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Saturday, January 29, 2011

Song of the Week! 29 January 2011


And the results of the short poll from two weeks ago! You all probably know by now which song this is if you've voted...

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Namco Taiko Blog (27 January 2011) - Taiko no Tatsujin 10th Anniversary

No big announcement this week. Namco are using the February calendar desktop to remind us that next month is Taiko no Tatsujin's 10th anniversary! After all, the very first arcade was released on 21 February 2001. To commemorate, Namco made February's calendar desktop chock full of Taiko no Tatsujin characters new and old. On the left are Dr. Waruru's robots from Taiko Wii2 and the Dokon Gang from DS2. On the right are some of the monsters and Ponko from Taiko DS3. Even the yellow and green drums from Taiko Wii 3 jump in to celebrate. The rest are Taiko staple characters which you've all probably seen at least once.

I'll put these in the Others section for easy downloading!

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Site annoucement: Broken video links

A reminder to our readers: If you find a video link that is broken or links to a video that is either banned or no longer available, please email either me or Lokamp (our addresses are in the Contact page). This is important so we can continue providing good video links to Taiko videos around the web, as they can change dramatically.

The reason I wanted to post this reminder was because a budding Taiko video maker, hisuisep9, was recently banned from Youtube, causing many videos of his which were linked on this blog to break. It's relieving to know that his videos are mainly of the Taiko 13 generation, so the broken links are mostly new songs and not many fixes have to be made. The songs fixed are shown in the changelog. If you find hisuisep's videos on the blog, please tell us and we'll replace them.

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Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Variety Showcase: Piramekino Songs

Now here's a Japanese variety show not many people will have heard of. Piramekino is a kids' show, aired on TV Tokyo. The show hosts, Hanya (はんにゃ) and Fruit Punch (フルーツポンチ) are from the General Performing Arts School of Yoshimoto. Think of this as Sesame Street for Japan and you can see the resemblance. Its target audience is also roughly the same as well. The wide success of Piramekino among Japanese kids since made the program quite popular still nowadays, with a 2nd broadcasting season and several TV specials grouped into Piramekino [G] (where G is for Gold).

In the Taiko songs you'll probably have noticed a few weird cartoon characters from the Piramekino cast, the one standing out being the red and blue-dotted panda with the lightbulb on its head. The characters are used in the anime shorts of the show to tell their stories. The panda is appropriately named the Pirameki Panda, and is one of the main mascots of the show.

Monday, January 24, 2011

Japan Top 20 new Wii/DS games

...Why am I posting this list?

001. [NDS] Pokemon Black / White (Pokemon Co.) {2010.09.18} - 4.966.738
002. [NDS] Dragon Quest VI: Realms Of Revelation (Square Enix) {2010.01.28} - 1.343.447
003. [NDS] Dragon Quest Monsters: Joker 2 (Square Enix) {2010.04.28} - 1.230.487
004. [NDS] Inazuma Eleven 3: World Challenge!! Spark / Bomber (Level 5) {2010.07.01} - 889.803
005. [NDS] Pokemon Ranger: Guardian Sign (Pokemon Co.) {2010.03.06} - 490.630
006. [NDS] Ni no Kuni: The Ebony Wizard (Level 5) {2010.12.09} - 382.287
007. [NDS] Inazuma Eleven 3: World Challenge!! The Ogre (Level 5) {2010.12.16} - 338.413
008. [NDS] Taiko Drum Master DS: Dororon! Battle With the Ghouls!! (Bandai Namco) {2010.07.01} - 324.122
009. [NDS] Magician's Quest: The Merchant’s Store of Sorcery (Konami) {2010.11.11} - 277.499
010. [NDS] One Piece: Gigant Battle (Bandai Namco) {2010.09.09} - 275.686
011. [NDS] Art Academy (Nintendo) {2010.06.19} - 270.654
012. [NDS] Fire Emblem: New Mystery of the Emblem - Hero of Light and Shadow (Nintendo) {2010.07.15} - 263.760
013. [NDS] Mario Vs. Donkey Kong: Miniland Mayhem (Nintendo) {2010.12.02} - 261.600
014. [NDS] Super Fossil Fighters (Nintendo) {2010.11.18} - 238.726
015. [NDS] Kingdom Hearts Re:coded (Square Enix) {2010.10.07} - 199.505
016. [NDS] Harvest Moon: Twin Villages (Marvelous Entertainment) {2010.07.08} - 189.584
017. [NDS] Super Robot Wars L (Bandai Namco) {2010.11.25} - 169.790
018. [NDS] Love Plus + (Konami) {2010.06.24} - 165.964
019. [NDS] Tokimeki Memorial: Girl's Side 3rd Story (Konami) {2010.06.24} - 146.278
020. [NDS] Etrian Odyssey III: The Downed City (Atlus Co.) {2010.04.01} - 141.899


