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[Nintendo Switch] Spin Rhythm XD Review

[Nintendo Switch] Spin Rhythm XD Review
  • On December 29, 2023

Spin Rhythm XD from Super Spin Digital is a fast-paced rhythm game on Nintendo Switch. Learn more in our Spin Rhythm XD review!


Spin Rhythm XD from Super Spin Digital is a fast-paced rhythm game on Nintendo Switch. It’s a game that pays homage to classics in the genre, such as the beloved original-style Guitar Hero – you know, before it was mistakenly revamped into a guitar-teaching whatchamacallit – as well as the excellent and long-running Dance Dance Revolution franchise. You’ll be enjoying more than 60 licensed and original electronic tracks from Nitro Fun, Teminite, Camellia, Panda Eyes, Au5, Anamanaguchi, Chime, Hyper Potions, Droptek, Tokyo Machine, Haywyre, Anomalie, F.O.O.L, Koven, Opiuo, Modus, Rogue, Tristam, Pegboard Nerds and more, as you try to boost your score as high as possible.

Since this one is a rhythm game, it’s recommended that you go and use the calibrate function so that you can account for any potential delay on your display so that you can have the best time possible. If your TV has a Game Mode or a similar option, activating it could also be useful since this usually lowers any potential delay between what your console is trying to display and what is shown on the TV screen.

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The game can be played by using the Nintendo Switch’s Joy-Con and its button inputs, by using motion controls to twist and turn as needed, or by using the console’s touchscreen when playing in Tabletop or Portable Mode, or if playing Spin Rhythm XD on a Nintendo Switch Lite. When using the Joy-Con and its physical inputs, you’ll need to move the wheel left and right with the left analog stick or the D-Pad. Small notes only need to be matched. For large notes, you’ll have to press the A button as the note reaches the bottom of the note highway.


Hold notes require you to press and hold down the A button as you turn the wheel to match each note’s motion. There are also spin sections for which you’ll need to quickly spin the wheel left or right and then press the A button to match the note at the end of the segment. Another note type to keep in mind is scratches. For scratches, you’ll need to spin the wheel back and forth to the left and right to rack up some bonus points and keep your combo going. There are also beats, which are thin green lines for which you’ll have to press the R button.

For each track that you play through, you’ll be given a grade based on your performance. The longer your combo and the fewer notes you miss, the better your overall grade, going all the way up to an S rank. You’ll also be rewarded with experience points, which will allow you to level up. When you level up, you’ll be rewarded with new skins to deck out your wheel, as well as keys. Keys are important since they’re used to unlock new tracks.

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The tracks that are available on your track list can be played in one of five difficulty settings: Easy, Normal, Hard, Expert, and XD. The higher the difficulty setting, the bigger the challenge since you’ll have to worry about more notes in total while the game mixes in more note types, all while the note highway moves at a much faster pace.


You have some options to customize your experience. You can change the wheel skin between the default option and any that you have unlocked either by playing through the game or by buying some of the game’s paid DLC options – more on these in a bit. There’s also the possibility of changing the track texture, track edge, and note skin. You can also change the menu color palette and even change the character that is displayed. The default one is Jim Rhythm, but you can also choose LadyJ.

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There are also some accessibility options for you to keep in mind. Change the background style, disable track motion and audio spectrum visual effects, hide missed notes, or change the visual effects for missed notes. You can activate No-Fail Mode so that you don’t get a game over if you miss many notes. If you activate clear notes after misses, a portion of the notes will be removed after too many misses so that you can regroup. Have trouble with hold notes? You can activate hold note assist so that hold notes don’t break as easily.


Spin Rhythm is a fast-paced rhythm game worth checking out on Nintendo Switch. While, at first, it might seem to be too simple since you only have to worry about two note colors, that’s only because the game starts you on the Easy difficulty setting. Once you bump up the difficulty to Normal and beyond, you’ll have to keep an eye out for small notes, large notes, hold notes, scratches, spin sections, and beats, all while more and more notes make their way down the noted highway. As you play through each song, you’ll earn experience points, which can then help you level up to obtain new wheel skins and keys to unlock additional songs.

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Spin Rhythm XD is out on Nintendo Switch with a $24.99 price tag. You can also get the Supporter Pack DLC for $7.99, which includes: Exclusive track “Dry Dreams” by Daverwob (RemiXD difficulty by TheWay123), gold wheel material, Note skins, Track edge skins and track edge materials, “Sunset Strip” and “Deep Grey” UI palettes, and unique character skins for Jim Rhythm and LadyJ. Another option is the Monstercat DLC for $11.99, which includes 10 Monstercat tunes, as well as a Monstercat wheel skin, Monstercat menu palette, “Hi-Fi” track edge skin, and “Veridian” track edge color.

This Spin Rhythm XD review is based on a Nintendo Switch copy provided by Super Spin Digital.

Review Overview

Fun rhythm game with a solid soundtack