A Timeline of Rhythm Action Videogame Releases. Marks the first release of a series only (no direct sequels) and only the launch format (e.g. Arcade for DDR, PS2 for Guitar Hero etc).
Created by ChewingPixels on Nov 17, 2008
Last updated: 03/11/10 at 12:31 AM
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Microsoft release their first karaoke game onto the Xbox 360.
Harmonix release their multiplayer band rhythm action title onto multiple formats
Noise Factory release their rhythm action adventure game onto Nintendo DS.
Nintendo SPD release their rhythm minigame collection onto the Game Boy Advance
Harmonix release guitar-themed rhythm action game onto PlayStation 2
The open source DDR-clone is made freely available on the Internet. th eengine goes on to be used in commercial titles In the Groove and Pump It Up Pro.
Nintendo release their cheer squad rhythm games onto Nintendo DS
Nintendo R&D2 release their band simulator onto Nintendo DS.
Roxor games release their DDR-clone In The Groove onto PC and Mac.
Sony London release their Karaoke game onto PlayStation 2
Nintendo release their Bongo 'em up onto the GameCube
Konami release their Karaoke rhythm game onto the PlayStation 2 (North America)
Harmomnix release their second rhythm game Amplitude onto PlayStation 2
Harmonix, who would go on to create Guitar Hero and Rock Band, release their first rhythm action title onto PlayStation 2.
Desert productions release their conductor 'em up rhythm game onto PlayStation 2.
Global A release their tambourine rhythm game onto PlayStation 2.
iNiS release their Guitar-themed rhythm action game onto PlayStation 2
Namco release their taiko drumming game into arcades
A bastardisation of Otis redding clasic Dock of bay? Possibly. Either way, the dancers in this Bust a Groove clone from Marvelous all have dog heads.
SNK release their cutesy cartoon rhythm dancing game onto Dreamcast and Neo Geo Pocket Color (the latter is titled, Cool Cool Jam)
Sega release their space/ dance/ shoot rhythm action game ont the Dreamcast.
Compile's Puyo Puyo-branded dancing game for the Sega Dreamcast
NanaOn-Sha release their abstract rhythm action game which creates levels from the player's own music collection onto PlayStation.
Sega release their maraca game into Japanese arcades
Andamiro release their dance game competitior to Konami's DDR into Korean arcades.
Konami release their first drum-based rhythm action title into Japanese arcades.
A weak PaRappa clone in which you control of one four members of the band “Yellow Monkey”. The game plays differently depending on whether you play as the drummer, bassist, guitarist or singer.
NaNaOn-Sha release their lamb-fronted indie band rhythm action game onto PlayStation
Amuseworld release their Beatmania DJ-clone into Korean arcades. Eventually Konami would win two patent infirngements against the company.
Konami release their guitar-themed rhythm action game into Japanese arcades
Konami release their dancing game into Japanese arcades
Kopnami release their cutesy, bright button bopping rhythm game into japanese arcades.
Metro Graphics and Enix release their dancing-themed rhythm action game onto PlayStation.
Konami release their DJ/ piano rhythm action game into Japanese arcades
Nana On-Sha release a band-based rhythm action game onto the Bandai Pippin.
SCEI release PaRappa the Rapper, the first modern rhythm action game, onto PlayStation.