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Sunday, May 27, 2018

[PS4-1 Asia] - Late but not Absent: Donder Pack Vol. 8 Dated

In case our Asian readers haven't noticed, the Donder Pack Vol. 8 DLC was not made available on greater-Asian PlayStation Stores together with Japan on May 24 2018.

Regarding that, Bandai Namco Entertainment of Taiwan posted on their Facebook fan page dating the Asian release for the pack would be on May 31 instead. While we do not have any info to confirm any  reason for the delay, feel free to speculate yourselves.

Donder Pack Vol. 8: May 24 2018 (Japan) / May 31 2018 (Asia)
 ネクロファンタジア ~ Arr. Demetori Necrofantasia ~ Arr. Demetori
   東方Projectアレンジ Touhou Project Arrange / Demetori
 New World
   「シンクロニカ」より Synchronica
 HARDCOREノ心得 HARDCORE no Kokoroe Console debut
   DJ Myosuke
 クルクルクロックル Kurukuru Kurokkuru
 Black Rose Apostle

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Saturday, May 26, 2018

Song of the Week! 26 May 2018

This is quite the first for our weekly feature corner, as it's the first time we're going to have two versions of this Song of the Week entry!

If you happen to be an arcade Taiko player from general Asia areas, click here for our special version of this feature; the regular-format article is after the jump, as usual.

Friday, May 25, 2018

[NSwitch] - Taiko Switch's First TV CM

With the latest Taiko rumor being debunked, all we have left to talk about for today is the release of the first CM video for the Taiko Switch game on Youtube, which was also posted on the game's official website earlier today.

[RUMOR] - DEBSTEP! on Taiko Switch?!

It appears that the heated Taiko game for the Nintendo Switch has fallen to the hands of some other player... or is it?

Clickbait-y thumbnail aside, here's an off-screen play of someone who's supposedly playing Yaju's DEBSTEP! on the yet-to-be-released home console title, showcasing one of the game's assist characters. Apparently, the Turtle's Performance Skill halves the scrolling speed of the entire song, giving out the visual note pie mish-mash displayed above, but is it truth or fiction? You decide, while we're waiting for more official sources validating/dismissing the footage shown above...

[UPDATE] - Confirmed to be fake.

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Namco Taiko Blog (24 May 2018) - Blue ver. June Version Update, an Addendum

The nick-named Number 11 intern is back to shed some lights on one newcoming feature that was previously exclusive to console games: the possibility to have 2-player matches with one player playing a song's Oni mode and the other playing its Ura Oni counterpart!

In order to do so, the player that wants to play with the regular Oni mode of a song has to select the Oni mode first, while the Ura Oni player has to trigger the Ura Oni layout change (=10 Kat hits to the right when the Oni mode is highlighted) and select it afterwards. This feature is bound to come with the June 1st update to Blue Version, which is also adding the Summer Rewards Shop content.

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Taiko Blue Version's Summer Rewards Shop Previews (2/2)

Together with the early soundtrack news, today we're also getting the preview clips for the other two newcoming songs of Blue Version's Summer Rewards Shop lineup, of which we also briefly talked about yesterday (link). Have fun!

Taiko no Tatsujin Original Soundtrack: Takoyaki

Roughly one week before the first of the 8 Clarice Disc x City Connection Taiko albums's release, we already have some earliy notices about the third album's coming, thanks to yet another stray Amazon entry.

Going under the Takoyaki (たこやき) subtitle, the third of the album mini-series is being advertised a 28-track deal starring "songs that you'd want to endlessly hum to yourself", from home console Taiko games' theme songs to (ugh) (ndr: Lokamp) popular Vocaloid songs.

The album is set to a June 27th release, with its songlist's contents still unknown.

Thanks to Deadwantsha from the Taiko no Tatsujin Discord group for the find!

