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Karate Man
This is karate training at its
most intense! Punch the
flying objects, and go crazy
when a whole mess of them
come at you!
ConsoleWii Icon.png Rhythm Heaven Fever
Karate Man
Karate Joe works hard to
hit every combo. It takes
fists of steel to become
the world's number one!
ConsoleWii Icon.png Beat the Beat: Rhythm Paradise
Karate Man Combos!
Karate training at its most intense!
Punch the flying objects, and go crazy
when a whole mess of them come at you!

Console3DS Icon.png Rhythm Heaven Megamix

Karate Man Combos! (カラテ家コンボ Karateka Konbo?), known in Rhythm Heaven Fever as Karate Man (カラテ家 Karateka?), is the 4th Rhythm Game of the seventh stage (34th overall) in Rhythm Heaven Fever and the 3rd of Shop No. 6 (108th and final overall), costing 15 Flow Balls, in Rhythm Heaven Megamix.

The arrange version, Karate Man 2, appears in the tenth stage in Rhythm Heaven Fever.


The game as seen in Rhythm Heaven Fever.

The game as seen in Rhythm Heaven Megamix.

The player controls Karate Joe, and must punch any pot that flies by. Occasionally, there will be a voice saying "Hit 3" along with text, and the player would have to hit two pots in a row, followed by a rock-like object. At certain parts of the song, a "!!" mark will appear by Karate Joe, signaling an item on the offbeat. There is also a combo, which will appear after a light-bulb appears instead of a pot. Directly after the light-bulb will follow with several pots and then a barrel, which the player will have to hit with a flurry of punches and kicks, ending in an uppercut.

In Rhythm Heaven Megamix, the lightbulbs now glow blue (taken from the gameplay in Karate Man Senior), and the game is colored reddish-orange like its sequel, with Karate Man Kicks! using the blue coloration instead.


Rhythm Heaven Fever

  • Ⓐ: Punch
  • Ⓐ+Ⓑ (Hold): Start combo (punching flurry)
  • Ⓐ+Ⓑ (Release): End combo (uppercut)

Rhythm Heaven Megamix

  • Ⓐ/Tap: Punch
  • Ⓑ (Hold)/Tap (Hold): Start combo (punching flurry)
  • Ⓑ (Release)/Tap (Release): End combo (uppercut)

Timing Display

  • Perfect!/Ace!: Karate Joe punches the object off-screen. During a combo, he successfuly punches away the pots and uppercuts the barrel, breaking it apart. He reacts with a blush.
  • Early!/Late!: Karate Joe mistimes the punch, (causing him to wince in Rhythm Heaven Megamix) as the object lands on the ground just in front of him. Mistiming the first pot or the barrel in a combo has the same effect, and he reacts with a sad face.
  • Miss...: Karate Joe gasps as the object flies past him. During a combo, if Karate Joe missed the pot, he'll look sad. If he missed the barrel by not uppercutting, he'll stand up, looking sad. If the player let go of the buttons too soon or tried to do a combo at the wrong time, Karate Joe will spin after doing the low kick.


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Wisdom from the Master
GradingNG Wii.png
You needed to focus on the basics.
You were thrown by the changes.
Your combos lacked finesse.
GradingOK Wii.png
Eh. Good enough.
GradingHI Wii.png
You have skill in the fundamentals.
You took the rhythm changes in stride.
You smashed trough your combos!
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Words from the Master
GradingNG Wii.png
You need to learn the basics first.
You lost focus during rhythm changes.
Your combos lacked finesse.
GradingOK Wii.png
Good try.
GradingHI Wii.png
You have mastered the basics.
You hit the rhythm change just right.
You smashed your combos!
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Master's Talking in His Sleep
GradingNG 3DS.png
Your combos lacked finesse.
Your basics are basically bad.
You were thrown by the changes.
GradingOK 3DS.png
Eh. Passable.
GradingHI 3DS.png
Your basics have a strong base.
You took the rhythm changes in stride.
You smashed through your combos!


ConsoleWii Icon.png
GradingNG Wii.png
GradingOK Wii.png
GradingHI Wii.png
Epilogue Wii Karate Man NG.png Epilogue Wii Karate Man OK.png Epilogue Wii Karate Man HI.png
I should eat more before training... Whoops! My belt came undone... Hiiiyah!

