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Top 5 rhythm action games

As we build up to the release of Harmoknight, Marti Bennett picks her favourite music games on Nintendo consoles

HarmoKnight was first announced on Nintendo Direct last August and it was a painful wait to see if it would be released outside of Japan. Thankfully, we soon learned that this 3DS eShop rhythm action game from Pokemon developers Game Freak would be released in the UK and the US in March.

You probably already know that I love Pokemon games but I'm also a big fan of rhythm action games. Whether, I'm dancing, playing instruments or pressing buttons along to music, I love a bit of rhythm action on Wii, 3DS, DS or Wii U. Here are five of my favourites.

1. Elite Beat Agents (Nintendo DS, 2007)

In this game, each song you play through is accompanied by a mini story as the Elite Beat Agents have to save the day through the power of dance. The player controls the dancing by either tapping or dragging the stylus along the touchscreen. The more points you earn determines how the story progresses. There are 16 songs to play through and three bonus tracks after completing certain criteria.

I really like the stories that go with the music you are playing and also, while researching for this blog, I found out that Jason Paige of Pokemon theme tune fame sang two of the songs on Elite Beat Agents! Wowzers!

I have great memories of this game. Elite Beat Agents multiplayer mode was available as single cart download. There were many lunchtimes at college where we would just hang out with our DS's and play some multiplayer Elite Beat Agents. I lost most of the time.

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  1. marka23 Saturday 16th Mar 2013 at 10:20

    They should use real guitars, drums and mics if they bring back Guitar Hero, first comment woot.

  2. KH81314 Saturday 16th Mar 2013 at 10:39

    My favorite rhythm game would have to be Rhythm Heaven Fever. Love how easy it was to understand and how can you not love playing Golf with a Baboon throwing a golf ball at you at a thousand miles an hour.

  3. martynm Saturday 16th Mar 2013 at 10:49

    this is the part where i'd joke about Dancing Stage Mario Mix not being included. The strange thing is, for me, is despite the cute and fun graphics these types of games can be brutal at times..

  4. MartinIsAwesome Saturday 16th Mar 2013 at 11:16

    For sheer amount of content and hidden depth my vote goes to Theatrhythm Final Fantasy.

  5. Riverlution Saturday 16th Mar 2013 at 11:22

    Yes, theatrhythm was awesome. I still think Guitar Hero is king of the rhythm genre though.

  6. CyberGW Saturday 16th Mar 2013 at 12:02

    Rhythm Thief is amazing.
    I am dying for them to make a sequel, I loved it so much. It is my second favourite 3DS game, Kid Icarus: Uprising is first.

  7. tohaker Saturday 16th Mar 2013 at 12:32

    I really wanted to buy Rhythm Thief, but there were literally none to be found in any shop I went to (GAME, HMV, Amazon, etc.) I have now given up on it and seen it for Ł40 in GAME. They're not getting that much out of me!

  8. Version10 Saturday 16th Mar 2013 at 16:47

    How could you include rhythm paradise ds but not wii!?

  9. Xenoblade Hero Saturday 16th Mar 2013 at 17:54

    A feature on rhythm-action games? This gets my approval.

    I've got to say, this is an good list. Although in my opinion, osu is vastly superior to Elite Beat Agents as a standalone game (it's free, has thousands of user generated songs, and you can produce your own songs as well. Osu is Elite Beat Agents really). But it is still an excellent Nintendo console alternative.

    I'm also surprised that Rock Band isn't featured in this list. Whilst not as mechanically sturdy as Guitar Hero, it has an unbeatable DLC library and some amazing PRO instrument capabilities that allow a much more packed gameplay experience. I would say that this game should replace Just Dance in this feature; whilst being a great laugh in the company of others, its not worth buying to play alone whereas Rock Band and Guitar Hero have many more challenges, achievements and the promise of full online play to make sure playing never feels like a chore.

  10. ThePsychicExtrem Saturday 16th Mar 2013 at 23:42

    pretty good list

  11. Kesskuron Sunday 17th Mar 2013 at 00:30

    No Bit.Trip Runner
    List is void

  12. Fubz Sunday 17th Mar 2013 at 13:07

    if anyone says 'I suppose' I must restrain my self from clapping and shouting 'HEY!'.


    So true :')

  13. Commandervideo Monday 18th Mar 2013 at 10:07

    No Bit.Trip Runner
    List is void

    This and ^lol

  14. 5OUNDWAVE Monday 18th Mar 2013 at 12:45

    No Bit.Trip Runner
    List is void

    agree also , plus no dj hero - the music was immense in both game's ?

  15. sambrown64 Monday 18th Mar 2013 at 23:28

    I'd go as far to say that Rhythm Thief is in my Top 5 3DS games overall!

  16. NintendofanAlec Tuesday 19th Mar 2013 at 04:44

    Love um all except just dance surprising how so many good rythm games came out of the ds

  17. imbusydoctorwho Tuesday 19th Mar 2013 at 12:51

    Very good list of games there,lack of DJ Hero is a shame,but nevertheless a great read.

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