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Saturday, October 23, 2010

Medal no Tatsujin

Medal no Tatsujin is a lesser known spinoff of Taiko no Tatsujin, released on April 2005, and unlike the rhythm game, doesn't feature drums of any sort. In fact the gameplay of Medal no Tatsujin is almost completely different. Medal no Tatsujin Doki~tsu! Ōatari-darake no Sugoroku Matsuri (メダルの達人 ドキッ!大当たりだらけのすごろく祭り), its full name, is actually a board game, with dice.

Let's see in detail how it works.


Once a player slots a coin in one of the lower holes, he can try to shoot for various targets in the game table with lateral flippers. The main purpose of the game is to reach the goal, gathering the most number of tokens among the five players on the arcade, like Mario Party.

If you're lucky, the coin you shoot up into the game table will enter a dice slot.

The dice slot will allow you to move around the main 44 cities of Japan in order to win the highest number of tokens and coins. All the 5 players can move Don through the map, and everyone can win tons of tokens! Below is a little summary screen with your character's items, power-ups and cities visited, placed between flippers.

After reaching a few cities, it's possible to lead to the Taiko Station, marked in the main map with a red sun; a similar result screen will appear, with the number of tokens the player obtained throughout the game.

Jackpot challenges give players the chance to win large amounts of tokens. The number of tokens won can be increased by collecting red music notes and golden coupons along the way (they act like multipliers)
There are 4 objectives to follow in order to obtain a Jackpot prize:

1) Stamp Rally Jackpot
Maximum win: 100 coins

The simplest jackpot challenge involves the player to visit EVERY city once; the summary screen's mini-map shows the cities already visited with a red stamp:


(Remember to reach the Taiko Station in order to achieve the 100 coins!)

2) Specialities Jackpot
Maximum win: 100 coins
As for cities's map, another slot appears in the summary screen:

By crossing the playmate, if the player finds a third food item which has a relation with the other food for making a more complex dish (In this case, Ramen), his coin prize is achieved! Reach the station in order to claim it. Coin prize changes according to the dish created.

3) Lottery Jackpot
Maximum Win: up to 999

In the middle of the map, surrounded by trees, there's a big green Lottery spot which awaits to see players with Lottery coupons, available by visiting the cities, as usual.

This peculiar spot leads to yet another lottery game, the one where you roll a container and the color of the ball that comes out determines the number of tokens you win. Let's have a look:

White ball equals to a losing game, orange balls worth 1 coin, and grey ones award with 10 coins. The jackpot is won with a yellow ball. Its value increases for every white ball obtained; after the whole lot is redeemed in one yellow ball, the winning value goes back to 100 and the Lottery spot will move to another city for the rest of the game.

4) Taiko Island Jackpot

Maximum Win: 300

The Blue Mine item may activate this minigame by blowing players to the Taiko Island. The game simply involves rolling the dice once. The higher the number, the more coins you win. '1' and '2' nets you 30 medals, '3' and '4' nets you 60 medals, and '5' and '6' gives you the maximum prize of 300 medals.

By traveling around Japan, players will find peculiar items with certain effects. Will help they by making richer or ruin their winning strategies?

Musical Note
Placed in three specific cities, the three notes together increases the medals won when the player reaches the goal.

Golden Card
Doubles the medals won in the goal bonus.

Lottery Ticket
A possibility to win the Lottery Jackpot will be given by picking this green sheet.

Participation Fan
Available only in a city. Let the 5 players join a special bonus game! (See lower for details.)

Express Ticket
It doubles the next dice roll's score.

Super Express Ticket
The next dice will worth three times its score. Time for a SUPER movement!

Back Gear
Forces the players to move one space backwards.

Grade Up/Down
Will Don move faster or slower next turn?

Increases your total medal count.

Turtle Taxi
Having a ride with this friendly animal will show the shortest path for reaching the station.

Blue Mine
Blows you to a random city, or the Taiko Island for a jackpot minigame.

Fly away to a random city with this friend from outer space.

Participation Fan

Getting the Participation Fan will allow the five players to take part in one of two bonus games, the Tatsujin Game (達人ゲーム), or the Tatsujin Race (達人レース)


This is the Tatsujin Game, with an interface resembling Taiko no Tatsujin, but with dice. All players co-operate to try and get coins into the correct dice slots according to the number on-screen. The number of  medals awarded to players at the end of the song is based on their accuracy. Over 40 songs are included for play in Tatsujin Game, many of which have already appeared on Taiko no Tatsujin, with a few exceptions.


This is the Tatsujin Race, a simple game of getting to the end first by shooting coins into the dice slots to move around the course. Of course, more medals are awarded to the fastest ones.

Song list for Tatsujin Game

Natsu Matsuri (夏祭り)
Sakuranbo (さくらんぼ)
Sobakasu (そばかす)
Saga-ken (佐賀県)
Aoi Sangosho (青い珊瑚礁)

Ai o Torimodose! (愛をとりもどせ!!)
Doraemon Ondo (ドラえもん音頭)
Touch (タッチ)
Odoru Ponpokorin (おどるポンポコリン)

Rhythm and Police
Young Man (Y.M.C.A) (ヤングマン(Y.M.C.A) )
Matsuken Samba II (マツケンサンバII)

Classic Medley (Rock ver.) (クラシックメドレー (ロック編))
Hungarian Dance No.5 (ハンガリー舞曲 第5番)
Carmen Prelude (カルメン 組曲一番終曲)
Heaven and Hell (天国と地獄 序曲)
Toreador Song from Carmen (「カルメン」より闘牛士の歌)
William Tell Overture (ウィリアム・テル序曲)
Classic From the New World (クラッシック 新世界より)
Radetzky March (ラデツキー行進曲)

Game Song
Thunder Ceptor Medley (サンダーセプターメドレー)
Ridge Racer
The Tower of Druaga Medley (ドルアーガの塔メドレー)
Tower of Babel (バベルの塔)
Soul Calibur II ~Brave Sword, Braver Soul~ (ソウルキャリバーⅡ~Brave Sword, Braver Soul~)
Valkyrie no Densetsu(ワルキューレの伝説)
Sky Kid (スカイキッド)

Namco Original
Unagi no Tama Shii rock (うなぎのたましいロック)
Don-chan Sekai Ryoku (どんちゃん世界旅行)
Saturday Taiko Fever (サタデー太鼓フィーバー)
O Mochi de Mambo (おもちでマンボ)
Eringi no Ekubo (エリンギのエクボ)
Hello! Don-chan (ハロー!どんちゃん)
Dragon Spirit Medley (ドラゴンスピリットメドレー)
Go Go Kitchen (ゴー・ゴー・キッチン)
Shining 65 (シャイニング65)
Lovely-X (ラブリーX)
Off Rock (オフ♨ロック)
Sports Digestdon ~Fill In The Sky~ (スポーツダイジェスドン~Fill In The Sky~)
Kyou no Gohan wa Taiko-Zakari! (今日のご飯は太鼓盛り!)
Wa-hu~ Ondo (わっふ~音頭)
Taiyou mo Yapapa (太陽もヤッパッパー)

The last two songs of Game Song section (Sky Kid and Valkyrie no Densetsu) appeared ONLY in the coin-pusher Taiko games! No other drumming game has them.

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