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Square Enix announces Theatrhythm Dragon Quest

Theatrhythm isn't just a Final Fantasy spin-off anymore; it's an established brand, one Square Enix hopes to expand into a full series of rhythm games based on its classic properties.  Theatrhythm Dragon Quest is the nex...   more

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Harmonix returns to classic rhythm-action with Amplitude

Before the folks at Harmonix Studios put themselves on the map with Guitar Hero and Rock Band, it was known for the cult hits Frequency and Amplitude. Blending fast-paced rhythm-based action with mesmerizing visuals and ...   more

Harmonix returns to classic rhythm-action with Amplitude photo

Inside My Radio is a rad rhythm-platformer

There are things to consider when it comes to playing music in public. Are you in an open space, perhaps a park, with enough distance between you and others so that your tunes don't dance on over into unwilling ears? Are you...   more

Inside My Radio is a rad rhythm-platformer photo

Review: Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA F 2nd

Hatsune Miku is an international sensation. Despite the fact that she's a simple digital creation, she's managed to rack up a massive amount of record sales and sold-out concerts, including a tour with Lady Gaga and even an a...   more

Review: Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA F 2nd photo

Review: Senran Kagura: Bon Appétit!

Some may call Senran Kagura inherently tasteless, but the series of action-packed brawlers has depth and satisfying combat. The games have swept the handheld community mainly because of their increasingly risqué conten...   more

Review: Senran Kagura: Bon Appétit! photo

Review: The Voice: I Want You

Do you live for the thrill of belting out your favorite songs whenever you've got five minutes to yourself? Are you an amateur singer looking for guidance, or a professional looking for something fun to brush up your vocal te...   more

Review: The Voice: I Want You photo

Senran Kagura Bon Appétit hits Vita on November 11

Senran Kagura Bon Appétit launches in North America on November 11, Marvelous announced today. The PlayStation Vita exclusive will then arrive in Europe the following day. The rhythm game is a spin-off of "the popular...   more

Senran Kagura Bon Appétit hits Vita on November 11 photo


Senran Kagura Bon Appétit hits Vita on November 11 photo
Senran Kagura Bon Appétit hits Vita on November 11 photo
Senran Kagura Bon Appétit hits Vita on November 11 photo
Senran Kagura Bon Appétit hits Vita on November 11 photo
Senran Kagura Bon Appétit hits Vita on November 11 photo
Senran Kagura Bon Appétit hits Vita on November 11 photo



Review: Disney Fantasia: Music Evolved

[Disclosure: Nick Chester, who is currently employed at Harmonix, previously worked at Destructoid. As always, no relationships, personal or professional, were factored into the review.] Fantasia holds a special place in...   more

Review: Disney Fantasia: Music Evolved photo

This is why I love Vib-Ribbon

Vib-Ribbon is a game by NanaOn-Sha (Parappa the Rapper, UmJammer Lammy) that was originally released on the PS1. It came to the United States for the first time just recently, by way of PSN. The original game allowed you to t...   more

This is why I love Vib-Ribbon photo

A City Sleeps still looks enchanting, available now on Steam

Harmonix's chaotic-looking but nonetheless stylish music-driven shoot-'em-up A City Sleeps is now available on Steam and there's currently a 10% discount bringing the price to $13.49. While I typically shy away from bullet-h...   more

A City Sleeps still looks enchanting, available now on Steam photo

Review: Dance Central Spotlight

[Disclosure: Nick Chester, who is currently employed at Harmonix, previously worked at Destructoid. As always, no relationships, personal or professional, were factored into the review.] Although it's been a lot tougher to ge...   more

Review: Dance Central Spotlight photo

Enough teasing: Vib-Ribbon is headed to PlayStation Network

There was an out-of-nowhere nod to Vib-Ribbon at Sony's E3 press conference this year, and then nothing. No follow-up announcement. That wasn't very nice at all. But everything will be better, soon enough: the cult PlayStatio...   more

Enough teasing: Vib-Ribbon is headed to PlayStation Network photo

Amplitude isn't pretty yet, but at least it works

Judging by the first gameplay video of Harmonix's reboot of Amplitude, development's coming along rather nicely but is still far from done. This prototype update for Kickstarter backers is heavy on placeholder visuals and ha...   more