Source (Amazion.com listing)

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Twitter Snippets (15-18 May 2018) - Mid-May's Random Composer Facts

In order to pan out yet another slow news day on the Taiko front, we've found some tweets from the past week that shed some lights about some of the next Namco Original, songs ahead of their scheduled debut.

Up here we have one screenshot from an Oni play on Hinaru Medjed no Hinaru Yuu'utsu, the Egyptian-flavored God Collection song that is brought to us by the recurring Yuuya Kobayashi/Yamamoto Momiji duo from IOSYS. See you after the jump for a couple more juicy tweets!

Sunday, May 20, 2018

First Video: Taiko Switch in Action!

Wonder of all wonders, we have some video footage from a gameplay session in the next console Taiko title, months ahead of its release! Courtesy of Taiwanese website 4Gamers, here's a Futsuu play session on Furi-furi♪Nori-nori♪ (フリフリ♪ノリノリ♪), the Taiko Swich game's theme song.

This time around, the layout choice is a blend of both the arcade visual style and the former Wii U layout titles, with Don-chan's animations being based on a small number of frames and a result screen jingle that is more akin to the Wii times. And look, the drum siblings Calcutta and Yomogimaru have finally a new chance to shine as Fever dancers!

Thanks to user Nabix from the Taiko no Tatsujin Discord group for the find!

Saturday, May 19, 2018

Song of the Week! 19 May 2018

With news-related posts about the upcoming Taiko game for the Nintendo Switch stealing the show for (most of) this closing week, it's only fitting to have one of its flagship songs for today's feature!

Friday, May 18, 2018

Namco Taiko Blog (May 18 2018): One Post in a Blue Moon for Blue ver. - Blue ver. June Version Update

...oh so by "stopping weekly updates", it means the official Taiko no Tatsujin blog is going to be downgraded to monthly at best now. Okay, I will adjust my expectations accordingly then...

But let's not give flak to the new person-in-charge for the blog: Number 11 (11号). He/she/(other) is bringing us long-awaited update news for the Blue ver. arcade firmware coming June 1 2018. Well, only part of it, but some nonetheless.

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Twitter Snippets (May 17 2018): Asobi Store Special Offer for the Nintendo Switch Version

If all these Nintendo Switch Version updates are getting you giddy about buying it, consider checking Bandai Namco's own entertainment commerce site Asobi Store (アソビストア) for a special Asobi Store Limited Version (アソビストア限定版). This version comes with an additional original carrying pouch (オリジナルキャリングポーチ) for your Switch console on top of the base game and the Gold Don-chan early purchase bonus.

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

[NSwitch] - Confirming More Language Versions, Why Don't We

Thanks again to Spotty for relaying through the chatbox, we are now aware that Taiko no Tatsujin Nintendo Switch Version is also getting a Korean/Hangul version.

No, we don't have staff that can actually read the official press release by Bandai Namco Entertainment of Korea, but from what we can gather from the spotty appearances of numerals and English words, we are getting pretty much the same package as the Japanese and (traditional) Chinese versions, including the July 19 release date and mentions of Jump Up, Super Star, Splatoon 2 (Medley) and We Are as songs (maybe).

For due diligence we also immediately checked the Bandai Namco Entertainment Asia's Facebook page and YouTube channel, but there is nothing substantive (read: English version) there so far.

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Taiko no Tatsujin Nintendo Switch Version Additional Contents

Key:  Anime  Classic  Pops  Game Music  Variety  Vocaloid  Namco Original  Ura

NOTE: Pre-Order content is exclusive to the Japanese version of the game, while the DLC packs/single downloads from the Nintendo eShop are available in all regions.

[NSwitch] - Taiko Switch's Chinese Version Confirmed

The surge of news doesn't stop with the earlier-documented website update for today, as it appears that Chinese Switch owners will be able to enjoy yet another game of the Taiko series in their own language!

Coming from the Taiwan subsidiary of Bandai Namco, it was announced that a custom version of the game for the Greater Asia nations will be released in the same day of the 'regular' Japanese version, with the base game being fully translated in traditional Chinese.

