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Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Eccentric w Lyrics

Composer, Arrangement: GingahoumenP (銀河方面P)
Lyrics: Bouto (暴徒)

Yureru Pleats Jikkouiin Lyrics

Composition, Lyrics: Masako Oogami (おおがみまさこ)
Vocal: Yako Danchinomiya (団地の宮弥子)

Saturday, December 27, 2014

Song of the Week! 27 December 2014

Here we are again: the final Song of the Week feature for the year. Like the previous years, we're doing things in a different way than usual!

With Christmas and the New Year's Eve celebrations, the transitional period between the end of a year and the beginning of a new one has always been a cherished moment for being generous. One of those generous group of fellows are people who create Taiko fan charts! They love to share their creations to the world, as much as we enjoy featuring them through our occasional features (like our 'Made By You' posts), so let's give some extra recognition to them!

For this reason, today we are taking a look at a couple of fan-charted songs.

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Twitter Snippets (December 25 2014) - Bokura no Sekai ni (Really) Dance wo

Trivia! Bokura no Sekai ni Dance wo translates to "Dance to our world". And Professor Sakamoto's new music video surly delivers that message well, inviting many Nicovideo personalities to dance to the Vocaloid tune, regardless of whether they are known for their dancing skills. It is awesome that everyone are enjoying it!

And why are we dedicating a Twitter Snippets for this MV? Because Don-chan is in it! When is he in? I am not going to spoil that and have you watch the video through yourself. Let's just say he is not in before the first chorus so that you don't leave too early.

Taiko no Tatsujin Plus - Popular Song Pack 19 and New Year's Holiday Campaign Part 2!

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As if today's freshly-released DLC pack for the latest Taiko 3DS videogame isn't enough, the Apple-friendly Taiko app receives today a new songpack, together with the winter holdays campaign's continuation! The 19th Popular Song pack comes in with Winter-packed licensed songs, such as:

  • Let It Go ~Ari no Mama De~
  • Do You Want to Build a Snowman
  • By My Side
  • Atarimae Taisou
  • Kimagure Romantic
On top of this pack's release, Part 2 of the latest campaign is live! From today until January 15th, 2015, each song pack purchase is being awarded with one of the previously-released limited Namco Original tracks, with the addition of a couple more: Growing Up and Sweet Lay! Make sure your app is updated to the latest version in order to claim your free songs.

Namco Taiko Blog (25 December 2014) - Old Year's Last Stream and New Year's Donchare Goods

First of all, merry Christmas! Etou has found this festive day appropriate for 2014's last blog entry, packing it with tons of both old and new updates on Taiko games whereabouts, in order to get geared towards the new year.

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Making Rain! Collaboration with New Japan Pro Wrestling

Collegamento permanente dell'immagine integrata

The last time Pro Wrestling had something to do with Taiko no Tatsujin was a free-play exhibition cabinet at a Taiwan match. This time collaborative efforts hits closer to home, bigger and badder.

Wrestler Kazuchika Okada's signature entrance theme RAIN MAKER will be included in the arcade song list some time in the future.

In addition, Okada and co. will hold a press conference in regard of the collaboration on January 3, 2015, as part of the Great Pro Wrestling Festival (大プロレス祭り2015) event programme. The inclusion will be shown first-hand then, and Okada will also take on wrestler Gedo in Taiko. Free-play cabinets will once again be available for fans to try out (organized by tickets distributed on the day).

NJPW Press Release

Taiko no Tatsujin Tokumori! Downloadable Content

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

A Year's End Stream (12/12/14)

Just in time for Christmas, here's our usual, image-based recap of the previous livestream, both with pictures from the Taiko Team's twitter page and directly snapped by us. Let's begin!

Monday, December 22, 2014

Taiko no Tatsujin Kimidori sequel announced

Doesn't feel like too long since Kimidori came out, didn't it? Well it's going to be replaced again pretty soon; making for the second time Taiko arcade hardware has gone through a very short 7-month cycle.

This replacement to Kimidori is slated for March 2015 as shown on the website for arcade cabinet distribution in Japan, although there's no name for it yet.

