Magical Beat, A Music Game From BlazBlue Maker, Comes Out On Vita Next Week

By Spencer . December 4, 2013 . 11:52pm

While Arc System Works is best known for fighting games like BlazBlue and Guilty Gear, they also have quirky projects like 0D Beat Drop and Magical Beat. This PlayStation Vita puzzle game is like a mix of Puyo Puyo and a rhythm game. The game was originally shown at arcades and it uses Taito’s arcade hardware, but it’s coming to Vita on December 12.



When you connect three beatons (the colored blocks) together you can create jammers which you fall on the other player’s board. The trick is to drop beatons to the beat of the song. The blue meter in the middle lets you know if you’re in sync and if you drop a beaton while you’re in that zone you’ll get a score bonus. Magical Beat will be released in Japan’s PlayStation Store for 1,200 yen ($12).

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  • xzeldax3

    Reminds me of Lumines, which is awesome!

  • icecoffemix

    Whoah, Miku’s song? :o

  • Code

    Also a fun thing with Magical Beat is it has some of Blazblue’s cast cameo as playable characters /(> w <) No idea if they are in-game, but have a feeling they'll be DLC┌(Ծ ‸ Ծ;;) But still, look at dat Tao /(◕ ヮ ◕)~!!

    • Wappuli

      Not only that, there’s also music from Blazblue.
      These are used as avatars in BBCP’s online lobby too, and there are Magical Beat characters as cameo.

      • Göran Isacson

        Heh, that’s a pretty cool feature. Have to admit that the sprites lack of animation bugs me a little, but I get that they’re mostly just eyecandy and the focus is on the music. It’s just hard to mentally readjust from the smooth deliciousness of Blazblue sprites to this.

  • This game looks like a winner. But is that Vocaloid music in the trailer? It sure sounds like Hatsune Miku.

    • ステフィー @ おふろタイム

      Yup! (Some of the?) music is composed by a popular Vocaloid producer named Kikuo.

      • I don’t know all the ins and outs of this sort of thing, but does this mean that any game could include Vocaloid songs? I had assumed just the licensed Hatsune Miku games could do that, but Magical Beat seems to counter that notion. (Although, I suppose they could have gotten permission?)

        • ステフィー @ おふろタイム

          I’m not entirely clear either, but since Miku is pretty much a music software program, you’re free to use her however you want in your music. Just like using any other synthesizer program. However, I believe you can’t use her image and name for commercial purposes without permission from Crypton. That’s why if you look around Magical Beat’s website, you see no mention of Hatsune Miku anywhere. Even Kikuo is listed as a “sound creator”, not a “Vocaloid (trademark) producer”

  • Crevox

    So I have that octopus with headphones on BlazBlue: Chronophantasma as my sprite in lobbies

    Now I know where it’s from

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