I should eat more before training.

Maybe I need a new belt.

Console3DS Icon.png
GradingNG 3DS.png
GradingOK 3DS.png
GradingHI 3DS.png
Epilogue 3DS Karate Man Combos NG.PNG Epilogue 3DS Karate Man Combos OK.PNG Epilogue 3DS Karate Man Combos HI.PNG
I should eat more before training... Whoops! My belt came undone... Hiiiyah!

Rhythm Item

Barrel Karate Memory #5
Item holder.png
My father keeps a bunch of these little barrels around, but I've never understood why. When I've asked, he says I can know when I am stronger than he is.

Skill Star

The Skill Star appears on the combo during the line "There is no return."

Challenge Land

Karate Man Combos! appears in the following Challenge Train courses:



A version of the game can be unlocked in the two-player mode. It is the 8th and final game for that mode, requiring you to beat the original game and the previous two-player game, Tap Troupe, to unlock.

The gameplay of two-player mode of Karate Man

The game has two Karate Joes, standing back-to-back. The first player controls the blue-skinned Joe on the left in a white robe, and the second player controls the purple-skinned Joe on the right with a purple robe. Both players must hit the various objects as they fly out. At a few points, one player goes to the front and is the only one to hit objects.


  • This is the third time a Karate Man game has appeared in the Rhythm Heaven franchise, with the other two in previous games.
  • Just like in Rhythm Heaven, Karate Man is the last "regular" game in Rhythm Heaven Fever before the credits, and the last non-sequel, non-remix game in the entire game.
  • The two-player version of the game is the only time that the players don't go by the standard two-player color scheme (P1 = Blue, P2 = Orange).
  • This is the only Rhythm Heaven Fever game to have its title card fully changed in the international version of Rhythm Heaven Megamix. The Japanese version includes the Fever title card with the red background.
  • In Rhythm Heaven Megamix, this game uses a red color palette despite being the first version of the original. In Rhythm Heaven Fever, the first version is blue and the second version is red instead.
  • A light-bulb counts as a part of the combo.


Rhythm Heaven Fever Rhythm Heaven Megamix
Rhythm_Heaven_Fever_~_Karate_Man_(Perfect) Rhythm_Heaven_Megamix_-_Karate_Man_Combos!_(Perfect)_(English)

In Other Languages

Rhythm Heaven Fever

Language Name Meaning
JP.svg Japanese カラテ家
FR.svg French Karatéka Karateka
DU.svg German Karateka! Karateka!
IT.svg Italian Karate Ka Karate Ka
ES.svg Spanish Kárate Killo Karate Killo
NL.svg Dutch Karate Man[1]
PT.svg Portuguese Karate Man[2]
KR.svg Korean 격투가
The Fighter

Rhythm Heaven Megamix

Language Name Meaning
JP.svg Japanese カラテ家コンボ
Karateka Konbo
Karateka Combo
FR.svg French Karaté combos Karate combos
DU.svg German Karateka-Kombos! Karateka Combos!
IT.svg Italian Le combo di Karate Ka The combo of Karate Ka
ES.svg Spanish Kárate Killo: ¡combos! Karate Killo: combos!
KR.svg Korean 격투가 콤보
Gyeogtuga Kombo
The Fighter Combo


  1. [1], Iwata vraagt: Beat the Beat: Rhythm Paradise, 3. Bruidstaart en Ringside
  2. [2], Iwata Pergunta: Beat the Beat: Rhythm Paradise3. Bolo de casamento e Ringside
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Rhythm Tengoku (GBA/Arcade)
One Player
KaratekaRhythm DatsumoMarcherAir BatterPachi Pachi SanninshuRemix 1
Shiroi ObakeSamurai Slice icon.pngKossori RatBaikin HakaseThe Bon Odori icon.pngRemix 2
Wizard's Waltz icon.pngShowtime icon.pngUsagi TobiTram and Pauline icon.pngSpace Dance icon.pngRemix 3
QuizNight Walk icon.pngRhythm o ShujiBuilt to Scale icon.pngRapMen icon.pngRemix 4
Hopping RoadNinjaToss Boys icon.pngFireworks icon.pngTap DanceRemix 5
Bari Bari SanninshuBon Dance icon.pngCosmo DanceRapWomen icon.pngSuper TapRemix 6

