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Friday, March 23, 2018

Random: Notechart Copy-ception Between Splatoon and Taiko no Tatsujin

Back when Splatoon 2 just came out, we talked about its rhythm minigame Squid Beatz 2 (イカラジオ2, Ika Radio 2) and how it has a little homage section for the already-out Calamari Inkantation Oni notechart on Taiko no Tatsujin.

Now that Splatoon 2 Medley has been out on Taiko no Tatsujin (Blue ver., and soon on Nintendo Switch Version too), let's venture onwards to the second episode of this saga.

The Splatoon 2 Medley consists of the following three parts as from the original soundtrack:
  • Rip Entry, in-universe by Wet Floor, one of the stage BGMs
  • Now or Never!, again by Wet Floor canonically, that comes on when there's only one minute left on the timer
  • Turf Master, the results theme (with no "real" notes to play here but a balloon)
And as you know, Splatoon 2 has the rhythm minigame mode known to reference Taiko no Tatsujin notechart patterns, so let's cross-check the Hard notecharts with the Oni notechart and... they match! Almost a one-to-one lift from the original actually, making it a third in the whole series after Extreme MGG★★★ and Music Revolver.

Like last time, the Splatoon social media team also took time to speak about the song inclusion, and with explicit mention that Squid Beatz 2 is used as reference for both Muzukashii and Oni, plus a little hint for the uninitiated of the Ura notechart. With them acknowledging the fact and all, these two homages are likely a conscious choice between Namco/Taiko Team and Nintendo. Now if only Super Mario Oddessey has a rhythm minigame, we could have teased the notechart months ahead...
For more on the inclusion including Ura Oni (which is the main event anyway), check also the Nintendo Medley Song Series Showcase that Lokamp just updated.

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