International players, don't fret; the upgrade kit contains the firmware and the cardboard decorations for the new version, but if this is anything like Kimidori, the update can be distributed over-the-air (OTA) without your operator having to order anything!

Thanks to crystal for the heads-up!

We Missed Stuff - World Hobby Fair '15 Tourney and Taiko Plus's End-Year Campaign!

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It's not the first time that this happens here, but we forgot again to cover two Taiko-related news that have been advertised on the Donder page's News section. As we apologize for this mistake from our part, let's have a brief look at what we have missed.

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Super Namco Bros. - Wii U Edition!

Nintendo's biggest fighting game franchise has finally reached all the areas of the world for their latest home console! As such, everyone is now able to detect a lot more tunes from many different composers, with both figures returning from the 3DS version and Wii U-exclusive artists. Let's have a look at what other tracks we have from Taiko-related composers we got!

Before starting, however, a pair of disclaimers. First of all, this lists includes only the songs new to the Wii U version of Smash Bros, but keep in mind that all the tracks from the 3DS game are also available on the home console title; if you want to know what these tracks are, just check out this blog entry. Second of all is yet another SPOILER ALERT! Some unlockable characters may appear in the videos below, so watch out if you're still unaware of the extra characters for this game and want to keep your mind spoiler-free.

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Song of the Week! 20 December 2014

Today's feature is brought you in part by... product placement! Join us once more, as we take another look at some of the most recent commercial-inspired songs in Taiko gaming.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Taiko no Tatsujin Plus - Introducing the Super Game Pack

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Yesterday we forgot to mention the release of yet another Taiko Plus songpack, this time going under the name of Super Game Pack (超ゲームぱっく). As expected, this is a new 5-piece pack with songs from the Game Music genre, featuring the following tunes:
  • Venomous (with Ura)
  • Wasabi Body Blow
  • Tales of Xillia Medley
  • Symphonic Motos
  • Mappy Medley 
Enjoy this collection of tunes from past Taiko console games!

Namco Taiko Blog (18 December 2014) - December '14 Livestream, Huis Ten Bosch and Wii U DLC!

There are many things to talk about today between Taiko Team blog entries and in-website stuff, so we are grouping them together in a single post! As usual, links for reference will be left at the bottom of the page.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Across Japan: Tournaments - Closing One and Opening Another


Let's cut the chase: Above are the results for the December monthly Facebook tournament. Oni saw a five-way tie by two Korean and three Hong Kong Donders, all achieving Donderful Combo. Muzukashii has Couperin from Korea, one of the five winners from Oni, taking crown with a 5-good run and over 900 thousand points. Congratulations to our five winners, and especially to Couperin for the double winning!

Next we look more at the special tournament that is sharing with Japan. The Donder Festival in Asia '14 Winter Battle tournament, from December 18~28, has exactly the same song choices as the Japanese counterpart, i.e.:

  • イオシス秋の肉食祭2014 IOSYS Aki no Nikushokusai 2014 (9★)
  • ピコピコ ルイン Picopico Ruin (9★, Regular only)
  • 闇の魔法少女 Yami no Mahou Shojo (9★)

The tournament works mostly similarly as all the other tournament (no Shin-uchi and stuff). The results of the Asian tournament will be combined with the Japanese results and form a master leaderboard too. Time to see who triumphs in a much larger scale!

Namco Taiko Blog (17 December 2014): Taiko Kimidori Game Version 8.03

It hasn't been awfully long since the last great update for Taiko Kimidori, and already the team are pushing for a new one! 8.03 is a small update though, in preparation for bigger ones to follow.

GV 8.03 introduces...

1. A special movie of the battle between Mushrooms and Bamboos (the Meiji collaboration)! It'll be played before slotting any coins into the machine. Wonder what it looks like...

2. Preparation for next update. Some internal housekeeping is done to accommodate more changes in the future. Say, like, that/those new song(s) talked about some time back?

To add to the surprise-ness that this blog post already brings, the update is actually already available today!

Back to more expectable grounds, we do have two blog entries for tomorrow's normal Thursday blog schedule, one in the morning and one in the afternoon.

