Karate Man Returns!

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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.png Rhythm Tengoku
Karateka
Punch flying objects
with the A button!
A common game?
...Perhaps.
ConsoleGBA Icon.png (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.png Rhythm Tengoku
Karateka
Punch flying objects with the A button!
Go crazy and blow them away!
ConsoleArcade Icon.png (Translation)
Karate Man Returns!
More karate training! We've got
an all-new song and all-new stuff
to throw at you!
NoPractice3DS.png
Console3DS Icon.png Rhythm Heaven Megamix
Karate Man Returns!
Image
ConsoleGBA Icon.png
Prologue GBA Karate Man Returns!.png
ConsoleArcade Icon.png
Prologue Arcade Karate Man Returns!.png
Console3DS Icon.png
Prologue 3DS Karate Man Returns!.png
Number
ConsoleGBA Icon.png 1
Console3DS Icon.png 33
Version?
Long
ConsoleGBA Icon.png "カラテ家" (Karateka)
Console3DS Icon.png Flow Ball

Karate Man Returns! (かえってきた カラテ家?, Kaettekita Karateka), also known as Karateka (カラテ家?, Karateka) in Rhythm Tengoku, is the 1st Rhythm Game of Stage 1 (1st overall) in Rhythm Tengoku and the 1st of Honeybee Tower (33rd overall) in Rhythm Heaven Megamix.

The short version, Karate Man, appears in Honeybee Land in Rhythm Heaven Megamix.

The arrange version, Karateka 2, appears in Technician in Rhythm Tengoku.

Gameplay

Screenshot GBA Karateka.png
Screenshot Arcade Karateka.png
Screenshot 3DS Karate Man Returns!.png

This game features Karate Joe, who practices karate by punching objects that fly from off-screen. Usually the objects come out one at a time, though occasionally the player may need to "Hit 2!" (2つ!?, Futatsu!) or "Hit 3!!" (3つ!!?, Mittsu!!), punching multiple objects consecutively. The following objects appear and needed to be punched off-screen:

  • Pot
  • Rock
  • Soccer Ball
  • Light Bulb (ConsoleGBA Icon.png only)
  • Bomb (ConsoleGBA Icon.png only)
  • Cooking Pot (Console3DS Icon.png only)

A gauge, reading Nori (ノリ?, Flow), is located on the left in Rhythm Tengoku and it responds to the player's success. Unless the gauge is at three hearts or more, Karate Joe cannot punch rocks or bombs; attempting to do so results in Karate Joe hurting his hand, as he does not have enough power to punch them. The background is a featureless yellow plain, which adds darker stripes when the gauge is high enough.

In Rhythm Heaven Megamix, the game is altered for consistency with later versions, most notably the removal of the gauge entirely. The background as a result simply changes to the stripes and back at pre-determined points in the song. The "Hit 3!" indication is given a voice clip in additional to the visual cue, and the one "Hit 2!" present in the game was given an extra pot in front of it making it a "Hit 3!", presumably due to a lack of voice clips. The Light Bulbs and Bombs were replaced with other objects due to later versions repurposing them. This version introduces the Cooking Pot as a new object. Outside of the Japanese version, the 来る! (Kuru!?, Incoming!) indication at the end is replaced with the pre-existing Grr! (ム!?, Mu!) indication due to later versions repurposing it as the "Combo!" indication.

Controls

  • Ⓐ/Tap: Punch

Timing Display

  • Perfect!/Ace!: Karate Joe punches the object off-screen. In Rhythm Tengoku, the gauge goes up by one. If the player punches a rock or bomb when the gauge 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 gauge goes down by one.
  • Miss...: Karate Joe gasps as the object flies past him. In Rhythm Tengoku, the gauge is emptied completely.

Lyrics

The song used in the game has its lyrics provided in the Rhythm Poem Collection, where it is named "Karate Rhythm".

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.png
師匠のおことば (Master's words)
GradingNG GBA.png
きほんが できてない。
つづけざまは ニガテみたいだね。
(Focus on the basics.)
(You're bad at sequential punches.)
GradingOK GBA.png
う~ん...
まぁまぁ、 かな。
とりあえず...
よしと します。
(Hmm...)
(Well, I wonder.)
(For now...)
(All right.)
GradingHI GBA.png
れんぞくパンチに キレがある!
さいご キマってた!
(Your sequential punches are great!)
(You nailed the last part!)
Console3DS Icon.png
Mutterings from the Master
GradingNG 3DS.png
Your punches lack pizzazz.
You can't spell "triple punch" without "trip."
GradingOK 3DS.png
Eh. Passable.
GradingHI 3DS.png
Your punches have some punch.
Three cheers for your triple punches!

Epilogue

ConsoleGBA Icon.png
GradingNG GBA.png
GradingOK GBA.png
GradingHI GBA.png
Epilogue GBA Karateka NG.png Epilogue GBA Karateka OK.png Epilogue GBA Karateka HI.png
明日が あるさ。 とりあえず、ごはん 食べとこう! こんなに ブッとばしちゃった!!
(There's always tomorrow.) (For now, let's have lunch!) (You sent all of this flying!!)
ConsoleArcade Icon.png
GradingNG Arcade.png
GradingOK Arcade.png
GradingHI Arcade.png
Epilogue Arcade Karateka NG.png Epilogue Arcade Karateka OK.png Epilogue Arcade Karateka HI.png
明日が あるさ。 とりあえず、ごはん 食べとこう! こんなに ブッとばしちゃった!!
(There's always tomorrow.) (For now, let's have lunch!) (You sent all of this flying!!)
Console3DS Icon.png
GradingNG 3DS.png
GradingOK 3DS.png
GradingHI 3DS.png
Epilogue 3DS Karate Man Returns! NG.png Epilogue 3DS Karate Man Returns! OK.png Epilogue 3DS Karate Man Returns! HI.png
Maybe this would go better if I
practiced on that mountain...
Focus... Focus... I am ALL ABOUT this karate thing!

