Games of E3

The Escapist Staff | 10 Jun 2011 18:00
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Rhythm Heaven Wii

Rhythm Heaven Wii is the third game in a series of audio-based mini-game collections by the creators of WarioWare. The first of in the series was never released outside of Japan, and this is the first to be released for a home console, the earlier entries being for handheld systems. The game, like WarioWare, aims to be simple but entertaining and accessible.

Read Allistair's full preview of Rhythm Heaven Wii here. The game will be available sometime in 2011 for the Wii.

Allistair Pinsof:
Don't worry, series fans: The transition to Wii doesn't mean gimmicky motion controls galore. Rhythm Heaven Wii continues to keep things stupid-simple, requiring only pressing a button or two in time to the beat. This Wii sequel keeps the simplicity while improving the experience with better sound and graphics that a console can provide.

The demo contained three games/songs. The first game involved stabbing a fork in time as peas flew across in the screen in time to the beat. The sound, music and graphics keep the lo-fi charm of the original without sacrificing fidelity. There isn't much going on in these games, but the attention to detail is nice. For instance, if you slightly missed the beat, the pea would get stuck between two prongs of the fork instead of stabbed directly.

The final level, and my personal favorite, involved a relentless game of Badminton between a dog and cat fighter pilots. Throughout the song, your cat opponent repositions himself high and far, altering the timing required. Of the three games, it's the trickiest and the most visually appealing. Colorful trees and blue sky blur across the screen and the character animation helps you prepare for a button press.

I never expected Nintendo to make another Rhythm Heaven, especially one for consoles, so discovering a Wii sequel was one of E3's greatest surprises. No multiplayer was shown at E3, but the idea still has me excited to see it in action.

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