Rhythm Heaven Megamix
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Rhythm Heaven Megamix, known as Rhythm Paradise Megamix in PAL regions, Rhythm Tengoku: The Best Plus in Japan, and Rhythm World: The Best Plus in South Korea, is a rhythm game released for the Nintendo 3DS in 2015 in Japan, Hong Kong and Taiwan and 2016 elsewhere, and the fourth installment of the Rhythm Heaven series. It largely consists of games taken from past installments, along with a plurality of new content. As with previous installments of the series, Megamix is a collaboration between Nintendo SPD1 and song producer Mitsuo Terada (otherwise known as Tsunku♂).
While WarioWare and Rhythm Heaven have made occasional references to each other (most prevalent in Game & Wario), mostly due to being developed by the same team, Megamix solidifies the link between the two series by including a set of minigames featuring the cast of the WarioWare series.
Rhythm Heaven Megamix is a rhythm game tasking the player to play through a series of rhythm-based minigames played using the button, the button, and the . Megamix alteratively offers a tapping control scheme using the , although it does not replicate the more elaborate touch screen motions from the DS Rhythm Heaven. Unlike other rhythm games, the Rhythm Heaven series has a stronger emphasis on testing the player’s sense of rhythm and will often subvert the visual cues during the course of the minigames.
The main story of Megamix is composed of 108 minigames: 78 taken from past installments, and 30 brand new. Several of the returning minigames in the early portion of the game have new graphics and music, and the games from the DS Rhythm Heaven have been reworked to use button inputs rather than the touch screen. Some of the games are Big Rock Finish, Tongue Lashing, Monkey Watch, Kitties!, and LumBEARjack 2.
Wario... Where? (Made In Course in the Japanese script) is the name of the final two challenge sets in the Challenge Train mode, unlocked after all of Paprika World has been cleared (excluding the "Super Hard" challenges). Each sets have the player play through four minigames in succession, with the minigame’s original characters being replaced with those of the WarioWare series. Unlike other sets in the Challenge Train mode, Wario... Where? does not feature changes to the tempo or ruleset of the minigames, but it is the only set to feature new graphics.
Wario... Where? 2: The Sequel
Masami Yone, the director of Rhythm Heaven Fever, assumed the same role for Megamix. He was assisted by Takumi Hatakeyama, who previously worked as a programmer and designer for WarioWare: D.I.Y. and Rhythm Heaven Fever. Ko Takeuchi returns as the art director, and Yoshio Sakamoto as the general producer. The music is done by Tsunku♂, who also serves as the game's producer.
Megamix is the final game developed by Nintendo SPD1. Following its release, the game development arm of Nintendo SPD would be merged into a new division known as Nintendo Entertainment Planning and Development.
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