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Saturday, February 11, 2012

Song of the Week! 11 February 2012

 

User World War ended just a little late for us to cover this song last week. The results? Taiko Time won! Thank you to everyone who participated!

To commemorate this event, this week's pick comes from a war game.

Tatakae! T3 Booei Tai ~GDI mix~ (戦え!T3防衛隊 ~GDI mix~) Tank! Tank! Tank!
Version
Taiko 14, DS3x4 (119)x6 (152) x7 (343)x8 (583)
Taiko Wii U 1x4 (119)x4 (152) x7 (343)x8 (583)
Taiko 14, Taiko DS 3, Taiko Wii U 1, CD Full Combo
142
none
 tttank


This remix comes from the arcade game Tank! Tank! Tank!, released in Japan and North America on October 15th, 2009. In the arcade's commercials, Namco labeled it as a 'Motion Cabinet-Battle Party Game', and it's not hard to find out why: controlling a tank, players have to defeat a series of giant monsters attacking a city, full of all the usual Japanese wackiness you'd expect from scenarios like this. Aside from going solo, you can also co-op with 3 other players. Two other game modes, Battle Royale and Team Versus, pits you against other players to destroy each other's tanks, and the action is fast and explosive.

The fast and explosive nonsense carries over to the real world too, with the option to take a picture of your face using a camera on the top of the cabinet (NamCam, or Namco Camera), and rumble sensors on the chair that shake violently with each shot you fire and each hit you take (you can turn this off if you don't like a butt massage everytime you play). If you want to see how the game is in action, you might want to see the arcade's trailer video. The game was ported to the Nintendo Wii U as one of its launch titles, finally bringing the arcade experience to the living room, minus the rump-rumbling action of course.

For Taiko no Tatsujin, the arcade's theme song comes over with lyrics added (hence the 'GDI mix' at the back of the title) and was one of the few unique Game Music songs introduced in Taiko DS3/14 together with Metal Hawk BGM1. It features a lot of vocalists which make their Taiko debut with this song, most of them covered by nickanmes: norion5, Naomiki Yamashisawa (柳沢直幹) and Aru☆Majirou (ある☆まじろう). Even the 2000-series creator Linda AI-Cue pops in during the dialogue in the middle of the song! Kinda unusual for a niche Game Music, isn't it?

The Oni mode is full of rapid-fire clusters and hits, especially in the middle of the song, and almost the entire song is made up of red notes. There is a whopping number of 17 drumrolls and 3 hit-balloons in Tatakae, making it the Game Music song with the most drumrolls, and overall second only to the Namco Original song Dodododo-Donderful.

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