Sunday, March 26, 2017

Behind the Drums: SueP

The nick-named SueP (すえP) has been a member of the Taiko Team since January 2015, during Taiko no Tatsujin V Version's development. Her main role as a worker at Bandai Namco is deeply intertwined with the company's other arcade music game series -Synchronica-, for which she's been one of the main song chart makers. Within her primary occupation concerning the touchscreen-based series, she often took Taiko no Tatsujin notecharting tasks as a side job, up to then become a semi-regular Taiko Team member with other jobs to take in said series! Being a skilled Taiko player herself, SueP has been the test player for the Dojo Ranking courses since Kimidori Version, up to getting a course-deciding promotion under the Red ver. firmware.

SueP's charting style often relies on the more technical spectrum of Taiko gameplay, while always weighting in the placement of notes for their sonding with the base track (especially big ones) in order to realize what she has dubbed to be a "Singing Score" chart, a mode set which is musically in harmony with the base song at the point to make layers remembering about it just by thinking about its Taiko-mapped modes. Despite preferring rough-looking aspect for her hairstyle/outfit selection like Notecharter Sentai Shika@ni~san (しか@に~さん), she loves cute and fancy things. She's also in good acquaintance with the aforementioned Shika@ni~san, which taught her the basics of notechart-making during the creation of her first works, together with Kuboken (くぼけん).

Behind the Drums: Shika@ni~San

Another of the 3rd-generation Taiko Team notecharters, the nicknamed Shika@ni~San (しか@に~さん) (pictured in the right corner of the top image) has joined the ranks sometime during the development of Kimidori Version, with its arcade role stepping up from Murasaki Version onward as the course curator of arcade-exclusive features such as the Don Challenge missions, the Dojo Ranking and Taiko School modes. Born in 1957 on June 30th (the day after Taiko Team leader Etou's!), he's notorious among the other Notecharter Sentai members for his huge appreciation towards cats, which also lead to the inclusion of Ms. Cat and Mr. Ladle as the Taiko School assistants.

Being an average 10-star Oni clearer himself, Shika@ni~San's charting approach was mostly based on a difficult degree that he himself could tackle, with a preference to scrolling speed modifications and short hit-balloons. Upon receiving some criticism for his initial charting job on Namco Original track Shiuryu, he started to follow the indications of other team members (such as Etou) to make it so that his future works wouldn't be harder for players to enjoy the base song and to reach the Norma clear due to charting gimmicks. That sentiment was also the basis for one of his charting mottos, "self-weighted challenge to be self-weighted", as a personal pointer to deliver a set of modes that can make the players enjoy both the base song and its charts in equal parts. As of his Notecharter Interview post, Shika@ni~San has charted more than 50 songs so far, starting with Kyary Pamyu Pamyu's Family Party.

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Song of the Week! 25 March 2017

For our very first Spring pick of the year, we're back at the racing scene once more, with a Bandai Namco-fueled racing series that, unlike for Ridge Racer games and other minor racing titles, found its fortune on the arcade game rooms...

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Twitter Snippets (23 March 2017) - Pro Yakyuu Don-Chan Returns

The latest installment of the long-running Family Stadium series has hit store shelves a few months ago, and now it just so happens that the Taiko drum mascot can get a piece of action by cameo means!

Indeed, Pro Yakyuu Famista Climax (プロ野球 ファミスタ クライマックス) -the Nintendo 3DS's latest entry to the baseball-related franchise- is offering to its players the chance to employ Don-Chan in their dream teams! Readers of the Japanese magazine V Jump can find a password for this collaboration cameo in the latest issue, released 2 days ago.

Namco Taiko Blog (23 March 2017) - Taiko no Tatsujin @ Hakurei Shrine Reitasai '17

Rather than a full-blown Thursday blog entry from one of the usual Taiko Team members, this time around we got a small teaser instead from someone who dubs him/herself to be "Etou-san's Secret Agent", reporting to some early details about Taiko no Tatsujin participating at this year's Hakurei Shrine Reitasai convention.

The spring fair for everything Touhou-related will be held at the last day of the Japanese Golden Week (May 7th), with the Taiko no Tatsujin crew coming back with a limited cabinet of Yellow Version containing all the songs released to date plus the Cirno-related collaboration track that we also talked about last week (link). Apparently there's something else brewing for the event as well, but it's not the right time to reveal more for now...

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Wednesday, March 22, 2017

First Video: Yellow ver. V1.07 Songs

Yellow Version's first update is already out! Here are the two new featured songs.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Sonority Scouts - Heavenly Otogesai

Much like what we already witnessed with the maimai series months ago (link), another of the recurring Tenkaichi Otogesai arcade series has decided to pick out the pre-existing crossover-y climate in order to add extra difficulties to some of the earliest shared additions. Thus, the latest installment of bemani's SOUND VOLTEX series (SDVX IV HEAVENLY HAVEN) has added a bunch of extra difficulty modes to Kita Saitama 2000 and the other notorious boss tune sharings from the event's Phase 1 of the 1st edition.

Being a Taiko blog and all of that, we are obliged to put Kita Saitama 2000's Heavenly mode on top of this post, but feel free to check out the other 3 songs as well- they're all rated 19 (out of 20)!

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