Amplitude isn't pretty yet, but at least it works photo

Persona 4: Dancing All Night delayed in Japan

Persona 4: Dancing All Night has been delayed in Japan, Atlus has announced. The rhythm game was scheduled to debut this autumn, but is now postponed until next year. No word on how this impacts the western release of the Pl...   more

Persona 4: Dancing All Night delayed in Japan photo

Review: Size DOES Matter

Simple graphics, twitch gameplay, and fresh music constitute a good formula for mobile gaming. Titles like this allow for a quick bit of play during minutes of downtime, and can paradoxically keep players going for long perio...   more

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Review: Theatrhythm Final Fantasy: Curtain Call

Theatrhythm: Final Fantasy was a very nice surprise. After many people had become disenfranchised with the series due to a number of mishaps and weak core entries, Theatrhythm reminded us that Square still had rever...   more

Review: Theatrhythm Final Fantasy: Curtain Call photo

PS Vita rhythm game IA/VT Colorful delayed to 2015

IA/VT Colorful has been pushed back to 2015, Marvelous announced today. The PlayStation Vita rhythm game was first slated to launch in Japan this summer, before being postponed until autumn. The reason behind the latest delay...   more

PS Vita rhythm game IA/VT Colorful delayed to 2015 photo

Sony just filed a Vib-Ribbon trademark in Europe

Sony filed a new trademark for Vib Ribbon in Europe today, as spotted on NeoGAF. Vib-Ribbon is a cult classic PS1 game from the developer of PaRappa the Rapper and UmJammer Lammy. It never got a North...   more

Sony just filed a Vib-Ribbon trademark in Europe photo

Theatrhythm Final Fantasy: Curtain Call gets a UK demo this week

Square Enix has just sent over word that Europe is getting a demo for Theatrhythm Final Fantasy: Curtain Call. It'll drop on September 4th, and will feature two songs -- "Edgar and Sabin's Theme," and "Those Who Fight." ...   more

Theatrhythm Final Fantasy: Curtain Call gets a UK demo this week photo

New pics surface of the Taiko no Tatsujin drum controller

More pics have surfaced of the sweet Taiko no Tatsujin controller compatible with the Wii and Wii U. Unfortunately there hasn't been a Taiko no Tatsujin game available in the West since the PlayStation 2's heyday, but rhythm ...   more

New pics surface of the Taiko no Tatsujin drum controller photo

Hatsune Miku: Project Diva F 2nd takes the stage in November

Hatsune Miku: Project Diva F 2nd launches on November 18 in North and Latin America, and elsewhere starting November 21, Sega has announced. Available in both physical and digital formats, the rhythm game features cross-save comparability, as well as twenty classic songs from the the previously Japan-only PSP games and twenty brand new songs.   more

Hatsune Miku: Project Diva F 2nd takes the stage in November photo

Man, I wish I were playing Crypt of the NecroDancer right now

Are you playing Crypt of the NecroDancer? You should be playing Crypt of the NecroDancer. It's a rhythm-based roguelike in which you hop around dungeons to the beat of music, a novel mechanic that ends up being enjoyable -- n...   more

Man, I wish I were playing Crypt of the NecroDancer right now photo

Video: You could win the Theatrhythm: Curtain Call contest, I definitely won't

As we reported earlier today, Square-Enix is holding a contest to win some fabulous Theatrhythm Final Fantasy: Curtain Call prizes. All you have to do is create a short video of your own musical rendition of the Final Fantasy "Main Theme". I took the opportunity to try to turn this news report into an entry for the contest. I probably won't win.   more

Video: You could win the Theatrhythm: Curtain Call contest, I definitely won't photo

Crypt of the NecroDancer hops to Steam Early Access on July 30

Rhythmic dungeon crawler Crypt of the NecroDancer has been fun to watch at expos, but soon enough we'll be able to play (and fail, likely repeatedly) on our own terms -- the game hits Steam Early Access for Windows, Mac, and...   more

Crypt of the NecroDancer hops to Steam Early Access on July 30 photo

Bang the drums and roll the dice in this Taiko Drum Master RPG

A new Taiko Drum Master game is now available on a mobile device nowhere near you (if you live in Japan, anyway) with Taiko Drum Master: RPG Daton, an adorable quest featuring the cute little Taiko characters, pachinko balls...   more

Bang the drums and roll the dice in this Taiko Drum Master RPG photo

Alphabeats puts some wub wub in a word game

You know Teddy Diefenbach, right? He is one of the people working on the Kickstarter uber-success Hyper Light Drifter, and he just cannot seem to stop making new games. At E3 we got to play a bit of his newer title Kyoto Wil...   more

