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Saturday, November 18, 2017

Song of the Week! 18 November 2017

Back for another 'blast from the past' feature, this time around starring the Taiko origins of quite the oddball shoot-em-up song trilogy...

Friday, November 17, 2017

Twitter Snippets (17 November 2017) - New Taiko x Osomatsu-san Collaboration Teaser

This post's title says it best, and so does the attached picture! As a primer to the future collaboration event with the Osomatsu-san series, here's a sample of the promotional goodies that will be available with it: custom Kigurumi parts, to match your looks to any of the Matsuno siblings.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Namco Taiko Blog (16 November 2017) - Taiko PS4's First Licensed DLC Content

The week-long period of radio silence from the Taiko Team has been brought to an end with today's blog entry, starring the first DLC songs that are going to be muted for PS4 livestream means are coming from the license-heavy song genres.

Monday, November 13, 2017

Taiko Plus/STH - November '17 GTH Additions

New songs are coming for the Android/i-devices Taiko Plus app, all headed to the Gakkyoku Tori Houdai mode. At this point it's just as surprising as us catching notice of mobile-related news days/weeks/months later!

Gakkyoku Tori Houdai Adds: November 8
 Kagerou (カゲロウ)
 Kimi no Shiranai Monogatari (君の知らない物語)
 Negai wa Esperanto (願いはエスペラント)
 Kimi no Planet (君のプラネット)

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Song of the Week! 11 November 2017

November 11th in China is known as the "Singles' Day", made to celebrate those single individuals that are proud to be classed in said social status.

With that in mind, here's a single from China in our spotlight... with 'single' stated as referring to a commercially-released song, of course!

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Twitter Snippets (8 November 2017) - ???Long Version Time???

In a similar way to how the long version of Shiny Kung-fu Revival has been (subsequently) revealed 2 years ago (link), it appears that t+pazolite's future albums are going to have some more of his rhythm game music magic on them!

The picture concerning his next solo album, scheduled to a Winter 2017 release, has quite the tell that Taiko-rooted tracks might show up once again, with a track marked as !!!?????!!! slated for a formal reveal on November 20th. This, of course, points out to the coming of a certain song, but will it be the regular cut or a longer version? And will some of his other songs on Bandai Namco grounds make their appearance as well?!?

First Video: Groovy Duel

 Groovy Duel (3/5/7/10; 655 notes on Oni)
Today's Yellow Version update has come, and so is the Mobile Suit Gundam Thunderbolt collaboration song. Tacked with a 10-star rating, this Oni feels like the lesser cousin of No Gravity with its low note count and multiple rhythm changes, although being shaped to be a more easy-to-clear task than many other modern 10-star-rating tracks before it. Expect an update to our former SotW feature about the song coming soon!

Here are some other notices concerning the arcade update that deserve a brief mention:
  • Oodain's Oni mode has been demoted to an 8-star rating, while its Futsuu mode is now rated as a 7*;
  • The blurred-out songs of the Challenge! 1400 Drumrolls!! Dojo Ranking Gaiden trial from last week's preview picture turned out to be respectively Honey Heartbeat ~10 Stars Mix~ and Necrofantasia ~Arr. Demetori;
  • General Asia's Yellow Version arcades have also been updated today with Oodain and the three new Dojo Ranking Gaiden courses. Groovy Duel, however, is not included and no song deletion notices have been issued as of now (Source).

Monday, November 6, 2017

Twitter Snippets (6 November 2017) - Taiko no Tatsujin x IDOLiSH7 Collaboration

The year's not over yet, but the Taiko collaboration announcements are already branching out to the next year! The first of those to be announced is an event that will tie the series with the rhythm game/visual novel IDOLiSH7 mobile game, with the tweet teaser already mentioning the future venture of new songs and custom dancers for those.

While, again, the event is rolling out in 2018, expect to hear more about this campaign next month.

Sotsu Omeshiki Lyrics

Composer: Yoshinori Kawamoto (川元義徳)
Vocals: unmo

Japanese lyrics sourced from official YouTube preview dated February 15 2016

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Feature: Hiding the Staff, a Sympho-Neighbours Story

While yes, we are fully aware of our nature on this corner of the Internet of being a Taiko no Tatsujin-oriented news blog, we've been subjected to a particular episode earlier this week that is gradually turning out to be one of the many jigsaw pieces in a particular frame, picturing quite the worry-some scenario for Bemani series fans and music game players in general.

