How to play Nostalgia on Mac

Game summary

Nostalgia is a piano based rhythm game in Konami's BEMANI franchise. It is the first game in the Nostalgia series and a spiritual successor to Konami's Keyboardmania series. The game consists of falling bars corresponding to certain areas of the keyboard. When the bars cross the judgement line it is time to play that key. There are three type of notes - Normal note which you play as normal, slide note where you slide your hand across the keyboard and trill note where you rapidly and alternately press two neighbouring keys. The keyboard itself consists of 28 keys, but unlike a real keyboard the black keys are omitted. This was done because it was viewed as added difficulty to the game during location testing and the aim was to make the game more accessibly than other games in the BEMANI franchise. The game features a story mode communicated only with animated cut scenes without any spoken word, making it accessible regardless if you do not know Japanese. The game song list consists of 83 songs.
First released: Mar 2017

Play Nostalgia on Mac with Parallels (virtualized)

The easiest way to play Nostalgia on a Mac is through Parallels, which allows you to virtualize a Windows machine on Macs. The setup is very easy and it works for Apple Silicon Macs as well as for older Intel-based Macs.

Parallels supports the latest version of DirectX and OpenGL, allowing you to play the latest PC games on any Mac. The latest version of DirectX is up to 20% faster.

Our favorite feature of Parallels Desktop is that when you turn off your virtual machine, all the unused disk space gets returned to your main OS, thus minimizing resource waste (which used to be a problem with virtualization).

Nostalgia installation steps for Mac

Step 1
Go to and download the latest version of the software.
Step 2
Follow the installation process and make sure you allow Parallels in your Mac’s security preferences (it will prompt you to do so).
Step 3
When prompted, download and install Windows 10. The download is around 5.7GB. Make sure you give it all the permissions that it asks for.
Step 4
Once Windows is done installing, you are ready to go. All that’s left to do is install Nostalgia like you would on any PC.
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