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|Taiko no Tatsujin|
Bandai Namco Studios
|Publisher(s)||Bandai Namco Entertainment|
|Platform(s)||Arcade, PlayStation 2, Nintendo DS, Wii, Advanced Pico Beena, PlayStation Portable, Mobile phone[which?], Nintendo 3DS, PlayStation Vita, iOS, Android, Wii U, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, macOS, Microsoft Windows, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S|
|First release||Taiko no Tatsujin|
February 21, 2001
|Latest release||Taiko no Tatsujin RHYTHM CONNECT|
November 1, 2023
Taiko no Tatsujin[a] (Japanese: 太鼓の達人, Taiko no Tatsujin, lit. "Master of the drums") is a series of games created by Namco. In the games, players simulate playing a taiko drum in time with music. The series has released games for the arcade and for console and mobile platforms including PlayStation 2, Advanced Pico Beena, PlayStation Portable, Nintendo DS, Wii, Nintendo 3DS, Wii U, PlayStation Vita, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, Microsoft Windows, iOS, Android and Japanese feature phones.
While the series is mainly designed for use within Japan, there are also localized versions for other regions, including English, Chinese and Korean-language versions.
Arcade releases are equipped with simulated Taiko, which can register hits when played with drum sticks (bachi).
Console versions mainly use buttons to play, while certain devices can support additional methods of input:
- A virtual Taiko drum is provided on devices with touchscreens (DS, 3DS, Wii U, iPod touch, smartphone, Nintendo Switch), played with either styluses or fingers.
- Dedicated peripherals simulating real drums can be purchased additionally for PS2, Wii, Wii U, PS4 or Nintendo Switch releases. Such a peripheral is included with the physical North American PlayStation 2 and European Nintendo Switch versions.
The variety of notes in the game consists mainly of red and blue markers. The red don (ドン) note requires a hit on the face of the drum, and the blue ka (カッ) note requires a hit on the rim.
Other notes require quick consecutive hits on the drum. Types of such notes includes the yellow bar, the balloon note (called a burst note in Taiko: Drum Master) and the Kusudama ball (or the yam on older releases since PS2 Godaime, or the Mallet note in Drum Session! and Drum ‛n’ Fun!).
Unlike other rhythm games such as Guitar Hero, the drum is an addition to the songs and does not limit an instrument being played whenever the notes are not hit, nor does it simulate an off-key sound when missed as the game allows the players to freely hit the drum wherever they want, so long as it isn't close to a note that could result in a penalty.
Most games in the franchise provide four difficulty levels for play: Easy,[e] Normal,[f] Hard,[g] and "Oni",[h] (known in English versions of Drum 'n' Fun and Drum Session as "Extreme") the highest difficulty.
The sequence of the notes in a level is commonly referred to as a notechart[i].
Certain songs also have extra inner note charts[j] in addition to the four standard levels. These are intended to be alternative takes on the regular set. Although not a main objective, most inner note charts are made more difficult than regular note charts. This later changed to being exclusive to the Oni/Extreme difficulty only.
Some inner note charts work by changing to an alternative version of the song, or, exclusively in arcades, switching to a completely different song. As of the third-generation in 2011, these became separate songs.
Some songs can feature notechart branching[k] in certain difficulty levels. According to the player's performance, the notechart changes between Normal notechart,[l] Professional notechart,[m] or Master notechart.[n] On certain songs, like Hyakka Ryoran, a drumroll appears at the start to allow the player to pick any of three notecharts.
Various aspects of the game can be changed to the player's liking:
- Players can choose an alternate instrument or sound to play, instead of the classic Taiko drum.
- Players can apply modifiers to change aspects of gameplay, like increased note speeds, reversed notecharts (red and blue notes interchanged) or randomized notecharts.
- In console releases, players can choose to have the notechart played automatically and correctly.
- In console releases, players can choose to have the song end early as soon as they miss one note.
