Bossa Nova

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Bossa Nova
Primitive people played a lot
more primitive volleyball
than most people realize.
Also, their music was pretty
ConsoleWii Icon.png Rhythm Heaven Fever
Bossa Nova
Volleying balls with a
partner is just like dancing.
Show off your skills, and
make a good impression!
ConsoleWii Icon.png Beat the Beat: Rhythm Paradise
Bossa Nova
Primitive people played a lot more
volleyball than most people realize.
Also, their music was pretty cool.
Console3DS Icon.png Rhythm Heaven Megamix
Bossa Nova
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Flow Balls Needed

Bossa Nova (ボッサレシーブ?, Bossa Receive) is the 3rd Rhythm Game of Stage 6 (28th overall) in Rhythm Heaven Fever and the 3rd of Shop No. 4 (102nd overall), costing 12 Flow Balls, in Rhythm Heaven Megamix.


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In the game, the player takes control of Bossa, bouncing away shapes as they fly onto the screen along with Nova. 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.


  • Ⓐ/Tap: Bump

Timing Display

  • Perfect!/Ace!?: The player bumps the shape.
  • Early!/Late!?: The player bumps the shape very weakly, causing it to fall down with a "doink" sound. In the Two Player Endless Game, this causes the players to lose a life.
  • Miss...?: The player gets struck by the shape. The voices get interrupted as a result, and briefly sound angrier afterwards. If the player bounces at the same as Nova does, the two bump heads and she yelps. In the Two Player Endless Game, this causes the players to lose a life.


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Tips from the Volley Girl(Flag of the United States.svg) Nova's Comments(Flag of the United Kingdom (3-5).svg)
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You didn't put your back into your bumps.
The switching seemed to make you dizzy.
You need to put your back into it.
Changing places confused you.
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Eh. Good enough. Good try.
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Nice bumping technique!
Switching was no problem for you!
You showed good volleying skills.
Changing places was no problem.
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Tips from the Volley Girl
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You didn't put your back into your bumps.
The switching seemed to make you dizzy.
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Eh. Passable.
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Nice bumping technique!
Switching was no problem for you!


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We just don't seem to be in sync. Togetherness. The perfect couple.

We're just not right for each other.

We're together now.

We're perfect together!
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We just don't seem to be in sync. Togetherness. The perfect couple.

Rhythm Item

Dream Home Settling Down
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I'm glad we moved here from
the cave. It's warmer, and
there's a volleyball court in
the yard. The neighborhood
has a few loud mastodons,
but no place is perfect.

Skill Star

The Skill Star appears after the cloud passes by the fishing caveman, in the middle of Bossa bumping the round objects near the end of the game. It is notable for being placed in the middle of a set of actions rather than a transition, as most other Skill Stars in the game.

Challenge Land

Bossa Nova appears in the following Challenge Train courses:


Two-Player Endless Game

Bossa Nova
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Duo Medals Needed
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Two Player
High Score
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Bossa Nova (ボッサレシーブ?, Bossa Receive) is the 5th Two-Player Endless Game in Rhythm Heaven Fever, unlocked with 8 Duo Medals.

The game is a Two Player endless version of the original, ending once all three lives are lost. P1 controls Bossa and P2 controls Nova. The background is now a featureless grey void. Each time the pair hits a shape, a letter is typed out on the top of the screen, ultimately spelling out a story.

Rhythm Heaven Fever Beat the Beat: Rhythm Paradise
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 performances and
become Nova's full-time
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
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
shopping after
Recently, her
Monkey Watch had
worn out so she
went to get the
monkeys changed.
Then she bought a
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
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
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!



Development History

Main article: Bossa Nova/Development

In Other Languages

Language Name Meaning
Flag of Japan.svg Japanese ボッサレシーブ Bossa Receive
Flag of the United States.svg EnglishNOA Bossa Nova A genre of music from Brazil, similar to a fusion of jazz and samba music
Flag of the United Kingdom (3-5).svg EnglishNOE Bossa Nova
Flag of France (1794–1815, 1830–1974, 2020–present).svg French Volley bossa
Bossa Nova[2]
Flag of Spain.svg Spanish Bossa bola
Bossa Nova[3]
Bossa ball
Bossa Nova
Flag of Germany.svg German Bossa Volley
Flag of Italy.svg Italian Bossa Volley
Flag of the Netherlands.svg Dutch Bossa Nova[4]
Bossa Volley[5]
Flag of Portugal.svg Portuguese Bossa Nova[6][7]
Flag of South Korea.svg Korean 보사노바 리시브 Bossa Nova Receive


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