Credits to chatbox user Spotty for the tip!

Source (psnine.com)

[NSwitch] - Taiko Switch's Official PV and 2nd Website Update

It's update day for the Nintendo Switch Taiko game's webside once again! Not only the official PV embeded above is being added, but we also got new details about the available control schemes and its song list. We also have a definitive release date for the game: July 19th!

See you after the jump for the rest of the newly-revealed features.

Monday, May 14, 2018

Taiko no Tatsujin Original Soundtrack - Yaki-toumorokoshi

太鼓の達人 オリジナルサウンドトラック やきとうもろこし

The second of the eight official Taiko albums from 2018's City Connection/Clarice Disc project, the Yaki-toumorokoshi ('Baked Corn') soundtrack advertises itself as a bearer of "both Japanese and World Music", between arcade and console debuts.

To put things on a perspective, more songs from the CreoFUGA contests and song sequels/series continuations are enclosed in this track list, including the four Season Dragon tracks, the latest additions to the 'YMY RPG' trope and all the tracks from the Game Music Triangle collaboration project with Sega and Taito, complete with both new and returning long versions to boot.

Kimi ni, Romantic. Lyrics

Composition: Yoshihito Yano (矢野義人)
Vocals: Denji Sano (佐野電磁)

Sunday, May 13, 2018

[NSwitch] - The Hidden Six is Outside Japan

Earlier this week (specifically May 11), Bandai namco Entertainment of Taiwan held a press event at a gaming bar, letting gaming press reporters try on upcoming and in-development titles like Soul Calibur VI, Dark Souls Remastered, Full Metal Panic! Fight! Who Dares Wins, Code Vein and New Gundam Breaker.

The thing is, most Taiwanese gaming press (count two - Bahamut GNN and UDN Game - out of the three that did coverage on this) say "there are six titles" but only listing the above five. Only Gamebase gave a small blurb (no pictures) about Taiko no Tatsujin Nintendo Switch Version being there as well. And you wonder why I frequently diss conventional gaming press on social media.

But hey, at least Taiko Nintendo Switch ver. is going to have some outside-Japan action once again, and a first in Nintendo consoles too.

Oh and I kinda also needed a place to off-handedly drop that wikihouse commenters have found coverage for Nintendo Switch Version on the next issue of CoroCoro Comic, dating the release on July 19 and mentioning Kirby's Dream Land Medley as a returning inclusion. No biggie.

Saturday, May 12, 2018

Song of the Week! 12 May 2018

Today's double feature came to be so that I could add some more links to our Jumbo Brand corners on our blog. Let's go!

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Taiko no Tatsujin OST Yaki-toumorokoshi Song List Out

Cutting the chit-chat already present in our post furage-ing from Amazon, the City Connection/Clarice Disc updated the eight-OST-release site with the Yaki-toumorokoshi song list, as below:

Taiko no Tatsujin Original Soundtrack Yaki-toumorokoshi: June 13 2018
01. 冬竜 ~Toryu~
02. 春竜 ~Haryu~
03. 夏竜 ~Karyu~
04. 秋竜 ~Shiuryu~
05. 曙光 ~Dawn~ Shokou ~Dawn~
06. 蝶戀 ~Obsession~ Chouren ~Obsession~
07. ソードバトラーズ Sword Battlers
08. リスドンヴァルナの黄昏 Lisdoonvarna no Tasogare
09. カッティアワールの宝剣 Kathiawar no Cutlass
10. 忘却のティルナノグ Boukyaku no Tirnanog
11. 崩冠の紅月 Houkan no Kugetsu
   破章「嘆きの姫」 Hashou "Nageki no Hime"
12. RAGE v. self
13. RIDGE RACER STEPS -GMT remix- (ロングバージョン) (Long Version)
14. ファンタジーゾーン OPA-OPA! -GMT remix- Fantasy Zone OPA-OPA! -GMT remix-
15. 電車で電車でGO!GO!GO!GC! -GMT remix- Densha de Densha de GO!GO!GO!GC! -GMT remix-
16. 電車で電車でOPA!OPA!OPA! -GMT mashup- Densha de Densha de OPA!OPA!OPA! -GMT mashup-
17. リッジでリッジでGO!GO!GO! -GMT mashup- Ridge de Ridge de GO!GO!GO! -GMT mashup-
18. オパ! オパ! RACER -GMT mashup- Opa! Opa! RACER -GMT mashup-
   源平討魔伝リミックス Genpei Toma Den Remix
20. 夜桜繚乱感謝祭 Yozakura Ryouran Kanshasai
21. 桜花爛漫 Ouka Ranman
22. 鳳凰天舞無限崩れ Houou Tenbu Mugen Kuzure
23. 風の国の龍と騎士 Kaze no Kuni no Ryu to Kishi
24. 夜櫻ブレヰダアズ Yozakura Braiders
25. Rin
26. 迅風丸 Jinpuumaru
27. 風雲! バチお先生 (ロングバージョン) Fuun! Bachio Sensei (Long Version)

Monday, May 7, 2018

PS Vita1 Update - Plucking the Three Clovers: Termination of Popular Song Pack 13

We are having another previously-unannounced redux of what happened to Popular Song Pack 12, this time to the opening theme to Three Leaves, Three Colors in Popular Song Pack 13 (人気曲パック13). Again the other four unaffected songs are now individually sold at the taxed price of 162 yen price each effective from May 3 2018.

Now we can only imagine what else will get the copyright-hammer treatment next...

Popular Song Pack 13 (pack sale ended; other songs 162 yen each tax incl.)
クローバー♣かくめーしょん Clover♣Kakumation
   「三者三葉」より Three Leaves, Three Colors
セルリアン Cerulean
   「ガンダムビルドファイターズトライ」より Gundam Build Fighters Try
プチポチ Puchipochi
ライコタイコディスコ Raiko Taiko Disco
   東方Project×NAMCO SOUNDS Touhou Project x NAMCO SOUNDS
   渡辺量 Ryo Watanabe

恋幻想(Love Fantasy)

Saturday, May 5, 2018

Song of the Week! 5 May 2018

Today, I want to talk about Vocaloid stuff! ...kinda ...sorta ...not really...

Taiko no Tatsujin Original Soundtrack: Yaki-toumorokoshi

Golden Week is boring with most Japanese makers taking the week off, but Namco/Clarice Disc apparently left something for us, albeit probably unintended?

Found by wikihouse commenters on a stray Amazon entry, the next of the eight-soundtrack project is to be subtitled Yaki-toumorokoshi (やきとうもろこし, lit. roast corn) set for a June 13 release. The official description mentions a "wide selection across the expansive Asian soundscape" and also long versions of popular songs and arrangements from the Game Music Triangle. No jacket or track list available for now though.

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

First Video: NO DOUBT

 NO DOUBT (1/2/4/7; 411 notes on Oni)

The last of the IDOLiSH7 songs for Blue Version arcades, NO DOUBT features a dedicated set of fixed custom dancers and a 7-star Oni mode, mostly integrating small cluster-oriented sections in a backbeat-based, pure 1/16 notechart.

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

[Taiko Plus] - GTH Update / May 1st, 2018

On this year's May 1st ring out three events: the Japanese Golden Week's start, the Workers' Day holiday in many Western countries and a new song lot delivery for the Taiko Plus apps.

Gakkyoku Tori Houdai Adds: May 1
 Love Forever
 Zenryoku Batankyu (全力バタンキュー)
 Mirai wa Joe! Joe! (未来はジョー!ジョー!)
 Mars (火星)
 Kagami no Kuni to Alice (鏡の国のアリス)
 Unagi no Tamashii Rock (うなぎのたましいロック)