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カラテ家
とんでくるモノを
Aボタンでパンチ!
よくあるゲーム?
…かもね。
ConsoleGBA Icon Rhythm Tengoku
Karateka
Punch flying objects
with the A button!
A common game?
...Perhaps.
ConsoleGBA Icon (Translation)
カラテ家
とんでくるモノを Aボタンでパンチ!
気合とノリで ぶつ飛ばそう!
ConsoleArcade Icon Rhythm Tengoku
Karateka
Punch flying objects with the A button!
Go crazy and blow them away!
ConsoleArcade Icon (Translation)
Karate Man Returns!
More karate training! We've got
an all-new song and all-new stuff
to throw at you!

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Console3DS Icon Rhythm Heaven Megamix
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Karate Man Returns!
かえってきた カラテ家 Kaettekita Karateka

Karate Man GBA

Return of karate man

BPM 119
150
140.5
Appearance Rhythm Tengoku
Rhythm Heaven Megamix
Game Number ConsoleGBA Icon 1
Console3DS Icon 33
Perfect Reward ConsoleGBA Icon "カラテ家" (Karateka)
Console3DS Icon Flow Ball


Karate Man Returns! (かえってきた カラテ家 Kaettekita Karateka?), simply called Karateka (カラテ家 Karateka?) in Rhythm Tengoku, is the first Rhythm Game in Rhythm Tengoku and the first game to appear in the Rhythm Heaven Series. It returns as the 33rd minigame in Rhythm Heaven Megamix, as the long variant of Karate Man. In Rhythm Tengoku, the arrange variant Karateka 2 is unlocked later on.

Gameplay

Karate Man Arcade
Hey baby gameplay

This minigame features Karate Joe, who practices karate by punching objects that fly from off-screen. To do so, the player must hit the A button to the rhythm. The following objects appear and needed to be punched off-screen:

  • Pot
  • Rock
  • Soccer Ball
  • Light Bulb (only in Rhythm Tengoku)
  • Bomb (only in Rhythm Tengoku)
  • Cooking Pot (only in Rhythm Heaven Megamix)

A Flow gauge is located on the left and acts as an ability meter, responding to the player's success. Unless the gauge is at three bars or more, Karate Joe cannot punch rocks or bombs; attempting to do so will result in a miss. In Rhythm Heaven Megamix, the game is slightly altered for consistency with later versions, most notably the removal of the Flow gauge entierly.

Controls

  • Ⓐ/Tap: Punch

Timing Display

  • Perfect!/Ace!: Karate Joe punches the object off-screen. In Rhythm Tengoku, the Flow Gauge goes up by one. If the player punches a rock or bomb when the Flow Guage is too low, he will hurt his fist, counting as a miss instead.
  • Early!/Late!: Karate Joe mistimes the punch, causing him to wince as the object lands on the ground just in front of him. In Rhythm Tengoku, the Flow Guage goes down by one.
  • Miss...: Karate Joe gasps as the object flies past him. In Rhythm Tengoku, the Flow Guage is emptied completely.

Lyrics

Karate Man Song


Hey! Baby! How's it going?
This beat is non stop.
Hey! Baby! Listen to my phrase.
I can give you
the sense of rhythm.
Oh, Yeah.

Hey! Baby! How's it going?
This beat is non stop.
Hey! Baby! Listen to my phrase.
I can give you
the sense of rhythm.
Awake, baby! Trust me!

This beat is non stop!
New groove in your soul.
Oh, Yeah!
This beat!
You are growing up well.
Hey, Baby!
Hold on to your ambition.
Hey! Oh, Yeah!

Results

ConsoleGBA Icon
師匠のおことば (Master's words)
GradingNG GBA
きほんが できてない。(Focus on the basics.)
つづけざまは ニガテみたいだね。(You're bad at sequential punches.)
GradingOK GBA
う〜ん...(Hmm...)
まぁまぁ、 かな。(Well, I wonder.)
とりあえず...(For now...)
よしと します。(All right.)
GradingHI GBA
れんぞくパンチに キレがある!(Your sequential punches are great!)
さいご キマってた! (You nailed the last part!)

Console3DS Icon
Mutterings from the Master
GradingNG 3DS
Your punches lack pizzazz.
You can't spell "triple punch" without "trip."
GradingOK 3DS
Eh. Passable.
GradingHI 3DS
Your punches have some punch.
Three cheers for your triple punches!

Epilogue

Rhythm Tengoku

Rhythm Tengoku (Arcade) TempoUpExtra1

Rhythm Heaven Megamix

Rhythm Item

Cooking Pot Karate Memory #2
Cooking Pot
Item holder
My father is a master of
karate, but not of cooking.
Occasionally he makes
dinner anyway, and he keeps
asking if I like it. I always
lie and tell him it's good.

Skill Star

In Rhythm Heaven Megamix, the Skill Star can be obtained by perfectly hitting the rock that appears at the end of the minigame.

