Rhythm Tengoku / GameBoy Advance : 5 of 5
I play my Nintendo DS almost every day, but I have pretty much abandoned all of my old GameBoy Advance games, even though I can play them on my DS just fine. I never dreamed I would be buying another GBA cartridge, but when I read the reviews of Rhythm Tengoku, I just had to give it a shot, because there will never be enough rhythm games in the world for me! This is a relatively recent Japanese game, and it's kind of like combining Wario Ware mini-games with DDR-style beat accuracy. A large number of the games really only use a single button, but it's all about pressing that button right on the beat (and precision definitely counts)! There are tons of hilarious games, ranging from punching flower pots being thrown at you to shooting ghosts with a bow and arrow, to dancing robots and monkeys, and of course, whacking demons with a sword. You don't have to know Japanese to figure things out, but it makes it more fun for me! Lots of the games feature some unique Japanese culture, too, like making girls dance during a summer festival, or responding to some Japanese rap with certain patterns (based on the words just said). The games are organized into groups that you have to complete to unlock the next group, and each one ends with a cool "remix" where you play tiny pieces of each game combined into one song - it's a blast (and the music is great, too). There are some unlockable bonus games, too - my favorite has you matching the cool beats from a bunny drummer, and many of these are patterns I would have trouble playing on an actual kit! I can definitely see myself enjoying Rhythm Tengoku for a long time to come.