"Invasion alert! Invasion
alert! Scramble fighters,
STAT! Or...practice first,
and then scramble.
Whatever works for you.
— Shoot-'Em-Up Description (Rhythm Heaven)

"Intruder alert! Again!
Scramble fighters! Again!
Defend the homeworld! (No practice)
— Shoot-'em-up 2 Description (Rhythm Heaven Megamix)

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Shoot-'em-up 2
かえってきた シューティング Kaettekita Shuutingu

Shoot 'em up

Return of shoot-'em-up

BPM 141
Appearance Rhythm Heaven
Rhythm Heaven Megamix
Game Number 7 (Rhythm Heaven)
44 (Rhythm Heaven Megamix)
Perfect Reward Shoot-'Em-Up soundtrack (Rhythm Heaven)
1 Flow Ball (Rhythm Heaven Megamix)

Shoot-'em-up 2 (かえってきた シューティング Kaettekita shutingu?), known in Rhythm Heaven as Shoot-'Em-Up (シューティング Shuutingu?), not to be confused with the sequel in Rhythm Heaven, is the 7th minigame in Rhythm Heaven and the 44th minigame in Rhythm Heaven Megamix. The player controls a Blastronaut in a spaceship who is on an important mission to stop the alien enemies from invading Earth. It's also a sequel of Shoot-'em-up in Rhythm Heaven Megamix. In Rhythm Heaven, it is also available as an Endless Game.


Shoot-'Em-Up gameplay 3DS

This game is played in first person view from the spaceship. A varying number of aliens will appear on the screen one by one in groups. All aliens have appeared when the music reaches the end of its chorus. The player must then repeat the number and time they appeared, relying on the rhythm of the music. If a beat is missed, that alien will escape.


Button Mode

  • A or D-Pad: Shoot

Simple Tap Mode

  • Tap: Shoot

Timing Notes

  • Hit: The alien is destroyed completely.
  • Barely: The alien is only disabled, not completely destroyed. A barely counts as a hit in Rhythm Heaven, but it counts as a miss in Rhythm Heaven Megamix.
  • Miss: The alien damages the player's spaceship.

Rating Notes

Rhythm Heaven


  • "Commander's Debriefing"

Try Again

  • "Some enemies got past you."
  • "The high-speed volleys are tricky."


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


  • "That was a glorious battle."
  • "Your 8-shot volleys were amazing!"
  • "Nice work, right to the end!"

Rhythm Heaven Megamix


  • "Commander's Debriefing"

Try Again

  • "Some enemies got past you."
  • "You seemed intimidated by swarms."


  • "Eh. Passable."


  • "That was a glorious battle."
  • "You weren't fazed by any number of foes!"

Rating Screens

Rhythm Heaven

Rhythm Heaven Megamix

Rhythm Item

Model Spaceship

Model Spaceship
Have an Adult Help You
It's a Space Battleship STG-7 Plastic Model Kit in 1/48 scale!
The cockpit is amazingly detailed!

Note: Pilot not included.

Skill Star

The Skill Star can be collected when you complete the last invader pattern during the four wave.

Challenge Train

  • Spaaaaaaaaaaaaaaace!


Endless Game

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Shoot-'em-up Endless Game

Rhythm Heaven

Game Number


Cameo Appearances

Small Alien

This game is also present as an Endless Game, unlocked after earning 7 Medals. Gameplay is about the same as the non-endless version, but differences appear:

  • The player has a life bar which is depleted with every miss. The life bar will gradually refill after being depleted any amount.
  • Once the player has reached the end of the non-endless game, the last three enemies do not appear. Instead, it loops to the second wave of Shoot-'Em-Up 2.
  • The player receives points for each hit, which rise as consecutive enemies are defeated.
  • Defeating every enemy in a wave will award the player a perfect bonus.
  • The background changes every two waves.
  • Instead of alerting the player to incoming waves, the Shoot-'Em-Up Radio Lady will congratulate the player for reaching certain scores.
  • The music cue mutes every time when you reach the higher level.
  • If the player is hit with an empty life bar, the game ends.


  • The green aliens that are seen in the background during the Endless version of the game are the Small Aliens from Spaceball without their spaceships.
  • In Rhythm Heaven, missing even a single alien will cost you Just OK.
  • In Megamix, the background in the epilogue screens from this game is taken straight from Wario Man's stage from WarioWare: Twisted released for the Game Boy Advance.
    Wario Ware Twisted Wario-Man Epilogue
  • The screen the lady appears on in Rhythm Heaven Megamix appears to resemble a Wii U Gamepad.

Gameplay Video

Rhythm Heaven - Shoot-'Em-Up (Perfect) (English)-0

Rhythm Heaven - Shoot-'Em-Up (Perfect) (English)-0

In Other Languages

Rhythm Heaven

Language Name
Flag of Japan Japanese シューティング Shooting
FR French Bataille galactique
ES Spanish Guerra galáctica
D German Kosmorock
IT Italian Meteoritmi
Flag of South Korea Korean 슈팅 Shooting

Rhythm Heaven Megamix

Language Name
Flag of Japan Japanese かえってきた シューティング Return of shooting
FR French Le retour de la bataille galactique
ES Spanish Guerra galáctica 2
D German Kosmorock 2
IT Italian Meteoritmi 2
Flag of South Korea Korean 돌아온 슈팅 Shooting returns