Generally favorable reviews - based on 56 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 52 out of 56
  2. Negative: 1 out of 56
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  1. Feb 22, 2012
    This is a great game at a great price for a console currently gasping gravely for games. If your Wii is still plugged into a TV-like device, Rhythm Heaven Fever is a game that demands your attention.
  2. 95
    This is the most polished game in the Rhythm Heaven series, a series already so well constructed that it has the ability to consume lives. It's occasionally frustrating, frequently hilarious, decidedly beautiful, and monumentally fun. If you own a Wii you need to own this game. Pull it out next time you have friends over; I guarantee it will be more fun than any "party" game, even for those not playing.
  3. Feb 14, 2012
    Offers the simplicity and elegance of "One Note Samba" or "Blister in the Sun," the directness of the art of Mike Mignola or Pendleton Ward, and the understated but endlessly variable gameplay design of arcade titles like Pac-Man Champion Edition DX or Super Mario Bros. It's one of my favorite games of this generation -- a title that offers a much stronger education in game design and a more pure, direct, and genuine experience than most games on the market.
  4. Feb 25, 2012
    I loved the game but it still didn't seem to reach the level of greatness that was the DS version (I felt that its predecessor had a few more enjoyable songs, better endless mini-games and a little more charm overall). Nonetheless, Rhythm Heaven Fever is still a gem of a game that shouldn't be missed for the avid Wii owner.
  5. Feb 28, 2012
    A game well worth the price tag. For $29.99, this is a bargain in an age where the average Wii game is about $49.99. I'd recommend you all to pick it up, especially if you love rhythm games or at least enjoy the strange and surreal. Just be careful not to chuck your Wii remote at the screen if you end up sucking at it.
  6. Feb 11, 2012
    Rhythm Heaven Fever is charming, bizarre and hilarious; you'll laugh your way through most levels because of the ridiculous visuals and animation.
  7. Feb 8, 2012
    The amount of mileage Nintendo squeezes out of Rhythm Heaven Fever's two-button gameplay is remarkable.
  8. Jul 19, 2012
    There's no detachment between the image, the sound and the player's actions. Everything works perfectly and makes each minigame an extremely amusing experience.
  9. Bright, happy and endlessly amusing, Beat the Beat is toe-tappingly terrific. [July 2012, p.87]
  10. Apr 17, 2012
    A game that anybody can, and will, enjoy. It's like Wii Music never happened. [Issue#121, p.109]
  11. Feb 27, 2012
    Rhythm Heaven Fever is a late, essential pick-up for the Nintendo's fading console, coming in at an attractive budget price with an exceptional amount of polish.
  12. Feb 23, 2012
    That's really the only complaint that can be levied at this otherwise stellar game, which is a must-buy for fans of the rhythm genre who are looking for their next fix. Rhythm Heaven Fever successfully translates what had previously been a handheld-only series to consoles, and it offers enough fun and challenge to entertain players for hours and hours. This quirky little game may be just the motivation you need to pull your mothballed Wii out of the closet, plug it back in and have an absolute blast.
  13. Feb 15, 2012
    Rhythm Heaven Fever is fun, it's quirky, it's lovable, it's charming-and it's a perfect example of the care and consideration Nintendo puts into all of their gaming projects, big and small.
  14. Feb 8, 2012
    Rhythm Heaven Fever boasts a staggeringly extensive soundtrack of catchy tunes covering an array of different genres, from head-pounding rock to way-too-sweet pop, everything with a distinct Japanese style. Kicking back and listening to the music is the single biggest stress reliever when you're getting frustrated by the high difficulty.
  15. Nintendo Gamer
    May 26, 2012
    Sparkling brilliance, gleeful insanity - just needs more remixes. [June 2012, p.89]
  16. Feb 21, 2012
    It's hard not to get lost in Rhythm Heaven Fever's charming and addictive gameplay. Whether it's the relaxing bass hits of a boy kicking away balls on a date or a rockin' interview with a rambunctious wrestler, these games will undoubtedly warrant repeated plays. We got a fever, and the only prescription is more Rhythm Heaven.
  17. Sep 24, 2012
    With a diverse and entertaining soundtrack, Beat the Beat Rhythm Paradise is truly a game that the Nintendo Wii needed and will keep you busy until the release of the Wii-U. Who would have thought that the A button and to an extent the B button could create some bizarre gaming experience that is actually quite fun to play. Kewl!
  18. Jul 26, 2012
    The Wii leaves the stage with a bang. Beat the Beat: Rhythm Paradise is a collection of rhythm games that make the most out of the two buttons of the Wii controller. Funny tunes that stay in your head and completely random rhythm games; we can't think of a better game to put a beat in our summer.