With this situation coming out fresh on many fronts and (almost) nothing but a sea of undocumented/unverifiable facts surrounding the problems of artist mentions' disappearance, this blend between our usual Taiko-centric trivia sources and the Sympho-Neighbours family of features is here to have a look at how is the stage being set for this peculiar situation. Take this as a 'starting point' look for the events that are unfolding during these very days, as we won't make of this a step-by-step episodic series to follow up...

For the user-input piece of media you're about to see, we'd like to thank the people contributing to the "Konami/Bemani and Artist conflicts." forum board on rhythm game website Zenius -i- vanisher, as well as Twitter users @p6p, @MILI216, @acTroopers and the plurk thread that gave us the picture on the top of this page, among others.

Saturday, November 4, 2017

Song of the Week! 4 November 2017

It's been a while since our last Namco Original feature... so, here you are!

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Title Fix: Hand-delivered by YMY Herself

Our latest Title Fix has the creator herself clarifying her intentions in setting the title. That is like the best authority we could have, right?

Subsequent to the latest Namco Taiko Blog from which one of the addition was a complete YMY-only challenge in Ranking Dojo Gaiden,YMY herself (@yyyamamo) has retweeted the announcement tweet, while adding a bit of lore of her creation:
"Speaking of, since we haven't talked of the etymology for ザストゥール from ザストゥールの魔導書 so here are a few words. The origin can be found from Hastur from Cthulhu Mythos, which from a certain source it is also denoted as "Xastur" and changing into such pronunciation."

With respect to her reveal, we will also change our denotation accordingly:
ザストゥールの魔導書 Zastohl no Madousho → Xastur no Madousho

Namco Taiko Blog (November 2 2017): Trading in the Old for the New - Yellow ver. Version 8.xx Update

Kinda peculiar that we still hasn't see any note about a subsequent color-version when it's so close to the previous July-March-December schedule... whatever, new version update!

Sonority Scouts - The 4th Otogesai's Remaining Phase 2 Tracks (+ CHUNITHM)

While yes, it's disappointing to have another no-song-sharing phase for the latest iteration of the Tenkaichi Otogesai tournament, we have some other new songs to talk about nevertheless! Up here we can see Tatsh's Xevel, while after the jump are placed all the remaining newcomers.

First Video: Taiko Drum Monster

 Taiko Drum Monster (3/5/7/10; 850 notes on Oni)
With a title that winks to the infamous US-first console Taiko release, the 4th Otogesai's song addition from the Taiko side checks in with a speedy Oni challenge that implements both aggressive scrolling speed pressure a-la Tabaneito and frequent within its cluster sections. Not to mention that it's one of the few tracks for the series to feature swing-ish rhythms, no less!

Alas, however, we are also served with one disheartening reality for the cross-over tourney's Phase 2, as it appears that each participating music game family has received today their proprietary song(s) and theirs alone...

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Taiko PS4 First Week Sales

Media Create figures for the week ending October 29th, 2017.

Please remember that these sales figures only refer to the physical copies of the games.

01./00. [NSW] Super Mario Odyssey # (Nintendo) {2017.10.27} (¥5.980) - 462.038 / NEW
02./00. [PS4] Ark: Survival Evolved (Spike Chunsoft) {2017.10.26} (¥6.800) - 70.177 / NEW
03./00. [3DS] Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey Redux # (Atlus) {2017.10.26} (¥6.480) - 60.848 / NEW
04./00. [PS4] Assassin's Creed: Origins (Ubisoft) {2017.10.27} (¥8.400) - 49.419 / NEW
05./00. [PS4] Taiko no Tatsujin: Drum Session! # (Bandai Namco Games) {2017.10.26} (¥6.100) - 28.245 / NEW 
06./07. [NSW] Splatoon 2 # (Nintendo) {2017.07.21} (¥5.980) - 22.445 / 1.271.451 (+36%)
07./01. [PS4] Gran Turismo Sport # (Sony Interactive Entertainment) {2017.10.19} (¥6.900) - 17.670 / 167.956 (-88%)
08./00. [3DS] Idol Time PriPara: Yume All-Star Live! # (Takara Tomy) {2017.10.26} (¥5.500) - 14.885 / NEW
09./08. [NSW] Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (Nintendo) {2017.04.28} (¥5.980) - 13.936 / 772.533 (+25%)
10./03. [PS4] The Evil Within 2 (Bethesda Softworks) {2017.10.19} (¥7.980) - 12.624 / 55.565 (-71%)
11./04. [PS4] Itadaki Street: Dragon Quest & Final Fantasy 30th Anniversary (Square Enix) {2017.10.19} (¥7.800) - 9.570 / 51.662 (-77%)
12./02. [PS4] Kyoei Toshi (Bandai Namco Games) {2017.10.19} (¥8.200) - 8.117 / 57.052 (-83%)
13./10. [NSW] The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild # (Nintendo) {2017.03.03} (¥6.980) - 6.307 / 622.690 (+16%)
14./00. [3DS] 12-Sai. Torokeru Puzzle Futari no Harmony (Happinet) {2017.10.26} (¥5.480) - 6.195 / NEW
15./09. [PS4] Middle-earth: Shadow of War (Warner Entertainment Japan) {2017.10.12} (¥7.800) - 5.869 / 34.095 (-27%)
16./11. [NSW] Pokken Tournament DX (Pokemon Co.) {2017.09.22} (¥5.980) - 4.588 / 106.947 (-12%)
17./06. [PSV] Itadaki Street: Dragon Quest & Final Fantasy 30th Anniversary (Square Enix) {2017.10.19} (¥5.980) - 4.210 / 22.994 (-78%)
18./18. [3DS] Animal Crossing: New Leaf - Welcome amiibo (Nintendo) {2016.11.23} (¥2.700) - 3.815 / 260.228 (+39%)
19./00. [3DS] Rune Factory 4 [Best Collection] # (Marvelous) {2017.10.26} (¥2.980) - 3.567 / NEW
20./12. [3DS] Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions (Nintendo) {2017.10.05} (¥4.980) - 3.480 / 46.575 (-32%)

