Demo Impressions: Pretty Rhythm: My*Deco Rainbow Wedding

Have you ever tried a game that you were sure you wouldn’t like, only to find out that, lo and behold, you actually enjoyed playing it? I certainly have, and more times than I can count, but today I’m going to discuss the surprisingly fun demo for Pretty Rhythm: My*Deco Rainbow Wedding, a Japanese-only 3DS game that I downloaded on a whim a while back. 

Right from the get-go, I noticed two things: there’s a whole lot of katakana in the title, and this demo has gone to great lengths to put the “pretty” and “rainbow” in Pretty Rhythm: My*Deco Rainbow Wedding.

Now, Pretty Rhythm is actually a series of arcade games from Takara Tommy that has been adapted into both a manga and an anime series. In fact, the beginning of the demo actually transports you into a Pretty Rhythm arcade machine… Anyway, the basic premise of My*Deco Rainbow Wedding is that you’ve been transported into a world where Prism Shows, a unique performance that combines dancing, fashion, and ice skating, are the hight of entertainment (I couldn’t even write that with a straight face). 
Of course, your goal is to become the ultimate Prism Star, but in order to do so you need to use something called a Rainbow Prism to collect seven different Prism Show styles (called “coordinates”). Once you’ve collected all seven, it’s said that you’ll be granted the ability to use the legendary “Rainbow Wedding coordinate,” which will bring the ultimate joy to viewers of the Prism Show. Who in their right mind would name something that doesn’t have anything to do with getting married a “Rainbow Wedding”? Imagine my disappointment when I realized there wouldn’t be any dating sim elements in this game! 
You’re able to create a basic avatar by selecting from a a handful of hairstyles, eyes types, and outfits. My avatar, who I’ve predictably named Anne, can be seen above. 
Every game for girls needs a cute mascot, right? Pretty Rhythm: My*Deco Rainbow Wedding‘s is Mr. Penguin, the toupee-wearing green penguin pictured above. I love how he needs to lift his hair out of the way with his flipper to actually see anything. 
This is just an explanation of how to decorate your Prism Stone (there are a lot of things that start with the word “Prism” in this game, just roll with it) using all the various charms you acquire over the course of the game, which unlocks different outfits for your character. They sure know how to lay on the sparkles! 
Here’s a shot of what applying charms to the Prism Stone actually looks like… It’s pretty straight-forward, you just place your charm wherever you like using the touch screen. 
And here’s a shot of one of the outfits that came out of one of my Prism Stone decorating sprees. I’m embarrassed to admit that the hot pink sparkle motif might be growing on me… 
My score for the skating routine
Now, this leads me to what, believe it or not, is the goofiest part of the game: the rhythm skating portions. After your character is all glammed up, you’ll need to preform a skating routine that consists of some very Sailor Moon-like posing that is executed by repeating a series of button/touch commands a la Space Channel 5. Here it becomes abundantly clear (if it wasn’t already) that this game was made with a younger audience in mind, as the rhythm portions are both incredibly easy and, frankly, a little dull if you’re used to the likes of Theatrhythm Final Fantasy and Rhythm Heaven. But, if you’re like me and get a kick out of magical girl shows aimed at 10-year-olds like Pretty Cure (unrelated to Pretty Rhythm, believe it or not), then you’re likely to get a kick out of this, too. 
Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to get any shots while I was playing the skating portions, but NiNTENDMiNATi0N has a great video of the whole demo! Just skip to 10:50 if you want to get straight to the skating segment: 
 
So, Pretty Rhythm: My*Deco Rainbow Wedding is my definition of a guilty pleasure, and I came out of the demo… kind of wanting to buy the full game? If the goal of a demo is to get the player wanting more, then they certainly were successful with this one! What began as a silly “I’ll try this for the hell of it” evening quickly turned into a “when and where can I get this?!” Google searching frenzy, and I only have myself to blame. 

