Second trailer released for Mad Rat Dead

You mad, bro?

Nippon Ichi Software has released the second official trailer Mad Rat Dead. This trailer shows how to play the game and details its gameplay systems. Mad Rat Dead launches for Switch on October 29th, 2020 in Japan and October 30th, 2020 in North America and Europe.

Mad Rat Dead "Audiovisual" Trailer

Rat rock!

Mad Rat Dead is as much about the sights as it is about the sounds! Get a taste of the unique cartoon-meets-punk art style of this rhythm-based hit, and give your eyes AND ears a memorable experience!

New gameplay trailer for Mad Rat Dead released

Put the "beat" in beatdown with Mad Rat Dead! Match your movements to the rhythm of the music in order to keep Mad Rat alive while you jump, smash, and dash your way through vivid and stylish levels. Don't forget to hit that Rewind button if things go bad!

Coming to Nintendo Switch™ and PlayStation®4 on October 30, 2020!

Mad Rat Dead soundtrack sampler video released, along with new screens and art

Oh, rats!

Some new content for Mad Rat Dead has been shared. First up is a new video that goes over some of the tracks found in the game. Give it a listen above.

Along with that video, a new batch of screens and art has been released. You can have a look at that content here and here.

Mad Rat Dead - demo gameplay

A rat's dream has been left unfulfilled before his death... That is, until he gets a second chance at life! Granted the opportunity to redo his last day on Earth, the player must utilize rat's newfound power to pump his heart in time with the music, lest his time runs out. Mad rat dead combines platformer action and rhythm mechanics to have players keep their eyes and ears peeled at all times!

Three new demos now available on the Japanese eShop (Mad Rat Dead, OZMAFIA!!-vivace-, and The Manga Works)

Give these games a try!

Three more demos have become available for Switch games on the Japanese eShop, and we have all the info on the titles below. Check out all the demos that can be downloaded for free using a Japanese Nintendo Switch account!

Mad Rat Dead
Published by Japan's No. 1 software

Wreak havoc to the rhythm! A rat's dream is left unfulfilled before his untimely death...that is, until he gets a second chance at life! Granted the opportunity to turn back time and redo his last day on earth, the rat must feel the rhythm in his heart and move in time with the music to get his chance at vengeance...before his own time runs out.

Published by Hunex

Fuca (フーカ) is a young girl with no memories. Her life was threated by a beautiful young man wielding twin swords.
It was the Oz family which was one of the mafia groups dominating the town that saved her.

This town is dominated by mafia families with fairy tale concepts including the Oz and Grimm, and thrills and uproars never end.
So develop a bond with these mafia families in this remarkable town and fall in love with them.

The Manga Works
- Published by Cairosoft

Make history with manga! Turn your work into anime, drama, and even movies!
It's the manga artist experience you've been waiting for!
Create a manga masterpiece and draw your way into the nation's heart.
Start out as a fledgling manga artist in a small and empty room... Armed with only a single pen, draw the best manga you can and march proudly to the publishers to show off your work.
Ideas are the lifeblood of a manga artist. Go out in search of inspiration and gather plot points, then stuff your manga full of creativity.
Accumulate experience points and use them to train up your drawing, storytelling, and other skills.
When you think you've created a great one-shot, take it to a publisher! If you manage to make the "editor from hell" smile, it might just be the start of a fruitful relationship.
Produce the best manga the world has ever seen, and write your name down in history!

Multiple Mad Rat Dead promo videos and screens released, new details on gameplay mechanics and modes shared

The rat king!

Check out more screens here

A massive wave of content for Mad Rat Dead has come in. The game's many gameplay systems and modes have been detailed, which you can see below. Along with that, a new round of videos has been released, which are also found below.

■ Systems

A dead rat’s revenge on humans!? The Mad Rat’s adventure begins!

The protagonist of this story is a lab rat, who died following an experiment one night and encounters the Rat God in the world of the dead.

