videos that come with each track, it almost like making your own music vid for the vocaloids. Speaking of said performances, vocaloids singing are an “acquired taste” to put it lightly, their dancing is a different story. This crew can dance their asses off.
The cherry on top of all this is the “PlayList” feature where players can select their favorite songs, set them to desired custom settings(characters and costumes included), and add them to a playlist to come back to whenever. This cuts out the hassle of having to set everything over and over again.
With all the bright neon borderline seizure-inducing backgrounds, naturally it wouldn’t be a great idea to have the rhythm icons fly randomly across the screen right? Well too bad for players because the development team didn’t really take contrast into consideration. Some of the backgrounds are so bright, the brightly colored notes blend in and can literally become lost. Not to mention that the characters dancing can become pretty distracting. Luckily for players there are both “practice” and “no-fail mode” options available until players get the hang of staying on beat. But the best way to avoid all this neon-colored confusion is to play using the joycons via “Mix Mode.” The icons for mix mode are one set color and don’t blend in nearly as much as arcade mode and is actually pretty fun.
Overall Hatsune Miku’s Switch debut is lit. With all the songs. Customizable, and playlist features, I’d say Miku came through on her triple A-game. Not to mention the special Mix Mode feature exclusively for the Switch. I’d say Miku deserves a 4.5/5. So if you’re looking to get your groove on Miku style, pick up Hatsune Miku Project Diva Mega Mix.