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Rhythm Thief Demo Missed Planned North American Release

by Neal Ronaghan - April 22, 2012, 4:45 pm PDT
Total comments: 6

We should have been playing the demo for the July release last week.

North America was supposed to get a demo for Sega's Rhythm Thief on the 3DS eShop on April 19, according to a March 2012 press release (shown below). It didn't show up in the virtual store on that day.

We've followed up with Nintendo and Sega about the issue, and will report back as soon as we get an update.

Rhythm Thief is scheduled for a July 10 release in North America. It is already out in Japan and Europe. You can read our review of the Japanese version for more information about the game.

Nintendo News: Upcoming Nintendo eShop Content Includes Ketzal's Corridors, Colors! 3D and Classic SEGA Game Gear Titles

REDMOND, Wash.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- The diverse lineup of downloadable games for the Nintendo 3DS™ hand-held system keeps on growing. With more than 500 pieces of content currently available on the Nintendo eShop and new additions made every week, players have some exciting titles to look forward to this season. Soon, players can experience Ketzal’s Corridors™, a fast-paced, Aztec-themed action-puzzle game with brilliant 3D graphics and head-to-head multiplayer options. The game lets players race against the clock in 96 shape-matching missions and three multiplayer modes. On March 15, Nintendo 3DS owners can download a variety of classic games as the SEGA Game Gear™ system makes its debut on the Nintendo eShop with Sonic the Hedgehog: Triple Trouble™, Shinobi™ and Dragon Crystal™. Coming in April, Colors! 3D from Collecting Smiles lets Nintendo 3DS users of any artistic skill level create and share 3D drawings and digital sketches.

Other new and upcoming Nintendo eShop game releases include the following (dates subject to change):

• Punch-Out!!™ Featuring Mr. Dream (March 8) – The classic boxing game from the NES™ returns, featuring fan-favorite characters like Little Mac and Bald Bull.

• Fun! Fun! Minigolf TOUCH! from Shin’en (March 8) – Use your personalized Mii™ character to play 81 challenging holes in exotic locations around the globe.

• Zombie Slayer Diox™ from UFO Interactive (March 22) – A samurai guitarist must use his superior musical chops to defeat zombies in this unique rhythm-action game.

• Arc Style Soccer!! 3D from ArcSystem Works (March/April) – This easy-to-learn, customizable soccer game lets players use photos of their own faces and play wirelessly with friends.

• Rhythm Thief & the Emperor’s Treasure™ from SEGA (free demo version, April 19) – Download a demo version to feel the rhythm and beat of the mystery in this spellbinding adventure game.

• Crush™3D from SEGA (free demo version, available now) – This unique platform game gives you the ability to change perspective from 2D to 3D as you try to solve brain-teasing puzzles.

The Nintendo eShop is a service featuring games, applications and videos in both 2D and 3D. Users can add money to their virtual wallets using a credit card or by purchasing a Nintendo 3DS Prepaid Card at a retail store and entering the code from the card. New content is added to the Nintendo eShop every Thursday.

For more information about the Nintendo eShop, visit http://www.nintendo.com/3ds/downloads.


Ryadin91April 22, 2012

I heard Greg talk about this game a few weeks back on RFN, might have to try it out when we get it. I have a weekness for rhythm games...

FZeroBoyoApril 22, 2012

We did get a demo last Thursday... for Pyramids.

Maybe this is the beginning of a repeat of Crush 3D...?

NinSageApril 23, 2012

I hope this doesn't have anything to do with the recent troubles at SEGA =\

I want this game sooooooooooo badly!!!  :'(

Royeric5June 16, 2012

We never got a demo and it's already almost July 10 <.<  :@

PhilPhillip Stortzum, June 16, 2012

Quote from: Royeric5

We never got a demo and it's already almost July 10 <.<  :@

I can't believe Sega delayed the game until then, in the middle of a Theatrhythm Final Fantasy and Heroes of Ruin sandwich. HoR not so much, but something like TFF that is an established IP and hits the nostalgia chords of many gamers-- and is a great rhythm game? Actually, with Sega's current financial situation and idiotic decisions in the past, I guess I can believe it.

Sega America's marketing department has been on everything but the Titanic for at least the last 3 years.

This is the same company who thought releasing three long JRPGs in the same month a mainline Final Fantasy and an overrated-yet-still-requested Pokemon remake came out would be a good idea. Logic: They has none.

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