Monday, November 07, 2011

The wait for Rhythm Heaven Wii's North American release just got a whole lot tougher

Although Japanese gamers have had access to Minna no Rhythm Tengoku since late July, the rest of the world's gamers are still waiting to experience this latest entry in the Nintendo- and TNX-developed series.

Anyway, considering it's been four months since Minna no Rhythm Tengoku (aka Everybody's Rhythm Heaven) hit store shelves in Japan, why am I only getting around to complaining about the wait now? Well, I just came across the following, rather hilarious video of one of this Wii title's mini-games:

Obviously someone with way too much time on his or her hands (and thank goodness for that!) decided to have a bit of fun and replace the mini-game's masked wrestler with a muscle-bound stripper. As much as I appreciate that, what I appreciate even more is that the video above made me aware of the real version of this mini-game (yes, I've somehow kept myself from watching every video ever posted to YouTube about this title since its Japanese release), which seems to be just as hilarious as the altered one.

As much as I'm willing and planning to wait for the release of the North American version of this game--which will be called Rhythm Heaven Fever, by the way--I'm also seriously considering picking up the Japanese version sooner rather than later, as I have a feeling some of the vocal tracks (like the one in the video above) are going to be mangled, if not altogether ruined, while being translated into English.

See also: Previous Rhythm Heaven Wii posts


Viewtiful_Justin said...

I'd play it even if they didn't translate a word of the music. I'm trying really hard not to listen to the originals so I won't be disappointed.

Bryan Ochalla said...

You know what I *wish* NOA would do, Justin? Include the Japanese originals in the NA version of the game. That way, people could choose to play either the English or Japanese versions -- or both! I doubt they'll do that, though :(

Adam said...

I picked up Rhythm Heaven on DS and really enjoyed it.

I doubt they'll ever release most games with Japanese and English as an option. They even left it out in Brawl after implementing it a tad in Super Smash Bros. Melee.

Bryan Ochalla said...

Yeah, I know you're right, Adam -- but, man, do I wish you were wrong.

I'm guessing NOA's reasoning is, "Some people will get confused! They'll think Japanese is the only option!" or something like that. Which is completely stupid, of course, but what can you do?

Anyway, I'm glad you picked up Rhythm Heaven on the DS and enjoyed it. It's one of my favorite games for the system, and that's really saying something.

Viewtiful_Justin said...

That could be amazing, Bryan. Given NOA's track record, it'll probably never happen, but it's nice to dream.

Bryan Ochalla said...

Yeah, I know it's unlikely to happen given NOA's track record, but who knows??