Freeze Frame

From Rhythm Heaven Wiki
Jump to navigation Jump to search
Freeze Frame
Capture the excitement
of car racing on film!
There's a fortune to
be made on the racing
ConsoleDS Icon.png Rhythm Heaven
Freeze Frame
Capture the excitement
of car racing on film!
There's a fortune to
be made on the racing
ConsoleDS Icon.png Rhythm Paradise
Freeze Frame
Capture the excitement of car
racing on film! There's a fortune
to be made on the racing circuit!
Console3DS Icon.png Rhythm Heaven Megamix
Freeze Frame
ConsoleDS Icon.png
Prologue DS Freeze Frame.png
Console3DS Icon.png
Prologue 3DS Freeze Frame.png
ConsoleDS Icon.png 13
Console3DS Icon.png 64

Freeze Frame (カメラマン?, Camera Man) is the 3rd Rhythm Game of the third stage (13th overall) in Rhythm Heaven and the 2nd of Star Land (64th overall) in Rhythm Heaven Megamix.


Screenshot DS Freeze Frame.png
Screenshot 3DS Freeze Frame.png

The player controls a photographer named T.J. Snapper who must take pictures of racers passing by in Rhythm Kart. Most of the time, they will be two to three small yellow cars that give an audio cue with an obvious engine sound. There's also a faster, carrot-shaped vehicle, whose audio cue comes as it's passing on the other side of the track. Various people also walk in front of the camera at times, one of them being T.J. Snapper's girlfriend, and a crowd of Racing Fans forms near the end of the game.


  • Ⓐ/Tap: Take photo

Timing Display

  • Perfect!/Ace!: All pictures show the racers in the middle. A successful noise plays and the crowd cheers. A red circle or green thumbs up appears depending on the version, and T.J. Snapper smiles at his success.
  • Early!/Late!: At least one picture shows only the front half (if early) or the back half (if late) of the racer. A "DEE-DOO-DOP"-like noise plays and the crowd applauds. A red triangle or yellow thumbs up pointed sideways appears depending on the version, and T.J. Snapper tilts his head to the side.
  • Miss...: At least one picture shows no racers in it. A buzzer plays and the crowd boos. A red cross or red thumbs down appears depending on the version, and T.J. Snapper cries due to his failure.


ConsoleDS Icon.png
Editor's feedback:(Flag of the United States.svg) Editor's feedback:(Flag of the United Kingdom (3-5).svg)
GradingNG DS.png
Your timing is off!
You got distracted by the crowd.
Your timing is off!
You got distracted by the crowd.
GradingOK DS.png
Good enough...
I don't know...
I guess that was all right.
Good enough...
I don't know...
I guess that was all right.
GradingHI DS.png
You've got a great eye!
You kept a cool head with the crowd.
You've got a great eye!
You kept a cool head with the crowd.
Console3DS Icon.png
Editor's Feedback
GradingNG 3DS.png
Three cars were tough for you.
You had trouble catching two at once.
Your timing is off!
GradingOK 3DS.png
Eh. Passable.
GradingHI 3DS.png
Three cars! You're on a roll!
Nice shots of two cars!
You've got a great eye!


ConsoleDS Icon.png
GradingNG DS.png
GradingOK DS.png
GradingHI DS.png
Epilogue DS Freeze Frame NG.png Epilogue DS Freeze Frame OK.png Epilogue DS Freeze Frame HI.png
I promise I'll take better
shots of you next time!
There's nothing wrong
with second place!
Smile for the camera, champ!
Console3DS Icon.png
GradingNG 3DS.png
GradingOK 3DS.png
GradingHI 3DS.png
Epilogue 3DS Freeze Frame NG.png Epilogue 3DS Freeze Frame OK.png Epilogue 3DS Freeze Frame HI.png
I promise I'll take better
shots of you next time!
There's nothing wrong
with second place!
Smile for the camera, champ!

Rhythm Item

Racing Magazine Are You Eating Well?
Sprite 3DS Rhythm Item Racing Magazine.png
Item holder.png
I heard your photo's getting
published in a magazine, so I
ordered a copy. I'm going to cut
it out and make a scrapbook.
Be kind to others and work hard.
Love, Mom

Skill Star

The Skill Star appears on a group of three cars while the racing fans are blocking the view.

Challenge Land

Freeze Frame appears in the following Challenge Train courses:




The following is commentary given on the STAFF'S VOICE section of the booklet included in Rhythm Tengoku Zen Kyoku-shu.