If you’re as curious to try the full game as I am, you can import Pretty Rhythm: My*Deco Rainbow Wedding here. Note: As with all 3DS games, the game will only play on Japanese 3DS’s. The game uses furigana, though, and the language is very simple, so it’s a great pick for those who are in the early stages of, or interested in learning, Japanese.

About Anne Lee

Also known as apricotsushi. Anne can be written with the kanji for apricot (杏), and sushi was the most quintessentially Japanese thing I could think of when I was 13, resulting in my goofy, albeit memorable, nickname.

  • Oh, this is too funny. And brilliant. I mean, a game that combines “dancing, fashion, and ice skating”? Where do I sign up?

    At the very least, I’m going to have to download the demo. Can’t believe I haven’t done so already!

    Also, you’ve told shidoshi about this game, right? 🙂

  • apricotsushi

    Let me tell you, I was really pleasantly surprised by this demo, if you didn’t notice already! I went in expecting a silly, unpolished kid’s game and came out thinking “that was really weird and I LOVED it.” Hah!

    I definitely think you should give the demo a try! I even wrote that little bit about there being furigana in the game at the end of the post with you in mind 😉

    As for telling shidoshi – well he should read this blog, right?! But no, the thought didn’t cross my mind to mention it to him. It probably will be right up his alley!

  • That’s nice of you, Anne! I hate to admit this, but I’ve fallen off the wagon a bit with my Japanese studies. I’m making sure I remember and go through the alphabets, thankfully, but I haven’t yet made much headway when it comes to vocab/grammar. I’m getting back on the horse (so to speak) this week, though, as there’s no way I’m giving up on this!

    Also, I’ll give the demo a try next time I turn on my Japanese 3DS–which likely will be soon, as I really want to buy a game that just hit the JP eShop: Korokesu 🙂

  • Rizumu Amamiya

    can you please tell me where to buy pretty rythmn 3ds games?????and can we play it in tv or computer >< (smart guy to reply me)

  • apricotsushi

    You can buy Pretty Rhythm: My*Deco Rainbow Wedding at Play-Asia: http://www.play-asia.com/pretty-rhythm-mydeco-rainbow-wedding-paOS-13-49-en-70-61dn.html?affiliate_id=213034

    Unfortunately, you can only play it on the Nintendo 3DS.

  • I think that you can buy Pretty Rhythm and many other 3DS games at Japan Best.

  • michan

    this is weird but, have you played the entire game? if so, can you tell me how to do story 11! i am currently stuck bc aira kept saying something about everyday or hop! step! jump!

  • apricotsushi

    Hi there! I’m sorry, but I never did end up buying the game. Maybe I can help figure out what to do if you take a picture of it? Or do you know what you need to do but can’t actually manage it? Sorry I can’t help more >_<

  • michan

    well, the thing is i can’t read what she says ;A;

  • apricotsushi

    If you still haven’t figured it out, take a picture of the text and I can translate it for you 🙂

  • finchiekins

    Years late for this post but i just got it in the mail after you recommended it! I actually just found this post because i couldn’t find much on Pretty Rhythm in English and this was the first Google hit with any real information
    I don’t know how much time i’ll get to sit down and play it, but it’s pretty fun and i love how ridiculous the “flying in the air skating thing” moves are. Besides the difficulty, you can also tell how young it’s aimed in that *I’m* able to read most of it with my shaky knowledge of only a smattering of Kanji. That furigana (which is very BIG and READABLE!) will help for anything i don’t know. I’ll probably start over just to run through the long text part at the beginning (I dashed through just to get to the game part), but it seems like it’s a game that would really help in practicing beginners Japanese. It’s really nice to find something aimed at an even younger audience than Youkai Watch, since Youkai Watch is a *little* too advanced for what i know.

  • apricotsushi

    Oh, that’s so cool that you decided to pick it up! And funny that I’m the only person who wrote about it haha. I actually got a copy for myself that just came in yesterday!

    If you ever need help with anything in the game, just let me know! I’m planning on doing a more detailed write-up once I play some of my copy 🙂