Roughly a week has gone since the latest big console Taiko game's coming, which means for us that it's time for a sneak peek at how has the launch window period been for the first home console game in Sony fields after years.

There's no surprise to state how the Japanese audience loves their portable Taiko gaming the most, but Session de Dodon ga Don's chart debut has quite the low early-adopter ratio, despite the targeted system's huge user base. Moving a little bit more than 28.000 copies, Taiko's PS4 debut is barely lower than some of the former PS2 console entries, making it to a 5th place for its debut in a week that has also seen a number of big names coming to Japan as well. As for Session de Dodon ga Don's Famitsu ratings, we've been left empty-handed for once...

In case some of you are asking if/how we will integrate newer sales figures into last year's sales figures-centric Feature post, we're still thinking about something to address those altogether in a later instance...

Source (Media Creates, mirrored by Resetera)

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Twitter Snippets (31 October 2017) - The 4th Otogesai's Other Phase 2 Songs

As expected, the notice of the other songs' venture for the latest edition of the Tenkaichi Otogesai didn't fail to pop up after yesterday's reveal, as the leftover parties decided to spill out the beans about their release. After the jump, the Groove Coaster and SOUND VOLTEX tracks are also mentioned!

Monday, October 30, 2017

Twitter Snippets (30 October 2017) - CHUNITHM's Tenkaichi Otogesai Primer

We already knew that the CHUNITHM side of the Tenkaichi Otogesai tournament would have been addressed on a later date than the other participants, but today we've come to know that there's going to be a little something more behind it! Together with the Phase 1 cross-over additions, in fact, is also the Tenkaichi-spawn song for this year's edition of the Otogesai: Xevel by Tatsh. (...is it going to be related to the likes of Xepher and Xa, perhaps?)

With the first of the Phase 2 songs getting its release date announced, it's highly probable that the other tracks' reveal isn't that much far off from now. However, will all these songs be shared among all the participants?

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Song of the Week! 28 October 2017

Another double-header Anime feature hits our shores! Let's take a gander at both the (recent) past and the future of the Mobile Suit Gundam franchise.

Friday, October 27, 2017

[From the New Songs] (27 October 2017) - MOES pt.2

With all the new-console-Taiko buzz behind our heads, MOES comes back on social media to share the rest of the people who are involved in his next commissioned Namco Original work.

Lyricised and arranged by independent songwriter Tsuki Sagara (相楽つき), this will be the third track by the CreoFUGA-spawn artist to feature Erika Kaiho (海保えりか) as the singer, after Tokyo Tokkyo Kyo Kyokakyoku Kyokucho!! and Princess of Donder

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Namco Taiko Blog (26 October 2017) - Session de Dodon ga Don Now Out!

The release day for the first PS4 Taiko videogame has come! With that is also a handy recap post from the Taiko Team about the going-ons on both the console and arcade front that are made in order to celebrate said launch day.