Alphabeats puts some wub wub in a word game photo

Square Enix kicks off Theatrhythm Final Fantasy: Curtain Call legacy music campaign

Square Enix has a new trailer out for Theatrhythm Final Fantasy: Curtain Call, and it's decidedly focused on legacy tunes. Billed as the "Legacy of Music Campaign," the developer is kicking off a new series that is aime...   more

Square Enix kicks off Theatrhythm Final Fantasy: Curtain Call legacy music campaign photo

Hatsune Miku: Project Mirai Remix announced for 3DS

Hatsune Miku: Project Mirai Remix is shimmying westward next year, Sega of America announced today. The 3DS rhythm game is an enhanced version of Project Mirai 2, which debuted in Japan last November. The localization is a testament to the vocaloid singer's burgeoning popularity, and will mark her first appearance on a Nintendo platform outside the confines of Japan.   more

Hatsune Miku: Project Mirai Remix announced for 3DS photo

Review: The Rhythm of Fighters

Over the past few decades, SNK has created a vast stable of memorable characters and franchises. I remember going into an arcade as a child for the first time and spending $10 on Fatal Fury, finding the fighters there more ap...   more

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That King of Fighters rhythm game is out now on iOS and Android

A rhyhthm game based on various franchises from the SNK world (most notably King of Fighters) is a thing, and it's dropping on iOS and Android this week. The base app is $0.99, with extra songs available via in-app-purchasing...   more

That King of Fighters rhythm game is out now on iOS and Android photo

The Rhythm of Fighters combines music with brawling for your gaming pleasure

Do you love fighting games? Do you love music games? What about a combination of the two? No, I'm not talking about Kickbeat. I'm actually talking about The Rhythm of Fighters - SNK Original Sound Collection. Strangely enough...   more

The Rhythm of Fighters combines music with brawling for your gaming pleasure photo

Shmup shmup revolution: Rhythm Destruction is on Steam now

We never covered the Rhythm Destruction Kickstarter, but it did fine without us, making more than 120% (wow!) of its $2000 (oh) goal. Mashing up a shmup with a rhythm game seems a little weird to think about, but after watch...   more

Shmup shmup revolution: Rhythm Destruction is on Steam now photo

E3's Senran Kagura showcase is both titillating and ridiculous

The Senran Kagura series takes fan-service to new heights in the upcoming brawler Senran Kagura Shinovi Versus and Senran Kagura Bon Appetít!, a rhythm cooking game. Both titles were available to demo at XSEED's booth at E3 2014.   more

E3's Senran Kagura showcase is both titillating and ridiculous photo

Just what you wanted: Hatsune Miku Project DIVA F 2nd

As Miku fans likely already know, Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA F 2nd is coming to North America this year, to both PS3 and Vita. It was through your support for the first title that this sequel's release is possible, Sega tell...   more

Just what you wanted: Hatsune Miku Project DIVA F 2nd photo

Diggin' the new button play in Theatrhythm Final Fantasy: Curtain Call

Theatrhythm Final Fantasy: Curtain Call has added the option to use buttons instead of the stylus. Game producer Ichiro Hazama told us in an interview at E3 today that he was thinking that fans that play 3DS while laying in bed might enjoy this alternative control method. I told him that I think I might be better at it than the stylus method.   more

Diggin' the new button play in Theatrhythm Final Fantasy: Curtain Call photo

Harmonix announces Dance Central Spotlight, a digital-only Xbox One exclusive

Dance Central Spotlight is a new Xbox One Kinect dancing title. The idea is to keep the focus on dancing and music, serving as a sort of follow-up to the hit Xbox 360 title Dance Central. The difference here is that Spotligh...   more

Harmonix announces Dance Central Spotlight, a digital-only Xbox One exclusive photo

Fantasia: Music Evolved introduces partner apprentice Scout

Harmonix has thought a lot about how they'll welcome players to Fantasia: Music Evolved and they've decided to add a partner apprentice that will serve as a sort of game guide. Her name is Scout, a talented but impatient appr...   more

Fantasia: Music Evolved introduces partner apprentice Scout photo

XSEED localizing Senran Kagura Bon Appétit this winter

Senran Kagura Bon Appétit will be cooking up a storm in North America this winter, XSEED Games announced today as a part of its E3 lineup. The PlayStation Vita rhythm game is a spin-off of Marvelous AQL's brawler ...   more