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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Across Japan: 3 new songs for Kimidori Asia

These three Namco Originals are from two different Kimidori updates; the one in October which added the IOSYS songs, and the one which was just last week. Yup, for once, Kimidori Asia is getting a song less than a month after its JP counterpart!

The songs will be available to play tomorrow, and they are:
  • Yamatai Night Party
  • IOSYS Aki no Nikushokusai 2014
  • Yami no Mahou Shoujo
"Wait, where are all the licensed songs from these two updates? What about the IM@S songs and the Pokemon ORAS Medley?"

Well, Asia should already be familiar with this situation, but most likely the ones in the Vocaloid and Game Music genre will come eventually.

Twitter Snippets (December 15 2014) - *dogeza*

I am sincerely worried how many dogezas (formal apologetic kowtows) are needed this week.

As you might already know, the Taiko Team promised to release 8 limited songs on Kimidori from December 13~26 if the last livestream garnered 100 million comments. However due to technical difficulties, some songs failed to appear. After a frantic day to resolve the issue, the Team extends the period right to the end of 2014 (December 31) to compensate the missed day.

In other news, from December 15~January 31 (typo in this tweet, fixed here) Donder Hiroba opens a special Year-end Title Parts Gacha, featuring wintry and Christmas-y phrases. Some older limited parts also make a return in 2 Revival Title Parts Gacha campaigns.

Monday, December 15, 2014

Namco Taiko Blog (December 15 2014) - The Idolm@ster Cinderella Girls Collaboration

A surprise Namco Taiko Blog today, about the collaboration with Namco's very own idol production franchise's sub-series The Idolm@ster Cinderella Girls!

...Well actually in the Taiko front we have already seen everything. The recent additions of Jibun REST@RT, M@STERPIECE, The Idolm@ster special folder and The Idolm@ster outfit are what Taiko is getting.

This blog post haven't touched on what im@s CG will be getting though. Stay tuned to other places for more news on their part, including the Cinderella Girls Anime main site (airing started just last Friday) and that of the original social game, as well as the whole franchise's main site and official blog.

Regular blog post this Thursday, for which we will see you later!

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Sunday, December 14, 2014

Song of the Week! 14 December 2014

Sorry for the 1-day delay!

For today's feature, here's one of the returning songs for the last regular DLC packs for the latest Taiko 3DS game. Guns-a-blazin'!

Friday, December 12, 2014

Quick Takeaways: December 12 Livestream

This post might be removed when the full coverage is ready. Meanwhile, feel free to contribute screenshots and information to help out!

  • All comment goals met
  • 50K title is Livestream Incident (放送事故)
  • 100K secret songs are Jingle Bells No. 765 and Metal Hawk BGM1
  • Notecharter Quiz answers: Yami no Mahou Shojo (by Shika@ni~san) and Kuboken
  • Winter tournament for Japan ver., and Asian ver. (Oni only)
  • Tatsh: new song is Japanese, Instrumental, an very closely almost-10* 9*, Dark Hardcore
  • January DonChare: t+pazolite's Shiny Kung-fu Revival and Geisha set
  • Collab with The Idolm@ster Cinderella Girls
  • December 3DS2 DLC: Konayuki, Monkey Magic, LovexLove Whistle, DESERT STORM, Desert de Yakiniku, Jingle Bells No.765, Warera Muteki no Dokon Dan
  • January 3DS2 DLC: Natsu Matsuri, One Night Carnival, Matsuken Samba II, Don-chan Ondo, Yozakurai Shanikusai, Densetsu no Matsuri, Dokidoki Munekyun Omatsuri Time, will be last of regular DLCs
  • Touhou x Namco Sounds matching
  • World Hobby Fair appearance and elementary children tournaments
  • Sachiko Kobayashi collab costume design contest 
  • Huis Ten Bosch Cup

Taiko Plus: New Version 2.4.2! Now With Daily Challenges

Earlier this week the iOS Taiko no Tatsujin Plus released its latest version 2.4.2, adding the excitingly new Daily Challenge feature. Every day you can play designated songs and submit the scores, giving you a rank with respect to your performance. Your scores will also be ranked among all players, and high rankers receive various bonuses for their top plays. It's a good way to see how well you are doing in a larger perspective.

