Following its Nov. 7 Japanese release, the rhythm game Groove Coaster: Wai Wai Party!!!! is out today for the western market on Nintendo Switch. The game is available on the Nintendo eShop for $59.99.
The discovery comes as somewhat of a surprise given that a western release hadn’t been touted during the build-up to the game’s launch. Of course, Groove Coaster: Wai Wai Party!!!! has long since been out on PC via Steam.
For the uninitiated, Groove Coaster: Wai Wai Party!!!! combines classic rhythm gameplay with a roller coaster-like mechanic that has players whizzing along tracks to the beat of popular music.
Here’s a breakdown of Groove Coaster: Wai Wai Party!!!!’s key features:
- Exhilarating active controls – with Active Controls, you can play by shaking the Joy-Con controllers. Experience the groove in a variety of songs, only possible on Nintendo Switch. You can also play with Standard Controls, using the buttons and control sticks.
- Groove together – play together with up to 4 friends and family members in Play With Others mode. In this mode, you can choose from two types of play. In Casual Versus, players of any ability level can enjoy the game together, and in Hardcore Versus, players compete to show off their true skill.
- A huge line-up of popular music – a massive line-up of music, featuring J-pop hits like “Lemon” and “U.S.A.,” anime songs, Vocaloid and Touhou Project arrangements, as well as popular original songs from the Groove Coaster series.
- Choose from a fabulous cast of characters – featuring characters from VTubers and Vocaloid, to the Touhou series and more. These characters will feature in songs, as avatars and game navigators, and appear throughout various scenes. You can also switch to the vocals of guest VTubers in certain songs.
There are also paid DLC packs available, which include:
- Vocaloid pack 1
- Touhou Project Arrangements Pack 1
- Dempagumi.inc Pack
Groove Coaster: Wai Wai Party!!!! also includes a Tate Mode that allows players to experience the game from a verticle perspective.
Wai Wai Party!!!! is part of the Groove Coaster franchise that first launched on mobile devices. You can read our review of that first game in the series here.