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Thursday, June 14, 2012

Namco Taiko Blog (14 June 2012): Taiko no Tatsujin Codename: Katsu-Don

A major arcade update after just 7 months in market? Namco you mad. It's happening this summer whether you like it or not!

It's described in the official blog as a 'big-scale version upgrade', but who knows if the cabinet itself is changing? There's no news of that yet, but let's see what Namco did reveal this week.

The big-scale version upgrade includes obvious graphics change and official art change, from a red color scheme to yellow. This shot kinda reminds me of a cross between Taiko Wii 3 and Taiko PSP DX, except with more adorable Kat-chan. Haha...

There will be lots of new songs, lots of new titles and lots of new costumes and lots of new Don Point rewards for this version upgrade. Might as well be a new cabinet altogether! What else is in store? New gameplay mechanics? Yes, more of those too. This is just crazy! I do worry about the disparity between arcade and console growing larger and larger, with the only immediate console Taiko on the horizon being a less-than-volumetric Taiko 3DS. It's not going to be able to accomodate the crazy number of songs from Taiko 0 and this new version!

And the name? Not Taiko no Tatsujin 02, not Taiko no Tatsujin DX, but Taiko no Tatsujin Codename: Katsu-don! I'm not going to go into detail on how weird this sounds, yet it's all strangely appropriate. It's easy to remember too. And finally we have something to name the new version with, instead of a made-up 'Taiko no Tatsujin 0'.

More details on Codename Katsudon next week, when Namco gets to explaining things.

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