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Nintendo DS Game Review: Moero! Nekketsu Rhythm Damashii Osu! Tatakae! Ouendan 2 (燃えろ!熱血リズム魂 押忍!闘え!応援団2)

I loved the first game and the sequel continues the fun! Just an awesome game worth importing!

VIDEO GAME TITLE: Moero! Nekketsu Rhythm Damashii Osu! Tatakae! Ouendan 2 (燃えろ!熱血リズム魂 押忍!闘え!応援団2)

PLATFORM: Nintendo DS

COMPANY: Nintendo

Currently playing “Moero! Nekketsu Rhythm Damashii Osu! Tatakae! Ouendan 2”. I loved the first game and I enjoyed the US incarnation ala “Elite Beat Agents” (both for the Nintendo DS) and was stoked that they released a sequel.

The game is about different scenarios of people in different workplaces or certain life experiences which they are either stressed out or facing unbelievable challenges. They scream “ouendan” and a trio of cheerleaders helps them through their ordeal. View Commercial

Presented in a colorful manga like presentation, what makes this game special is that it features contemporary and classic songs from Japan. While the song plays, you see certain circles and rings getting closer to the circles. The circles are coordinated to the song.

Touch the circle precisely when the rings touch it and your good. But throw in several of those circles and with some having two rings (requiring two clicks on that circle), some requiring you to follow a ball with your stylus and spinning a wheel with your stylus. Sounds simple but it takes good eye/hand coordination. And those who do well unlock more songs and more difficulty settings (with more cheerleader characters).

The tracklisting for this game are:

  • Sukima Switch – “Zenryoku Shonen”
  • Kaela Kimura – “Real Life Real Heart”
  • Ken Hirai – “POP STAR”
  • Hitomi Yaida – “Go my way”
  • The Checkers – “Julia ni Shoshin”
  • Going Under Ground – “VISTA”
  • Home Made Kazoku – “Sh®≠nen Heart”
  • mihimaru GT – “Kibun Jojo”
  • Hotei Tomoyasu – “Bambina”
  • SMAP – “BANG! BANG! Vacance!”
  • AI – “Believe”
  • Kishidan – “Zoku”
  • Porno Graffitti – “Music Hour”
  • HYDE – “COUNTDOWN”
  • Sambomaster – “Sekai wa Sore o Ai to Yobundaze”

Unlockable songs by:

  • Orange Range – “Monkey Magic”
  • NANA starring Mika Nakashima – “Glamorous Sky”
  • ZZ – “Samurai Blue”

Similar to popular games like “Guitar Hero” that utilize another singer, the same for “Ouendan”. I will say that I was surprised the song for SMAP was sung by women.

You can read plenty of reviews of this game on the web but I’ll give my quick impressions for those who haven’t purchased it yet.

  • REPLAY VALUE: The fact that the game introduces a rival group for each difficulty and introducing a female team for advanced gamers is very cool. You’re definitely getting your money’s worth.
  • EASIER OR DIFFICULT: I’m not one to spend time playing to beat each difficulty or stay with one game too long to enjoy it completely (own too many games and have to move on to the next) but “Ouendan” is not exactly the easiest game but on easy, if you played the game before, it will be a breeze. Never played it, it will take you several tries on one scenario and possibly yanking out some of your hair. So, far…I’m at the last level and I noticed that aside from the first six songs, the next half… I was able to get by with a C and a D <yes, I suck!>. The first time I played “Ouendan” (first game), it would take me several tries. Again, I’m not anywhere near the hardcore gamers who actually beat the game in the most difficult setting.
  • GREAT GAME FOR THE BUSY PERSON?: Oh yeah! Each scenario lasts about the typical song length with extra story sequences but if you have 15-30 min. playing days, this game is great and it saves after each completion.
  • WHAT’S THE BIGGEST DIFFERENCE BETWEEN PART 2 and PART 1?: The additional rival(s), difficulty settings to be unlocked. Also, you get a second chance. If you mess up, you will be given a second chance to redo that part you messed up on. Also, you can save many replays, so you can compete against your “ghost” replay.
  • NON-JAPANESE GAMER FRIENDLY?: Yeah, it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to know what is easy and what is hard. The storyline though for the second may not be as clearcut as the first game but nevertheless, you should be able to understand what is going on.
  • MUSIC: This game features a lot of cool songs from artists that I listen to. Although, I do enjoy the first “Ouendan” songs more.
  • J-ENT FACTOR: The usage of contemporary music (popular songs) from Japan is just too awesome to ignore. The storyline of each scenario and just the main characters in all are just simply cool and stylish. I dig it!
  • THE NEGATIVE ZONE: Main negatives that people may bitch about is not understanding some storyline scenarios. Some scenarios may be too difficult. Or that the versions of the songs used are not all faithful to the originals.

So, if you enjoyed the first “Ouendan” or “Elite Beat Agents”, you are going to enjoy this game period. It’s addictive, awesome gameplay , presentation is cool and lots of replay value. Highly recommended!

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