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|2008||Taiko no Tatsujin 11|
|Taiko no Tatsujin 12|
|2009||Taiko no Tatsujin 12 Don~! to Zoryoban|
|Taiko no Tatsujin 13|
|2010||Taiko no Tatsujin 14|
|2011||Taiko no Tatsujin (2011)|
|2012||Taiko no Tatsujin KATSU-DON|
|2013||Taiko no Tatsujin Sorairo ver.|
|Taiko no Tatsujin Momoiro ver.|
|2014||Taiko no Tatsujin Kimidori ver.|
|2015||Taiko no Tatsujin Murasaki ver.|
|Taiko no Tatsujin White ver.|
|2016||Taiko no Tatsujin Red ver.|
|2017||Taiko no Tatsujin Yellow ver.|
|2018||Taiko no Tatsujin Blue ver.|
|2019||Taiko no Tatsujin Green ver.|
|2020||Taiko no Tatsujin Nijiiro ver.|
Taiko no Tatsujin: Tatakon de Dodon ga Don
Taiko no Tatsujin: Tatakon de Dodon ga Don[o] is the first official home console release in the franchise, it was released on the PlayStation 2 on October 24, 2002, in Japan. Tatakon de Dodon ga Don features 29 songs selected from first three arcade versions of Taiko no Tatsujin released (such as "Marionette" by Boøwy, "Traveling" by Hikaru Utada, "Pieces of a Dream" by Chemistry, and "Mr. Moonlight (Ai no Big Band)" by Morning Musume),[p] Tatakon de Dodon ga Don also features new original songs exclusive for the PlayStation 2 version of the game (such as "Stepping Wind" from Klonoa 2: Lunatea's Veil).
Taiko: Drum Master
Taiko: Drum Master is the first official North American release in the franchise, exclusively released for the PlayStation 2 on October 26, 2004, in North America and March 17, 2005, in Japan. Instead of Japanese pop and anime music, Taiko: Drum Master uses English-language pop music by artists including Queen and Madonna, and Western and Japanese animation theme songs from Dragon Ball Z, a Japanese anime that has been dubbed in English, and Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius.
Taiko no Tatsujin 13
Taiko no Tatsujin 13[q] is the thirteenth arcade release of the series, with service commencing December 17, 2009. Taiko no Tatsujin 13 was used to hold the Japan-wide tournament Namco Presents Taiko no Tatsujin Nippon-ichi Ketteisen 2010: The Best Master is You![r] in early 2010.
Taiko no Tatsujin 14
Taiko no Tatsujin 14[s] is the fourteenth arcade release of the series. With more than 150 playable songs, 14 inherits many features from previous releases. For a limited time, 14 participated as part of a collaboration with McDonald's. As part of the franchise's 10th anniversary celebration, an upgrade patch was made available for 14, adding five extra songs to the track listing.
Taiko no Tatsujin Plus
Taiko no Tatsujin Plus,[t] also stylized as Taiko no Tatsujin +, is a video game application exclusively for iOS devices, released on May 28, 2014, in Japan. Plus is free to download, but charges for purchasing additional music packs may apply. In June 2015, Plus introduces the All-you-can-take Music[u] service, allowing unlimited downloads of designated songs within a set time for a fee. Plus is chiefly controlled with a simulated drum surface on the device's touchscreen, but also supports Roland Corporation's V-Drums electronic drum sets with subsequent updates.
In addition to typical Taiko no Tatsujin gameplay, Plus also includes the Fukubiki[v] feature, where in-game points can be exchanged for rolls of lucky draw for randomly drawn prizes.
Taiko no Tatsujin (2011)
Taiko no Tatsujin[w] is the fifteenth arcade release of the series. This release is significantly different from previous arcade releases, allowing players to store play data with Bandai Namco's Banapassport card, customizing player characters and by-player difficulty settings. The game can also receive online updates to add playable songs and features. Initially released exclusively in Japan, the cabinet has been released since January 2014 in Southeast Asian regions including Taiwan, Hong Kong, Malaysia and Thailand.
Since its initial release in 2011, the game has received one or two major upgrades each year. Each release usually adds many new songs at once, implements modes exclusive to that release, as well as introduce new costume options and challenges in Ranking Dojo Mode.
|Version||Release date (Japan)||Release date (Asia)|
|Taiko no Tatsujin||16 November 2011|
|Taiko no Tatsujin C/N KATSU-DON||25 July 2012|
|Taiko no Tatsujin: Sorairo Ver.||13 March 2013|
|Taiko no Tatsujin: Momoiro Ver.||11 December 2013||27 January 2014|
|Taiko no Tatsujin: Kimidori Ver.||16 July 2014||6 August 2014|
|Taiko no Tatsujin: Murasaki Ver.||11 March 2015||16 April 2015|
|Taiko no Tatsujin: White Ver.||10 December 2015||20 January 2016|
|Taiko no Tatsujin: Red Ver.||14 July 2016||6 September 2016|
|Taiko no Tatsujin: Yellow Ver.||15 March 2017||5 April 2017|
|Taiko no Tatsujin: Blue Ver.||15 March 2018||13 April 2018|
|Taiko no Tatsujin: Green Ver.||14 March 2019||7 May 2019|
In May 2014, a number of Taiko no Tatsujin cabinets seemingly based on Momoiro Ver. were found in arcades in Brazil under the name of Wadaiko Master. These cabinets were translated into Portuguese and featured a significantly reduced song list, only containing 32 tracks including three Brazilian Music tracks exclusive to this edition. Wadaiko Master is offline-only, lacking network features such as Banapassport support and software updates present in other releases.
