Rhythm Heaven Fever

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Rhythm Heaven Fever
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North American game cover
Developer(s) Nintendo SPD
TNX Music Recordings
Publisher(s) Nintendo
Director(s) Ko Takeuchi
Masami Yone
Producer(s) Yoshio Sakamoto
Shinya Takahashi
TSUNKU♂
Designer(s) Tsunku
Artist(s) Ko Takeuchi
Composer(s) TSUNKU♂
Masami Yone
Shinji Ushiroda
Asuka Ito
Platform(s) Wii
Wii U
Release date(s) Wii
  • JP: July 21, 2011
  • NA: February 13, 2012
  • EU: July 6, 2012
  • AUS: September 13, 2012
  • KO: September 12, 2013
Wii U
  • JP: July 27, 2016
Genre(s) Music
Mode(s) Single-player, Multiplayer

Rhythm Heaven Fever, known in PAL regions as Beat the Beat: Rhythm Paradise, in Korea as Rhythm World Wii, and in Japan as Minna no Rhythm Tengoku (みんなのリズム天国 Minna no Rizumu Tengoku?, lit. Everybody's Rhythm Heaven), is a music video game developed by Nintendo and TNX for the Wii and the Wii U. It is the third game in the Rhythm Heaven series, following Rhythm Tengoku for the Game Boy Advance and Rhythm Heaven for the Nintendo DS. The game was released in Japan on July 21, 2011, in North America on February 13, 2012, in Europe on July 6, 2012, and in Australia on September 13, 2012, and in Korea on September 12, 2013. It was digitally re-released for the Wii U in Japan on July 27, 2016, about 5 years after its release, making this the only Rhythm Heaven game to be re-released on the Wii U so far. An international digital re-release is currently unknown.

Gameplay[edit]

Like previous titles, the game features various levels with their own set of rules, requiring the player to play in time to the rhythm in order to clear them. These levels range from stabbing peas with a fork, to attacking evil spirits with a sword and playing badminton in midair. The game is played by either tapping the A button, or squeezing the A and B buttons together. At the end of each level, players are ranked on their performance, with at least an 'OK' rank required to clear the level and progress onto the next. Each set of levels culminates in a Remix stage, which combines all the gameplay elements of the previous levels in one stage.

Clearing levels with a Superb rating earns medals which unlock extra content, including Rhythm Toys, Endless Games and four levels from the original Rhythm Tengoku. Levels that have been cleared with a Superb rating may also be randomly selected for a Perfect attempt, in which the player can try to clear the level without making any mistakes with the maximum of 3 retries before the perfect challenge disappears. Clearing these unlock bonus items such as songs and lyrics. The game also features a Dual Mode in which two players can play simultaneously. Levels played in multiplayer require players to earn enough points in total to reach the desired rank and clear each stage, with bonus points awarded based on the harmony of the players that can improve the rank. These levels come with their own set of medals which can unlock multiplayer minigames.

List of Rhythm Games and Remixes[edit]

The following Rhythm Games, Remixes, Endless Games and Extra Games are playable in Rhythm Heaven Fever. This game features more than 50 rhythm games.

Set 1 Set 2 Set 3 Set 4 Set 5 Set 6 Set 7 Set 8 Set 9 Set 10 Bonus Games from Rhythm Tengoku Endless Games Credits
Hole in One g Fork Lifter Working Dough Ringside Catch of the Day Launch Party Tap Troupe Samurai Slice 2 Love Rap 2 Figure Fighter 2 The Clappy Trio Mr Upbeat Night Walk f
Screwbot Factory Tambourine Built to Scale Packing Pests Flipper-Flop Donk-Donk Shrimp Shuffle Working Dough 2 Cheer Readers 2 Micro-Row 2 Sneaky Spirits Manzai Birds h
See-Saw Board Meeting Air Rally Micro-Row Exhibition Match Bossa Nova Cheer Readers Built to Scale 2 Hole in One 2 Packing Pests 2 Power Calligraphy Wake-Up Caller
Double Date Monkey Watch Figure Fighter Samurai Slice Flock Step Love Rap Karate Man b Double Date 2 Screwbot Factory 2 Karate Man 2 e Tap Trial Munchy Monk
Remix 1 Remix 2 Remix 3 a Remix 4 Remix 5 Remix 6 Remix 7 Remix 8 c Remix 9 d Remix 10 Lady Cupid
Bossa Nova (Endless) i
Pirate Crew i
Kung-Fu Ball i
Clap Trap i
Mochi Pounding i
Chameleon j
Endless Remix
Notes

^a Uses the song Tonight.
^b Uses the song Lonely Storm.
^c Uses the song I Love You, My One And Only.
^d Uses the song Beautiful One Day.
^e Uses a remixed version of Lonely Storm.
^f Uses the song Dreams of Our Generation.
^g Unlocked from the beginning of the game. It is the first rhythm game you play.
^h Only appears in the Japanese version of the game. It was replaced by "Mr. Upbeat" in the international versions.
^i Only playable with two players.
^j Appears in the Endless Remix.