Japanese Translation
つんく♂ このゲームの試作品が上がってきたとき、僕が曲をつくるときにイメージしたのとはまったく違うタイミングでシャッターを押すようなゲームだったんです。巷にあふれている音楽ゲームって、画面を見ながらでないと遊べないものばかりでしょう。でも僕は、リズムをしっかりおさえさえすれば、画面を見なくても遊べるようなリズムゲームをつくりたかったんです。だから、クルマがシュンと走って、カシャッとシャッターを切るタイミングが、音のアクセントに合ってといなかったので、これはちょっと許されへんなあと。そこで米さんたちが打ち合わせで来てくれたときに、きつく言おうと思ったら、すっかり疲労困儀していて…。納期も迫っていたし、あんまり寒てへんのやなあ…つて。「許しちゃおうかな?」「でも、そうしたらお蔵入りになるのかな?」と葛藤しつつ、やんわりと自分の考えを伝えたんですね。そのあと、最終確認するためにいろんなゲームをチェックする機会があって、隅っこのほうに調整された「カメラマン」がさりげなく入れてあったんです。しかも僕の理想どおりに! 任天堂のチームはやるなあって(笑)。 Tsunku♂: When I received the prototype of this game, it was a game where you press the shutter button at a completely different timing from what I had in mind when I created the music. Most of the music games out there can only be played while looking at the screen. But I wanted to create a rhythm game that could be played without looking at the screen, as long as the rhythm was firmly in place. Therefore, the timing of the car driving and the shutter clicking was not in sync with the sound accents, which I felt was unacceptable. So when Yone-san and his team came to the studio for a meeting, I tried to give them a hard time, but they were completely exhausted... The deadline was approaching, and I thought it'd be too cold... "Should I forgive you?" "But if I do that, will it be shelved?" I was conflicted, but I told them what I thought. After that, I had a chance to check various games for final confirmation, and I found an adjusted "Freeze Frame" casually placed in the corner. And it was exactly as I wanted it to be! I was impressed by how Nintendo's team did it (laughs).

小黒 シャッターを押すタイミングもバッチリでしたしね。つんく♂が「いいやん、これ!」と言ったら、米さんたちはにんまり笑ってましたしね(笑)。 Oguro: The timing of the shutter release was also perfect. Tsunku♂ said "This is great!" and Yone-san and the others were smiling (laughs).

米 本当にあのときは疲労のピークでした…。しかも、シャッターを押すタイミングがハッキリ決まっていなくて、とても迷っていた時期に、「カメラマン」を持って行ったんですね。つんく♂さんとはメールでアドバイスを受けることも多かったんですけど、やっぱり文章だと、読むおほうは怒られてるように感じてしまうんですず。でも、つんく♂さんに直接会ってみると、そうじゃないことがわかって、僕らも元気を取り戻すような感じでしたね。だから、「カメラマン」のときも、指摘を受けてから、すぐに直させていただきました。 Yone: I was really at the peak of fatigue at that time... What's more, I couldn't clearly decide on when to press the shutter, and at a time when I was at a loss, I was in charge of "Freeze Frame". Tsunku♂-san often gave us advice via email, but when it was in writing, we readers feel like he's scolding us. But when we met Tsunku♂-san in person, we realized that wasn't the case, and it felt like we were regaining our spirits. That's why with "Freeze Frame" after he pointed out the problem, we immediately corrected it.


  • During Practice, the player is tasked with taking a picture of a single yellow car at first to get a feel for the timing. In the real game, yellow cars only appear in sets of two or three, never only one.
Screenshot DS Freeze Frame Kart.png

Development History

Main article: Freeze Frame/Development

In Other Languages

Language Name Meaning
Flag of Japan.svg Japanese カメラマン Camera Man
Flag of the United States.svg EnglishNOA Freeze Frame A single still frame or picture taken from a film (movie), or from a video stream.
Flag of the United Kingdom (3-5).svg EnglishNOE Freeze Frame
Flag of France (1794–1815, 1830–1974, 2020–present).svg French Sur le vif On the spot
Flag of Spain.svg Spanish Foto Final Photo Finish
Flag of Germany.svg German Auto-Fokus Auto focus
Flag of Italy.svg Italian Scatto scaltro Wily photoshoot
Flag of South Korea.svg Korean 카메라맨 Camera Man
Rhythm Tengoku (GBA/Arcade)
One Player
KaratekaRhythm DatsumoMarcherAir BatterPachi Pachi SanninshuRemix 1
Shiroi ObakeGame GBA 2-2.pngKossori RatBaikin HakaseGame GBA 2-5.pngRemix 2
Game GBA 3-1.pngGame GBA 3-2.pngUsagi TobiGame GBA 3-4.pngGame GBA 3-5.pngRemix 3
QuizGame GBA 4-2.pngRhythm o ShujiGame GBA 4-4.pngGame GBA 4-5.pngRemix 4
Hopping RoadNinjaGame GBA 5-3.pngGame GBA 5-4.pngTap DanceRemix 5
Bari Bari SanninshuGame GBA 6-2.pngCosmo DanceGame GBA 6-4.pngSuper TapRemix 6