Karate Man 2 icon.pngVegeta-Pull 2 icon.pngNinja Reincarnate icon.pngNight Walk 2 icon.pngMarcher 2 icon.pngRemix 7
Hopping Road 2 icon.pngToss Boys 2 icon.pngBuilt to Scale 2 icon.pngSpaceball 2 icon.pngSneaky Spirits 2 icon.pngRemix 8
Arcade Exclusive
Karate Man Tempo icon.pngVegeta-Pull Tempo icon.pngMarcher Tempo icon.pngSpaceball Tempo icon.pngThe Clappy Trio Tempo icon.png1st Remix Tempo icon.png
Two Player
Karate Man icon.pngVegeta-Pull icon.pngMarcher icon.pngSpaceball icon.png
Sneaky Spirits icon.pngCheese Heist icon.pngBunny Hop icon.pngThe Bon Odori icon.png
Space Dance icon.pngPower Calligraphy icon.pngNinja icon.pngTap Trial icon.png
Karate Man 2 icon.pngVegeta-Pull 2 icon.pngCosmo Dance icon.pngMarcher 2 icon.png
Sneaky Spirits 2 icon.pngNinja Reincarnate icon.pngSpaceball 2 icon.pngTurbo Tap Trial icon.png
Karate Man Tempo icon.pngVegeta-Pull Tempo icon.pngMarcher Tempo icon.pngSpaceball Tempo icon.png
Rhythm Heaven
Built to ScaleGlee ClubFillbotsFan Club icon.pngRemix 1
Rhythm RallyShoot-'Em-UpBlue Birds icon.pngMoai Doo-Wop icon.pngRemix 2
Love Lizards icon.pngCrop Stomp icon.pngFreeze Frame icon.pngThe Dazzles icon.pngRemix 3
Munchy Monk DS icon.pngDJ School icon.pngDrummer Duel icon.pngLove Lab icon.pngRemix 4
Splashdown icon.pngBig Rock Finish icon.pngDog Ninja icon.pngFrog Hop icon.pngRemix 5
Space Soccer icon.pngLockstep icon.pngRockers icon.pngKarate ManRemix 6
Airboarder icon.png
Built to Scale 2The Dazzles 2 icon.pngFrog Hop 2Fan Club 2 icon.pngRemix 7
Rhythm Rally 2Fillbots 2Blue Birds 2 icon.pngLockstep 2 icon.pngRemix 8
Moai Doo-Wop 2 icon.pngKarate Man 2Glee Club 2Space Soccer 2 icon.pngRemix 9
Shoot-'Em-Up 2Splashdown 2 icon.pngMunchy Monk 2 icon.pngRockers 2 icon.pngRemix 10
Rhythm Heaven Fever
One Player
Hole in One icon.pngScrewbot Factory icon.pngSee-Saw icon.pngDouble Date icon.pngRemix 1
Fork Lifter icon.pngTambourine icon.pngBoard Meeting icon.pngMonkey Watch icon.pngRemix 2
Working Dough icon.pngBuilt to ScaleAir RallyFigure FighterRemix 3
Ringside icon.pngPacking Pests icon.pngMicro-RowSamurai SliceRemix 4
Catch of the Day icon.pngFlipper-FlopExhibition Match icon.pngFlock Step icon.pngRemix 5
Launch Party icon.pngDonk Donk icon.pngBossa Nova icon.pngLove Rap icon.pngRemix 6
Tap Troupe icon.pngShrimp Shuffle icon.pngCheer Readers icon.pngKarate ManRemix 7
Night Walk
Samurai Slice 2 icon.pngWorking Dough 2 icon.pngBuilt to Scale 2Double Date 2 icon.pngRemix 8
Love Rap 2 icon.pngCheer Readers 2 icon.pngHole in One 2 icon.pngScrewbot Factory 2 icon.pngRemix 9
Figure Fighter 2Micro-Row 2Packing Pests 2 icon.pngKarate Man 2Remix 10
Two Player
Fork LifterTambourineRingsideMicro-RowFlipper-FlopLaunch PartyTap TroupeKarate Man
Extra Games
The Clappy TrioSneaky SpiritsExtraGamePowerCalligraphyIcon.gifExtraGameTapTrialIcon.gif
Rhythm Heaven Megamix
Earth World
Honeybee Land
Karate ManFillbots Story icon.pngAir Rally Story icon.pngJumping Road Story icon.png
Machine Land
Vegeta-Pull Story icon.pngGlee Club Story icon.pngFigure Fighter Story icon.pngSlam Dunked Story icon .png
The First Gate
Coin toss icon.png
Citrus Land
The Clappy Trio Story icon.pngShoot-'Em-Up Story icon.pngMicro-Row Story icon.pngInterpreter Story icon.png
Donut Land
Bunny Hop 3DS icon.pngAirboarder 3DS icon.pngExhibition Match 3DS icon.pngChameleon icon.png
The Second Gate
Sick Beats
Barbershop Land

