Did you buy Rhythm Heaven for DS? Would you support a U.S. release of the Wii sequel?


Rhythm Heaven, one of the DS’s funniest and most original games, is getting a Wii follow-up in Japan. I’ve got my fingers crossed for a North American release.

U.S. sales of Rhythm Heaven didn’t reach Brain-Age level heights, despite a cute marketing campaign featuring Beyonce. How many of you out there bought this terrific Music Game/Warioware hybrid?

Placing in Infendo’s 2009 Top 10, Rhythm Heaven is a charmer. If you missed it, do yourself a huge favor and buy it at a discount price or rent it. It contains some of the greatest ideas ever presented on any game platform, including a charming little ghost rock band that deserves its own series. Rhythm Heaven is bizarre, hilarious and full of catchy tunes.

Music, comedy and weirdness are three qualities I crave in my games, so I bought Rhythm Heaven and loved it despite two minor problems:

1) Its claim of fifty mini games is a bit of a stretch. In reality–not counting unlockable toys and noise makers–there are around thirty mini games that make up the heart of the title.

2) The games are all unlocked and beaten fairly quickly, then proceed to rapidly get more difficult until the experience becomes near-impossible and the fun stops.

I think the game was overpriced at $29.99, and probably would have sold much better by matching Brain-Age’s $19.99 tag.

Did you buy Rhythm Heaven? Would you like the Wii sequel brought stateside? Frankly, if announced, it’ll be right there on my must-buy list alongside Skyward Sword.


  1. I bought rhythm heaven when it came out and what I thought about it you pretty much covered. Definitely fun but some of the levels get extreme fast. Although I enjoyed the game, I haven’t touched it since I finished it.

    And I would buy a sequel if, like you said, it wasn’t thirty bucks

    I found it kind of steep, probably to pay for the beyonce promo

  2. I absolutely LOVE Rhythm Heaven, and I am desperately hoping for a localization of the new Wii version. I would definitely get it day one.

  3. I bought Rhythm Heaven, even though I already had the leaked rom on my flash card, it’s just that good. I’d love to see the Wii version localized, but I would kill to have the original released here in some form (translation on the 3DS’s VC, a remake for 3DSWare, anything.)

  4. I have the original GBA Rhythm Tengoku and Rhythm Tengoku Gold for the DS. I don’t like the localized lyrics for the US Version. If there were an option to play the original Japanese version, I would get it. All of the original music from Tsunku (???). Love it all.

  5. Bought it at launxh and had a blast. Game did feel a bit short and at $20 it WOULD have sold closer to Brain Age numbers. Bring us the sequel Nintendo (and publish Retro Game Challemge 2 while we’re at it).

  6. Yes, I’d buy it, but I almost want a 3DS version more.

  7. Rhythm Heaven is by far my favorite game of 2009, and one of my favorite games ever. Granted, the game is hard (too hard for some), but if you’re skilled enough you’ll love it. Some people get confused by the difficulty level and call the game “frustrating” or they say that “fun stops”, but that’s totally subjective: it all depends on your skills to play it.

    Also, for the people that says $30 is too much, I’d bet the wii version will cost $50, as any other nintendo-developed game for wii (unless they release it for wii-ware).

  8. i not only bought rhythm heaven but i imported rhythm tengoku, or however it was spelled, so i would prob pick up the wii version sometime esp considering smooth moves on wii was my fav warioware however i wouldnt pay $50 for it on day 1
    ps tengoku was much better than heaven

  9. @ doughboy
    sorry i missed ur comment but the music is also the reason i prefer the japanese version and im not normally a fan of jpop

  10. I did buy the DS Rhythm Heaven and was enjoying it but I didn’t like how the difficulty ramped up… I kept playing it but then I had complaints from people that the noise was bothering them so I didn’t play it as much… I suppose headphones would have resolved this… oh well.

    As for a wii version… no thanks. I don’t have much time for the wii anymore… when I get home from work I don’t have much time for gaming so a home console version is a no go.

    Now, a 3DS version would be something I would consider! 🙂 I do 95% of my gaming on the go now so a new version for the 3DS would stand a better chance at my gaming dollars. lol

  11. YES I WOULD BUY IT, i still pick it up a few times a month and play it even though i bought it when it first came out. never gets old

  12. Sounds good. Hopefully the motion controls will be precise for a game like this. MotionPlus if need be. Then it’ll be totally fun. I’ve been waiting for this.

    Now if they could pack on a localized Rhythm Tengoku with the “Wish” song…

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