Rhythm Item

Cooking Pot Karate Memory #2
Sprite 3DS Rhythm Item Cooking Pot.png
Item holder.png
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

The Skill Star appears on the rock at the very end.

Challenge Land

Karate Man Returns! appears in the following Challenge Train courses:

Appearances

Karateka TempoUpExtra1.png

カラテ家
TempoUpExtraMenu.png
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.png Rhythm Tengoku
Karateka
TempoUpExtraMenu.png
Punch flying objects with the A button!
But the speed is faster.
ConsoleArcade Icon.png (Translation)
カラテ家 TempoUpExtra1.png
Image
ConsoleArcade Icon.png
Prologue Arcade Karate Man Extra.png
Number
ConsoleArcade Icon.png 49
Version?
Extra
EXTRA
<< Game GBA EX-1.png Game GBA EX-2.png Game GBA EX-3.png Game GBA EX-4.png Game GBA EX-5.png Game GBA EX-6.png >>

Karateka TempoUpExtra1.png (カラテ家 TempoUpExtra1.png?, Karateka TempoUpExtra1.png) is the 1st Rhythm Game of Extra (49th overall) of Rhythm Tengoku (Arcade).

The gameplay is the same, but the tempo is sped up, with a new arrangement of the song. Here, Karate Joe wears boxing gloves and black pants.

Epilogue

ConsoleArcade Icon.png
GradingNG Arcade.png
GradingOK Arcade.png
GradingHI Arcade.png
Epilogue Arcade Karateka Extra NG.png Epilogue Arcade Karateka Extra OK.png Epilogue Arcade Karateka Extra HI.png
大合当日はイマイチでした。 大会当日、わリといいカソヅでした! あの大会で優勝しちゃった!!
(At the tournament, it didn't go well.) (At the tournament, I did well!) (I won the tournament!!)

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 ぶつ飛ばそう!
ConsoleArcade Icon.png Rhythm Tengoku
Karateka 2P
Punch flying objects with the A button!
Go crazy and blow them away!
ConsoleArcade Icon.png (Translation)
カラテ家 2P
Image
ConsoleArcade Icon.png
Prologue Arcade Karate Man Returns!.png
Number
ConsoleArcade Icon.png 1
Version?
Two Player
STAGE 1
<< Game GBA 1-1.png Game GBA 1-2.png Game GBA 1-3.png Game GBA 1-4.png >>

Karateka 2P (カラテ家 2P?, Karateka 2P) is the 1st Rhythm Game of Stage 1 (1st overall) in the 2P mode of Rhythm Tengoku (Arcade).

The arrange version, Karateka 2 2P, appears in Stage 4 in the 2P mode of Rhythm Tengoku (Arcade).

The game has a split screen display to accommodate the second player. However, the gauge remains off screen, unable to be seen by either player.

Karateka 2P TempoUpExtra1.png

カラテ家 2P
TempoUpExtraMenu.png
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.png Rhythm Tengoku
Karateka 2P
TempoUpExtraMenu.png
Punch flying objects with the A button!
But the speed is faster.
ConsoleArcade Icon.png (Translation)
カラテ家 2P TempoUpExtra1.png
Image
ConsoleArcade Icon.png
Prologue Arcade Karate Man Extra.png
Number
ConsoleArcade Icon.png 21
Version?
Two Player
EXTRA
<< Game GBA EX-1.png Game GBA EX-2.png Game GBA EX-3.png Game GBA EX-4.png >>

Karateka 2P TempoUpExtra1.png (カラテ家 2P TempoUpExtra1.png?, Karateka 2P TempoUpExtra1.png) is the 1st Rhythm Game of Extra (21st overall) in the 2P mode of Rhythm Tengoku (Arcade).

It has a split screen display to accommodate the second player. However, the gauge remains off screen, unable to be seen by either player.

Video

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.
  • 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.

Unused

Main article: Karate Man Returns!/Unused

In Other Languages

Rhythm Tengoku

Language Name Meaning
Flag of Japan.svg Japanese カラテ家 Karateka

Rhythm Heaven Megamix

Language Name Meaning
Flag of Japan.svg Japanese 帰ってきた カラテ家 Return of Karateka
Flag of the United States.svg EnglishNOA Karate Man Returns!
Flag of the United Kingdom (3-5).svg EnglishNOE Karate Man Returns!
Flag of France (1794–1815, 1830–1974, 2020–present).svg French Super karatéka Super Karateka
Flag of Spain.svg Spanish El regreso de Kárate Killo The Return of Karate Killo
Flag of Germany.svg German Karateka! 2 Karateka! 2
Flag of Italy.svg Italian Il Ritorno di Karate Ka The Return of Karate Ka
Flag of South Korea.svg Korean 돌아온 격투가 Return of the Fighter
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
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
Rhythm Heaven Songs
LogoRhythmTengoku.svg Karate RhythmThe☆Bon Odori
Koi no Honey Sweet AngelWISH Kimi o Matenakute
LogoRhythmHeaven.svg Thrilling! Is this love?Love Ooh Ooh ParadiseYoung Love Rock 'n' Roll
Struck by the RainThat's Paradise
RhythmHeavenFever.svg TonightLonely StormDreams of Our Generation
I Love You, My One and OnlyBeautiful One Day
LogoRhythmHeavenMegamix.svg Tokimeki no StoryI'm a lady now
Sono Hitotsubu no Ōkina Namida ni waClassmate