Sneaky Spirits Story icon.pngRhythm Rally Story icon.pngFlipper-Flop 3DS icon.pngWild Woodwork Story icon.png
Songbird Land
Power Calligraphy 3DS icon.pngBlue Birds 3DS icon.pngFlock Step 3DS icon.pngSamurai Slice 3DS icon.png
The Third Gate
Chicken Race icon.png

Lush Woods
Lush Tower
Spaceball 3DS icon.pngDog Ninja 3DS icon.pngHole in One 3DS icon.pngSumology icon.pngForest Remix icon.png
Honeybee Tower
Karate Man 3DS icon.pngFillbots 3DS icon.pngAir Rally 3DS icon.pngJumping Road 2 icon.pngBee Remix icon.png
Machine Tower
Vegeta-Pull 3DS icon.pngGlee Club 3DS icon.pngFigure Fighter 3DS icon.pngSlam Dunked 2 icon.pngMachine Remix icon.png
Citrus Tower
The Clappy Trio 3DS icon.pngShoot-'Em-Up 3DS icon.pngMicro-Row 3DS icon.pngInterpreter 2 icon.pngOrange Remix icon.png
Donut Tower
Cheese Heist 3DS icon.pngFan Club 3DS icon.pngWorking Dough 3DS icon.pngMidair Trapeze icon.pngDonut Remix icon.png
Barbershop Tower
Sneaky Spirits 3DS icon.pngRhythm Rally The 3DS icon.pngFlipper-Flop Story icon.pngWild Woodwork 2 icon.pngFashion Remix icon.png
Songbird Tower
Tap Trial 3DS icon.pngFrog Hop 3DS icon.pngRingside 3DS icon.pngWaltz-a-Tron icon.pngBird Remix icon.png
Heaven World
Star Land
Ninja 3DS icon.pngFreeze Frame 3DS icon.pngLaunch Party 3DS icon.pngPillow Dance icon.png
Comet Land
Marcher 3DS icon.pngMunchy Monk 3DS icon.pngSee-Saw 3DS icon.pngTeddy Bear icon.png
Planet Land
Space Dance 3DS icon.pngLockstep 3DS icon.pngCheer Readers 3DS icon.pngCat Clap icon.png
The Fourth Gate
Clap Trap 3DS icon.png
Mamarin Palace
Left-Hand Tower
Trio on Tour 3DS icon.pngPopular Fan Club icon.pngFigure Champion icon.pngJungle Trapeze icon.pngLeft Remix icon.png
Right-Hand Tower
Turbo Tap Trial 3DS icon.pngFrog Night icon.pngHole in One Lady icon.pngSamurai Slice 2 3DS icon.pngRight Remix icon.png
Tibby's Mom

Cosmo Dance 3DS icon.pngCosmo Rally icon.pngWorking Dough Origins icon.pngKarate Man's Father icon.pngFinal Remix icon.png

Shop No. 1
Hopping Road 3DS icon.pngNight Walk 3DS icon.pngQuiz 3DS icon.png
Shop No. 2
The Dazzles 3DS icon.pngBig Rock Finish 3DS icon.pngKarate Man Kick icon.png
Shop No. 3
Built to ScaleDouble Date 3DS icon.pngCatch of the Day 3DS icon.png
Shop No. 4
Fork Lifter 3DS icon.pngLove Rap 3DS icon.pngBossa Nova 3DS icon.png
Shop No. 5
Screwbot Factory 3DS icon.pngBoard Meeting 3DS icon.pngSamurai Slice
Shop No. 6
Packing Pests 3DS icon.pngMonkey watch 3DS icon.pngKarate Man Combo icon.png