Other changes include fixes to the on-screen drum layout, which you can now choose to have on the sides instead of at the bottom. The sensing areas for katsu notes are also expanded.

A quick look to Tatsh's latest album

Before jumping into the Taiko Team livestream hype, here's something to look foward by the end of this year! What you're looking at is the cover art of FRONTIER, the next album for Tatsuya Shimizu's Tatsh Music Circle.

As promised by the composer himself, one of the album's tracks will be Yuugen no Ran, the winning Taiko song from last month's poll. However, the song might not be the exact same one from the Taiko games, as its title for this album is being reported as 'Yuugen no Ran -Album New Mix-' (幽玄ノ乱 -Album New Mix-). Are we going to have a long version or a different arrangement for this tune?

FRONTIER will be released one day before the end of this year, on December 30th, packaged with special paper bag and IC-card stickers. Tatsh's newly-made Youtube channel also offers a short video, featuring bits for each of the songs inside the album.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Namco Taiko Blog (December 11 2014) - The Notecharter Quiz

Special guests, check. Mushroom/Bamboo battle, check. Comment challenge, check. There is nothing more to talk about before the livestream. So let's make something new up: The Notecharter Quiz! Quizzing your knowledge on who charted what!

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Mushroom/Bamboo Battle on Kimidori

Together with today's song update, Kimidori also adds the Meiji collaboration a la the battle between chocolate mushrooms and bamboo shoots with players' credit scores.

This video shows the bits on the Kimidori arcade build added for the battle. You can directly go and choose the team you want, or use the camera feature to unlock the collab outfit(s) (not shown). Your total scores across all songs are put into the team scores, plus different bonuses that is active at that time. Then we are also shown the cabinet leader of the day. The overall national tally and regional leaders can be checked at the special collaboration site, on a yellow-green colored Japan map.

First videos of Kimidori V7.10 songs!

Loads and loads of songs in this update, it's quite hard to catch em all! So the video list is not complete for now, but we'll show what Japanese players have gathered so far.

Now, for some vids! Placed after the jump, of course.

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Song of the Week! 6 December 2014

Our earliest readers may probably remember that we had some song series features about Anime-related songs, with one of the first ones being about themes from worldwide-known animation film studio Studio Ghibli. However, we sadly had to crop all of the Anime song series last year after a copyright infringement claim, with the fear of the lock-out possibilities for the rest of the blog.

However, while we mostly have our hands tied on our backs regarding the gradual re-introduction of all these lost song features, I think we have to go across some unfinished business and feature at least the most recent song on Taiko from Studio Ghibli movies, incidentially about said studio's very first movie-length animated feature. Take a sight to the sky!

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Namco Taiko Blog (4 December 2014) - Updates on December 12th's livestream

The schedule for next week's Taiko Team livestream has been updated with some new exciting stuff! After we caught up with the content being revealed last month, let's see what's new.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Across Japan: Vroooom! Kimidori Asia December Facebook Tournament

Photo: 【太鼓の達人アジア版 毎月大会(12月)課題曲発表!】


「BLUE TOPAZ / 「レイブレーサー」より」(ゲームミュージック)

「Angel Halo / 「リッジレーサー3D」より」(ゲームミュージック)

【おに】は、先日12月1日より収録となりました、「BLUE TOPAZ」です。

【むずかしい】課題曲の「Angel Halo」は、おには★10とかなり高難度ですが、

===== 再度、ルールを掲載いたします。 =====




(~以下、「EkiBEN2000」ボーカルのMC Linnさんによる翻訳~)


「BLUE TOPAZ / 「レイブレーサー」より」(ゲームミュージック)

「Angel Halo / 「リッジレーサー3D」より」(ゲームミュージック)

【おに】所選擇的是12月1日新追加的「BLUE TOPAZ」。

【むずかしい】所選擇的是「Angel Halo」。

===== 以下是比賽規則的再公告 =====

・於統計期間使用Bana Passport進行課題曲的遊玩才會被統計。



Another month, another tournament for Asian Kimidori! Without any further ado, the songs for the December 2014 tournament are BLUE TOPAZ Oni (8★, forked) and Angel Halo Muzukashii (8★). Race to the first across December 6~14 (pun very much intended), and we will see the Asian ver. Team again on December 17 for the results.

