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"Your training takes place deep in the
mountains. We call it monk training,
but it's really just eating dumplings
all day. Enjoy!
"
— Munchy Monk Description

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Munchy Monk
しゅぎょう Shugyō

Munchy monk

Munchy Monk title 3DS

BPM 189
Appearance Rhythm Heaven
Rhythm Heaven Megamix
Game Number 16 (Rhythm Heaven)
68 (Rhythm Heaven Megamix)
Perfect Reward Munchy Monk Theme (Rhythm Heaven)
1 Flow Ball (Rhythm Heaven Megamix)

Munchy Monk (しゅぎょう Shugyō?, "Training") is the 16th minigame in Rhythm Heaven and 68th minigame in Rhythm Heaven Megamix. It features the Munchy Monk training in the art of eating dumplings. A sequel is unlocked later on in Rhythm Heaven called Munchy Monk 2.

Gameplay

Munchy Monk gameplay
Munchy Monk gameplay 3DS

The Munchy Monk raises out his hand as off screen people continuously give him dumplings to eat. They will give the Munchy Monk either one, two, or three dumplings in a row. The monk eats the dumplings by slapping his wrist in order to pop the dumpling in his mouth. To do this correctly, the player must time it right by only tapping the touch screen right as the person says "Go!". The cues are:

  • "One! Go!": The person gives the monk one white dumpling. These are always consecutive, and require tapping at a constant pace.
  • "Three! Go! Go! Go!": The person gives the monk three green dumplings in a row. These require faster tapping to eat them all.
  • "Two-two! Go-go!": The person gives the monk two pink dumplings. After a slight pause, two quick taps must be made in rhythm.

Controls

Button Mode

  • A: Slap wrist

Simple Tap Mode

  • Tap: Slap wrist

Timing Notes

  • Hit: The dumpling flies into the mouth of the Monk and he successfully swallows it. If not interrupted, the Monk will blush and smile afterwards.
  • Barely: The dumpling flies and hits the Monk's nose in which he exclaims in surprise. A barely counts as a miss.
  • Miss: The dumpling falls out off the Monk's hand.

Rating Notes

Rhythm Heaven

Header

  • "A Word from the Master"

Try Again

  • "The basics still elude you."
  • "You lost your flow in the middle."
  • "You must focus as the end nears."

OK

  • "Hm..."
  • "I don't know..."
  • "Good enough..."
  • "I guess that was all right."

Superb

  • "You have mastered the basics."
  • "Your hand was steady and true."
  • "Your focus remained true to the end."

Rhythm Heaven Megamix

Header

  • "A Word from the Master"

Try Again

  • "The basics still elude you."
  • "Your triple bites were a trial."
  • "Your "two-twos" were doubly disappointing."

OK

  • "Eh. Passable."

Superb

  • "You have mastered the basics."
  • "Your double bits were transcendent."
  • "Your triple bites were as lighting!"

Epilogue

Rhythm Heaven

Rhythm Heaven Megamix

Rhythm Item

Baby Carrier

Baby Carrier
Aren't They All Alike?
There was a time I thought that, but this one is perfect for today's modern monk on the go. It's adjustable, easy to put on, and doesn't put pressure on my belly.

Skill Star

The Skill Star can be collected when you do the second "Three! Go! Go! Go!".

Appearances

Trivia

  • In the Japanese versions, when you are given three dumplings, the voice counts "1 2 3" in Chinese.
    • It is most likely because monks originated from China.
  • The game is a parody on real ancient Monks, who (depending on the religion) starve themselves as part of their training, while here it's the opposite.
  • The dumplings are referred to as a bread called Manju in the Japanese version.
  • This is the shortest game in Rhythm Heaven lasting 54 seconds, though it isn't the shortest game in the franchise, as Showtime beats it by 7 Seconds and Rhythm Rally by 12 seconds.
  • Since its inception, Munchy Monk has enjoyed perfect attendance in the series, re-appearing in both Rhythm Heaven Fever (as an Endless Game) and Rhythm Heaven Megamix. It shares a similar status as the likes of Karate Man, Samurai Slice, and Built to Scale.
  • The game has the same rhythm as Micro-Row 2.
  • The employee in Packing Pests bears a striking resemblance to the Munchy Monk. Notably both games involve characters using their hands, and both involve food in some way.
  • Muncy Monk Unused

    The monk's face in Rhythm Heaven including the off screen ears and eyebrows.

    This one of the few games in Rhythm Heaven Megamix to receive a major overhaul in it's visuals. The Munchy Monk himself is redesigned to match his appearance in the Endless Game of the same name, mainly in the presence of sleeves, as well as visible ears and eyebrows. The background is more detailed and is now animated. Due to Rhythm Heaven's screen resolution, when translating the game to Rhythm Heaven Megamix, there was an abundance of empty space on both sides, so the baby was added as a way to fill in the blanks. This is hinted at during the practice and beginning of the game where it seems like everything's the same as the original, until the monk slides to the left, revealing the formerly hidden baby. The left side shows off the handler's full arm, revealing that he too wears a uniform like the monk.
  • This is one of a few games to keep the same controls for tapping from Rhythm Heaven to Rhythm Heaven Megamix in Simple Tap Mode, the others being Fillbots, Shoot-'em-up, Freeze Frame and Lockstep.
  • There is a character in WarioWare Inc.: Mega Party Games who bears a resemblance to the Munchy Monk.
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  • This game appears in the "Wario...Where?" Challenge Train, where the Monk is replaced by Master Mantis. Young Cricket can be seen riding a cloud in the background, similar to the Monkey in Final Remix.

Video Gameplay

Rhythm Heaven - Munchy Monk (Perfect) (English)00:54

Rhythm Heaven - Munchy Monk (Perfect) (English)

In Other Languages

Language Name
Flag of Japan Japanese しゅうぎょう Training
FR French Avide ascète
ES Spanish El monje tragón
D German Dim Sum Fu
IT Italian Monaco Gnam
Flag of South Korea Korean 수행자 Performer


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