"Invasion alert! Invasion
alert! Scramble fighters,
STAT! Or...practice first,
and then scramble.
Whatever works for you.
— Shoot-'Em-Up Description (Rhythm Heaven)

"Intruder alert! Again!
Scramble fighters! Again!
Defend the homeworld! (No practice)
— Shoot-'em-up 2 Description (Rhythm Heaven Megamix)

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Shoot-'em-up 2
かえってきた シューティング Kaettekita Shuutingu

Shoot 'em up

Return of shoot-'em-up

BPM 142
Appearance Rhythm Heaven
Rhythm Heaven Megamix
Game Number 7 (Rhythm Heaven)
44 (Rhythm Heaven Megamix)
Perfect Reward Shoot-'Em-Up soundtrack (Rhythm Heaven)
1 Flow Ball (Rhythm Heaven Megamix)

Shoot-'Em-Up (シューティング Shuutingu?), also known in Rhythm Heaven Megamix as Shoot-'em-up 2 (かえってきた シューティング Kaettekita shutingu?), not to be confused with the sequel in Rhythm Heaven, is the 7th minigame in Rhythm Heaven and the 44th minigame in Rhythm Heaven Megamix. The player controls a Blastronaut in a spaceship who is on an important mission to stop the alien enemies from invading Earth. It's also a sequel of Shoot-'em-up in Rhythm Heaven Megamix. In Rhythm Heaven, it is also available as an Endless Game.


Shoot-'Em-Up gameplay 3DS

This game is played in first person view from the spaceship. A varying number of aliens will appear on the screen one by one in groups. All aliens have appeared when the music reaches the end of its chorus. The player must then repeat the number and time they appeared, relying on the rhythm of the music. If a beat is missed, that alien will escape.


Button Mode

  • A or D-Pad: Shoot

Simple Tap Mode

  • Tap: Shoot

Timing Notes

  • Hit: The alien is destroyed completely.
  • Barely: The alien is only disabled, not completely destroyed. A barely counts as a hit in Rhythm Heaven, but it counts as a miss in Rhythm Heaven Megamix.
  • Miss: The alien damages the player's spaceship.

Rating Notes

Rhythm Heaven


  • "Commander's Debriefing"

Try Again

  • "Some enemies got past you."
  • "The high-speed volleys are tricky."


  • "Hm..."
  • "I don't know..."
  • "Good enough..."
  • "I guess that was all right."


  • "That was a glorious battle."
  • "Your 8-shot volleys were amazing!"
  • "Nice work, right to the end!"

Rhythm Heaven Megamix


  • "Commander's Debriefing"

Try Again

  • "Some enemies got past you."
  • "You seemed intimidated by swarms."


  • "Eh. Passable."


  • "That was a glorious battle."
  • "You weren't fazed by any number of foes!"

Rating Screens

Rhythm Heaven

Rhythm Heaven Megamix

Rhythm Item

Model Spaceship

Model Spaceship
Have an Adult Help You
It's a Space Battleship STG-7 Plastic Model Kit in 1/48 scale!
The cockpit is amazingly detailed!

Note: Pilot not included.

Skill Star

The Skill Star can be collected when you complete the last invader pattern during the fourth wave.

Challenge Train

  • Spaaaaaaaaaaaaaaace!


Endless Game

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Shoot-'em-up Endless Game

Rhythm Heaven

Game Number


This game is also present as an Endless Game, unlocked after earning 7 Medals. Gameplay is about the same as the non-endless version, but differences appear:

  • The player has a life bar which is depleted with every miss. The life bar will gradually refill after being depleted any amount.
  • Once the player has reached the end of the non-endless game, the last three enemies do not appear. Instead, it loops back to the second wave of Shoot-'Em-Up 2.
  • The player receives points for each hit, which rise as consecutive enemies are defeated.
  • Defeating every enemy in a wave will award the player a perfect bonus.
  • The background changes every two waves.
  • The aliens will change if you go far enough.
  • Instead of alerting the player to incoming waves, the Shoot-'Em-Up Radio Lady will congratulate the player for reaching certain scores.
  • The music will become quieter during latter waves, up until it becomes muted.
  • If the player is hit with an empty life bar, the game ends.


  • The green aliens that are seen in the background during the Endless version of the game are the Space Umpires from Spaceball without their spaceships.
  • In Rhythm Heaven, missing even a single alien will cost you Just OK.
  • In Megamix, the background in the epilogue screens from this game is taken straight from Wario Man's stage from WarioWare: Twisted released for the Game Boy Advance.
    Wario Ware Twisted Wario-Man Epilogue
  • The screen the lady appears on in Rhythm Heaven Megamix appears to resemble a Wii U Gamepad.
  • The way the aliens slowly crawl towards the bottom of the screen in the DS version may be a reference to the alien's movements in the arcade classic Space Invaders.
  • In Megamix, the aliens are fully grey, part of the spaceship is green, and the effects when the aliens pop up are green, thus making the game look more like the DS version of Shoot-'em-up 2.
  • This is one of the few games to keep the same controls for tapping from Rhythm Heaven to Rhythm Heaven Megamix, the others being Munchy Monk, Freeze Frame, Lockstep, and Fillbots.
  • This is actually the game with the most variants, having three more than Tap Trial. It has 7 variants in Heaven (if including it's practice and Endless version), and has 3 more variants in Megamix, making a total of 10 variants.
    • But with graphical changes in general, Tap Trial wins, because of it's appearance in Rhythm Heaven Fever.

Gameplay Video

Rhythm Heaven - Shoot-'Em-Up (Perfect) (English)-0

Rhythm Heaven - Shoot-'Em-Up (Perfect) (English)-0

Rhythm Heaven Megamix - Shoot-'em-up 2 (Perfect) (English)

Rhythm Heaven Megamix - Shoot-'em-up 2 (Perfect) (English)

In Other Languages

Rhythm Heaven

Language Name Meaning
JP Japanese シューティング Shooting
US English (US)
UK English (UK)
FR French Bataille galactique
ES Spanish Guerra galáctica
D German Kosmorock
IT Italian Meteoritmi
KR Korean 슈팅 Shooting

Rhythm Heaven Megamix

Language Name Meaning
JP Japanese かえってきた シューティング Return of shooting
US English (US)
UK English (UK)
FR French Le retour de la bataille galactique
ES Spanish Guerra galáctica 2
D German Kosmorock 2
IT Italian Meteoritmi 2
KR Korean 돌아온 슈팅 Shooting returns

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