And just for the sake of completeness of reporting, BLUE TOPAZ is already on Asian Kimidori from December 1, as regular unlock after DonChare.

Photo: 【太鼓の達人アジア版・12/1 楽曲追加のお知らせ】





「BLUE TOPAZ / 「レイブレーサー」より」




(~以下、「EkiBEN2000」ボーカルのMC Linnさんによる翻訳~)





「BLUE TOPAZ / 「レイブレーサー」より」



Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Yet another Meiji x Taiko no Tatsujin Collaboration!

After two Taiko 3DS-related collaborations, sweet snacks company Meiji teams up once again with the Taiko no Tatsujin franchise, and this time the arcades are the main focus!

Taiko Kimidori: First video of Evidence of evil

Presenting, song number 2 in the 'names-of-seafood-in-its-abbreviations' Namco Original series!

Its predecessor, The Carnivorous Carnival, has gone down to 9* Oni, so Evidence of evil steps up to the plate, featuring a max star difficulty set of 5/7/8/10! The musical style is generally the same as before, but with even more complex streams and 1/24 notes than before, exactly like an evolution of Carnival. The ending is particularly nasty, with many technical 2-note, 4-note and 16-note streams that really challenge the player to think of the song's backbeats a lot more.

It reaches a total of 814 notes on Oni.

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Taiko Wii U 2 Stamp Album

The stamp achievement system from the previous Taiko Wii U videogame is also being implemented in the sequel, with another hundred of optional goals to reach. However, since all of the game's unlockable content is awarded through the Mekadon Gacha machines, the achievements in the Stamp Album now award variable amount of Don Kobal (ドン小判), the in-game currency being used to get each prize in said in-game gachas.

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Song of the Week! 29 November 2014

Let's head back to the long-time restricted Children/Folk genre with today's feature, starring the tune with the highest BPM values ever peaked for its category.

Friday, November 28, 2014

Taiko Plus - Introducing the 10 Million Memorial Pack

The 10 Million Download celebration for the Apple-friendly Taiko game is coming to a close, but it's going to end with a bang, for sure! Today marks the release day of the 10 Million Memorial Pack (1000万記念ぱっく), bringing to the table 5 of the most popular Namco Original tunes in recent memory, in addition to the most voted song for the celebration.

Here are the songs being featured in the pack:
  • Suuhaa 2000
  • Akuukan Yuuei ac12.5
  • Wasure na Gusa
  • Zeihen ~transformation~
  • SORA-I Earth Rise
  • Xa
Both Zeihen and the poll-winner Xa come with their Ura modes, bringing once again two modern 10* Oni challenges in a single pack from the get-go.

Here's to 10 million more downloads, folks!

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Namco Taiko Blog (27 November 2014): Kimidori's Fluffy December Holiday!

Bumper crop news week from Taiko Team ends today, this time announcing the monthly Donchare and costumes for December 2014!

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Taiko Wii U 2 first week sales

Media Create figures for the week ending November 23rd, 2014.

