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Saturday, September 28, 2019

Taiko no Tatsujin... Arcade Overhaul Version?

Tipped to us on our Discord server, we came back to the arcade vendor website we usually browse for upcoming arcade Taiko releases, ultimately facing the grid entry you're looking up here for a scheduled March 2020 release for the next one.

This time around, however, it looks like this is going to be a much bigger deal than usual, with a pack of new tech to mount into pre-existing Taiko cabinets for an effectively new machine! More specifically, the update kit reported here mentions the inclusion of replacement parts (monitor, system board, upper LED sign) and a game SSD/QR Reader, together with this release being just called "New Taiko no Tatsujin" instead of using the color-coded format we're used to see since the early 2010s... all of which leads us to speculate that the third Taiko arcade generation of gaming spect is about to come to an end!

Song of the Week! 28 September 2019

You know it, I know it; it's time for the latest addition to the 'goodbye-forever' train...

Friday, September 27, 2019

Namco Taiko Blog (27 September 2019) - 5th Taiko x Touhou Collab, Some Addendums

Yesterday, we caught notice of the opening of the latest promo page about the next arcade Taiko campaign, and today we're getting a couple more details about it.

Mainly, we now know that some of the 5th Touhou Project collaboration's Donder Hiroba promo outlets (namely, the two new-elements gachas) will be launched at a later late than the collaboration's start, on October 17th. Why that date, you ask? Apparently it's because the two Reitaisai-preview songs will make their debut on public Green Version builds on the same day!

Green ver. Event-Limited Song Release: October 6th, 2019
Green ver. Public Song Release: October 17th, 2019

Sakura Secret Touhou Project x NAMCO SOUNDS - Taku Inoue - from [Synchronica]
サクラ・シークレット/東方Project×NAMCO SOUNDS Taku Inoue 「シンクロニカ」より
Calamity Fortune Touhou Project Arrange - LeaF
        東方Projectアレンジ LeaF

Thursday, September 26, 2019

[AC0] - Taiko no Tatsujin x Touhou Project 5th Arcade Collaboration!


A little over a week before its beginning, the details for the recurring Autumn-start raffles for Touhou Project customizable flairs are already out, in anticipation of the songs that are going to premiere in the next Autumn Reitaisai convention.

This time around, the campaign will be run from October 3rd to November 17th!

First Video: Waraeru 2000

The latest Namco Original track from NAMCO SOUNDS talents since (what it feels like) forever is out, and it's a brand new 2000 song, no less!

While we cook up its description for the related Song Series Showcase page, feel free take a gander at a new Donkama-esque take on gibberish boss song charting patterns. It's definitely time to bounce!

Waraeru 2000

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

[AC0 Asia] Missing Ranking Dojo Unlockables Accounted For

At the release of the latest Taiko no Tatsujin Green ver. (Asia ver.) update, we have been alerted the sudden disappearance of unlockable songs from the Ranking Dojo. Our Donder compadres from Taiwan has emailed Bandai Namco Customer Support regarding the issue and recently received a reply. The reply confirms the disappearance as an error, and that fixes are being planned.

With that happy note, we are updating the Ranking Dojo list as the following table with a more hopeful orange. We are going to also add a few unconfirmed unlockables that fits the pattern (now in grey).

Ranking Dojo Unlockable Songs: as of September 19 2019
Trial Cleared (or up)Song Unlocked
一級 1-kyuuKimi no Akari
三段 3-danKuon no Yoru
四段 4-dan Knuckle Heads Ouburoukou
七段 7-danSTAGE 0.ac11
八段 8-dan Asteroid KORG Gadget Kamata Demo Song
  KORG Gadget Kamata デモソング
九段 9-danX-DAY2000
九段 9-danR.I. Yamato × Daisuke Kurosawa
  大和 × 黒沢ダイスケ
九段 9-danDead or Die
十段 10-danJoubutsu 2000
玄人 KuroutoAi to Jouzai no Mori
名人 MeijinPuchipochi
超人 ChoujinYuugen no Ran Xeami
Key: red = exclusive to Asia ver.
  orange = exclusive to Asia ver. but temporarily unavailable due to error
  grey = possible by pattern but unconfirmed

Namco Taiko Blog (September 24 2019): The Mid-version Small Axe on the Green ver. Song List (Addendum: Asia confirmed)

Riding on the axe pun we used last time, Green ver. is seeing removal of three more songs from the arcade space:

Green ver. Song Removal: October 24 2019

  AC0 exclusive
  Also found: Plus/STH
Pokemon Omega Ruby/Alpha Sapphire Champion Medley
「ポケットモンスター オメガルビー・アルファサファイア」
  Also found: Wii U2 DLC (DL ended)

Other removal details are as follows:
  • Usage of these songs in Donder Hiroba tournaments and challenges are terminating earlier, starting October 7 00:00
  • Scores and rankings on Donder Hiroba will be closed off starting October 24 07:00
  • If you have set any of these songs as a favourite, the slot will be change back to unspecified as of October 24 07:00
  • Crown totals are not adjusted as of now but at a suitable time later
Currently no confirmation has come from the Asia ver. Facebook regarding these happening to greater Asia. We will update here when we have more on that.
Addendum (2019/09/25): Removals confirmed in Asia ver. per official Facebook announcement.

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Twitter Snippets (25 September 2019) - Medal Shop and Song Genre Surfing

The title says it all! as of today, t+pazolite's Surf Zapping has changed its song genre (rip Synchronica mention) and it's been made available as a Katsu Medal Shop reward for those who didn't unlock it back in Blue Version with its Performance Battle mode. (what Asia version)

[UPDATE] (26/09/19) - The song genre change is not going to happen, as that was a typo on the Taiko Team Twitter guy's part. (Source)

Saturday, September 21, 2019

Song of the Week! 21 September 2019

It's future song peek time.
Boy, how nice it is to have some low-hanging fruit to talk about, from time to time! *wink*

First Video: Cutie☆Demonic☆Majin Emo!!

Did someone order a 2nd serving of Yami no Mahou Shoujo? Both it and today's newcomer touch dark magic-y tones alongside a hefty, note-generous Oni notechart. While the former 9* Namco Original still trumps the note amount comparison, this one earns an extra star rating due to more complex patters in general, while still retaining the very concrete stamina-drain danger.

Cutie☆Demonic☆Majin Emo!! has also been released in the General Asia Green arcades, as documented by other people though social media (like this one)!

Cutie☆Demonic☆Majin Emo!! Yuuma Mizonokuchi feat. Ai Oosera
キューティー☆デモニック☆魔人エモ!!/溝口ゆうま feat. 大瀬良あい

Friday, September 20, 2019

Twitter Snippets (20 September 2019) - Devilishly Cute Saturday Release

Tomorrow is going to be our very own nigelliusnitrox's birthday, as well as the release day of a new Namco Original tune, among other things!

Enjoy the greening return of these two artists after Ano Hi Deaeta Kiseki, a song who was part of Green Version's Day 1 newcomers track list.

Green Ver. New Song: September 20th, 2019

Cutie☆Demonic☆Majin Emo!! Yuuma Mizonokuchi feat. Ai Oosera
キューティー☆デモニック☆魔人エモ!!/溝口ゆうま feat. 大瀬良あい
Key: red = series debutblue = console debut