As I’ve mentioned before, I love Rhythm/Music video games. However, this is my first time dipping my toes into the J-Pop side of the genre. There are plenty of J-Pop style music rhythm games out there, and I can assure you, Superbeat: XONiC is one of the best out there.

Superbeat: XONiC is considered the spiritual sucessor to the DJMax series, something I’ve never heard of nor played.

The game was first released on the PSVita in 2015, and released two years later in 2017 for the Switch, which is the version I own.

The gameplay consists of hitting notes either on the touchscreen or with the buttons on the Switch controllers.

There are three different modes of play 4 Trax, 6 Trax, and 6 Trax + FX. 4 Trax uses two buttons from the face buttons on the joycons, 6 Trax uses three buttons from the face buttons, and 6 Trax + FX adds in the L and R buttons. If you miss too many notes in a song, you fail the song. Mixed in with all three modes are the ability to use the analog sticks to push a special note in a the specified direction. Every game mode builds upon the challenge and all of this combines to make for unique and fun gameplay.

I will say though, I prefer to detach the joycons and hold the Switch like a tablet over using the joycons, as my hands quickly fatigue due to the placement of the buttons on the joycons. The only drawback to this, is that you can’t, from what I’ve figured out, play the 6 Trax + FX properly. I can’t find a way to hit the FX notes like I can hit the other notes in the other modes.

You can also change the “character” you play as. I put character in the quotes here as they aren’t a character in the normal sense, more like an item that you equip, as you unlock them from leveling up in the game. Each character gives special abilities such as increased health, or exp from the songs that you play.

Overall, Superbeat: XONiC is a fun, addictive, and unique rhythm game. I can wholeheartedly recommend this to anyone, especially if they enjoy the Rhythm Game genre as much as I do. This one is a win for me. And it should be for you too.

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