Wadaiko Master is the only instance of Taiko no Tatsujin being officially released in arcades outside of Asia.
Taiko no Tatsujin: Nijiiro Ver.
Taiko no Tatsujin: Nijiiro Version,[x] known officially as the March 2020 Version Renovation Kit,[y] was released in Japanese arcades on 24 March 2020 and started the fourth generation of Taiko no Tatsujin arcade cabinets. Arcade operators upgraded this title from the 2011 game by purchasing a hardware renovation kit, which includes a brand new arcade board based on System BNA1, a 120 Hz monitor, and a QR code reader.
Nijiiro Ver. features new elements such as the Donderful Combo Crown,[z] obtained by clearing a song with the highest possible level of accuracy. The song settings menu has been updated to allow for more options, including more control over the notes' playback speed. The default scoring system has been changed significantly, as it no longer awards bonuses for long combos and instead focused on accuracy. The "Classical" and "Variety" song genres have been removed, with their songs being assigned to other categories. There is also a vast amount of graphical updates, notably with the inclusion of horizontal text on the song select menu, similar to Drum 'n' Fun. On a livestream at JAEPO 2020, Etou, the game's director, said that this is to prepare the game for "overseas players".
An international version of Nijiiro Ver. was released for Asia and Oceania in Spring 2021. The game has seen a limited release in Australian arcades in October 2022. This version is multilingual and is playable in English, Traditional Chinese or Korean. Special, regional songs exclusive to the international version are also included upon release.
Taiko no Tatsujin: Wii U Version
Taiko no Tatsujin: Wii U Version[aa] is the first Taiko no Tatsujin game exclusively for the Wii U, released on November 21, 2013, in Japan only. The game was said to carry 70 songs, and features appearances of Golden Bomber and Super Mario Bros., and a collaboration campaign with Japanese idol group Momoiro Clover Z.
Wii U Version features the new gameplay mode Baton Touch Play,[ab] where multiple players alternately play a single song in a relay race-like fashion. The game also supports the Wii U GamePad with a touchscreen drum, and can be played with the GamePad alone without needing a television set.
Taiko no Tatsujin: Rhythmic Adventure 1
Taiko no Tatsujin: Rhythmic Adventure 1, also known as Taiko no Tatsujin: Don to Katsu no Jikū Daibōken,[ac] is the second Taiko no Tatsujin game exclusively for the Nintendo 3DS, released on June 26, 2014, in Japan only. The game includes a reported number of 60 songs, and guest appearance of Jibanyan from Yo-kai Watch, Airou from Monster Hunter 4, Funassyi and Kumamon.
Rhythmic Adventure 1 features a main story plot in Space-time Adventure Mode,[ad] in which series protagonists Don and Katsu travel through time to different periods, encountering various friends and enemies. Players engage in random encounter drum-playing battles and gather befriended enemies as team members, similarly as in Pokémon games with added rhythm game elements.
Both free and paid downloadable content, including additional quests for Space-time Adventure Mode, outfit items and additional playable songs, were available via the Nintendo eShop. Additional content can also be unlocked via scanning QR codes hosted at various other media and using Spot Access functionality at specific locations.
Taiko no Tatsujin: Tokumori!
Taiko no Tatsujin: Tokumori![ae] is the second Taiko no Tatsujin game exclusively for the Wii U, released on November 20, 2014, in Japan only. The game boasts a collection of 100 playable songs, and features appearances of guest characters such as Funassyi, Kumamon and Hatsune Miku.
Tokumori features two new modes: Mekadon Gasha,[af] a capsule toy set-up for unlocking unlockable content, and Intro-don,[ag] a quiz mini-game that players would have to guess the intro of a song. Baton Touch Play Mode returns from Wii U Version.
Taiko no Tatsujin: V Version
Taiko no Tatsujin: V Version[ah] is a Taiko no Tatsujin game exclusively for the PlayStation Vita, released on July 9, 2015. The game includes more than 80 playable songs, with a focus on anime, Vocaloid and video game music.
V Version features a main story plot in Donder Quest,[ai] in which protagonist Don adventures with a young female named Maple to defeat Noise and the ancient dragon Revolution. The game also features the practice mode Taiko Training[aj] that can fast forward, rewind and change speed.