XSEED localizing Senran Kagura Bon Appétit this winter photo

Theatrhythm Final Fantasy Curtain Call launches Sept. 16

We finally have a release date for 3DS music game Theatrhythm Final Fantasy Curtain Call: September 16. Packed with 26 years of Final Fantasy music, this release comes in both standard and Collector's editions. The latter wil...   more

Theatrhythm Final Fantasy Curtain Call launches Sept. 16 photo

Songs for the dearth: Classic music games to fill the hollow

With a new Amplitude on the horizon and a post-Guitar Hero world having left much to be desired by way of rhythm games, we must look to the past to drink our fill from the fount of the world of music. And even before Guitar H...   more

Songs for the dearth: Classic music games to fill the hollow photo

Amplitude Kickstarter crosses finish line with $844K

It's over. The Kickstarter campaign for Amplitude, a revival of Harmonix Music System's 2003 PlayStation 2 game, has run its course. After achieving its $775,000 funding goal with precious little time to spare, the project co...   more

Amplitude Kickstarter crosses finish line with $844K photo

Get ready 2 rokk: Amplitude's Kickstarter successfully funded

After a tense will-they-or-won't-they run, Harmonix's Kickstarter for a revival of cult classic music game Amplitude has been funded. At the time of this post, the current amount raised by backers is $777,219, with a funding ...   more

Get ready 2 rokk: Amplitude's Kickstarter successfully funded photo

Insomniac supports Harmonix by pledging $7,500 to Amplitude Kickstarter

With only a few days left in Harmonix's Kickstarter for a remake of Amplitude, fellow developer Insomniac Games made a sizable contribution. The $775,000 asking price is now $7,500 closer to its goal. Insomniac cites being a...   more

Insomniac supports Harmonix by pledging $7,500 to Amplitude Kickstarter photo

Amplitude Kickstarter adds Anamanaguchi, Freezepop, Danny Baranowsky, and more

Harmonix's Amplitude Kickstarter campaign is four days away from ending, and it is only about halfway to its $775,000 goal. Some of the trepidation that potential backers have expressed has been regarding the soundtrack. Rath...   more

Amplitude Kickstarter adds Anamanaguchi, Freezepop, Danny Baranowsky, and more photo

Become the Cosmic DJ of legend and launch corgi heads into space

Cosmic DJ is now available on Steam Early Access for $5.99. The musical sequencer game lets people of all musical skill level create sweet jams, against some crazy stages. One stage involves launching a corgi head off into s...   more

Become the Cosmic DJ of legend and launch corgi heads into space photo

Harmonix releases free-to-play Record Run for iOS devices

Harmonix is hard at work getting its Amplitude Kickstarter off the ground, but there's still time for other projects to come to fruition. Harmonix and SuperVillain Studios have teamed up to release rhythm-runner Record Run f...   more

Harmonix releases free-to-play Record Run for iOS devices photo

Amplitude is the best thing Harmonix has ever done

Back in 2003, I was introduced to what would become one of my favorite games of all time -- Amplitude for the PlayStation 2. Although I had dabbled in the prequel (Frequency), it wasn't until Amplitude dropped that ...   more

Amplitude is the best thing Harmonix has ever done photo

Take another look at trippy Vita rhythm game IA/VT Colorful

IA/VT Colorful certainly lives up to its name. The kaleidoscopic rhythm game from Marvelous AQL stars vocaloid idol IA and is nothing if not vibrant. While the visuals are certainly eye-catching, those bullet hell-esque elem...   more

Take another look at trippy Vita rhythm game IA/VT Colorful  photo

Taiko: Drum Master on Wii U gets Zelda and Attack on Titan DLC

Taiko no Tatsujin: Wii U Version (otherwise known as Taiko: Drum Master) was released late last year, but that hasn't stopped them from producing DLC into 2014. The newest songs to hit the game are the theme song from Attack ...   more

Taiko: Drum Master on Wii U gets Zelda and Attack on Titan DLC photo

Theatrhythm Final Fantasy Curtain Call gets first DLC info

Theatrhythm Final Fantasy Curtain Call might be on the way overseas eventually, but it's already out in Japan, and they already have some DLC. The first character will be Yuffie, and a number of songs have been added to ...   more

Theatrhythm Final Fantasy Curtain Call gets first DLC info photo