01./00. [3DS] Pokemon Omega Ruby / Alpha Sapphire (Pokemon Co.) {2014.11.21} (¥4.937) - 1.327.671 / NEW
02./00. [3DS] Pokemon Omega Ruby/Pokemon Alpha Sapphire: Dual Pack (Pokemon Co.) {2014.11.21} (¥9.874) - 90.497 / NEW
03./00. [PS3] Dynasty Warriors 8: Empires # (Koei Tecmo) {2014.11.20} (¥6.264) - 38.123 / NEW
04./00. [PS4] Assassin's Creed: Unity # (Ubisoft) {2014.11.20} (¥9.072) - 36.400 / NEW
05./04. [3DS] Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate # (Capcom) {2014.10.11} (¥6.264) - 28.728 / 2.173.073 (-27%)
06./02. [PS3] World Soccer Winning Eleven 2015 (Konami) {2014.11.13} (¥8.208) - 20.612 / 91.915 (-71%)
07./10. [3DS] Yo-kai Watch 2: Ganso / Honke (Level 5) {2014.07.10} (¥4.937) - 17.834 / 2.881.810 (-15%)
08./11. [3DS] Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS (Nintendo) {2014.09.13} (¥5.616) - 16.846 / 1.737.035 (-10%)
09./01. [PS3] Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare - Subtitled Edition (Square Enix) {2014.11.13} (¥8.424) - 15.425 / 95.011 (-81%)
10./07. [WIU] Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker (Nintendo) {2014.11.13} (¥3.996) - 13.817 / 41.843 (-51%)
11./00. [WIU] Taiko no Tatsujin: Tokumori! # (Bandai Namco Games) {2014.11.20} (¥5.627) - 11.769 / NEW 
12./00. [PS4] Dynasty Warriors 8: Empires # (Koei Tecmo) {2014.11.20} (¥7.344) - 11.725 / NEW
13./00. [3DS] Sumikko Gurashi: Koko ga Ochitsukundesu (Nippon Columbia) {2014.11.20} (¥5.184) - 11.656 / NEW
14./03. [PS4] Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare - Subtitled Edition (Square Enix) {2014.11.13} (¥8.424) - 9.400 / 73.459 (-85%)
15./12. [WIU] Mario Kart 8 # (Nintendo) {2014.05.29} (¥6.156) - 8.752 / 721.884 (-35%)
16./05. [3DS] One Piece: Super Grand Battle! X (Bandai Namco Games) {2014.11.13} (¥6.145) - 8.045 / 43.143 (-77%)
17./08. [PS4] World Soccer Winning Eleven 2015 (Konami) {2014.11.13} (¥8.208) - 6.859 / 33.543 (-74%)
18./06. [PS3] Dengeki Bunko: Fighting Climax (Sega) {2014.11.13} (¥7.538) - 5.798 / 40.469 (-83%)
19./00. [PSV] Senjou no Waltz # (Idea Factory) {2014.11.20} (¥6.264) - 5.738 / NEW
20./09. [PSV] Dengeki Bunko: Fighting Climax (Sega) {2014.11.13} (¥6.663) - 5.692 / 31.299 (-78%)

The negative record streak for home console Taiko games continues with the latest addition to the Wii U library, which -despite netting an higher starting place that its predecessor- manages to move nearly 8000 less copies in the same launch window span of Taiko Wii U Version. Barring the latest titles for the Call of Duty, Assassin's Creed and Dynasty Warriors, it's being outsold mainly by other Nintendo titles, with the Pokémon Ruby/Sapphire remakes taking the lead with over 3 million copies of combined sales to date.

Please note that, as always, the chart lists only boxed purchases, barring the sales of retail digital downloads (such as Nintendo eShop downloads) just like for Taiko 3DS 2's launch sales.

Launch week comparison:

Taiko Wii U 2: 11769 (4 days)
Taiko 3DS 2: 53095 (4 days)
Taiko Wii U: 19265 (4 days)
Taiko Wii 5: 115955 (4 days)
Taiko 3DS: 65462 (4 days)
Taiko Wii 4: 32098 (5 days)
Taiko PSP DX: 80215 (5 days)
Taiko Wii 3: 29328 (4 days)
Taiko DS 3: 70000 (3 days)
Taiko Wii 2: 28282 (3 days)
Taiko DS 2: 55950 (4 days)

Average daily sales on launch week:

Taiko Wii U 2: 3942/day
Taiko 3DS 2: 13273/day
Taiko Wii U: 4814/day
Taiko Wii 5: 28989/day
Taiko 3DS: 16366/day
Taiko Wii 4: 6420/day
Taiko PSP DX: 16043/day
Taiko Wii 3: 7332/day
Taiko DS 3: 23333/day
Taiko Wii 2: 9427/day
Taiko DS 2: 13988/day


However, there's no time for all the doom and gloom around sales numbers! Now that our updating schedules are more on check, we are able to complete the other sub-pages for Taiko Wii U 2's songlist (mainly with the game's unlocks and Stamp Album voices) in the next few days. Keep your eyes wide open!

