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RhythmWare
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Developer(s) Intelligent Systems, Nintendo
Publisher(s) Nintendo
Platform(s) Wii U
Release Date(s)
Flag of the United States April 16th, 2017

Flag of Japan December 2, 2016

25px-Flag of Europe April 17th, 2017

Genre(s) Music, Puzzle
Series WarioWare, Rhythm Heaven
Predecessor Rhythm Heaven: Megamix

WarioWare D.I.Y.

RhythmWare is a 2017 music game developed by Intelligent Systems and Nintendo for the Wii U console. It is a crossover between the Rhythm Heaven and WarioWare series, making it the first rhythm game crossover.

It is the fourth (fifth in Japan) installment of the Rhythm Heaven series and the seventh installment of the WarioWare series.

Gameplay

RhythmWare is a crossover between the WarioWare and Rhythm Heaven series that features various "microgames" that require having the player play in time with the microgames in one stage. Each character has a special stage and combines existing Rhythm Heaven games and new games into a medley similar to the remixes in the Rhythm Heaven series. Players can choose between the A and B buttons on the Wii U Gamepad, the ZL and ZR buttons, and the touch screen to play the microgames. The Wii Remote can be used for the A/B method. Depending on how well the player did, he/she will get a certain ranking such as Try Again, OK, Superb, and Perfect.

RhythmWare also features various modes such as single player, multiplayer, a gift shop where players can buy minigames and collectibles, and more.

Development

Development of RhythmWare started shortly after the release of Game & Wario, however a crossover between Rhythm Heaven and WarioWare was suggested by staff members during the development of Rhythm Heaven Fever. The game was announced during a Nintendo Treehouse livestream at E3 2016.

Story

After working for ten years on it in his lab, Dr. Crygor finishes his rocket ship which could fly to outer space. He gave Wario and everyone else an invitation to fly in it and test it out. A few days later, they all arrive at his laboratory. Wario, being hungry, decides to run inside the rocket and search for free food. However, he accidentally presses a few buttons in the rocket, causing it to malfunction and go where it wasn't supposed to. A few seconds later, everyone arrives in a place called "Rhythm Heaven". They exit the rocket and find three monster-like people who introduce themselves as Marshal, Miss Ribbon, and Cam. Wario believes that he could make a lot of money selling microgames in Rhythm Heaven, and decides to make a deal with the trio of inhabitants. They all collaborate and create a new company, RhythmWare Inc..

Modes

Single Player

Single Player lets one player go through the entire story of the game. When a stage is completed, the stage itself and the microgames inside it can be played in the multiplayer mode.

Multiplayer

Multiplayer lets up to four players go for the highest flow score. Players can either play on a certain stage or an extended microgame.

Gift Shop

The Gift Shop is where players can buy Rhythm Toys, Endless Microgames, in-game music, collectibles, and more. The toys and microgames can be played in the single player mode while the music and collectibles can be viewed/listened to inside the gift shop mode.

Character Creator

The Character Creator in the game allows you to create your very own Rhythm Heaven verison of yourself, The creator also lets you dress up your characters with items recieved from playing stages and microgames. 

Classics

The Classics mode lets you revisit past Rhythm Heaven and WarioWare games and play them for about 3-8 minutes. The games included are Rhythm Tengoku (Rhythm Heaven Zero in the west), Rhythm Heaven, Rhythm Heaven Fever, WarioWare Inc.: Mega Microgames!, WarioWare: Mega Party Game$!, WarioWare: Twisted, and WarioWare: Touched.

Stages

First Things First (Intro Stage)

Wa?! That marshmallow guy (What was his name? Michael? Mark?) has a better computer than me! I better go snatch thi-WAAA! Where am I? This-a looks like his computer's software! Oh no! I'm-a ruined! Hey, you! Complete these microgames and help me out!!
From, Wario

First Things First is the first stage in RhythmWare. It is hosted by Wario himself and has no microgame theme in particular. There are only five microgames in the stage and is fairly short. Similar to being trapped inside a clock in WarioWare: Twisted!, Wario is sucked into a Nintendo FunBook (a parody of a MacBook)
  • Stage Layout - Takes place inside an operating system simillar to macOS. The icons on the taskbar act as the lives you have.
  • When completing a microgame - A pop-up shows up on the screen with a happy looking Wario on it.
  • When losing a microgame - An icon on the taskbar disappears and an error message appears reading "MICROGAME FAILED!!".
  • When completing the stage - The pop-up bounces simillar to Windows Solitare's winning animation.
  • When losing the stage - A blue screen of death shows up.