Granted the opportunity by the Rat God to redo his “final day,” Mad Rat vows to get revenge on humans and die without regrets.

Mad Rat was brought back to the morning before he died, and after escaping from the cage that imprisoned him, begins his quest for revenge.

Finally free, Mad Rat also seems to be able to talk to his heart. Is Mad Rat crazy? Will he be able to achieve his revenge unscathed?

“Nightmares” block Mad Rat’s way forward!

“Nightmares” will obstruct Mad Rat’s way forward throughout each stage. They are dangerous, but you can beat them one by one through rhythmic movement.

But if Mad Rat runs into a Nightmare, he will die.

When attacking a Nightmare, Mad Rat will jump in reaction. Utilize this to move freely throughout the air.

Many accidents will fall upon Mad Rat!

Humans live in dangerous places for a rodent like Mad Rat. Overcome various accidents during each stage to carry out your revenge.

Slide down a slope, ride the wind in the sky, and enjoy other high tempo actions throughout each stage.

Did you get hit? No worries, just use the rewind function!

If you lack skill in rhythm and action games, then no worries, just use the “rewind” function. If a Nightmare kills you, you can simply rewind to your preferred location a few moments prior.

—If a Nightmare kills you…

—And your heart jumps out…

—Just rewind a bit…

—And try again!

You can also call out your heart yourself, which comes in handy for practicing specific parts.

Build up “Dream Power” to hype up Mad Rat!

Throughout each stage is a cheese-shaped item called “Dream Power,” which restores the time limit when picked up.

■ Three Modes

In addition to “Play” mode (story mode), there is also a “Stage Select” mode (freely select a stage and song), and “Sound Test” mode (listen to each song).

“Play” Mode

Play through Mad Rat’s adventure. Mad Rat will progress through each stage by performing rhythmic actions to the beat of each song.

Each stage’s cutscenes feature amusing interactions between Mad Rat and his heart. What outcome awaits this unlikely duo? Overcome the game’s many stages to find out!

“Stage Select” Mode

Replay the stages you have cleared in “Play” mode. Change the music that plays throughout the stage to your favorite track and aim for the high score. You can also rewatch cutscenes to experience Mad Rat and his heart’s conversations once again.

The “Hard Mode” option that you can take on in “Stage Select” mode is higher in difficulty, but has notes more in tune to the rhythm. Try to clear Hard Mode for all of your favorite songs!

“Sound Test” Mode

Listen to the songs for stages you have cleared. Sit back and enjoy the music from the game’s wonderful lineup of artists. You can also perform actions with Mad Rat, so use this space to practice the game’s more difficult tracks.

Check out more gameplay for Mad Rat Dead

SEGA is taking on publishing duties for Nippon Ichi Software’s rhythm platformer Mad Rat Dead in Taiwan and other Asian regions. To kick things off, SEGA recently held a demo event for the title, which has given us some new footage to check out. Have a watch of the gameplay clip above!

Switch game cover art round-up: Nickelodeon Kart Racers 2: Grand Prix, Mad Rad Dead, Cris Tales

We've always got your covered

Some retail website surfing has resulted in a handful of new cover art for upcoming Switch games. We've got the European covers for Nickelodeon Kart Racers 2: Grand Prix and Mad Rat Dead, as well as the North American covers for Cris Tales and Mad Rat Dead. Have a peek at all of them in the gallery above!

Thanks to Sephiroth_FF for the heads up!

Nippon Ichi reveals rhythm action game 'Mad Rat Dead' for Switch, hits Japan on Oct. 29th, 2020


Nippon Ichi Software has announced Mad Rat Dead, a new rhythm action game hitting the Switch in Japan on October 29th, 2020 for 7,678 yen. A huge wave of details for the title has been release, which you can read below.

Check out screens and art here

Mad Rat Dead is a rhythm action game in which a lab rat that lived and died in a cage uses the “final day” granted to him by the Rat God to get revenge on humans.

