"Primitive people played a lot
more primitive volleyball
than most people realize.
Also, their music was pretty
— Bossa Nova Description (Rhythm Heaven Fever)

"Volleying balls with a
partner is just like dancing.
Show off your skills, and
make a good impression!
— Bossa Nova Description (Beat the Beat Rhythm Paradise)

"Primitive people played a lot more
volleyball than most people realize.
Also, their music was pretty cool.
— Bossa Nova Description (Rhythm Heaven Megamix)

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Bossa Nova
ボッサレシーブ Bossa Receive

Bossa Nova

Bossa Nova 3DS

BPM 125
Appearance Rhythm Heaven Fever
Rhythm Heaven Megamix
Game Number 28 (Rhythm Heaven Fever)
102 (Rhythm Heaven Megamix)
Perfect Reward Bossa Nova sonudtrack (Rhythm Heaven Fever)
1 Flow Ball (Rhythm Heaven Megamix)
(Rhythm Heaven Megamix)}}Bossa Nova (ボッサレシー is the 28th minigame in ceive") is the 28th minigam and the 102nd minigame in r|Rhythm Heaven Fever]]'. The game takes place in the stone age. Two cavemen, ]. The game take, play volleyball together in perfect sync.


Bossa nova gameplay
In the game, the player takes control of Bossa, bouncing away shapes as they fly onto the screen. Each shape follows a fixed rhythm with no change. The square shapes have two beats with the second beat at half. The circle shapes always start with a single note, then continues with two quick notes before a beat. Occasionally Bossa and Nova may switch positions, swapping roles with the shapes.
Bossa Nova M gameplay


Button Mode

  • A: Bounce block/ball

Simple Tap Mode

  • Tap: Bounce block/ball

Timing Notes

  • Hit: Bossa bumps/blocks the shape.
  • Barely: The shape is bumped very weakly and falls down. A barely counts as a miss.
  • Miss: The shape hits Bossa. If Bossa is on the left side of the cloud, the female voice clears her throat; if on the right, the male voice coughs. If you bounce at the same time as Nova, the two bump heads and Nova yelps. In either case, the voices will briefly get louder and have an angry tone of voice.

Rating Notes

Rhythm Heaven Fever and Rhythm Heaven Megamix


  • "Tips from the Volley Girl"

Try Again

  • "You didn't put your back into your bumps."
  • "The switching seemed to make you dizzy."


  • "Eh. Good enough." (Only in Rhythm Heaven Fever)
  • "Eh. Passable." (Only in Rhythm Heaven Megamix)


  • "Nice bumping technique!"
  • "Switching was no problem for you!"

Beat the Beat Rhythm Paradise


  • "Nova's Comments"

Try Again

  • "You need to put your back into it."
  • "Changing places confused you."


  • "Good try."


  • "Your launches were a success."
  • "Changing places was no problem."


Rhythm Heaven Fever

Beat the Beat Rhythm Paradise

Rhythm Heaven Megamix

Rhythm Item

Dream Home

There is no name. There is no title.
Dream Home
There is no description.

Skill Star

When you'll fly onto the end of the tree while seeing the caveman with a baby on his back fishing, hit the seventh circle ball as Bossa perfectly to collect the star.

Challenge Train

  • Tales Of Romance


Endless Game

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Bossa Nova

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Game Number


Bossa Nova also features as an Endless Game in the two player section which is unlocked with 8 Duo Medals. Player 1 plays Bossa while Player 2 plays Nova. The game plays exactly like the original rhythm game, though the music plays on an indefinite loop, and the players switch between rhythms. During the endless game, sentences are slowly spelled out above Bossa and Nova which provide descriptions of Bossa and Nova in their primitive life. The full story can be read below:

American Version:

Bossa and Nova are one of those wonderful, charming, witty, urbane couples that their neighbors adore. They live in a split-level cave in the trendy part of Big Field with Fruit Trees. 

Bossa's work takes him all over Big Field, and the animals love him. He is especially popular among elderly animals, who appreciate his old-world manners. Nova is a well-known local artist whose paintings adorn all the best nearby caves. 

On this particular day, Bossa is taking a day off to help Nova move the largest painting she has ever done. It's going to a cave near Big Hole with Mastodon Skeleton in It. An art collector has already paid Nova quite a few shiny stones and flint tools for it. 

Working together, the two of them move the large painting into the cave and hang it on the wall. Then they step back and admire Nova's work in its new home. "It definitely makes the cave come alive," says the art collector, "but I'm afraid it just won't do. It clashes with the other pieces. Unless...I can commission some more of your work to replace them?"

Bossa and Nova grin. It may be time for Bossa to quit his job promoting conch-shell perfomances and become Nova's full-time agent...

European Version:

Bossa and Nova lived in a house in a giant tree. Bossa got up early to tend to his garden. Bossa’s vegetables were the best in all the land.

Nova made Bossa’s lunch every day before he set off. When Bossa had left, she did her chores and put some flowers in a vase. Bossa took a break by a big tree. He ate lunch and tried to decide what shapes the clouds made in the sky. He shared his food with some young bears that were drawn by the smell of Nova’s delicious food. After lunch, Bossa took a nap in the afternoon sun.

Nova went out. She went shopping after lunch, recently her Monkey Watch had worn out so she went to get the monkeys changed. Then she bought a rainbow-coloured candle that Bossa wanted. Bossa visited the forest’s old animals to make sure they were ok. He gave them his delicious veg and Nova’s bread. Bossa’s visits always made them happy. Nova returned from the shops and made dinner. She made Bossa’s favourite food, pizza. Of course, she used Bossa’s vegetables. Bossa finally called in to see the old owl who had a special box for him. He thanked her and went home.

Nova set the table, dimmed the lights and finished the pizza. Bossa returned to this wonderful sight. Nova gave him a kiss. Bossa put the box on the table and took out a cake. He then took the special candle and placed it on the top. As they gazed into each other’s eyes, Bossa said, Happy Birthday!


  • In Nintendo's Iwata Asks, it was pointed out that the background voices sounded sexual and that it was a developer's idea to include them after seeing Bossa Nova's characters.[1]
  • This game is based off a Latin beat called "Bossa Nova".
  • When you switch the English dub to the Japanese one in the American version of Megamix, it still uses the English dub in both versions. This change was clearly reflected in Fever version as well due to their voices being sounded too sexual, but it keeps the Japanese dub in European versions of Fever and Megamix.


Rhythm Heaven Fever Rhythm Heaven Megamix
Rhythm Heaven Fever ~ Bossa Nova (Perfect)

Rhythm Heaven Fever ~ Bossa Nova (Perfect)

Rhythm Heaven Megamix - Bossa Nova (Perfect) (English)

Rhythm Heaven Megamix - Bossa Nova (Perfect) (English)

In Other Languages

Language Name Meaning
JP Japaneseボッサレシーブ
Bossa Reshību
Bossa Receive
US EnglishBossa Nova
FR FrenchVolley bossa
DU GermanBossa Volley
ES SpanishBossa bola
IT ItalianBossa Volley
NL DutchBossa Volley[1]
PT PortugueseBossa Nova[2]
KR Korean보사노바 리시브
Bosa Noba Lisibeu
Bossa Nova Recieve


  1. 1.0 1.1 [1], Iwata Asks - Rhythm Heaven Fever, 3. Wedding Cake and "Ringside".
  2. [2], Iwata Pergunta: Beat the Beat: Rhythm Paradise 2. Decidimos todos juntos

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