A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this game.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Hatsune Miku: Project Mirai DX is a simulation/music game where players interact with a virtual pop idol in their own little virtual worlds. Players can buy clothes, furniture, snacks, and more for their new friends, as well as play games, compose music, and keep the beat of the music on more than 40 songs' worth of rhythm games. The costumes for each character run the gamut from cute to sultry, contrasting the child-like, exaggerated appearance of the characters. Although all the songs in the game are performed in their native Japanese, a few lyrics, if translated to English, could be considered inappropriate for young kids. Players who like the game may find themselves interested in checking out the other products that feature Hatsune Miku and her friends.
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What's it about?
HATSUNE MIKU: PROJECT MIRAI DX gives players a peek into the life of a virtual pop idol, both in and out of the spotlight. Whether it's keeping in step with the music while Miku and her friends sing onstage, going shopping for new outfits and decorations, playing fun mini-games, composing new tunes, and even choreographing dance routines, there are plenty of ways to interact with and customize these star performers.
Is it any good?
If you've ever wondered what it might be like to be part of a pop star's entourage, this is the game for you. Your new friend lets you tag along in all aspects of its virtual life, shopping, playing, and actually teaching. It's surprisingly fun to use the sugary-sweet tunes to learn how to recognize the rhythm in music and to experiment with the basics of creating some music of your own. This makes a lot of sense in the context of the game, too, since the entire experience is based on these animated mascots for software that's used to -- you guessed it -- compose music.
The music composition only gives you a couple of musical measures, two octaves, and single notes to play with. You won't be composing the next orchestral overture here. The same can be said for the basic choreographing you put together in the the Dance Studio. Even the downtime playing Reversi or the Sega classic Puyo Puyo feels overwhelmingly light. In fact, individually, not a single feature in Project Mirai DX feels particularly deep or engaging. But the fact that all these little pieces are packaged together in one somewhat cohesive bundle should be enough to hold onto kids' attention for at least a little while, fueling any interest they might have in music as a whole.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about music. How do the musical features in the game help fuel an interest in music outside of the game? Can the skills learned in the game be applied to the real world?
Talk about characters as mascots. How do businesses use manufactured characters to help humanize products, and why does that make something more relatable?
- Platforms: Nintendo 3DS
- Subjects: Arts: choreography, dance, music, rhythm
- Skills: Creativity: imagination, making new creations
- Price: $39.99
- Pricing structure: Paid
- Available online? Not available online
- Developer: Sega of America
- Release date: September 8, 2015
- Genre: Music and Dance
- Topics: Arts and Dance, Friendship, Music and Sing-Along
- ESRB rating: E10+ for Mild lyrics, Mild violence
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