Donkama 2000 Nominated for Internet Popular Phrases Award 2014


Now here's something you probably never see coming: "Donkama 2000" (the title) made it to Getnews.jp's annual internet popular phrase award. Among the 50 nominated phrases for the year 2014 stands our little sofuran-happy new boss.

Other nominations you might recognize includes entries from Frozen ("Let It Go" and "Ari no Mama de"), Yokai Watch ("Yokai no Sei" from Yokai Taisou Daiichi) and the Youtube community ("YouTuber", beatboxer "HIKAKIN", Let's-player "Max Murai") as well as the more IRL issues like "Ebola", "Dengue Fever" and "Bitcoin".

Voting has begun today and will close at November 30 11:00, or as soon as 30,000 votes are registered.

Source @ Getnews.jp

First videos of the Tenkaichi Otogesai's Block Finals songs

When a rhythm game collaboration of such deep impact affects the gaming world, the elements of nature itself can't help but gloriously rise with energy for the hype, resulting into being personified in four brand new tunes being crossed-over around the influenced franchises!

Today we finally have a taste of the freshly-released, brand-new songs for the Tenkaichi Otogesai's Block Finals.

Namco Taiko Blog (November 26 2014) - Year-end de New Version (7.xx)

On the second day of three-consecutive-days-of-Namco-Taiko-Blog Etou brings to me, the new Kimidori update~♪ Come and see what year-end goodies the December 9 update to Ver. 7.xx brings you!

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Tenkaichi Otogesai: What Really Happened At The Shop Preliminary

Some of you might have been wondering what the Tenkaichi Otogesai Shop Preliminary actually went. So before we set into the phase completely, let's recap on the proceedings of Sunday's match, referencing the official rules and regulations. (Details are skimped over for the other games)

Namco Taiko Blog (25 November 2014) - Tenkaichi Otogesai's Block Finals Songs


As you can see from the title, this surely isn't no surprise to us, isn't it?

We already covered the four new songs yesterday, so let's jump quickly to some of the more obscure details: on Taiko, the three songs from external rhythm games (Scars of FAUNA, FUJIN Rumble and VERTeX) will be grouped in the Game Music section, while Yuuji Masubutchi's Ignis Danse will be put in the Namco Original genre, making it his latest NO tune on Taiko after villain Dr.Waruru's theme song, back on Taiko Wii 2 days!

Look forward to video footage of these songs tomorrow, together with another out-of-schedule Taiko Team blog entry about the incoming new arcade software upgrade!

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Monday, November 24, 2014

Tenkaichi Otogesai: Block Finals Songs Announced

It was the Shop Preliminary for the Tenkaichi Otogesai tourney just yesterday, and today we are already going onto info about the Block Finals!

The jackets about are for the newly-composed songs exclusively for the tournament: Ignis Danse by Yuuji Masubuchi, FUJIN Rumble by COSIO, VERTeX by Hiro and Scars of FAUNA by Naoyuki 'Nekomata Master (猫叉Master)' Sato. The songs are to be added November 26, or just this Wednesday, to registered AOU stores. Hey now isn't the person on Ignis Danse jacket familiar?

Thematically, this phase of the collaboration/tournament has the four games assigned with one of the classical elements:
  • Taiko is Fire which is featured majorly in some Japanese festivals (matsuri)
  • Groove Coaster is Wind because you fly a jet coaster
  • maimai is Water as the "washing machine" deserves (lol)
  • jubeat is Earth... just because

While the Taiko Team are busy attending the Autumn Reitaisai, there is no news from them just yet. For now check the AOU Games Day/Tenkaichi Otogesai site for the artist bio and comments.

Tenkaichi Otogesai official site:
Ignis Danse / FUJIN Rumble / VERTeX / Scars of FAUNA

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Song of the Week! 22 November 2014

Hmm...what to feature for today....*thinks* I feel like doing a Namco Original today. Maybe something hard? Here goes then.

Friday, November 21, 2014

Hakurei Shrine Reitaisai: King of Touhou Contest (Taiko round) Winners and more!

Reitaisai is next Monday (public holiday in Japan)! A quick post about the upcoming event appearance of Taiko!

