Get into the groove in Hello Kitty and Friends Happiness Parade

The cuteness is strong in this one.

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The key art for Hello Kitty and Friends Happiness Parade.

Hello Kitty has shown up in games over the years, sure. But none will make you dance quite like Hello Kitty and Friends Happiness Parade! The music rhythm games is described as a fun and unexpected journey through the world of Sanrio. Just the trailers make me want to bob around in my seat, though I’m a sucker for anything cute and happy. The game originally launched for mobile devices via Netflix last year, and it will now be coming to Nintendo Switch – and soon!

The game begins with Hello Kitty and two friends, though they’ll discover new friends along their delightful music tour. Hello Kitty is, well, Hello Kitty though: popular! Kuromi is jealous of this popularity and wants to end the music altogether by dispatching goons and laying traps to stop Hello Kitty and friends’ momentum.

Of course, with new like a launch date normally comes with a trailer. But this news doesn’t. Instead, it comes with two!

Who are these friends in the title, exactly? Well, there’s ten iconic Sanrio characters, including Kerokerokeroppi, Badtz-Maru, Pompompurin, Pochacco, and My Melody. It appears that the two you start with are My Melody and Pompompurin.

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Players will dance to the beat, avoid traps, use the characters’ unique abilities, and collect coins and upgrades. There are 23 different levels, five endings, and over 40 pop hits (20 are new for this Nintendo Switch version of the game). Earn happiness points, and collect character cards to level and and upgrade the aforementioned unique abilities. Players can also complete challenges for extra rewards. As you can see in the second trailer, it’s also possible to play dress-up with the characters, adding hats, sunglasses, and more.

Developed by Dabadu Games and published by Rogue Games, Hello Kitty and Friends Happiness Parade will be released for Nintendo Switch on April 13.


Lindsay picked up an NES controller for the first time at the age of 6 and instantly fell in love. She began reviewing GBA games 20 years ago and quickly branched out from her Nintendo comfort zone. She has has developed a great love of life sims and FMV titles. For her, accessibility is one of the most important parts of any game (but she also really appreciates good UI).

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