|What is MaiMai?|
Sega has unveiled Maimai, a music game for arcades with a giant touchscreen and built-in camera.
"This game is very simple to play," Ryuichi Taki of Sega's R&D division says in the below video. "You only need two actions: pressing the eight buttons around the main screen; and scrolling across the middle part of the screen, which is a touchscreen."
The front-facing camera captures footage of players, and Sega intends to add the ability to upload the results to Japanese video sharing site Nico Nico. The presence of the camera will, it is hoped, encourage players to move around while playing, which will show other arcade-goers how much fun it is, in contrast to traditional arcade music games.
"By using a vertical monitor, and showing not just players but also a gallery on the upper screen, and by providing a camera as well, we've developed this concept of a game where you can say to everyone, 'Look at me!'"
Maimai will be released in Japanese arcades in July, and Sega intends to release it overseas if it proves successful.
|DANCEROID & MaiMai|
DANCEROID3 attended the MaiMai release party (as show in the video above) to demonstrate.
DANCEROID also has 3 songs on MaiMai, which are: Luka Luka Night Fever (Ft. Aikawa Kozue), Megu Megu Fire Endless Night (Ft. DANCEROID3), and ワールズエンド・ダンスホール (Ft. Aikawa Kozue and Ikura).