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Thursday, February 20, 2020

[NS1] Online Ranking Match: Weekly Battle Songs for 2020/02/20~02/26

Thanks to shaox from the Taiko no Tatsujin Discord for the info!

Tomo ni
Zen Zen Zense Your Name.
Itsumo Nando Demo Spirited Away
We Are! One Piece
Alphabet Song
Orpheus and the Underworld Overture Jacques Offenbach
天国と地獄 序曲/オッフェンバック

Jump Up, Super Star! Short Version Super Mario Odyssey
  「スーパーマリオ オデッセイ」より
Antonio You'll Melt More!
Mirai Connection
Key: purple = DLC song (only used when both sides owns the song); red X = difficulty not used

Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Namco Taiko Blog (February 18 2020): A Colorful Carpet Towards The End And Byond

Now that the Donder community is sufficiently hyped about the 4th generation version, it's time to start tying things off for Green ver., like a brand new song coming February 21 2020 right on the 19th anniversary for the first Taiko no Tatsujin arcade:

タイコロール/steμ feat. siroa
Key: red = series debutblue = arcade debut

On the surface, the title involves "Taiko" (タイコ) and "roll" (ロール) as in drumroll), but maybe more importantly "color" (コロール, read like Spanish or Italian as [ko-LORE]) signifying the end of the color version systems. So yes, no apparent connection with Taiko Time that closed out the 2nd generation on AC14.

The song was pitched almost one year ago, around which was also the middle of development for Green ver.'s AI Battle Performance mode and the beginning for the new 4th-generation version/Nijiiro ver. firmware. steμ expressed the for a commemoration song bridging the generations to deliver the gratitude for all the Donders that have been sticking with the 3rd-generation color versions, to be made by everyone in the Taiko Team. While not everyone in the team gets it immediately, steμ's passion spread through the team with continued efforts and the song is finally realized.

Meanwhile, Connect Colors also began its production cycle at about the same time as Taik-color, and steμ is involved in sound direction work for both songs. While strictly speaking the two songs do not have deep-level connections beyond the theme of colors, the common point of steμ may have got themes and messages hinted in Connect Colors to be linked into Taik-color.

While the subtitle only has "steμ feat. siroa" like Taiko Drum Monster, this song is really a team effort. Aside from steμ's composition and siroa's vocal, Taik-color also features SueP on the guitar, Masubuchi on the bass, and a chorus that is the whole Taiko Team led by notecharters MKP and uintHara.

Going with that sentiment be the lyrics filled with Taiko no Tatsujin terms and all the names of 3rd-generation color versions. In 20/20 hindsight, both completion titles for Challenge! Green Gaiden (5) and (6) are also used in the song, fulfilling the hint that the two trials contain hidden messages.

To read the accounts by Etou, steμ and siroa in their originality as well as the full set of lyrics, check out the original post.

Saturday, February 15, 2020

Song of the Week! 15 February 2020

Today's feature in store for you is a double-header concerning one peculiar artist who made its Taiko debut entirely on the Nintendo Switch game, partly due to its inclusion into a song genre that is about to become past history, come March...

Thursday, February 13, 2020

[ACN] - Early System Board Specs for Nijiiro Ver.

(Gen4-related posts that are not tied to the Taiko blog/Twitter posts will have the 'ACN' tacked on, reflecting the new arcade line's Nijiiro nickname.)

Rounding up today's blog entry about the incoming arcade Taiko remodeling kit, we've scouted a week-old news piece from GAME Watch that sheds some light upon the new system board's model among other things, thanks to the help of the TnT Discord's diligent users.

Comparison-wise, the Taiko no Tatsujin arcade models that have been going on from the 2011 release to the near-ending Green Version regimen have been using the System 357, an arcade board based on the PlayStation 3's architecture that has been used for several games, from Tekken 6 (2007) to Mobile Suit Gundam Extreme Versus (2010). Starting from the March 2020 revision, modern Taiko arcades will be using the System BNA1 board, which instead will operate on a PC-based architecture, running under Windows 10 IoT (for Internet of Things).

Sporting an Intel Core i5 6500 for its CPU and holding for its GPU a NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050Ti board, its specs are roughly at the same performing class as the PlayStation 4, with the first System BNA1 arcade titles getting released between 2019 (Mobile Suite Gundam Extreme Versus 2; Sword Art Online Deep Explorer) and 2020. Upon asking to the Bandai Namco staffers at JAEPO, however, the GAME Watch writer reports that the new Taiko arcades won't mount the System BNA1 itself, but instead a custom variation tailored for the rhythm game in order to reduce its manufacturing price alongside its board specifications.

Source (GAME Watch)

Namco Taiko Blog (February 13 2020): JAEPO 2020 and 4th Generation Arcade Taiko, the Official Recap

Number 11 is back from JAEPO 2020 and is ready with an official recap about the new version coming March 24 2020. Here we will be reordering the things a bit to highlight the more important new things.

Scoring System Revamp Confirmed
The new scoring system for the 4th generation is finally confirmed by the Taiko Team. In this new system, all scores will net to a total of about 1,000,000 points no matter what song or difficulty you choose. There will no longer be score bonuses given to hitting harder on large notes, Go-go Time or keeping high combos. (NB. JAEPO trial players also report removal of bonuses to popping balloon notes and Kusudama notes)

The new system resembles the tournament-friendly Shin-uchi (真打) system from AC14 and the whole of 3rd generation, but with even more bonuses removed from the calculation. Going forward in 4th generation, both the "default" score system and the 3rd generation Shin-uchi system will no longer be available. The Taiko Team considers the change to unify scoring in normal play and tournament play, as well as to streamline tournament proceedings by having one less thing to change.

