In this weekly column, we’ll be selecting inexpensive, discarded titles from still playable consoles for your perusal. They may be games you’ve heard of and remember playing, or they may be games that have flown completely off of your radar. Just know that we love them and they’re available on the cheap. That’s a bonafide win/win situation.
If you have any favorite titles that you consider hidden gems, let us know in the comments below and we might feature your pick in the next Hidden Gems entry.
Platform: Nintendo DS
Original Release: April 5th, 2009
Rhythm Heaven is a unique entry in this series simply because it shouldn’t be a Hidden Gem at all. This is a first party Nintendo title that was met with overwhelmingly positive reviews. The game is massively successful in Japan, and it enjoys several arcade iterations and a brand new edition on the Wii.
Why is it, then, that most gamers have either never heard of the title or never given it a try?
This rhythm based game pits players in uniquely stylized levels as they tap, touch, drag and hold the stylus on the Nintendo DS’ touch screen in order to complete or repeat a given rhythm. Each level scales in difficulty, and the game unlocks based on the player’s overall performance.
It’s rewarding, it’s hilarious and it’s a strong challenge for any rhythmically inclined gamers looking for something quick and simple.
If Nintendo were to ever dive into the mobile publishing arena, we’d hope this game would be among the first they release. It’s fast, fun, addicting, easy to pick up, tough to master and well stylized.
If you own a DS or 3DS, you can pick up Rhythm Heaven right around the $10 mark. Be warned, this might be one of those games that gets harder and harder to find with time, and that’ll drive the price way up.
Be sure to check out our ever-growing list of Hidden Gems.