Even a Baby Could Do It! (Wario & Marshal's Stage)

Hey, what happened to my FunBook? It's broken! Well, it's a good thing me and Wario have a few pre-existing microgames to put in this stage! If your rhythm is good enough, We might be able to purchase a new computer and make new microgames! So do your best!
Thanks, Marshal

Even a Baby Could Do It! is the second stage in RhythmWare. It is hosted by Wario and Marshal and features microgames that are from previous WarioWare and Rhythm Heaven games. 
  • Stage Layout - Takes place in Marshal's office in RhythmWare Inc. HQ. The camera is panned on his desk.
  • When completing a microgame -  A fan tosses dollar bills at the desk
  • When losing a microgame - A fan takes back his money using an Ultra Hand (if no microgames are completing, a fan looks at the player angrily)
  • When completing the stage - A group of fans cheer the player on outside the headquarters
  • When losing the stage - Kids boo the players outside the headquarters

Microgames

Even a Baby Could Do It! (Wario & Marshal's Stage)

  • Sole Man - Help Fronk avoid the stomping foot before he gets stepped on!
  • Hole in One - Nothing like a good game of golf! Your monkey friend will help you go for the perfect score!
  • Super Wario Bros. - Stomp the Goombas and kick the shells! That Italian plumber has nothing on you!
  • Hot Dog Hog - Feed Wario a hot dog. (He really likes hot dogs.)
  • Thumb Wrestling - Thumb wrestle with Wario! Just make sure you attack on-beat.
  • Bunny Hop - Reach for the stars, or the moon! (That doesn't roll off the tounge as well.)

Outfits

This is a list of all the outfits you can unlock by winning minigames in RhythmWare, you can put the outfits on your character.

Costumes

  • Wario Costume
  • Marshal Costume
  • Karate Joe Costume
  • Young Cricket Costume
  • 9-Volt Costume
  • Cam Costume
  • Kat Costume
  • Miss Ribbon Costume
  • Ana Costume
  • Monkey Costume
  • Jimmy T Costume
  • MC Amore Costume
  • Mike Costume
  • Chorus Kid Costume
  • Mona Custome
  • Reporter Costume
  • Ashley Costume
  • Rhythm Girl Costume
  • 18-Volt Costume
  • Tibby Costume
  • Dribble Costume
  • Baxter Costume
  • Spitz Costume
  • Forthington Costume
  • Melody Costume
  • Orbulon Costume
  • Play-Yan Costume
  • Samurai Drummer Costume
  • Dazzle 1 Costume
  • Dazzle 2 Costume
  • Cheer Reader Costume

Shirts

  • Standard Shirt
  • Note Shirt
  • Headphones Shirt
  • Microphone Shirt
  • I Love Rhythm Shirt
  • Property of RhythmWare Inc. Shirt
  • Plumber Shirt
  • Hero Shirt
  • Puffball Shirt
  • Fox Shirt
  • Bounty Hunter Shirt
  • Orange Shirt
  • Apple Shirt
  • Watermelon Shirt
  • Lemon Shirt
  • Orange and Blue Star Shirt
  • Rainy Day Shirt
  • Dog Shirt
  • Cat Shirt
  • Fire Shirt
  • Flower Shirt
  • Wii U Shirt
  • Ghost Shirt
  • 8-Ball Shirt
  • Baseball Shirt
  • Soccer Shirt
  • Basketball Shirt
  • Bowling Shirt
  • Sun Shirt
  • Cloud Shirt

Hats

  • Standard Hat
  • Clappy Trio Member Wig
  • Note Hat
  • Dog Ears
  • Cat Ears
  • Swimming Cap
  • Mario Cap
  • Luigi Cap
  • Black Beanie
  • Jungle Hat

Trivia

  • Marshal is renamed "Matt" in Europe for unknown reasons.

Gallery

Credits

  • Various fonts used in artwork were designed by Fontworks.
  • All WarioWare and Rhythm Heaven characters belong to Nintendo Co., Ltd and Intelligent Systems.