First the announcement of the winning songs of the King of Touhou contest (Taiko round) is just out. Congratulations to the following composers/circles and looking forward to see you in game with the charts!

Reitaisai Prize (例大祭賞)
  •  ムーンダスト 東方Projectアレンジ GET IN THE RING
    Moondust Touhou Project Arrange; GET IN THE RING
Touhou Taiko Prize (東方太鼓賞)
  •  花月夜 東方Projectアレンジ Yonder Voice
    Hanatsukiyo Touhou Project Arrange; Yonder Voice
  •  Cheerful Flyer 東方Projectアレンジ 十六神数 Touhou Project Arrange; Juuroku Shinsuu
These songs will be added as limited playable tunes only in the Reitaisai period, so catch them while you can! Meanwhile, the cabinet can now show what status a song has (Limited/First-hand).
In general event organization, here's what the Taiko area will feature: the trial cabinets, a section to vote for the Namco Sounds x Touhou Arrangement event (and get the limited coaster), a corner to only get the Marisa outfit without playing (not sure why won't you play though), and a photo spot.
The photo spot is, of course, for you to take photos with Taiko and Touhou elements. As an added bonus, tweet your photos with the designated hashtags and show to the staff, and you stand a chance to get a limited clear file. So that's two physical things to take home!

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Extra Snowman gift!

Today's the release day of Taiko no Tatsujin: Tokumori for Wii U, and with it the free DLC song 'Do You Want To Build A Snowman?' is made available for both Tokumori and its 3DS little brother.

The song isn't all you're getting for free though, what Namco never mentioned was that it also comes with two costume pieces, a Snowman (ゆきだるま) headpiece and a Snow Dress (ゆきのドレス) body! That means if you decide to download everything released for Taiko 3DS2 today, you're essentially getting seven songs, one Ura chart and two costume pieces for 540 yen (tax inclusive)!

Now that's value for money!

Also interesting to note, the costume description for the Snow Dress is 'すこしさむくないたドン!' (The cold never bothered me anyway ta-don!). Man. All these Frozen references, haha.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Across Japan: November Tourney Results and Work Those Sticks


Assuming you would have no time to care anything other than Wii U2 release, let's make it quick. November's Facebook Tournament has Sesan from Korea taking the cake in the Oni department with the only Full Combo in the list. The Taiko Team has gone in the numbers and found that this expert player has attempted no less than 100 times during the tourney period. A round of applause for the determination and the results! Muzukashii department saw Guruguru from Taiwan securing top rank. Is it just me (and the Team) or are a lot of players pick Detarame on the course this time?

Quickly we move on to next month's schedule:
  • Song candidate announcement: December 3
  • Tournament period: December 6~14
  • Results announcement: December 17
No relation to the Tourney, but Asian Donders can celebrate Japan's Labor Thanksgiving Day with fellow Japanese Donders on November 23, with Hataraku 2000 also unlocking for that day and that day only.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Descent of the Last Boss! Taiko no Tatsujin Collaborates with Sachiko Kobayashi

Taiko no Tatsujin is collaborating with singer Sachiko Kobayashi (小林幸子)! Other than being an enka singer with decades of experience, since recently she even embraced the new culture and got quite active of NicoNico Douga, performing covers of famous Vocaloid songs and more.

Relatedly, the song of the collaboration is Sachi Sachi ni Shite Ageru ♪ (さちさちにしてあげる♪), from her mini-album of the same name released just this August in Summer Comiket (86th). If the song title reminds you of anything, you'd probably be right because it is a cover of the Vocaloid classic Miku Miku ni Shite Ageru ♪ (which is also on Taiko) with different lyrics and style. Check out the official PV on Nicovideo!

The song will hit arcade, console and smartphone Taiko no Tatsujin games at different times starting from Spring 2015. Kobayashi will also appear in-game as dancer, even changing her outfit in the middle, true to her "Last Boss" nickname. The outfit design to be used will be openly decided via a contest later.

太鼓の達人 どんとかつの時空大冒険
The "outfit" is just a quick placeholder here, but that is approximately how it would look.

Namco's original press release