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9:00 PM on 06.13.2014

Rhythm Heaven enemy surfaces in Smash Bros. 4

Buried under all the other E3 news this weekend as the eagle-eyed observation that one of the Sneaky Spirits from the original Rhythm Tengoku/Heaven on GBA is an enemy in the Smash Run mode of Super Smash Bros. for 3DS....

Jonathan Holmes


1:00 PM on 04.06.2014

Rhythm Heaven music producer diagnosed with Laryngeal cancer

The Rhythm Heaven series hasn't become a household name outside of Japan (yet), but in its native country, the games sell in the millions. That success is due in no small part to the work of Tsunku, the singer/songwriter/prod...

Jonathan Holmes

10:00 PM on 02.22.2012

The ponies have stormed the gates of Rhythm Heaven

It looks like there is a mod for Rhythm Heaven Fever that swaps the native graphics for My Little Pony characters. That's what the description of the above YouTube video says anyway. Does anyone out there want to follow...

Jonathan Holmes

10:00 PM on 02.20.2012

Get your groovy ass on the Rhythm Heaven Fever webpage

Rhythm Heaven Fever hit last week, and it's been great to see the Western world's reaction to the game. As you can see in these launch event coverage videos (one from Dtoid and one from Nintendo), some people are practically...

Jonathan Holmes

6:00 PM on 01.28.2012

Rhythm Heaven Fever's orgasmic wood people CONFIRMED

Here's a compilation of some footage of Rhythm Heaven Fever, the English language version of Minna no Rhythm Tengoku. How do you think it sounds? Personally, I like the English voice work here, but I think I'll still prefer ...

Jonathan Holmes

11:00 PM on 01.16.2012

Is this our first look at Rhythm Heaven Fever?

I keep forgetting that Minna No Rhythm Tengoku (the Japanese Rhythm Heaven game on the Wii) and Rhythm Heaven Fever are technically two different titles. When it comes to gameplay, they're the same game, but when it comes to...

Jonathan Holmes

11:00 PM on 11.29.2011

Rhythm Heaven Fever infects North America February 2012

Friends, we've weathered hard times these past months. Nintendo faithful across the land have endured quite the drought. So few compelling titles may have tested the resolve of less devout fans, but not us. No, we patiently w...

Kyle MacGregor

9:00 PM on 10.30.2011

Rhythm Heaven Wii is now Rhythm Heaven Fever

In Japan, the latest Rhythm Heaven game is called Minna No Rhythm Tengoku, which roughly translates to Everybody's Rhythm Heaven. It looks like Nintendo of America is going with a different direction for the game's Western lo...

Jonathan Holmes



It Came from Japan! Rhythm Tengoku photo
It Came from Japan! Rhythm Tengoku
by Allistair Pinsof

[It Came from Japan! is a series where I seek out and review the weirdest, most original and enjoyable titles that never left the Land of the Rising Sun.]

Japanese games often possess a delirious quality that leaves some people scratching their heads and others delighting in the madness. Rhythm Tengoku, filled with characters and personality that are uniquely Japanese, is one such game.

Yet, all the quirky characters and scenarios feel like they occupy a coherent world, one where the offbeat antics of the WarioWare series successfully merge with the rhythm genre to form a portable classic that never made it to the States. Although many have heard about it and may have played its sequels, it remains an obscure gem.

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2:30 PM on 08.21.2011

Spoilers: Rhythm Heaven Wii's biggest secrets unlocked

I've been working on a import review of Minna no Rhythm Tengoku (known as Rhythm Heaven Wii in the U.S.) for almost a month now. Problem is, I just don't have the skills to unlock everything in the game. Though it has incred...

Jonathan Holmes

12:30 PM on 07.31.2011

Oil up: Rhythm Heaven Wii gets a 4 disc soundtrack

[Image from Nintendo Japan's official Minna No Rhythm Heaven wallpapers] Since receiving my import copy of Rhythm Heaven Wii last week, a day hasn't gone by by when I haven't gushed about how awesome its monkeys are (usually...

Jonathan Holmes





2:30 PM on 07.23.2011

Revel in the sweet sights and sounds of Rhythm Heaven Wii

These videos have convinced me to buy the Japanese version of Minna mo Rhythm Tengoku, known in the West as Rhythm Heaven Wii. I know the game is coming to the United States soon enough, but I'm sure that some of the Japanes...

Jonathan Holmes

11:00 AM on 07.09.2011

Kids and weird ladies are all up on Rhythm Heaven Wii

Rhythm Heaven Wii is about to be released in Japan, and marketing for the title is starting to pick up. We've already gotten a look at some of the game's 50+ levels, multi-player mode, and a endless games, but these TV spots...

Jonathan Holmes

3:00 PM on 07.03.2011

Rhythm Heaven Wii makes Nintendo of America look good

Nintendo of America has been getting a a lot of bad press lately. Operation Rainfall, and their efforts to convince NoA to localize Pandora's Tower, The Last Story, and Xenoblade, continue to make headlines. More aggressive ...

Jonathan Holmes

5:22 PM on 06.09.2011

E3: Wii U gets Rhythm Heaven-hot with some pirate sh*t

I'm actually about to run out of time here at E3, so I have to make this post short. There is a Wii U demo of a game called Shield Pose where you have to use the Wii U's camera, separate screen functionality, and motion cont...

Jonathan Holmes

12:54 PM on 06.08.2011

E3: Rhythm Heaven Wii kills it

Have you played Rhythm Heaven? This WarioWare-esque rhythm-action series has been largely ignored in the US and Europe, which is a shame. My guess is that this is largely because the superior GBA iteration of the game never ...

Jonathan Holmes