Hardcore fans of Japanese virtual idol Hatsune Miku have already picked up a copy of Project Mirai DX for the 3DS -- many even picked up a 3DS just to play it. What they probably don't have is the Hatsune Miku Project Mirai Complete box set, packed with music, movies and toys.
Watch the video to hear me mispronounce just about everything, including my name.
A Japanese practice that I wish the Western world would pick up on, the Hatsune Miku Project Mirai Complete box is sort of like a collector's edition, only without the game. It's a massive helping of supplemental content that's independent of any game release. No one is trying to force you to upgrade from a standard edition. It's just a lovely way to get a little more involved in a game you love.
This particular set, sent my way from the folks at Kawaii Kakkoii Sugoi, is a celebration of the Project Mirai series of rhythm games for the Nintendo 3DS. The series is a collaboration between Sega and Good Smile Company, creators of the big-headed Nendoroid toy line, hence the giant skulls. And the included toy.
The Hatsune Miku Project Mirai Complete box set includes five music CDs containing more than 100 tracks of vocaloid music and official theme songs and a Blu-ray disc containing all of the music videos from the game series through Project Mirai DX, Each disc cover is a sticker, so fans can plaster their walls with the good vocaloid performers and thrown away Meiko.
There's also a 60-page booklet containing track lists and descriptions of all of the included songs plus some storyboard art and other supplemental info, plus a monthly Mikadayo pamphlet featuring the goofy full-sized human costumed Miku that's become something of a beloved running gag with fans due to her clumsiness and lack of resemblance to her inspiration.
Which brings us to the toy. This is a Toy Time video after all.
No neck? Stiff arms? Accessories pinned to her hands? That's definitely Mikadayo. Nendoroid Petite Mikudayo to be exact, and she's just as awkwardly adorable as her big dumb namesake. Look at her holding that world like she's about to dunk it.
The Hatsune Miku Project Mirai Complete box set that comes from Kawaii Kakkoii Sugoi sells for $US75 and comes with a set of exclusive backdrops so Mikadayo can pose for candids.
Look, she's in...somewhere with temples, obviously. It's hard to tell with her giant stupid head in the way.
I'd love to see more developers or publishers embrace the supplemental box as a means of giving players more ways to connect with their favourite games. It would certainly make it easier to shop for me during the holidays.