As there's nothing new or highly note-worthy to mention on top of our pre-acquired knowledge on the subject matter, we're just leaving an abridged version under these lines, leaving the side visuals to the original blog entry:
  1. Enjoy the Day 1 DLC content for the PS4 game, including the first Donder Pack (and the Vol. 1-6 preorder bonus), the store-exclusive tracks, the early-bird free song downloads and the Deemo-related crossover content;
  2. Have a taste of the game's brand new Namco Originals on Yellow Version, with the theme song being permanently added and two DLC tracks being added from today to November 5th;
  3. Try Session de Dodon ga Don in advance, with either the public demo or one of the kiosk stations that have been set up in over 400 stores in Japan! Said kiosks' demo version is the same as the former PS Plus-exclusive, with the addition of Zen Zen Zense and Natsu Matsuri as playable tracks.
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Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Session de Dodon ga Don - Launch Window Update Post

Taiko no Tatsujin's PS4 debut is upon us! For this instance of new-Taiko-title coverage, we're trying out a new format to give out a more tidy visual overview of the newcoming tracks. If other note-worthy details deserve a mention (ie. new gameplay features/unlockable tracks, ...), these will be placed below the new songs's grid.

Last update: 26/10/2017
Oni/Ura Oni video footage: 14/14 + 3/3 (DLC)
No. of Updates: 4 (FINAL)

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

[From the New Songs] (23 October 2017) - MOES (+ Previous Artists)

Hopeful that Dvorak won't roll on his grave due to us lending the title of one of his works as a punny device for a new sub-feature introduction, we're starting to signal the Taiko Team's notice for new/returning artists' early-advice contributions over on Twitter!

Opening our newly-titled notice corner is MOES, the creator of the CreoFUGA-winning Dokidoki Munekyun Omatsuri Time, in a tweet from yesterday where the artist has shared with the rest of the Internet the finish point of his latest recording session at Bandai Namco's headquarters. When will the final result be released in a playable state?


As a side-note to put a kind-of close to the whole "Random Composer Facts" sub-corner, here are the artists that were formerly revealing in advance tidbits about their next song/s, with the eventual final product being shown off on the side (with links when available).

Oct 6, 2016 - unmo -> Sotsu Omeshiki Full (そつおめしき・ふる)
Oct 14, 2016 - Go Takuro -> Konamono☆ (コナモノ☆)
Oct 14, 2016 - Honoka/Kikuo Inoue -> ???
Nov 24, 2016 - Harunaba/Chihiro Ishiguro -> Kaichu Teien o Motsu Shoujo (懐中庭園を持つ少女)
Mar 6, 2017 - Miko Tsujibayashi/Go Takuro -> Konamono☆ (コナモノ☆)
Oct 7, 2017 - Honoka Inoue -> ???

Across Japan (24 October 2017) - Taiko PS4's AC ports

In line with the Japanese arcades, general Asia Yellow Version are going to get the same songs that are tied with Session de Dodon ga Don's launch day! This also includes the two time-limited inclusions from the first two Donder Pack DLC sets.

New Songs: October 26 2017
 Saika Same day as Japan
 つながれ!ひろがれ!打ちあがれ! Tsunagare! Hirogare! Uchi-agare! Same day as Japan
   「太鼓の達人 セッションでドドンがドン!」テーマソング Taiko no Tatsujin Session de Dodon ga Don! Theme Song
 懐中庭園を持つ少女 Kaichu Teien o Motsu Shoujo Same day as Japan (limited: 10/26~11/05)
   はるなば feat. 石黒千尋 Harunaba feat. Chihiro Ishiguro
 コナモノ☆ Konamono☆ Same day as Japan (limited: 10/26~11/05)
   郷拓郎 Takurou Gou

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Monday, October 23, 2017

Gunslinger Cinderella Lyrics

Composition, Arrangement: TiS of Cineraria Studio
Lyrics, Vocal: Hisui Rika (ヒスイリカ)

Japanese lyrics sourced from official YouTube preview dated March 15 2016

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Taiko Goofs: The HD Cabinet From Dummyland

If you have been with us long enough, you might have remembered the Taiko Goofs series, all to featuring the wonky seams that Taiko no Tatsujin games sometimes left showing. Here we are bringing back the branding to take a look at other glitches and bugs that pop up from time to time.

Today we have this peculiar specimen of a Taiko AC0 arcade cabinet that at least two Twitter users have got the pleasure (?) of experience and the mobile data to share with the world.

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Song of the Week! 21 October 2017

It's time for another mono-themed Anime double feature on the Song of the Week shores, as we take a closer look at a series that doesn't shy away from giving more than a wink to nerd/geek pop culture...

[COLLAB] Taiko no Tatsujin x MS Gundam Thunderbolt Collaboration

同時上映される「機動戦士ガンダム サンダーボルト BANDIT FLOWER」「機動戦士ガンダム Twilight AXIS 赤き残影」の入場者プレゼント第2弾として用意されたクリアファイル。

The collaboration train doesn't know where to stop in Taiko no Tatsujin land! The latest campaign being revealed online will tie in the music series's arcade branch with the Mobile Suit Gundam Thunderbolt series... or more specifically, with its related feature-length movie, BANDIT FLOWER.

