Rhythm Heaven Fever
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North American game cover
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Rhythm Heaven Fever, known in PAL regions as Beat the Beat: Rhythm Paradise, 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. 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 South Korea on September 12, 2013.
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/High Level 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.
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.
The game has received generally positive reviews, currently possessing an 83/100 score on Metacritic. The game sold over 100,000 copies in its first week in Japan and received a score of 32/40 in the Famitsu magazine. IGN gave the game a score of 7.0, praising its fun and addictive gameplay but criticising its multiplayer and grading system. GamesRadar gave the game 8/10, praising its addictive songs and unique art style. 1UP.com gave the game an A- rating, praising its infectious soundtrack and the execution of its controls. GameTrailers gave the game a score of 8.6.
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