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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA Mega Mix is a music and rhythm game available for download on the Nintendo Switch. The game's a compilation of 100+ of the most popular songs and performances by the virtual pop star collected from the franchise's ten-year history, along with a couple of new, original releases. Each stage is presented as a music video or stage performance, with players challenged to match onscreen prompts in time with the beat of the music. Songs and performances range from "bubblegum pop" style happy beats to some darker, emotional presentations. Some of these performances feature mild violence and/or sexually suggestive scenes. Many of the 300+ unlockable costumes show Miku and other performers in revealing and suggestive attire.
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Outfits can also be suggestive in nature I would recamend your child be a little older in teen years.
What's it about?
HATSUNE MIKU: PROJECT DIVA MEGA MIX is a celebration of the internationally famous virtual pop icon and her decade long career of bringing rhythm and music to gamers around the world. This new release collects over 100 songs past and present from ten years' worth of Hatsune Miku games, all with new fully remastered video performances from the idol and all of her friends. Players can get their groove on in classic Arcade mode, testing their reflexes and coordination as they match onscreen prompts to the beat of the music, or they can try their hands with the new motion control option, which takes advantage of the Joy-Cons' unique gyroscopic features. No-Fail mode and custom playlists are also available for fans that just want to enjoy the show. And with more than 300 different costumes to unlock, as well as a brand-new T-shirt Editor, fans have more reason than ever to join Miku and her friends on this latest world tour event.
Is it any good?
It may be hard to believe that this virutal icon that doesn't actually exist has had a singing career that's lasted longer than many other pop stars, with more than ten years of performances under her belt. Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA Mega Mix revisits popular songs from the eternally youthful singer's video game career and updates them with crisp, colorful new visuals. This doesn't just make the game feel new to longtime fans, but it makes the title one of the sharpest looking rhythm games on the market. In spite of the fact that you're simply following onscreen prompts, you still can't help but feel like you're taking an active role in the overall performances.
Although the game's basic controls may be simple to learn, playing isn't easy by any means. There's so much going on at any given time, between the performance taking place in the background, the prompts flying into the screen from every angle, and of course, the music itself, it's almost a sensory overload. Even the Easy difficulty provides a lot of challenge for most gamers. Moving beyond Normal can feel almost impossible to all but the most hardcore fans. This can be frustrating to more casual gamers hoping to unlock more of the game's content, but on the flip side, there's a real sense of accomplishment every time it happens.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about sexualization in media. How much focus does the entertainment industry put on sexuality? Is there a way to strike a balance between such content and individual expression?
What are some of the ways that we can use music and dance to express our feelings and to entertain others?
- Platforms: Nintendo Switch
- Subjects: Arts: choreography, dance, music, rhythm
- Price: $39.99
- Pricing structure: Paid
- Available online? Available online
- Developer: Sega of America
- Release date: May 15, 2020
- Genre: Music & Dance
- Topics: Magic and Fantasy, Friendship, Music and Sing-Along
- ESRB rating: T for Blood, Sexual Themes, Violence
- Last updated: April 5, 2021
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