Friday, October 20, 2017

Sonority Scouts - SEGA Sign「Washing Machine King」

As we're headed towards the next week-end, we have another Sonority Scouts post in a row to make our reading base aware that the 9th Anniversary version of Cirno's Perfect Math Class has finally reached all the initially-scheduled music game series for porting means. They're both series that are handled by SEGA, no less!

On the top we have a no-hit HQ video of the song on maimai, where the song has landed last Tuesday with video visuals, like what we've already seen in Synchronica grounds. Below these lines, on the other hand, is a no-hit HQ video recording of the song in CHUNITHM, set at the hardest difficulty as well. This last port was released yesterday, for the record.

Now that the circle is closed, the SotW entry for this song will now hold all the videos for the non-Taiko music game series as well!

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Sonority Scouts - Never Left Without Saying Da-Don

Deemo's 3.1 update has just went live, and with that is the collaboration-fueled port of Taiko no Tatsujin's Hyakka Ryouran. Watch as one early-trooper player perfects this Level 8-rated Hard mode!

Namco Taiko Blog (19 October 2017) - Behind the Notechart: HARDCORE no Kokoroe

This week's Thursday blog entry features the latest seasonal Rewards Shop song's Oni chart analysis, as introduced by the usual Yamaguchi and told by a brand new member to the Taiko Team...

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Namco Taiko Blog (18 October 2017) - A3! x Taiko no Tatsujin Collaboration, the Full Primer

We've already seen the collaboration song in action, and now it's time to see what else is in storm for the latest Taiko no Tatsujin collaborative effort with another mobile gaming series!

First Video: MANKAI☆Kaika Sengen

 MANKAI☆Kaika Sengen (MANKAI☆開花宣言) (2/4/4/5, 361 notes on Oni)
As part of the now-beginning A3! collaboration with Taiko no Tatsujin, one of the game's songs got ported today to Yellow Versions arcade, featuring yet another custom dancers set that only has two fixed settings between before/after the Norma Clear Soul Gauge quota and a 5* chart that is very reminiscent to the ones of the same tier in the Anime genre. Interestingly enough, this is also the first Game Music track to be playable in the Issho ni Waiwai Ensou mode!

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Song of the Week! 14 October 2017

It's time, once again, to take a trip to Meme Land, in order to find out that there's more that meets the eye, when it comes to the history of the artist behind one of the latest international Internet viral hits...

Friday, October 13, 2017

First Video: Tenkaichi Otogesai 4 Cross-inclusions

Kicking off at select AOU participating stores is the fourth Tenkaichi Otogesai collab-tourney with the addition of the cross-inclusion songs. Spoilers: all three are harder than Sacred Ruin, that's for sure.

Gameplay videos from today's crossovers in the other two freshly-updated music series are also supplied!

Thursday, October 12, 2017

PS4 Update: Newcomer DLC NO Preview Showcase and Donder Packs Vol. 3-6

Before the usual Thursday blog entry, we're having quite the website update for Session de Dodon ga Don! Not only the DLC section has been updated with the inclusion of the preview clips for the two newcomer Namco Originals from the Donder Packs Vol.1 and 2 (Kaichu Teien o Motsu Shoujo and Konamono☆), but packs from Vol.3 to 6 have been also revealed as well, complete with release date!

We'll see you after the jump for the whole song reveal...

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

First Video: Yellow ver. G/V 7.11 Licensed Showcase

Here come the five licensed additions on today's firmware version update for the Yellow ver. arcade version.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

The Actually-free Free Trial Version of PS4-1 Abound

Now that the PlayStation Plus exclusive Trial Version has ended, we transition to the "public" Trial Version that everyone with a PS4 can download and enjoy, which gives you a hands-on play on these songs:

PS4-1 Session de Dodon ga Don Trial Version: October 10 2017
カルメン 組曲一番終曲 Carmen Prelude
つながれ!ひろがれ!打ち上がれ! Tsunagare Hirogare! Uchi-agare!

...okay that's not different songs than the last Trial Version, just less songs. I guess them loyal supporters get a bit more for their buck.

We do have a 15-second television commercial spot now. Not that it has new information but it is something.

Monday, October 9, 2017

Zero no Rhapsody Lyrics

Composition, Lyrics: kyo
Vocals: Sariya-jin (サリヤ人)

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Song of the Week! 7 October 2017

Last week, somehow, we made it to reach the 1.000 followers milestone for our Facebook page! Truly, it's another proof to the sentiment that we couldn't have make it thus far with this blog without  such a loyal audience.

