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Saturday, October 25, 2014

Saitama 2000 in Synchronica

Another pre-Song of the Week feature with another not-Taiko game! Here's the first gameplay video of Synchronica, featuring the original song Synchronicity (=the one being played for the demo reveal) and Saitama 2000, at the mark of 3:45. Enjoy the first song in the iconic 2000 series in a new light, thanks to the jacket album art and the trip-enducing video!

Friday, October 24, 2014

Taiko-related Composers in Smash Bros. (Wii U)

Continuing today's trend on this blog of talking about any other game but Taiko games whose elements and people are contributing to make, it's time to jump back on the Smash Bros. talk. It's safe to assume that any (even remotely) Nintendo fan among our readers has already seen yesterday's '50-Fact Extravaganza' video from Nintendo, which -among the other things- has listed an additional list of composers which has made original arrangements for this fighting game's upcoming Wii U version. So, what's new from Bandai Namco this time around, you ask? ...

...not very much, to be honest. Aside from all the composers who already worked for the 3DS version (which are returning both with the 3DS tracks and new ones as well), we have a couple of new names of a few other composers for the Wii U-exclusive tracks, as shown in the extract list above: Kohta Takahashi (URBAN FRAGMENTS) and Hiroshi Ikubo (L.O.V.E; Bambini), two composers for Ridge Racer series games which have been really border-line contributors to the Taiko no Tatsujin franchise.

From a general rhythm game talk, it's also nice to see that Hirokazu 'COSIO' Koshio (of Groove Coaster fame) has helped making the incoming game's song selection even meatier!

Postcards from Synchronica's Location Test

The location test event for Bandai Namco's latest rhythm game have just begun, and for the occasion a demo video of the game itself has beel published on BNGI's Youtube channel! From what this looks like, this touchscreen-based game is a blend of concepts already seen in franchises like Osu! Tatakae! Ouendan and ReRave.

Sadly, no other gameplay videos are lurking the web, but guess which song joined the tracklist...

There can't be a new Namco rhythm game without some Taiko magic! And so, Saitama 2000 joins the fun as an additional song for the Game Music genre, complete with hilariously awesome jacket album art, no less! It's also one of the highest-rated songs on the hardest setting of the game to date (Technical Mode), rated as 18.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Taiko Plus - 10 Million Downloads Celebration, part 2

As promised last week, today we are getting the last bits of promotional content for Taiko Plus's latest download milestone. Everyone is invited!

First of all, every user who has purchased a song pack for the game during the campaign's running period (from October 17th to November 4th) is automatically counted for a promotional lottery extraction, which awards free copies of the latest home console Taiko games! The prizes are 3 copies of Taiko Wii Chogouka-Ban (1 Tatakon bundle and 2 game-only) and 5 Taiko Wii U Version (2 Tatakon bundles and 3 game-only). Winners will be warned by an in-app message right after the 10-Million celebration's end.

For Taiko Plus' songlist, a song questionnaire is also being spread to every single Taiko Plus player. The most requested songs will all be put together for a special song pack, planned to release at the end of the promotional campaign.

And as a continued effort of the Gurt! collaboration, Katte Rock is made available for a limited time. The song will be removed at November 4 23:59, so make haste to download and play!

Just as a quick reminder that the 'Free Song with any song pack' deal is still on! And keep looking forward for the Special Pack's release!

In less-related RPG da-don collab news, the soon-to-be-removed-from-AC0 Sobakasu and Classical's La Campanella are newly put up for exchange.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Namco Taiko Blog (October 23 2014) - Oct 30 Livestream! and Nov 24 Reitaisai!

It's another month coming to an end, so here comes another livestream! Also some more bullet-hell later this post.

Date: October 30 2014
Time: 19:30 (to about 22:00)
Link: (to be confirmed)

A Composer's Farewell

Through all the joyful and eventful circumstances surrounding the Taiko no Tatsujin franchise, we at Taiko Time would like to have a good time with you readers, celebrating and sharing all the news coverage and features we post here. But today, let's have a moment of silence for a tragic event which we were completely unaware of until now.

On February 16th this year, Luv-Kraft composer Ishibashi 'mirawi' Wataru (石橋渡) passed away at the age of 39. The news comes from the Luv-Kraft unit itself, with a late-May post on its Tumblr account. We deeply apologize for our lack of coverage on the subject matter, as we came to know about the saddening reveal only now, thanks to our resident editor nigelliusnitrox.

Together with Satou-gin (佐藤銀), mirawi is the co-composer of nearly all the Namco Original songs featuring either Chata or Kaori Aihara as the singer. As we are also indirectly affected by this loss, we'll have a Behind the Drums feature about mirawi this Sunday.

May his soul rest in peace.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Namco Taiko Blog (October 22 2014) - Version 5.06! Kimidori Update

No matter whether you foresaw this or not, the surprise blog post for the October 29 update is inevitable (mostly because it is already out). And don't  shrug off thinking Tenkaichi Otogesai is the only noteworthy point, because there's more!