  19. Jul 16, 2012
    With fifty mini games, a unique style and a great sound track, Rhythm Heaven: Fever is one of the best rhythm games out there.
  20. Mar 18, 2012
    The transition to home consoles didn't innovate the series, but gave to it what is perhaps its best version.
  21. Feb 29, 2012
    Outside of those few complaints, which have little to do with the core gameplay of Rhythm Heaven, this is an addictive, original, and often hilarious game. Some players may get frustrated by the unforgiving gameplay, and others won't get its bizarre characters and concepts. For those who don't mind a quirky challenge, Rhythm Heaven Fever is worth a shot.
  22. Jul 12, 2012
    A very rhythmical, humorous and enjoyable goodbye for Wii.
  23. Jul 9, 2012
    This music game delivers a load of fun, thanks to its unusual settings and all those catchy tunes.
  24. Jul 29, 2012
    Beat the Beat: Rhythm Paradise did not disappoint, repeating once more ​​a winning formula made of music, rhythm and absurd situations.
  25. Games Master UK
    May 27, 2012
    It's funny, the music's catchy and while it may be simple it'll have you in hysterics. [July 2012, p.78]
  26. Feb 17, 2012
    Rhythm Heaven is just fun. It's not the longest game out there and it's a simple premise, but it has the childlike charm that its predecessors had, coupled with the graphics capabilities of a console rather than a handheld.
  27. Hyper Magazine
    Nov 14, 2012
    An accomplished rhythm game that compensates for its extreme difficulty with a unique sense of style. [Dec 2012]
  28. Aug 11, 2012
    Rhythm Paradise offers a high rhythmic challenge and is extremely fun. There is not a best title for a goodbye party with a good mood for the Wii.
  29. Aug 7, 2012
    Beat the Beat: Rhythm Paradise is not the game that will make people buy back their Wii consoles from eBay. But it might be the game that ends the endless cavalcade of mini-games – and what a finale it is.
  30. Jul 30, 2012
    Beat the Beat Rhythm Paradise is very similar to the same game on DS but is still a joyful experience for you and your friends, despite the lack of a real multiplayer mode.
  31. Jul 23, 2012
    You can't stop the beat and you shouldn't even try. Just sit back and have a little fun. Rhythm Heaven Fever knows exactly how to do that. So just boot up your Wii and go with the music.
  32. Jul 18, 2012
    Cheaper, better and filled with more cute seals than most full-prize Wii titles.
  33. 80
    An insane and over-the-top experience that manages to blend challenge and simplicity in the way that only Nintendo knows.
  34. Jul 12, 2012
    Beat the Beat : Rhythm Paradise is as great as its big brother on DS used to be with its colorful universe and its good game length. It can proudly appears among the Wii titles you really need to get, offering an intuitive gameplay based on the use of only two buttons that manages to share its insolent groove to any player. A game that can also count on the presence of a new multiplayer mode, interesting and yet not really essential.
  35. Jul 11, 2012
    Beat the Beat: Rhythm Paradise on the Wii is a worthy addition to the series. It's precise, demanding, completely crazy, funny and also offers for the first time a 2 player mode.
  36. Jul 9, 2012
    Beat the Beat: Rhythm Paradise is one of the best mini-game compilations on the Wii, which is quite remarkable considering the competition.
  37. Jul 9, 2012
    Charming, fun and full of colour, one of those titles you can play smiling and approachable by everyone. But to make the most of the game and achieve a perfect score in every trial, you will have to spend a lot of hours. For those newcomers that haven't tried a Rhythm game, it will be a pleasant surprise.
  38. Jul 9, 2012
    Beat the Beat: Rhythm Paradise is an interesting rhythm title for the Wii and a true sequel to the Nintendo DS game. Using only two buttom you will enjoy with its japanese stylish minigames. Fun even when you are not playing the game.
  39. Jul 6, 2012
    Above all else, it's an infectiously cheery game that marches to a very different tempo. In that respect, Beat The Beat might just be the perfect swansong for Wii.
  40. 80
    It may well end up being Nintendo's last game on the Wii, but it's an impressively subversive swansong that is neither as crude - nor as easy - as it looks.
  41. Jul 5, 2012
    It's playful, subversive, irreverent and, at times, impudent, revealing a darker, more left-field side to Nintendo that increasingly stays hidden. Let it out, we say. Let it out.
