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Rhythm Heaven: The Best Plus

System: 3DS
Release date: June 11, 2015 (JP)
Developer: Nintendo
Publisher Nintendo


Author: Patrick

Okay, so full disclosure: Rhythm Heaven is probably my favourite Nintendo-published series if not my flat-out favourite game series of all time. For me the core gameplay clicked immediately with the cute and creative minigames that make up the series proving to be a brilliant way to test players’ musical abilities. You could sell me a Rhythm Heaven game that was 75% old content and I’d still eat it up. And that just so happens to be what Nintendo have done this time. The currently Japan-exclusive Rhythm Heaven The Best+ brings rhythm games from the previous three entries in the series to the 3DS along with a handful of new games and some structural changes. It’s a solid compilation of the series’ highs, even if there’s a sense that the developers didn’t quite get why Rhythm Heaven is “the best”.

Nintendo has come out with another commercial for Rhythm Heaven: The Best Plus. Watch it below.

Nintendo issued another 3DS theme based on Rhythm Heaven: The Best Plus in Japan last week. Below you’ll find an official video showing it off.

Rhythm Heaven: The Best Plus was the best-selling game in Japan during the week of June 8. It moved 158,000 copies, and Media Create reveals that it sold through 81.56 percent of its initial shipment.

The Japanese sales tracker offers up a couple of reasons for Rhythm Heaven 3DS’s success. Commercials probably helped things, and because it’s a compilation of the series’ previous installments, dedicated fans held it in high demand.

3DS hardware as a whole – including the new Pearl White color – sold 26,000 units. This was an increase of 44.05 percent. While many individual hardware have been on the decline since last week, 3DS has driven the hardware market to an increase compared to last week, just like the sales of software increased from last week.

In last week’s issue of Famitsu, the magazine published a first review of Rhythm Heaven: The Best Plus. Three editors gave the game an “8” while a fourth gave it a perfect “10”. In total, Rhythm Heaven: The Best Plus earned a total of 34 points out of 40.

If you’re interested in reading up on Famitsu’s review, head past the break. We have it translated in full.

Collectible Badge Center has been updated with another round of badges. In the latest wave, Nintendo sent out badges based on Rhythm Heaven: The Best Plus. You can get a look at them above.

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If you missed our video roundup of Rhythm Heaven: The Best Plus yesterday, now’s your chance to give the title another look. An hour of footage can be seen below.

Rhythm Heaven: The Best Plus has launched in Japan, so it only makes sense that there’s a related theme. Those with Japanese 3DS systems can purchase it for 200 yen. Footage of the theme can be found below.

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Nintendo has prepared one final promo for Rhythm Heaven: The Best Plus. Watch it below.

Rhythm Heaven: The Best Plus has launched in Japan, and that means footage is beginning to stream in. All videos that we come across today will be added in below.