The legacy and potential of Nintendo’s forgotten rhythm game, Band Brothers

Let’s talk about a Nintendo-published rhythm game that made its name on Nintendo DS and deserves a modern revival. You’re probably thinking about Elite Beat Agents, but that’s actually not the focus of today’s discussion. However, it is important to our story, so let’s begin there.

Osu! Tatakae! Ouendan is one of the more surprising success stories from a console that was a goldmine for under-appreciated and unique creative experiences. The game’s wacky premise of a cheer squad helping strangers and fighting aliens in a rhythm game played using the touchscreen earned viral success as import websites and magazines touted the wonders of this bizarre iNiS-developed curio. Fast-forward a few years and Nintendo finally rewarded eager fans with a localized release, replacing the songs with Western hits and the cheer squad with spies. To this day, Elite Beat Agents remains one of the company’s more bizarre published efforts of the last 20 years.

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