Hatsune Miku Finally Comes to North America
This August, Sega will release catchy rhythm game Hatsune Miku: Project Diva F on the PlayStation 3 in both disc and PlayStation Network forms. Check out our detailed review of what to expect in the review of the Vita version (which uses a lowercase f). The PS3 version features some obvious changes. For one thing, the star notes are activated by flicking the analog sticks instead of using a touchscreen. The AR concerts have been removed, but in its place are some more songs. Try it out for yourself on June 11th, when a demo will go live.
In Japan, Hatsune Miku is a sensation. Holographic images dance to her recordings in front of live audiences of thousand of people; her image is all over magazines, key chains, window decals, stationary, and even promotional food. Needless to say, her games are also smash hits. Even her Vita title, released at a time when the system was struggling even more than it is now, gave the system an incredible sales boost. All this, and yet, her games have never escaped Japanese borders — until now.
The PSBlog tells the story like this:
[Hatsune Miku’s] popularity continues to increase in the West and she has over 950,000 dedicated English speaking fans on Facebook. In 2011, she packed the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles for her first ever Western concert, and tickets sold out almost instantly. To gauge interest for Hatsune Miku: Project Diva F in the west, SEGA asked fans to like and share an image of Miku to pledge their support, and the response was astounding. In less than three days, the post received over 25,000 likes and 15,000 shares.
In short, it was your voices, as fans, that helped make this happen.
It’s nice to know that your voice really can make things happen in this world.