I bet all those North Americans who preordered the DS title Rhythm Tengoku Gold at Play-Asia or a similar site feel sorry now – Nintendo announced at E3 2008 that the music game similar to WarioWare will be released in North America as Rhythm Heaven. Like its GBA predecessor Rhythm Tengoku (which was never released stateside), Rhythm Heaven involves going through assorted mini-games, tapping their stylus or finger on the touch screen to the beat.
The fun part about Rhythm Heaven is that you won’t be prompted to tap by some flashing icon on the screen. Instead you have to pay attention to the music, created by Tsunku, and keep up the beat on the touch screen.
I’m very pleased to see Nintendo bring this series overseas. My friend owns the original GBA Rhythm Tengoku and it was very charming. So far Rhythm Heaven doesn’t have a rating, price or release date set, but the Japanese version, Rhythm Tengoku Gold, will be released July 31, 2008, cost $38.90 and was rated Cero A (All Ages). If Nintendo really wanted to be ambitious, they could probably swing a simultaneous release. There isn’t much text in the Rhythm Tengoku series after all. Of course they won’t – I bet we’ll see Rhythm Heaven around Christmas 2008.