Wednesday, February 08, 2012

Reason #403 I could be considered an 'eccentric' (aka bat-sh*t crazy) gamer

Thanks to the North American copy of Rhythm Heaven that I picked up on the cheap a few weeks ago, I now own three copies of this wonderfully wacky music game.

Why on earth did I decide to buy three copies of this DS title? Well, I didn't set out to own three copies of it, for starters. When it was first released in Japan--as Rhythm Tengoku Gold--three-and-a-half years ago, I doubted it would make its way to the West, so I picked up a copy via

After the folks at Nintendo of America announced that it would, in fact, be brought stateside, I added it to my to-buy list ... and promptly forgot about it, especially after a I read a number of negative comments about its English vocals.

Later, I came across a cheap copy of the UK version--renamed, for some strange reason, Rhythm Paradise--and purchased that one instead. (In part because it was cheap, and in part because I wanted another Euro DS game. See this post for more on that.)

At that point, I pretty much gave up on adding the North American release to my collection. When I saw that a sealed copy of the game was being sold via Amazon for less than $5, though, I couldn't help but snatch it up.

See also: Other reasons I could be considered an 'eccentric' (aka bat-sh*t crazy) gamer


Darwin said...

Ok, reason #403 solidifies the title bat-sh*t crazy gamer. :)

Bryan Ochalla said...

Ha! I'm surprised this is the entry that caused you to agree with me, Darwin :)

BTW, it should be noted that both the Euro and NA versions were bought for about $5 each. Really, how can you turn that down??

coolpowers said...

Multiple copies of a game means you're eccentric now? I had Japanese Rez PS2, US Rez PS2, and Rez HD on the 360.

Bryan Ochalla said...

Well, I think *sometimes* it means you're eccentric, coolpowers--at least a little bit :)

Really, though, I consider this series to be pretty tongue-in-cheek.

As for you owning three copies of Rez: I bow down to you!

Kimimi said...

Wasn't Rhythm Tengoku the one that had the expansion pack in the form of a GBA cart, or was that Daigasso Band Brothers?

...I think I'm getting my quirky music games all mixed up :S

In any case, whichever game ended up with that expansion cart - do you have it? I was always curious about it.

Bryan Ochalla said...

Hey there, Kimimi! Ah, you're thinking of the first Daigasso game. It had a GBA expansion cart with additional songs. I've wanted it for ages, but for some dumb reason I've never bought it. Maybe soon :)

Mark Ayala said...

Your other posts were pretty out there, but this one makes you a certified eccentric.

Do you own the GBA one?

Also, I'm going to a Rhythm Heaven Wii event her in Los Angeles on Friday. As a big fan of the game, if I get any doubles on cool stuff for the game, want me to send any your way (they said online there was going to be free stuff)?

Bryan Ochalla said...

Hey there, Mark! I *love* that everyone seems to think this post is the one that pushed me over the line. Ha!

As for whether or not I own the GBA one: Of course! The best of the bunch, in my humble opinion. It's a cryin' shame Nintendo never released it outside of Japan.

I'm jealous that you're going to a Rhythm Heaven Fever event this week, by the way. And, YES, I'd love it if you would send me some swag--should you get doubles, triples, etc. Just let me know if that's the case and I'll send you my e-mail address (if you don't have it already).

Thanks for thinking of me in that regard, by the way. Very nice of you :)

I've had my copy of Rhythm Heaven Fever pre-ordered for ages, BTW, and I can't wait until it arrives. I think I'm going to have to stop working early that day just so I can play the hell out of it before the hubs gets home!

Viewtiful_Justin said...

Certifiable, Bryan. Do you think they changed the name to avoid favoring one religion's terminology over another's?

Bryan Ochalla said...

I would guess so, Justin. There's no other explanation I can think of, at least. Personally, I'm surprised they didn't just choose one name (such as Rhythm Paradise) and stick with it throughout all non-Japanese releases.

Viewtiful_Justin said...

Well, since when have localization teams' decisions made any sense to us?

Bryan Ochalla said...

You've got a point there, Justin!