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Rhythm Heaven

Nintendo SPD

There’s a type of mini-game in Rhythm Heaven called the remix round that’s designed to really test the skills that you have accumulated. It’s a montage of previously mastered mini-games that’s set to a new, usually much faster, tempo. And yet, in some cases, these levels feel more intuitive to get through, even as they throw in unexpected sequences and amp up the technical challenge. In fact, the action is often so hectic that you can’t rely on thinking through each step or visually assessing the situation, the only way through is to access the tempo subconsciously—like when you tap your toes or play an instrument. The mini-games were all building up to this moment, welcome to rhythm heaven.