A traditional Chinese version, with translated Chinese menu and dialogue text but retaining Japanese voice acting, will be released on the same release date in Taiwan and Hong Kong. This version is expected to feature Asia-exclusive playable songs, to be continually made available after release.
Taiko no Tatsujin: Atsumete ☆ Tomodachi Daisakusen!
Taiko no Tatsujin: Atsumete ☆ Tomodachi Daisakusen![ak] is the third Taiko no Tatsujin game exclusively for the Wii U, released on November 26, 2015, in Japan. Coinciding with the series' 15th Anniversary, the game includes an original 15th Anniversary short animation produced in collaboration with Studio Ghibli, and the first printing of the bundle version that includes additional 15th Anniversary branded goods.
The game features the brand new Tomodachi Daisakusen![al] mode, with Katsu-chan befriending animals to become the most popular person in the neighborhood. Other modes from past Wii U titles also make a return. This is also the only Taiko game to have amiibo support, allowing you to use Animal Crossing and Pac-Man amiibo to unlock exclusive songs
Taiko no Tatsujin: Rhythmic Adventure 2
Taiko no Tatsujin: Rhythmic Adventure 2, also known as Taiko no Tatsujin: Dokodon! Mystery Adventure,[am] is the third Taiko no Tatsujin game exclusively for the Nintendo 3DS, released on June 16, 2016, in Japan. The game features over 70 songs and introduces a new Mystery Adventure mode, which adds an RPG adventure to the game. In this mode, Don-chan and Katsu-chan explore Mystery Spots around the world. As the players advance through the story, the player fights in battles and allies with characters. A party can have up to eight characters.
Taiko no Tatsujin: Drum Session!
Taiko no Tatsujin: Drum Session!, also known as Taiko no Tatsujin: Sesson de Dodon ga Don!,[an] was released exclusively for PlayStation 4 in Japan and most parts of Asia on October 26, 2017 and in North America, Europe and Australia on November 2, 2018. Together with Drum 'n' Fun!, it is the first game of the series to be officially localized overseas in North America for over a decade, as well as the very first official European and Australian release from the series overall. The game is digital-exclusive for the NA, EU and AU markets, as opposed to both physical and digital for Japan and Asia markets. The game has the Friend Session Mode that lets players play against the online play data of other players, and the Guest Session Mode where players can challenge characters from other franchises.
Taiko no Tatsujin: Drum 'n' Fun!
Taiko no Tatsujin: Drum 'n' Fun!, also known as Taiko no Tatsujin: Nintendo Switch Version!,[ao] was released exclusively for the Nintendo Switch. The game was released in Japan, Hong Kong, Taiwan and South Korea on July 19, 2018, and in Southeast Asia on August 9. It was released in the US, Europe and Australia on November 2. Together with the first PS4 Taiko game, it is the first game of the series to be officially localized overseas in North America for over a decade, as well as the very first official European and Australian release from the series overall. The game is digital-exclusive for the North America region, but available in both physical and digital in Europe as well as the bundle that also packages the Tatacon drum controller with the game. It makes use of the motion controls of the console's Joy-Con controllers to simulate the use of drumsticks. The game also features exclusive songs from Super Mario Odyssey, Pac-Man Championship Edition 2, and Splatoon 2.
Taiko no Tatsujin: Rhythmic Adventure Pack
Taiko no Tatsujin: Rhythmic Adventure Pack, also known as Taiko no Tatsujin: Dokodon RPG Pack!,[ap] is a re-release of Rhythmic Adventure 1 (Don to Katsu no Jikū Daibōken) and Rhythmic Adventure 2 (Dokodon! Mystery Adventure), bundled into one game and was released on the Nintendo Switch on 26 November 2020 in Japan and Asian countries and 3 December in Europe and North America. Rhythmic Adventure Pack is the first Taiko no Tatsujin game to feature a story mode translated into English. In addition to the two RPG modes, Taiko Mode was also included and featured 6 new songs not included in the original releases. The DLC songs from the original games are not included in the game. Rhythmic Adventure Pack is available physically in Japan and Asia; however, only a digital version will be available in Europe and North America.
Taiko no Tatsujin: The Drum Master!
Taiko no Tatsujin: The Drum Master! is the first title available exclusively for Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, and Microsoft Windows, initially offered as part of Xbox Game Pass and released worldwide on January 27, 2022. It contains over 70 songs and features local and online multiplayer modes. Paid downloadable songs are available for purchase in addition to the game's base song list.
The Drum Master! was removed from the Xbox Game Pass library in January 2023.
