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Sega announces Hatsune Miku rhythm action game for the 3DS

Any otaku worth his or her salt knows about Hatsune Miku, the singing-synthesizer persona that's ballooned into a massive line of spin-off media over in Japan. The virtual idol's done wonders for Sega's bottom line over in Asia, and Hatsune Miku and Future Stars: Project Mirai, the most recent Nintendo 3DS game starring the character, has sold over 150,000 copies in Japan.

Hatsune Miku: Project Mirai 2 was announced for the 3DS in this week's Famitsu magazine, and so far it looks like it offers more of the same for the otaku faithful. The basic game structure hasn't changed at all — you help Miku and pals sing and dance through a variety of peppy tunes, unlocking costumes for your idol troupe and "modules" you can decorate your virtual room with. The big change: All songs can be played by either button or touch-based control, although Sega isn't revealing how touch-oriented plays quite yet.

"I'm happy that we could finally announce this, but also really tense," producer Makoto Osaki told Famitsu. "This game is a fusion of the suggestions we got from players and our own crazy delusions!"

Project Mirai 2 is due out this fall in Japan.