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Nintendo says the Rhythm Heaven franchise isn't dead

A few days back, our friend Jonathan Holmes put together a feature stating inside information on the Rhythm Heaven series. According to his sources, the series was being shelved altogether, which made many fans quite angry. Now Nintendo has been asked about the report, and they deny it completely.

According to Nintendo's Yoshio Sakamoto, producer on multiple entries in the series, the franchise isn't dead. In a Eurogamer interview, Sakamoto very clearly states that the franchise isn't dead, no questions about it. Nintendo doesn't usually give out straightforward answers like this, which certainly makes me feel like the future of the franchise shouldn't be worried about.

RUMOR - Inside source claims Mother 3 unlikely to be localized, Rhythm Heaven franchise done with

Our friend Jonathan Holmes is certainly in the know when it comes to some Nintendo topics. He has all sorts of connections, and I definitely trust his reports. That's why I'm so sad to read a recent feature he put together on Mother 3 and the Rhythm Heaven franchise. According to his inside source, things aren't looking good for either.

"You never know what's going to happen, but the way it looks right now, under Nintendo's current administration, Mother 3 will never leave Japan and there will never be another Rhythm Heaven game. Iwata was a driving force behind the Rhythm Heaven series, and a consistent advocate for NoA to at least look at the possibility of Mother 3 finding a new audience in the United States and Europe. With him gone, there is no one at Nintendo pushing for either anymore."

Mother 3 not getting localized is a running gag now for a very long time, but it's disheartening to know we're not any closer to seeing the game released. As far as the Rhythm Heaven franchise goes, that's a real killer for me. I love rhythm games, and the series has been one of my favorites in Nintendo's library. That said, I recognize they're not big unit movers outside of Japan. I sincerely hope this report ends up being wrong, but I fear it's right on the money.

Nintendo sends special braille letter to a blind fan

This is a pretty amazing story, and it all starts with a letter one fan sent to Nintendo. Hibiki Sakai is a 5th grader that loves Nintendo. He also happens to be blind. He's been that way since the age of 2, but that doesn't stop him from playing video games. In particular, he absolutely loves the Rhythm Heaven series, which is why he sent Nintendo the letter above. The translation can be found below.

Dear Nintendo,

Hello. My name is Hibiki Sakai and I am in fifth grade. I am blind, but I’ve always wanted to play video games like everyone else. But there aren’t many games I can play at all. The one game I can really play is Rhythm Tengoku. It’s the only game I can enjoy together with others, and I never lose at it. I’ve gotten perfect scores on all the versions on the Game Boy Advance, Nintendo DS, Wii, and 3DS too.

So I really, really want you to make more Rhythm Tengoku games. And it’s perfectly fine if you make them a little harder too!

I think that there are a lot of other kids with visual impairments who want to play video games but can’t. So I’d love for you to develop more games for people with handicaps to enjoy playing with others.

I will always support you, Nintendo.

From Hibiki Sakai

Eight days later, Nintendo sent a response to Hibiki. It wasn't just any response, though. They took the time to write Hibiki in braille.

Thank you so much for sending us here at Nintendo your heartwarming letter.

We are so happy to hear that you’ve perfected and enjoyed Rhythm Tengoku, Rhythm Tengoku Gold, Minna no Rhythm Tengoku, and Rhythm Tengoku The Best.

We have passed on your letter to Nintendo’s development department. We want to keep making games that everyone can have fun playing, so thank you for your support.

One fan, one letter, and one very special response from Nintendo. Such an awesome thing to see.

Rhythm Heaven Fever, Resident Evil: The Umbrella Chronicles hitting Wii U in NA tomorrow

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Rhythm Heaven DS - Glee Club Otamatone Cover

Thanks to Mametchi for the heads up!