Let's celebrate with a song feature that really loves to break the 3-digit boundary!

Thursday, October 5, 2017

The Two Firsts with the PS4-1 Limited Trial Version

Now that people have had some time to tinker with the Session de Dodon ga Don PlayStation Plus-exclusive Trial Version, here is a few keynote innovations already available in this smaller version.

New Modifier: Support
Is Yuugen no Ran/Mada Saitama 2000/(insert personal hurdle here) too hard for you? The new Support (サポート) modifier tunes the core difficulty down for it to be easier. It comes in three different levels to suit how much help you need:
Support Lv1: Note judgement is more lenient
Support Lv2: Note judgement is more lenient + No differentiation between dons and kats (so you can hit with either inputs)
Support Lv3: Note judgement is more lenient + Spirit gauge doesn't drop from misses

While the Support modifier does give you much of a leg-up in clearing some of your hurdles, it must be noted that all scores played with Support are not recorded, and you only get a dainty bronze "Support Clear" (サポートクリア) crown no matter how great you did there.

Support Lv2 in action, with Doron, Yonbai and Detarame. Note that despite actually being randomized, without don/kat differentiation you could have played like the normal notechart.

The State of Ura Notecharts
Compared with past console Taiko no Tatsujin games, Ura notecharts are finally not shown as separate songs on PS4-1, and are available as the Oni difficulty board flipped back with additional directional button presses, matching to the current HD arcades.

But that's not all: on PS4-1 when one player flips up for Ura Oni, the other player can stay on regular Oni for his/her difficulty selection. This is news even over AC0, where if the Ura Oni are flipped up for one player to play, the other side would not be able to choose the regular Oni.
Other Notable Features
  • Doron is now a separate modifier category from "Special" (including the likes of Kanpeki and Tokkun)
  • Training Mode and Best Play Mode are selected from further options in the main Performance Game mode, instead of a separate mode on the main menu.
  • Training Mode has that gimmicky rewind jumble we talked about.
  • Thanks Spotty from the chatbox for the find.
    If your PlayStation 4 system language is anything other than Japanese, Traditional Chinese, English or Korean, the game may default to English (except Simplified Chinese which probably defaults to Traditional Chinese). We currently only have Italian footage to confirm, but feel free to confirm otherwise.

A Final Note re: Trial Versions
Yes, "versions" is plural here. As this PlayStation Plus-exclusive Trial Version ends its promotional period at October 9 23:59 (JPT) and becomes unplayable, a different Trial Version with a different song line-up will take its place on the PlayStation Store starting October 10 (that likely doesn't need PSPlus this time). Stay tuned then for another fresh preview look of the game!

Namco Taiko Blog (October 5 2017): One Update for the Weeks to Come! Yellow ver. G/V 7.xx Update

This version update is good until weeks later, and should have nicely covered your arcade excursion plans for the rest of the month. Let's first open with the massive 13 slated song releases and then we'll talk about the rest.

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Taiko Plus/STH - October '17 GTH Additions

Yes, here we have another timely coverage of the latest iOS/Android GTH song delivery, as opposed to weeks/months of delay from our part... and yes, I'm pinching my cheeks to confirm to myself that no, this is not a dream.

Gakkyoku Tori Houdai Adds: October 4

 Ai Uta (愛唄)
 Sukina Hito ga Iro Koto (好きな人がいること)
 Joyful (じょいふる)
 Inu no Omawari-san (いぬのおまわりさん)
 Densetsu no Matsuri (伝説の祭り)
 Break Line (ブレイクライン)

Twitter Snippets (4 October 2017) - The Harvest Moon's Limited Bounty

Together with the yearly-recurring limited release of Unagi no Tamashii Rock, the Fall season's harvest moon has been decreed as yet another time frame for arcade Taiko goers to receive a limited-to-play song, as Gekkabijin will be available from today until said lunar-related occurrence is over, on October 19th.

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

[COLLAB] - INSPION's 2017 Autumn Auditions (feat. Taiko no Tatsujin)

The Taiko no Tatsujin shenanigans with newcomer sound unit company INSPION are far from being over, as the latest public effort from both sides is bound to find emerging talents among the many of the Youtube userbase crowd!

Sonority Scouts - Coaster Sign「Tap Blizzard」

The latest multiple-music-games-crossing mass Touhou arrangement sensation has found another place to call home today, as the 9th anniversary of Cirno's Perfect Math Class has landed in Taito's Groove Coaster arcade branch earlier today. While video playback is not one of this music series's features, its backgrounds surely don't fail to quote the song's Youtube PV in many places!