  42. Jun 28, 2012
    Beat the Beat: Rhythm Paradise is yet another hit from the Nintendo factory, mixing in elements from the original Japan-only release, Rhythm Tengoku on GBA, and continuing in the fine form set by the Nintendo DS version. The perfect game for the warmth summer months; prepare for the rhythm heat wave!
  43. Mar 5, 2012
    The worst thing I can say about Rhythm Heaven Fever is that it doesn't seem like it utilizes the Wii all that well. It looks sharp, but not in a way that it couldn't have on a portable. The motion isn't used, the IR is optional, and it only uses 2 buttons. That's not to say that the game is bad because of it- it just doesn't seem like a good fit for a home console, especially one as unique as the Wii.
  44. Feb 27, 2012
    If you only have a Wii and have been dying for some new content on the console, this is definitely something worth looking into to tide you over for a bit. If you enjoyed the DS title, for only $30 you can get its worthy sequel (with even better audio/visual presentation). If you're simply craving something crazy, weird, and refreshing to the rhythm genre, the discounted asking price could be worth it. In either case, this franchise's downright loopy beat will keep going on, and its creativity earns the cult following it has garnered.
  45. Feb 21, 2012
    One of the most delightful games I've ever played, and the price is decent for the amount of content. For gamers interested in music or gaming oddities, this game is a must-buy, though it's a harder recommendation for a self-professed hardcore gamer that hasn't powered up his Wii in years.
  46. Nintendo Power
    Feb 18, 2012
    At a suggested price of $30, the game offers a heck of a value to boot. [March 2012, p.85]
  47. Feb 17, 2012
    Rhythm Heaven Fever doesn't do much new with the series apart from a lacklustre multiplayer mode, or really capitalise much at all on now being on a home console, but the amount of whimsy and joy burned onto the disc still make for a remarkably fun game.
  48. Feb 14, 2012
    There is absolutely nothing casual about this game. But it's incredibly gratifying to finally nail a puzzle in the same way that it's gratifying to nail a song in DDR or a level in Patapon. Rhythm Heaven Fever, which seems to know full well how hard it's pushing you, is eventually as satisfying as it is infuriating.
  49. Feb 13, 2012
    Perhaps due to its simple style Rhythm Heaven Fever is launching at a value price, but it's bursting with addictive content you'll want to experience over and over again.
  50. Feb 13, 2012
    Rhythm Heaven leaves a lasting impression with simple-but-challenging rhythmic tapping and quirky tunes.
  51. Feb 9, 2012
    If you approach it as a series of challenges to be overcome with skill, you will be driven into a rage (trust me). The correct approach is to just have fun, enjoy the funny animations and noises when you screw up, and keep playing until you can keep up with the rhythm naturally.
  52. Feb 21, 2012
    Featuring simple, accessible and addictive gameplay, unique and charming visuals and a soundtrack that is simply to die for, the game impresses on many levels. However, as a game reviewer, the main question I have to answer still remains "is this game worth my time and money?" and unfortunately, it simply doesn't fit the requirements for the latter.

Awards & Rankings

#4 Most Discussed Wii Game of 2012
#7 Most Shared Wii Game of 2012
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 65 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 58 out of 65
  2. Negative: 2 out of 65
  1. Mar 11, 2012
    Can't we have a review that doesn't mention money. How about it will make you laugh and dance at the same time. Do other games even strive forCan't we have a review that doesn't mention money. How about it will make you laugh and dance at the same time. Do other games even strive for such greatness or do they go for the cheap thrills? It's a difficult game though so make sure you are ready to be shown your rhythm ineptitude. Full Review »
  2. Feb 14, 2012
    It's an incredible sequel to the DS game with simple buttons (no motion controls) allowing you to show true skill and not blame the controlsIt's an incredible sequel to the DS game with simple buttons (no motion controls) allowing you to show true skill and not blame the controls for anything. Very funny, and a steal at the $29 MSRP price tag. Buy this if you like innovative and fresh new ideas from Nintendo. Full Review »
  3. Nov 5, 2012
    Without a doubt one of the best (and last) games the Wii has to offer. Part of the amazing, yet underrated "Rhythm Heaven" series, "Fever" isWithout a doubt one of the best (and last) games the Wii has to offer. Part of the amazing, yet underrated "Rhythm Heaven" series, "Fever" is the best one yet. While the last on on the DS implemented touch and flick mechanics, "Fever" simply uses the A-Button and B-Trigger with no motion controls whatsoever. While the rhythm challenges are all fun and varied, what sets this game apart from the others is it's amazing soundtrack and delightful character design. Pick this one up. This is one I'll also recommend to people getting the Wii U later this year. You don't want to miss the fun this game has to offer. Full Review »