Sega has announced the release of a new rhythm game with a front facing touchscreen and a camera that records the player’s performance. The new game is called “maimai” — “mai”, incidentally, is the Japanese word for “dance”.
To play, you need to press the eight buttons surrounding the main display, or slide your finger across the touchscreen, in time with the music. There’s also a camera near the top of the console, which can record the player and the screen at the same time.
Sega plans to add the ability to upload player videos to NicoNico Douga — which would work well within the culture of NND users who like to show off their gaming prowess online.
maimai will be available in July 2012, and will be available overseas shortly after.