The Switch is an interesting beast of a console. As the latest blockbuster hit from Nintendo, it’s had its share of hits and misses, particularly with regards to games that began their lives on other platforms. Sometimes that goes great – for instance, the Switch port of 2016’s DOOM is pretty solid. Sometimes it’s a little less great, which is why we’re not going to say much more about Troll and I. Today we’re checking out the latest entry in Sega’s Proect DIVA series, Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA Mega Mix, which is right at home on the Switch.
You’re familiar with Vocaloid, right? Y’know, the Japanese digital music creation program? There’s a whole bunch of them and they’ve all got mascots, including the popular blue-haired Hatsune Miku. She’s had a game series going for a while in Project DIVA; they’re button-tapping rhythm games where you play along to Vocaloid music videos. They’re cute, cuddly and notoriously brutal in terms of difficulty, with tougher songs requiring immense levels of focus and concentration.
With Mega Mix, you’ve got tons of songs and tons of ways to experience those songs all in one massive collection. There’s over a hundred songs available, including some new tracks, with varying levels of difficulty for players that have been with the series forever and newcomers alike. As always, there’s enough gameplay here to help newbies get used to the plate-spinning that this series relies on; pressing buttons in time is one thing, but pressing buttons while watching them fly all over the screen on top of managing button-hold and direction-ress actions is another entirely.
Success might be difficult, but it’ll earn you points that can be used to customize the various Vocaloid characters. There’s plenty of options available here as well, so go nuts dolling your divas up to your liking. Your customizations will carry over to many of the music videos, as well, which is a nice touch that makes the feature a little more memorable than just playing dress-up for dress-up’s sake. Not that I didn’t spend hours doing that. No sir. Not me.
All the music and the accompanying videos are fantastic, by the way. That’s a hallpoint of the Project DIVA series, after all, and it goes without saying that the vast and varied music selection is bound to include something you love whether you’re a long-time Vocaloid fan or you’ve never seen a leek in your life. Plenty of the songs have appeared in previous games, but as mentioned there’s a few new tracks to check out as well.
If you’re a rhythm game fan and aren’t immediately turned off by the thought of Vocaloid – and if you are, uh, I’m not sure what to tell you – then there’s very little to complain about with Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA Mega Mix. There’s tons of gameplay, customization, awesome music and crazy fun waiting for you in one giant package. I’ve been a fan of this series for a long time now and it’s nice to see it continue with a strong showing on the Switch. Now get to dancing!