Appearances

Karateka TempoUpExtra1

カラテ家
TempoUpExtraMenu
とんでくるモノを Aボタンでパンチ!
でもスピードが速くなってるヨ。
ConsoleArcade Icon Rhythm Tengoku
Karateka
TempoUpExtraMenu
Punch flying objects with the A button!
But the speed is faster.
ConsoleArcade Icon (Translation)
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Rhythm Datsumo Tempo Up!
Karateka TempoUpExtra1
カラテ家 TempoUpExtra1 Karateka TempoUpExtra1
Karate Man Tempo Up title
BPM 177.5
Appearance Rhythm Tengoku (Arcade)
Game Number 49
Perfect Reward None


Karateka TempoUpExtra1 (カラテ家 TempoUpExtra1 Karateka TempoUpExtra1?) is a variation of this game and the first in the Extra stage in the arcade version of Rhythm Tengoku. In this variant, Karate Joe wears boxing gloves and black pants. The gameplay is the same, but the tempo is sped up, with a new arrangement of the song.

Karateka 2P

カラテ家 2P
とんでくるモノを Aボタンでパンチ!
気合とノリで ぶっ飛ばそう!
ConsoleArcade Icon Rhythm Tengoku
Karateka 2P
Punch flying objects with the A button!
Let's go with the flow!
ConsoleArcade Icon (Translation)
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Rhythm Datsumo 2P
Karateka 2P
カラテ家 2P Karate 2P
Karate Man GBA
BPM 119
Appearance Rhythm Tengoku (Arcade)
Game Number 1
Perfect Reward None


The game also appears in the two-player mode mode in the arcade version of Rhythm Tengoku where it is referred to as Karateka 2P (カラテ家 2P Karateka 2P?). It plays the same as the normal version, but has a split screen display to accommodate the second player. However, the Flow gauge remains off screen, unable to be seen by either player.

Karateka 2P TempoUpExtra1

カラテ家 2P
TempoUpExtraMenu
とんでくるモノを Aボタンでパンチ!
でもスピードが速くなってるヨ。
ConsoleArcade Icon Rhythm Tengoku
Karateka 2P
TempoUpExtraMenu
Punch flying objects with the A button!
But the speed is faster.
ConsoleArcade Icon (Translation)
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Super Tap 2P
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Rhythm Datsumo 2P Tempo Up!
Karateka 2P TempoUpExtra1
カラテ家 2P TempoUpExtra1 Karateka 2P TempoUpExtra1
Karate Man Tempo Up title
BPM 178
Appearance Rhythm Tengoku (Arcade)
Game Number 21
Perfect Reward None


Karateka TempoUpExtra1 also appears in the 2P mode of Rhythm Tengoku (Arcade) where it is referred to as Karateka 2P TempoUpExtra1 (カラテ家 2P TempoUpExtra1 Karateka 2P TempoUpExtra1?). The same changes as Karateka 2P apply here.

Trivia

  • Karate Man has become rather well-known for being the first ever rhythm game in the Rhythm Heaven Series. This has allowed it to make it into the next three games in the series, with new mechanics.
    • This game also has the most variations across the entire series.
  • The name Karate Joe may be a reference to Knuckle Joe from the Kirby series. Both use their fists and feet (see Karate Man Kicks!), their first names are fighting-related and they end with "Joe".
  • This is the first game in the Rhythm Heaven Series to include vocals. Interestingly, the game's lyrics are given as part of the Rhythm Poem Collection rather than its own lyrics card. Its name is given as "Karate Rhythm".
    • Additionally, this and Big Rock Finish are the only games in the entire series to use its practice music as part of the actual game.
  • The audio gasp for missing the object in Rhythm Tengoku may override the thrown object cue. This may cause problems if trying to play the stage without looking at the screen.

Video

Rhythm Tengoku Rhythm Tengoku (Arcade) TempoUpExtra1 Rhythm Heaven Megamix
Rhythm Tengoku Perfect Play Stage 1-1 - Karateka-0

Rhythm Tengoku Perfect Play Stage 1-1 - Karateka-0

Rhythm Tengoku Arcade- Karateka (Karate Man) Tempo Up! (Perfect)

Rhythm Tengoku Arcade- Karateka (Karate Man) Tempo Up! (Perfect)

Rhythm Heaven Megamix - Karate Man Returns! (Perfect) (English)

Rhythm Heaven Megamix - Karate Man Returns! (Perfect) (English)

In Other Languages

Language Name Meaning
JP Japanese帰ってきた カラテ家
Kaettekita Karateka
Return of Karateka
US EnglishKarate Man Returns!
FR FrenchSuper karatékaSuper Karateka
DU GermanKarateka! 2Karateka! 2
ES SpanishEl regreso de Kárate KilloThe Return of Karate Killo
IT ItalianIl Ritorno di Karate KaThe Return of Karate Ka
KR Korean돌아온 격투가
Dol-aon Gyeogtuga
Return of the Fighter


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