A new title from director Yu Mizokami, who created the popular horror action series Yomawari, Mad Rat Dead offers exhilarating action in which you progress through rhythmic stages according to the music in a cartoon-style world where a rat fights against humans.

Please look forward to it.

■ Mad Rat Goes on a Grand Adventure in a Cartoon-Style World

This is the adventure story of “Mad Rat,” a lab rab that lived and died in a cage, who uses the “final day” granted to him by the “Rat God” to get revenge on humans!

Mad Rat Dead is depicted in a cartoon style. Mad Rat uses his “heart” as his partner to adventure to places where humans live, such as downtown or the research institute.

—Mad Rat is a lab rat on the verge of death. Players take control of this pitiful rat and aim for revenge on humans! How will Mad Rat enact his revenge?

■ Characters

Mad Rat

A lab rat that was used as a test subject by humans and lived his life in a cage. On the “final day” granted to him by the Rat God, he plots to get revenge on humans.

Although hot-tempered and impatient due to his hatred for humans, he can also be compassionate in that he cannot ignore someone in need.

His favorite thing is cheese (which he has never eaten). He hates humans and cats.


Mad Rat’s heart, which suddenly jumps out of his body and speaks. Overly friendly, just about everything he says is positive. He tends to get on Mad Rat’s nerves and make him angry.

He thinks that Mad Rat trying to get revenge on the humans is insane, but even with all that said and done, lends him a hand in his revenge.

Rat God

The Rat God who appeared in front Mad Rat, who died and crossed over to the world of the dead. She is super cute (according to Mad Rat).

She sympathizes with Mad Rat, who lived and died in a cage, and grants him a “final day.”

She tells Mad Rat that, “When you fulfill your dreams, you can die a peaceful death without regrets,” and supports his dream of getting revenge on humans.


A human doctor who used Mad Rat as a lab rat and made him live his life in a cage. Mad Rat hates this doctor and plans to get his revenge.

The doctor is doing some sort of research, for which he keeps a number of caged rats.

■ Rhythm x Side-Scrolling Action

Mad Rat Dead is a rhythm action game in which Mad Rat moves to the beat by pressing buttons to match the rhythm of the music. Press the button at the right time to guide Mad Rat to the cheese at the end of the stage.

Since you can can feel the rhythm through the rumble of the controller, but with the notes shown on the bottom of the screen, you will be alright even when you are unsure of when to push the buttons.

—The “Rat God” will teach you how to play the game’s rhythm action at the beginning of the game.

■ Choose Your Actions with Good Rhythm According to the Situation

It is important not only to press buttons with good rhythm, but also to choose the best action according to the situation.


This quick movement is the basic action of Mad Rat Dead. Dashes can also be used in mid-air, as well as to hop over small steps.


With the high jump action, you can jump over large holes and obstacles. You can use the dash action to jump further mid-jump. Run around the stage as you please!


The action to attack enemies. By jumping near an enemy, Mad Rat will leap at and whack the enemy. You can also whack the enemy by diving.


The action to dive down from mid-air. While there are a limited amount of places to use it, it is useful for quickly descending to the ground.


The action to build up power and strengthen the action that follows. It can be used on the ground or in mid-air, and lengthens the distance of a dash.

■ Aim for the High Score

When you clear a stage, results will be shown based on how fast you beat the stage and how many times you played along with the game’s rhythm. Try and try again to hone your rhythm and action skills to get a high score!

—By performing actions that match the rhythm one after the other, you can chain together a combo that gets your Heart excited. If you can maximize your Heart’s excitement, then getting a high score should be no problem!

■ Featuring the Musical Sounds of Seven Artists

Dyes Iwasaki
You Ooyama (Zizz Studio)
Kouichi Sakita / xki (Zizz Studio)
Yoshihiro Kawagoe (Zizz Studio)
Kazuya Takasu (Nippon Ichi Software)


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