Development[edit]

Producer Yoshio Sakamoto and Nintendo SPD Group No.1 were responsible for the programming, graphic design, and some of the music in the game. Collaborator and musician Tsunku and his music studio TNX created several of the performed vocal songs found throughout the game. In the English versions of the game, an endless minigame based on manzai routines was removed due to the dialogue focused nature of the game and was replaced with another minigame from Rhythm Tengoku known as "Mr. Upbeat".[1] The European and Australian versions of the game allow players to toggle between English and Japanese voices and songs.[2]

A Rhythm Heaven 3DS game, Rhythm Heaven Megamix succeeded this game. It features games from Fever, along with games from the original Rhythm Tengoku and Rhythm Heaven DS. New rhythm games were also made for this installment such as First Contact, Animal Acrobat and Tangotronic 3000.

Reception[edit]

Reception
Aggregate score
Aggregator Score
Metacritic 83/100[3]
Review scores
Publication Score
Destructoid 9.5/10[4]
Edge 8/10[5]
EGM 9/10[6]
Eurogamer 8/10[7]
Famitsu 32/40[8]
Game Informer 8.5/10[9]
Game Revolution 4/5 stars[10]
GameSpot 8/10[11]
GameTrailers 8.6/10[12]
Giant Bomb 5/5 stars[13]
Hyper 8/10[14]
IGN 7/10[15]
Joystiq 4/5 stars[16]
Nintendo Power 8/10[17]
Digital Spy 4/5 stars[18]
Wired 9/10 stars[19]

The game received "favorable" reviews according to the review aggregation website Metacritic.[3] In Japan, Famitsu gave it a score of one nine, two eights, and one seven for a total of 32 out of 40,[8] and it sold over 100,000 copies in its first week there.[20]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Iwata Asks - Rhythm Heaven Fever: 4. Music Spinning in Your Head". Nintendo. Retrieved May 7, 2013. 
  2. ^ Holmes, Jonathan (April 21, 2012). "Rhythm Heaven comes to Europe in English and Japanese". Destructoid. Retrieved June 15, 2015. 
  3. ^ a b "Rhythm Heaven Fever for Wii Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved May 7, 2013. 
  4. ^ Holmes, Jonathan (February 13, 2012). "Review: Rhythm Heaven Fever". Destructoid. Retrieved August 19, 2016. 
  5. ^ Edge staff (July 6, 2012). "Beat The Beat: Rhythm Paradise review". Edge. Archived from the original on July 9, 2012. Retrieved August 19, 2016. 
  6. ^ Patterson, Eric (February 15, 2012). "EGM Review: Rhythm Heaven Fever". EGMNow. Retrieved August 19, 2016. 
  7. ^ Parkin, Simon (July 5, 2012). "Beat the Beat: Rhythm Paradise Review". Eurogamer. Retrieved August 19, 2016. 
  8. ^ a b Gifford, Kevin (July 13, 2011). "Japan Review Check: Rhythm Heaven, No More Heroes". 1UP.com. 
  9. ^ Hilliard, Kyle (February 29, 2012). "Rhythm Heaven Fever: Nintendo's Bizarre Musical Experiment Finds A Home On The Wii". Game Informer. Retrieved August 19, 2016. 
  10. ^ Fettig, Eddy DS (February 27, 2012). "Rhythm Heaven Fever Review". Game Revolution. Retrieved August 19, 2016. 
  11. ^ Meunier, Nathan (February 13, 2012). "Rhythm Heaven Fever Review". GameSpot. Retrieved August 19, 2016. 
  12. ^ "Rhythm Heaven Fever Review". GameTrailers. February 21, 2012. Archived from the original on July 17, 2012. Retrieved August 19, 2016. 
  13. ^ Navarro, Alex (February 22, 2012). "Rhythm Heaven Fever Review". Giant Bomb. Retrieved August 19, 2016. 
  14. ^ "Beat the Beat: Rhythm Paradise". Hyper. December 2012. 
  15. ^ Drake, Audrey (February 6, 2012). "Rhythm Heaven Fever Review". IGN. 
  16. ^ Fletcher, JC (February 9, 2012). "Rhythm Heaven Fever review: Crazy into you". Engadget (Joystiq). Retrieved August 19, 2016. 
  17. ^ "Rhythm Heaven Fever". Nintendo Power. 276: 85. March 2012. 
  18. ^ Martin, Liam (July 9, 2012). "Beat the Beat: Rhythm Paradise review (Wii): A bizarre, wonderful treat". Digital Spy. Retrieved August 19, 2016. 
  19. ^ Meyer, John Mix (February 8, 2012). "Review: I Don't Need No Doctor For This Rhythm Heaven Fever". Wired. Retrieved August 19, 2016. 
  20. ^ Gantayat, Anoop (July 28, 2011). "Wii Rhythm Heaven Tops the Charts". Andriasang. 

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