Rhythm Heaven Fever
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Rhythm Heaven Fever,[a] known in PAL regions as Beat the Beat: Rhythm Paradise, is a music video game developed by Nintendo and TNX for Nintendo's Wii. 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, and was succeeded by Rhythm Heaven Megamix for the Nintendo 3DS. 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. It was digitally re-released for the Wii U in Japan on July 27, 2016, in North America on November 10, 2016 and in Europe on November 24, 2016.
As with Rhythm Tengoku and its DS sequel, Rhythm Heaven Fever 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 of 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
The following Rhythm Games, Remixes, Endless Games and Extra Games are playable in Rhythm Heaven Fever. This game features more than 50 rhythm games.
^a Uses the song "Tonight". In the Japanese version, it was named as "I Feel Fine!!".
^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 Rhythm Games that have Dual Mode variants.
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". The European and Australian versions of the game allow players to toggle between English and Japanese voices and songs.
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.
The game received "favorable" reviews according to the review aggregation website Metacritic. In Japan, Famitsu gave it a score of one nine, two eights, and one seven for a total of 32 out of 40, and it sold over 100,000 copies in its first week there.
- Known 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)
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