Just like for Taiko and Synchronica, the song's coming in Groove Coaster has brought up a Touhou-themed mini event, in which players not only can rack up points to unlock limited customization flairs of all sorts (all Cirno-themed for this particular event), but can also try out another Touhou arrangement that is related to the ice fairy, also a part of IOSYS's 9th anniversary song celebration.

Monday, October 2, 2017

Twitter Snippets (2 October 2017) - Early-October's RCFs

As "early Twitter reveals of new songs from several composers" is becoming quite the trend for Taiko-related stuff, we might as well abbreviate the usual "Random Composer Facts" label on these kinds of posts into something shorter! (...at least until we come up with better terms, that is)

The latest early reveal is about Honoka Inoue's future involvement into a new Namco Original track, whose details were discussed with Taiko series representatives at a cafe! From the looks of a subsequently-retweeted message, it must have been a vintage diner, no less.

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Game Music Showcase: Puzzle & Dragons

Developed by GungHo Online Entertainement, the original Puzzle & Dragons game is an hybrid RPG/match-three puzzle game for both iOS and Android, originally released in Japan on February 20th, 2012 as an Android exclusive with ports for multiple devices and geographical areas in the subsequent years. In this game, the action is divided into the two vertical halves of the screen, with the lower half being made up of colored jewels; players drag one of them around to form same-color rows or columns to defeat the monsters in the upper screen by using the elemental attacks of the player's very own team of creatures. You get to recruit the monsters encountered by either receiving their eggs as dungeon drops or as prizes of the game's gacha machine system, and can be raised/evolved through different material-collection tasks, as a staple to the mobile gacha game genre.

The game is currently among the highest-grossing iOS and Android applications in the world, with 16 million downloads in Japan only and a monthly revenue between 62 and 84 million dollars, making GungHo quite the financial juggernaut to be reckoned with! As for any other gaming success story, many alternate titles and spin-offs have been paired with the (still running) original app, including 2014's arcade puzzle title Puzzle & Dragons Battle Tournament (パズドラ バトルトーナメント), a 2015 trading card game and three different titles for the Nintendo 3DS.

One of the defining traits of this long-lasting mobile sensation is the franchise's open-minded set to host a number of cross-over events and collaboration with many different franchises and brands embracing both Japanese culture and the West! The Taiko no Tatsujin series has been one of the very first supporters of the collaboration fanfare, leading to a number of special occasions in which titlkes from both series could enjoy some promotional content. For the Taiko series' case, this more than often resulted in the sharing of many of the fan-dubbed 'Pazudora' series's collective soundtrack.

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Song of the Week! 30 September 2017

For our final entry in this impromptu themed-feature month, I'm waging a bet on what I'm going to assume is going to be a console-exclusive song for quite a while in the very next Taiko console game release! (I definitely see this plan not backfiring a few months from now, totally)

PS4 Update: Session de Dodon ga Don's Demo Song List

Here's a brief look at what the PS Plus-exclusive demo for the first Taiko PS4 videogame has to offer! It's basically a selection of 6 songs with all difficulties available (including available Uras!), all coming from different genres in couples; from left to right, the songs seem to be EAT 'EM UP!, KAGEKIYO, Tsunagare! Hinogare! Uchi-agare!, Saitama 2000, Carmen Prelude and the Heaven and Hell Overture.

Lo and behold, we also have the first gameplay videos from said demo version! Below is the Oni video of Session de Dodon ga Don's theme song Tsunagare! Hinogare! Uchiagare!, rated 4/5/7/9.

Other details that we've gathered from other first-play videos on Youtube about this demo version can also be found in our Demo/Promotional TnT Releases page, over our Console Games section.

Source (Plurk.com)

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Namco Taiko Blog (28 September 2017) - Behind the Notechart: FooFoo Cassette

Returning triumphant after his first Xa Ura clear performance (now aim to a Full Combo!), Taiko Team notecharter Sentai Yamaguchi is back for another rendition of this single-song chart feature, which today is starting to broaden the scope to the Autumn Rewards Shop content.

Monday, September 25, 2017

Twitter Snippets (25 September 2017) - Early-Fall's Random Compoer Facts

With a week of "news jet-lag" from the Taiko Team part, the official Twitter handle has shared a tweet concerning last week's post-recording session for new Taiko no Tatsujin songs!

This time around, two new tracks were made, one involving longtime contributor Oogami Masako and the other starring the singer Yako, the ex-member of p-model who has contributed in Taiko gaming under the Danchinomiya alias.