001. [WII] Wii Party (Nintendo) {2010.07.08} - 1.676.891
002. [WII] Super Mario Galaxy 2 (Nintendo) {2010.05.27} - 947.540
003. [WII] Super Mario All-Stars (Nintendo) {2010.10.21} - 803.453
004. [WII] Donkey Kong Country Returns (Nintendo) {2010.12.09} - 638.305
005. [WII] Mario Sports Mix (Nintendo) {2010.11.25} - 493.938
006. [WII] Kirby's Epic Yarn (Nintendo) {2010.10.14} - 386.780
007. [WII] Dragon Quest: Monster Battle Road Victory (Square Enix) {2010.07.15} - 275.273
008. [WII] Xenoblade (Nintendo) {2010.06.10} - 161.161
009. [WII] Resident Evil: The Darkside Chronicles (Capcom) {2010.01.14} - 156.176
010. [WII] Taiko Drum Master Wii 3 (Bandai Namco) {2010.12.02} - 140.288
011. [WII] Sengoku Basara 3 (Capcom) {2010.07.29} - 120.797
012. [WII] Kamen Rider: Climax Heroes Os (Bandai Namco) {2010.12.02} - 82.693
013. [WII] Metroid: Other M (Nintendo) {2010.09.02} - 71.410
014. [WII] Zangeki no Reginkleiv (Nintendo) {2010.02.11} - 53.317
015. [WII] World Soccer Winning Eleven 2010: Blue Samurai Challenge (Konami) {2010.05.20} - 49.974
016. [WII] Karaoke Joysound Wii Super DX: Hitori de Minna de Utai Houdai! (Hudson) {2010.12.09} - 38.090
017. [WII] World Soccer Winning Eleven 2011 (Konami) {2010.11.18} - 36.295
018. [WII] FlingSmash (Nintendo) {2010.11.18} - 35.913
019. [WII] Naruto Shippuden: Gekitou Ninja Taisen! Special (Takara Tomy) {2010.12.02} - 35.100
020. [WII] Daikaijuu Battle: Ultra Coliseum DX - Ultra Senshi Daishuuketsu (Bandai Namco) {2010.02.25} - 28.788

See that? That's why. BOTH console Taiko made top 10 of 2010 on their respective console sales. The numbers are units shifted from the time it was released to the end of 2010. Nothing beat Pokemon B/W, of course, except maybe Monster Hunter Portable 3, but that's not on this list. Wii Party was top of the Wii sales, indicating casual power hasn't waned completely yet.

Source: GoNintendo

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Taiko custom characters

Another piece of ammiration from japanese donders! Fetched from another blog, this image rounds up the personification of a wide selection of Namco Original songs. Have fun guessing which songs are involved for this "funny reunion"!
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Song of the Week! 22 January 2011


Time to take care of another Theme song!

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Namco Taiko Blog (20 January 2011)- Mitsubachi Daisakusen song lyrics

Remember the honey bee minigame in Taiko Wii 3? It had a really ear-wormy song playing in the background, and this wasn't playable in the main game, which also makes it one of the first time a song placed in a Taiko disc wasn't used to play Taiko. Such a pity, it's a nice song...Oh well. Maybe at some point they'll make this song official.

Composer, lyrics: YMY

ハニー!(Hey!) ハニー!(Hey!)
ハニー!(Hey!) ハニー!(Hey!)

ハニハニハニーは はちみつ だからとっても甘いぜ~
ハニハニハニーは はちみつ ただの糖分じゃないぜ~
お肌ツルツル 疲労回復
ビタミンたっぷり 体にいいのさ

ミツバチバチーは 昆虫 世界に9種類いるぜ~
ミツバチバチーは 昆虫 オスは働かないぜ~
ロイヤルゼリーを 食べたメスだけ

ハニハニー ハニハニー ハニハニー ハニハニー
ハニハニー ハニハニー ハニハニー ハニハニー
ハニハニー ハニハニー はちみつさ!

I'll get to translating as soon as I have time.

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Sunday, January 16, 2011

Staff Interview- Rokodo

For those of you who don't know, Rokodo is responsible for the graphic design in Taiko Time blog! (well, the header and the background anyway)
Who are you and what are you doing here?
Boku wa Rokodo desu. I am a computer enthusiast and I moderate osu! in-game chat channels (IRC). Some people like to treat me as if I am a taiko-map-test-bot.
When did you start playing Taiko?
25th December 2007
What was your first console Taiko version?
Taiko no Tatsujin DS: Touch de Dokodon
What was your first Taiko arcade version?
What are the versions of Taiko you've played before then?
What's your favorite console/arcade version?
It's not about the version, it's about the maps! You can't possibly ask me to choose. :3c
What's your favorite control method?
osu! + TaikoJiro simulator: Computer keyboard, full alternation of four fingers. Index fingers for don and middle for ka(t).
DS: Two fingers of doom! Full alternation.
What about on the arcade?
How long do you usually play Taiko?
Assuming this poorly phrased question means "in one session", anywhere from 10 minutes to 6 hours.
What's your favorite genre?
Namco Original. It has the hardest maps. :3c
What's your favorite song and why?
Stardust Witch Meruru OP theme from Ore no Imōto ga Konna ni Kawaii Wake ga Nai - oh wait, that isn't on a Taiko game is it. -.-"
I like any song that has an 8+ star Oni map. High BPM and standard note scroll speed is welcome.
What's the song that gives you the most trouble?
That's a tough one. Rotter Tarmination Ura Oni on the basis I can't even read the last note stream. I hate those maps.
What's your least favorite song?
Anything that is still 3 stars or less when it is on Oni difficulty. v.v
Do you actually like any of the side modes/minigames in Taiko?
They can be pretty fun, but I play taiko for taiko. Not for the extras.