Game GBA 7-1.pngGame GBA 7-2.pngGame GBA 7-3.pngGame GBA 7-4.pngGame GBA 7-5.pngRemix 7
Game GBA 8-1.pngGame GBA 8-2.pngGame GBA 8-3.pngGame GBA 8-4.pngGame GBA 8-5.pngRemix 8
Arcade Exclusive
Game GBA EX-1.pngGame GBA EX-2.pngGame GBA EX-3.pngGame GBA EX-4.pngGame GBA EX-5.pngGame GBA EX-6.png
Two Player
Game GBA 1-1.pngGame GBA 1-2.pngGame GBA 1-3.pngGame GBA 1-4.png
Game GBA 2-1.pngGame GBA 2-3.pngGame GBA 3-3.pngGame GBA 2-5.png
Game GBA 3-5.pngGame GBA 4-3.pngGame GBA 5-2.pngGame GBA 5-5.png
Game GBA 7-1.pngGame GBA 7-2.pngGame GBA 6-3.pngGame GBA 7-5.png
Game GBA 8-5.pngGame GBA 7-3.pngGame GBA 8-4.pngGame GBA 6-5.png
Game GBA EX-1.pngGame GBA EX-2.pngGame GBA EX-3.pngGame GBA EX-4.png
Rhythm Heaven
Built to ScaleGlee ClubFillbotsGame DS 1-4.pngRemix 1
Rhythm RallyShoot-'Em-UpGame DS 2-3.pngGame DS 2-4.pngRemix 2
Game DS 3-1.pngGame DS 3-2.pngGame DS 3-3.pngGame DS 3-4.pngRemix 3
Game DS 4-1.pngGame DS 4-2.pngGame DS 4-3.pngGame DS 4-4.pngRemix 4
Game DS 5-1.pngGame DS 5-2.pngGame DS 5-3.pngGame DS 5-4.pngRemix 5
Game DS 6-1.pngGame DS 6-2.pngGame DS 6-3.pngKarate ManRemix 6
Game DS B-Credit.png
Built to Scale 2Game DS 7-2.pngFrog Hop 2Game DS 7-4.pngRemix 7
Rhythm Rally 2Fillbots 2Game DS 8-3.pngGame DS 8-4.pngRemix 8
Game DS 9-1.pngKarate Man 2Glee Club 2Game DS 9-4.pngRemix 9
Shoot-'Em-Up 2Game DS 10-2.pngGame DS 10-3.pngGame DS 10-4.pngRemix 10
Rhythm Heaven Fever
One Player
Game Wii 1-1.pngGame Wii 1-2.pngGame Wii 1-3.pngGame Wii 1-4.pngRemix 1
Game Wii 2-1.pngGame Wii 2-2.pngGame Wii 2-3.pngGame Wii 2-4.pngRemix 2
Game Wii 3-1.pngBuilt to ScaleAir RallyFigure FighterRemix 3
Game Wii 4-1.pngGame Wii 4-2.pngMicro-RowSamurai SliceRemix 4
Game Wii 5-1.pngFlipper-FlopGame Wii 5-3.pngGame Wii 5-4.pngRemix 5
Game Wii 6-1.pngGame Wii 6-2.pngGame Wii 6-3.pngGame Wii 6-4.pngRemix 6
Game Wii 7-1.pngGame Wii 7-2.pngGame Wii 7-3.pngKarate ManRemix 7
Night Walk
Game Wii 8-1.pngGame Wii 8-2.pngBuilt to Scale 2Game Wii 8-4.pngRemix 8
Game Wii 9-1.pngGame Wii 9-2.pngGame Wii 9-3.pngGame Wii 9-4.pngRemix 9
Figure Fighter 2Micro-Row 2Game Wii 10-3.pngKarate Man 2Remix 10
Two Player
Fork LifterTambourineRingsideMicro-RowFlipper-FlopLaunch PartyTap TroupeKarate Man
Extra Games
The Clappy TrioSneaky SpiritsGame Wii EX-3.gifGame Wii EX-4.gif
Rhythm Heaven Megamix
Earth World
Honeybee Land
Karate ManGame 3DS ntrRobot S.pngGame 3DS rvlBadminton S.pngGame 3DS ctrStep S.png
Machine Land
Game 3DS agbHair S.pngGame 3DS ntrChorus S.pngGame 3DS rvlMuscle S.pngGame 3DS ctrFruitbasket S.png
The First Gate
Game 3DS ntrCoinToss L.png
Citrus Land
Game 3DS agbClap S.pngGame 3DS ntrShooting S.pngGame 3DS rvlFlea S.pngGame 3DS ctrInterprerter S.png
Donut Land
Game 3DS agbRabbit L.pngGame 3DS ntrAirboard L.pngGame 3DS rvlBatting L.pngGame 3DS ctrChameleon L.png
The Second Gate
Sick Beats
Barbershop Land