Kitto Motto Zutto Lyrics

Composer, Arrangement: Keiichi Okabe (岡部啓一)
Lyrics: LindaAI-CUE
Vocals: Ichirou Mizuki (水木一郎), Mitsuko Horie (堀江美都子), Hironobu Kageyama (影山ヒロノブ)
Chorus: Katsuyuki Oda (小田一行), Satoru Kousaki (神前暁), LindaAI-CUE, Tomoko Kurosawa (黒坂智子), Katsumi Sawajiri (澤尻克美)

Sunday, September 24, 2017

The Almost Transient Mysteries: The Hidden Secret Behind Tsumami-kui Performance

Thanks to Sehuny and I'm don with you kats (Nether) on the Taiko no Tatsujin Discord for setting off this little journey.

Being more than 5 years overdue certainly makes it transient for the longest time. The Tsumami-kui Performance (つまみ食い演奏) mode was first introduced in PSP2 and then revived for Wii4 and Wii5, after which it went on to inspire the Taiko Training (太鼓トレーニング) mode in PSVita1. Today we look at those later incarnations for a quaint little secret.

"It's just a training mode that lets you rewind songs. What's so hidden about that?" And THAT is what is so hidden about this.

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Twitter Snippets (September 19 2017): At Least SOME Form of Trial Version for PS4-1

Now deep within Tokyo Game Show season, let's wind back a bit to a prior Sony press conference, where it is announced that subscribers of the PlayStation Plus can get their hands on a copy of the TGS demo for Taiko no Tatsujin Session de Dodon ga Don for a limited time.

From what we have seen so far in conventions, it is suggested to not expect too many groundbreakingly new songs and features available, but this could be a first-hand buffet to try for the new PS4 aesthetics.

Song of the Week! 23 September 2017

While originally there was no intention to make of this September a themed month to begin with, we might as well carry on with the console-exclusivity theme for the next features, seeing how that was also the motif of this month's (non-hidden) features as well!

Today's pick comes from the early PlayStation 2 times...

Sonority Scouts - Burning Coaster

One day after its Groove Coaster debut, we finally have a hold of some gameplay footage of the Taiko-spawn Burning Force Medley being played on Taito's ongoing music game franchise, which has just celebrated its 500th song release thanks to this track's inclusion!

Just like with the Dragon Spirit Medley port from the last year, the song is rated 8/10 on its hardest arcade setting, with today's feature 1-upping the previous medley cameo for the fact of the Burning Force Medley being completely ported for gameplay means in Groove Coaster, without any song cuts or sorts.

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Never Left without Saying Goodbye-da-don! Taiko no Tatsujin x Deemo collaboration

Note: Earlier we posted this based on only one image claiming just a rumor, but since we found the very-official announcement we are rewriting the whole post with more info and images. Thanks to taikojoe from the Taiko no Tatsujin Discord for the initial find though!

Image source: Official BNEI Facebook post

Of course this collaboration is announced on the day the piano-performance rhythm game hits the Nintendo Switch.

The first fully-confirmed additions for this will be the Deemo Pack on the Traditional Chinese version of PS4-1 that was transiently shown on Asian PlayStation Store fronts and later removed. The pack will consist of the Deemo original song Saika by Rabpit (3/4/6/8 apparently) and the Petit-chara outfit part Deemo & the Little GirlFor those who want to have a demo of this Deemo song, here's a gameplay video on Hard mode from the original source game:

But of course Cytus Saika best Saika amiri- (dragged away

The pack will be available first-hand via download codes attached with the first printing of package version and as pre-order bonus digital version . Saika the song will also be available as free DLC later on. And if PS4-1 will not be on your shopping list, releases on the arcade and mobile app versions of Taiko no Tatsujin are also hinted, although with no concrete details yet.

On the other arm of the collaborative efforts, Hyakka Ryouran will be the Taiko ambassador to the piano-score-book nation of Deemo, slated for release in the iOS/Android app's version 3.1 update coming in 2017.

Look at Al*** little girl and Deemo having fun with Don-chan and Kat-chan
Image source: Apple Daily Taiwan

In more PS4-1 exclusive news, Asian Donders can rejoice when (The) Tower of Babel, (The) Tower of Druaga Medley, Mappy Medley, Dragon Spirit Medley and Mojipittan Medley are confirmed to also be Traditional Chinese version's first-printing bonuses in the form of packed-in download codes, not as store-exclusive bonuses like in Japan. If trinkets are more your type, the Traditional Chinese version also come packaged with one random Don-chan strap in either Shark, Alpaca, Sushi or Forest Friends outfits.

Image source: 4Gamers

BNEI Taiwan press release
BNEI Taiwan Facebook post (has more pictures)