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Song of the Week! 15 January 2011


The Theme Songs month is still going strong! This time, I want to pick one of my favorites...

Friday, January 14, 2011

Taiko no Tatsujin 14 Fanart

Surfing through the web, crystalsuicune has found the proof that Taiko fans aren't used to venerate their games in silence. This image offers an alternate way to see the latest arcade's introduction under fans's eyes.


...epic, isn't it?

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Namco Taiko Blog (13 January 2011)- Taiko Portable 2 Download Pack 9

And according to the blog, this is the last Taiko PSP2 download pack they'll release. Which are the last songs?

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Song of the Week! 8 January 2011


Another Taiko theme song week! And two this time. Continuing on from last week...

Thursday, January 6, 2011

KARMA (Tatsujin Mix) first video

Making a video of the other secret song, Go Go Kicchin would be redundant as it's an old song revived for Taiko 14 for whatever reason. Anyway, here's KARMA being played. Low-difficulty 10* Oni with a nasty 1/6 stream at the end.

Will post again if there's a HQ video with audible music!

Taiko no Tatsujin 14 arcade code 4

Conditions: After Taiko no Tatsujin 14 code 3 has been used
Number of songs unlocked: 2
  • KARMA (Tatsujin Mix)
  • Go Go Kicchin (ゴーゴー・キッチン)
Ura difficulty unlocked: Shunyuu ~happy excursion~ (春遊~happy excursion~)

Slot in your coins and stay at the Title screen. Hit the rims of the drums the listed number of times in this order.

    Player 1            Player 2
 Left     Right      Left     Right
               1            1
If the code is successfully inputted, another biscuit will appear on the lower-right corner of the title screen:

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Namco Taiko Blog (6 January 2011)- Taiko 14 secret code 4!

First blog post of the new year by the Taiko Team. Another set of secret songs to be unlocked on Taiko 14!

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Taiko no Tatsujin: Waku Waku Anime Matsuri unlock list

Oni difficulty- Play Arcade mode once each on Kantan, Futsuu and Muzukashii, or get a total play time of 3 hours.

Wadaiko Sentai Don-Ranger (和太鼓戦隊ドンレンジャー)
-Play Arcade mode on Futsuu/Muzukashii a total of five times

Back to PS2 Anime 1 song list

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Taiko no Tatsujin: Appare! Sandaime unlock list

Taiko no Tatsujin: Doki! Shinkyoku Darake no Haru Matsuri unlock list

Taiko no Tatsujin: Tatacon de Dodon ga Don unlock list

Staff Interview: Lokamp

Who are you and what are you doing here?

Sounds like a mystery even for me... Okok, jokes apart I am a lazy donder from Italy, and actually the youngest member of the Taiko Time staff. In this blog, I'm the big mind behind the Song of the Week feature and - of course - most of the Song series articles. I'm more of a clean-up person, fixing links and fetching some news. Aquabluu corrects my articles a lot. ;^^

Monday, January 3, 2011

The Mysterious 1STPAI

A secret hidden deep within Taiko no Tatsujin Wii 2, accessible only by the Taiko Team themselves and hackers who rip the disc and extract everything in it. On the surface, Taiko Wii 2 has 70 songs, but there's actually one more song deep in the program code. It isn't playable, cannot be unlocked, has completely no data. The only thing this creepy song has is an ID, '1STPAI'.

You'd be forgiven for not even calling it a song at all. It's a horrific, crazy mixture of footsteps (the same footstep sounds from Taiko DS3), screaming people, then followed by a remix of Wrath of Requiem and cackling noises, ending with the whole song rewinding on itself and the footsteps again. This is one nightmare-inducing song.

The voice in the middle repeats the same phrase 'youkai' over and over, and together with the footstep sounds, it is speculated that 1STPAI was intended as a teaser to the soon-to-be released Taiko DS3 (Dororon! Youkai Daikessen) for those who could work their way into the hidden corners of the Wii2 disc.

1STPAI. The horror.

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Bouken-biyori Lyrics

Composer: Oogami Masako (大上昌子)
Vocals: AYAKO

Song of the Week! 1 January 2011


What a coincidence. After the Saturday which fell on Christmas Day, this Saturday is also an important day..it's the first day of a new year! And for this occasion we've chosen yet another special song.