Game 3DS agbGhost S.pngGame 3DS ntrPingpong S.pngGame 3DS rvlGoma S.pngGame 3DS ctrWoodCat S.png
Songbird Land
Game 3DS agbShuji L.pngGame 3DS ntrBlueBirds L.pngGame 3DS rvlBird L.pngGame 3DS ctrDotsamurai L.png
The Third Gate
Game 3DS ctrChicken L.png

Lush Woods
Lush Tower
Game 3DS agbBatter L.pngGame 3DS ntrNinja L.pngGame 3DS rvlGolf L.pngGame 3DS ctrSumou L.pngGame 3DS remix LED.png
Honeybee Tower
Game 3DS rvlKarate 1.pngGame 3DS ntrRobot L.pngGame 3DS rvlBadminton L.pngGame 3DS ctrStep L.pngGame 3DS remix 00.png
Machine Tower
Game 3DS agbHair L.pngGame 3DS ntrChorus L.pngGame 3DS rvlMuscle L.pngGame 3DS ctrFruitbasket L.pngGame 3DS remix 01.png
Citrus Tower
Game 3DS agbClap L.pngGame 3DS ntrShooting L.pngGame 3DS rvlFlea L.pngGame 3DS ctrInterprerter L.pngGame 3DS remix 02.png
Donut Tower
Game 3DS agbRat L.pngGame 3DS ntrIdol L.pngGame 3DS rvlManju L.pngGame 3DS ctrBlanco L.pngGame 3DS remix 03.png
Barbershop Tower
Game 3DS agbGhost L.pngGame 3DS ntrPingpong L.pngGame 3DS rvlGoma L.pngGame 3DS ctrWoodCat L.pngGame 3DS remix 04.png
Songbird Tower
Game 3DS agbTap L.pngGame 3DS ntrFrog L.pngGame 3DS rvlInterview L.pngGame 3DS ctrTango L.pngGame 3DS remix 05.png
Heaven World
Star Land
Game 3DS agbTono L.pngGame 3DS ntrCameraMan L.pngGame 3DS rvlRocket L.pngGame 3DS ctrPillow L.png
Comet Land
Game 3DS agbMarcher L.pngGame 3DS ntrShugyo L.pngGame 3DS rvlSeesaw L.pngGame 3DS ctrBear L.png
Planet Land
Game 3DS agbSpaceDance L.pngGame 3DS ntrBackbeat L.pngGame 3DS rvlBook L.pngGame 3DS ctrTeppan L.png
The Fourth Gate
Game 3DS rvlSword L.png
Mamarin Palace
Left-Hand Tower
Game 3DS agbClap A.pngGame 3DS ntrIdol A.pngGame 3DS rvlMuscle A.pngGame 3DS ctrBlanco A.pngGame 3DS remix 06 2.png
Right-Hand Tower
Game 3DS agbTap A.pngGame 3DS ntrFrog A.pngGame 3DS rvlGolf A.pngGame 3DS ctrDotsamurai A.pngGame 3DS remix 07 2.png
Tibby's Mom

Game 3DS agbSpaceDance A.pngGame 3DS ntrPingpong A.pngGame 3DS rvlManju A.pngGame 3DS rvlKarate 4.pngGame 3DS remix TED 2.png

Shop No. 1
Game 3DS agbHopping L.pngGame 3DS agbNightWalk L.pngGame 3DS agbQuiz L.png
Shop No. 2
Game 3DS ntrBoxShow L.pngGame 3DS ntrShortLive L.pngGame 3DS rvlKarate 2.png
Shop No. 3
Built to ScaleGame 3DS rvlDate L.pngGame 3DS rvlFishing L.png
Shop No. 4
Game 3DS rvlFork L.pngGame 3DS rvlRap L.pngGame 3DS rvlReceive L.png
Shop No. 5
Game 3DS rvlRobot L.pngGame 3DS rvlRotation L.pngSamurai Slice
Shop No. 6
Game 3DS rvlSort L.pngGame 3DS rvlWatch L.pngGame 3DS rvlKarate 3.png