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Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Taiko no Tatsujin IRL: Snacking and Exercising

The drumming game franchise we all know and love is going everywhere for collabs and events this summer! Today let's brief in on whatever happens with Taiko no Tatsujin IRL (in real life, for the less jargon-savvy)! Grab some snacks to go with the post!

On second thought, if you are going to get snacks, why not get some that is also in line with Taiko? The yogurt-in-a-tube snack Gurt! (グルト!), by snack maker Meiji and yogurt brand Yoplait, has been collaborating with Taiko since early July. The brand has released a special Taiko no Tatsujin-themed packaging and on those QR codes can be found to be scanned into 3DS2 and claim one of five great gifts (outfit, Taiko sound, 2 team members and RPG item). It even made onto one of Taiko Team's recent livestream shows!

And in case you haven't got the chance to play 3DS2 or AC0, or you generally skip through the Variety genre, you would have heard an eccentric "Guruguruguruto~!" preview for the new song Katte Rock (買ってロック). Although not explicitly noted, yes that song is the CM song for the snack in Japan, and is also part of the collab!

TL;DR: Gurt! collab points
  • Taiko no Tatsujin-themed packaging
  • Five 3DS2 QR codes on packaging
  • CM Song Katte Rock on 3DS2 and AC0

On the other side of the (figurative) supermarket aisle, Meiji also released three more products with the Taiko no Tatsujin name, namely:
  • Sticker in Chocolate (シールinチョコ): there is a sticker in the chocolate candies
  • Sparkling Candy (バチキャン): lick the lolly, dip it into the sparkly powder, and let it spark in your mouth
  • Battle Gummy (バトルグミ): tug and see who gets the better end of the gummy
And like Gurt!, these three also comes with QR codes for 3DS2! Each gives you one familiar Taiko character enjoying the candies.

TL;DR: Meiji Taiko candies collab points
  • Taiko no Tatsujin-themed candies
  • Three 3DS2 QR codes on packaging

Now let's get out for a walk after those snacks! If you happens to be in Nagasaki, the Huis Ten Bosch theme park resort still has the 3D Projection Mapping Taiko no Tatsujin exhibit open every night. The main attraction is the gameplay screen will be project across a river and onto a huge mansion, while showing fancy 3D effects as the score gathers. On a gameplay level, a pair of specially-tweaked cabinets allows 4 players to play together, a first from all previous 2-player cabinets.

Also in the promotion are special Don-chan and Kat-chan outfits for show around the exhibit, including famous Nagasaki foods, prominent Huis Ten Bosch buildings and the tulip mascot of the resort. A point not to miss for customization lovers!

TL;DR: Huis Ten Bosch exhibit points
  • Enormous 4-player Taiko arcade, projected across a river 
  • Promotional Don-chan and Kat-chan outfits for show

Finally if you can't make the trip to Nagasaki (but is still in Japan), here's another Taiko exhibit that you can catch: the Taiko no Tatsujin Athletic (太鼓の達人 アスレチック). In essence it is an area with a big ball pit, inflated forts and other toys, but all themed with the drum brothers. Seriously though, this is on most parts for little kids only, but it would be nice to at least catch a glimpse of the installment, eh?

The installment starts August 4 and will tour to three locations in Chiba, Hiroshima and Niigata respectively by August 24.

TL;DR: Taiko no Tatsujin Athletic points
  • Inflated Taiko no Tatsujin-themed ball pit, forts and other toys
  • You are not getting on it, are you (unless you are a kid)

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