Note that all the play records on your 3rd-generation Donder profile will be kept, the scores will be recalculated by the new scoring system.

Release Commemoration Song Contest
Announced by Etou at the end with a thunderous "Hold It", a song creation contest will be held together with the release of the new arcade version. The song contest now has a dedicated site at https://faithcreation.jp/taikonotatsujin/, together with a preliminary schedule:
  • March 24 2020: Reveal of Detailed Contest Terms and Conditions
  • March 24 to April 30 2020: Entry Submission Open
  • May 2020: Screening of Entries
  • June 2020: Results Announcement
  • Fall 2020: Inclusion into Taiko no Tatsujin
Unlike the four past song contests (2011, 2013, Dokodon Fighters and 2016), this contest is not affiliated with Creofuga but with Faith, Inc., a content management company. Curiously to this day Creofuga still shows Don-chan on their main site due to their previous involvement.

Everything else that is officially confirmed by Taiko Team
  • The color-based version revamps coming once every year or so will be retired.
  • Again, the official name for the update is the "March 2020 Version Modification Kit" (2020年3月Ver.改造キット); "Nijiiro ver." (ニジイロVer.) is only a nickname for easier references.
  • The key visual involves traditional Japanese motifs like mountains (like Mount Fu**), splashing white waves, fans, pines and plum blossoms.
  • LED lights on either side of the monitor will control its brightness during gameplay to reduce discomfort caused by glare.
  • Code Reader (コードリーダー) between the two drums are expected to come into use in future events.
  • New 120 FPS monitor with support of 120 FPS from the new arcade system board for reduced afterimage on speedy notes and a never-before-seen high response rate
  • The upgrade to the 4th-generation version makes use of a modification kit only, so the operators can keep using their still-operational cabinet and drums from the 3rd generation. This should entice more operators to upgrade.
  • New gameplay options:
    • Note Placement Adjustment (音符位置調整) makes the notes appear slightly left or slightly right
    • Speed (はやさ) allows for settings at 0.1 intervals between 1.0~2.0, and at 0.5 intervals between 2.0~4.0
    • Performance Skip (演奏スキップ), when turned on, lets you skip the current song with 10 alternating left/right rim hits on the other drum. Any hits on your own drum (even when there are no notes) will reset that counter, which should help prevent unintended skips.
    • Don-chan's Voice (ボイス) can be turned on or off
    • All gameplay options (new or old) can only be used by Banapassport (or equiv.) users.
  • Rainbow-colored Donderful Combo Crown (ドンダフルコンボ王冠) added for getting all Goods. Donderful Combo Crowns will be retroactively granted for past DFCs but it may take more time to do so for the earlier achievements.
  • Score Rank (スコアランク) added where one out of seven levels will be awarded when the score passes designated levels. Score Ranks are not retroactively granted to past scores.
  • Overall Result Panel (総合成績パネル) shows the total number of each of three crowns and seven Score Ranks obtained by difficulty.
  • All titles from the 3rd generation will be kept.
  • Ranking Dojo and AI Performance Battle will be disabled at the release of the new version but will return in the future with upgrades.
  • Asia ver. is not forgotten. (:3)
  • The switch to horizontal text is done as part of the preparation to further spread (arcade) Taiko no Tatsujin to overseas; the justification includes to make English titles more easily read. Note that there is currently no concrete schedule or plans of outside-Japan release, due to the time needed to ship the replacement parts and other additional preparatory steps needed.
  • Pre-release Retweet Campaign until February 16, for a chance to win one of seven sets of 15 Don-chan/Kat-chan badges (with which you can make out the "Don-Katsu Area" in Saitama 2000)

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First Video: Weathering The Tinplated Love: Nintendo Switch Version's mid-February DLC Drop

Aside from the updates to the Online Ranking Match mode, Nintendo Switch Version also has four series-debut DLC songs for you to splurge your pennies on.

Ai ni Dekiru-koto wa Mada Aru Kai Weathering with You
Grand Escape Weathering with You

Kaze-tachi no Koe Weathering with You

Buriki no Dance Hinata Electric Works feat. Hatsune Miku
ブリキノダンス/日向電工 feat.初音ミク

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

[NS1] Online Ranking Match: Weekly Battle Songs for 2020/02/13~02/19

Thanks to Nedmara from the Taiko no Tatsujin Discord for the info!

Mita-koto Mo Nai Keshiki au Three Tarous Soccer Support CM Song
見たこともない景色/au 三太郎サッカー応援 CMソング
Doko Made Mo ~How Far I’ll Go~ Moana
どこまでも~How Far I’ll Go~/「モアナと伝説の海」より
Sanpo My Neighbor Totoro
Juumensou colorful ver.
十面相 colorful ver./YM
Grip & Break down!! -Tatsujin Edit.-
  Touhou Project Arrange/SOUND HOLIC feat. Nana Takahashi
Grip & Break down!! -達人Edit.-
  東方Projectアレンジ SOUND HOLIC feat. Nana Takahashi
Flight of the Bumblebee Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Splatoon 2 Medley
スプラトゥーン2 メドレー
Ridge Racer★4★7★8★8X
Hiyokko Fantasy Tsuyomi
Glass o Ware!
Key: purple = DLC song (only used when both sides owns the song); red X = difficulty not used