Ah yes, February. A time for love, expensive chocolates and games that were originally slated for release the previous year but missed the mark for whatever reason. It just so happens that this year’s February was absolutely packed with content. With great new experiences on every major platform from the home consoles to the handhelds, what game made 2012’s extra-long February a truly fantastic one? Here’s a hint: “Wubadubadub, is that true?”
GAME OF THE MONTH – FEBRUARY 2012:
Rhythm Heaven Fever (Wii)
Even though it seemed like The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword was going to be the Wii’s swan song when it was released in November of last year, Rhythm Heaven Fever proved that Nintendo’s Wii console still has a few more rounds in it. Rhythm Heaven has always been one of our favorite Nintendo franchises here at VGTribune and we were happy, though not really surprised, to find out that the first home console iteration was just as good, if not better, than its handheld brothers.
Every one of the game’s rhythm mini-games absolutely oozes charm and the songs in this version are some of the best in the series so far with “Dreams of Our Generation”, “Bossa Nova” and “Remix 9” acting as some of the highlights. Having bonuses like the endless games and remakes of classic GBA/DS Rhythm Heaven mini-games certainly helped the title’s overall replay value as well.
It’s funny that in a month absolutely packed with quality releases on handheld systems, the game that would stick out in our minds the most would happen to be the first console version of a previously handheld-exclusive franchise. While Resident Evil and Lumines proved to us that console-quality experiences could be served up on handheld platforms, Rhythm Heaven Feverallowed us to re-experience the magic that makes us fall in love with games in the first place.
Oh, and for what it’s worth, Rhythm Heaven Fever’s Karate Joe would make an absolutely killer addition to the next Smash Bros. game as a playable representative of Nintendo’s biggest new franchise since Pikmin. Just saying!
1) Resident Evil: Revelations (3DS)
2) Lumines: Electronic Symphony (Vita)