» Previews: Rhythm Heaven for Wii Confuses and Surprises at Nintendo E3 2011 Review

L.E. Green

|    Tuesday, July 26, 2011

  • Developer: Nintendo, TNX
  • Publisher: Nintendo
  • Platform: Wii
  • Players: 1
  • Rating: Rating Pending
  • Genre: Music/Rhythm

At Nintendo of Canada’s E3 2011 review last week, I stepped up to a Wii kiosk with only one controller and was suddenly overwhelmed by a sea of Japanese characters. Not realizing that I was playing a demo for the new Wii version of Rhythm Heaven I picked one of the three available levels and, after another barrage of what I could only assume were instructions in Japanese, proceeded to play through a quick instructional round of a mini-game where you catch flicked orange peas on a fork. Though I don’t understand a word of Japanese, I understood the Wii Remote’s A button symbol and quickly caught on to the beat. And that’s when I knew what I had my hands on.

Rhythm Heaven is weird and wacky, not to mention instantly addictive. The fact that I was able to play properly so quickly, even without understanding what the instructions were saying, also speaks to how easy it is to pick up and play. Though it hasn’t overtaken Skyward Sword as my most anticipated Wii title of the year, it was definitely a great surprise! As long as Nintendo includes calibration for different television types, it will be a must have.


Comments (3)


  1. Eli S says:

    Who knew that a rhythm game could involve more than pressing a button when the bar hits the line?

    Rhythm Heaven looks like a blend of WarioWare and Guitar Hero, from which the resulting smoothie is delicious.

    • L.E. Green L.E. Green says:

      You, sir, must not remember Parappa the Rapper, the original music/rhythm game! ;) There was also Boom Boom Rocket, and Harmonix also had at least two interesting precursors to Guitar Hero. The interesting thing about Rhythm Heaven is that it relies far less on visual cues, and more on listening specifically to the beat.

      Also, in case you didn’t know, Rhythm Heaven originated on DS.

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