Taiko no Tatsujin: Rhythm Festival
Taiko no Tatsujin: Rhythm Festival is an entry for the Nintendo Switch that was released on September 22, 2022, in Japan, September 23 in North America, and October 14 in Europe. The base game includes 76 songs, while more than 500 additional songs are accessible through the "Taiko Music Pass" subscription service. New modes include "DON-chan Band", where players cooperate to perform a song together, "Great Drum Toy War", where players compete in playing a song while activating hazards against each other, and "Run! Ninja Dojo", added post-launch, where players compete to beat the song with the most points, while having to deal with a variety of hazards.
In other media
Taiko no Tatsujin frequently hosts collaboration campaigns with other video game franchises and companies. Collaboration efforts include porting signature songs into Taiko no Tatsujin games, sometimes with special dancers and background designs. In return Taiko no Tatsujin elements are shown as guest appearances in other media. Notable entities collaborated with the series include:
- Ace Attorney
- Assassination Classroom
- Attack on Titan
- Chain Chronicle
- Groove Coaster
- Hatsune Miku
- Hello Kitty
- The Idolmaster
- The Idolmaster Must Songs Presented by Taiko no Tatsujin
- Kamen Rider Ex-Aid
- Kamen Rider Ghost
- Kamen Rider Build
- Kamen Rider Zi-O
- The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel
- Mario Kart Arcade GP DX
- Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate
- Neon Genesis Evangelion
- One Piece
- Puzzle & Dragons
- Sachiko Kobayashi
- Sound Voltex
- Studio Ghibli
- Super Mario
- Tekken 7
- Touhou Project
- Ultraman X
- Ys I & II Chronicles
- Yo-kai Watch
Mini versions of the game appear in the Namco game Tales of the World: Narikiri Dungeon 3 when the main characters is equipped with a costume resembling a drum, and in the Nintendo DS game Nodame Cantabile.
Playable Taiko no Tatsujin machines also appear in Yakuza 5.
|Wii Minna de Party Sandaime (Wii)||32/40 (9/8/7/8)|
|Wii Kettei-Ban (Wii)||31/40 (8/8/7/8)|
|Chibi Dragon to Fushigi na Orb (3DS)||31/40 (8/8/8/7)|
|Wii Chogōka-Ban (Wii)||32/40 (8/8/8/8)|
|Wii U Version||32/40 (9/8/7/8)|
|Don to Katsu no Jikū Daibōken (3DS)||33/40 (8/9/8/8)|
|Tokumori (Wii U)||32/40 (9/8/7/8)|
|V Version (PlayStation Vita)||30/40 (7/8/8/7)|
|Atsumete★Tomodachi Daisakusen! (Wii U)||32/40 (8/8/8/8)|
|Dokodon! Mystery Adventure (3DS)||32/40 (8/8/8/8)|
Taiko no Tatsujin games generally received favourable reviews from critics. Most published console and handheld releases received Famitsu Review Scores of over 30, out of a total of 40. Taiko: Drum Master attained a 77-point Metacritic score from 35 reviews.
As of 2019, the game series has sold over 10 million copies on consoles.
- Japanese: 太鼓の達人, English: Taiko Drum Master
- Japanese: 音符, Hepburn: onpu
- Japanese: 魂ゲージ, Hepburn: tamashii geeji
- Japanese: ノルマ, Hepburn: noruma
- Japanese: かんたん, Hepburn: kantan
- Japanese: ふつう, Hepburn: futsū
- Japanese: むずかしい, Hepburn: muzukashii
- Japanese: おに, lit. demon
- Japanese: 譜面, Hepburn: fumen
- Japanese: 裏譜面, Hepburn: ura fumen
- Japanese: 譜面分岐, Hepburn: fumen bunki
- Japanese: 普通譜面, Hepburn: futsuu fumen
- Japanese: 玄人譜面, Hepburn: kurōto fumen
- Japanese: 達人譜面, Hepburn: tatsujin fumen
- Japanese: 太鼓の達人 タタコンでドドンがドン
- from the albums Psychopath, Deep River, The Way We Are, and 4th Ikimashoi!, respectively.
- Japanese: 太鼓の達人 13
- Japanese: ナムコPresents 太鼓の達人 日本一決定戦 2010 ～最強の達人は君だ！
- Japanese: 太鼓の達人 14
- Japanese: 太鼓の達人 プラス
- Japanese: 楽曲取り放題
- Japanese: 福引
- Japanese: 太鼓の達人
- Japanese: 太鼓の達人 ニジイロVer.
- Japanese: 2020年3月Ver.改造キット
- Japanese: ドンダフルコンボ王冠
- Japanese: 太鼓の達人 Wii Uば～じょん！
- Japanese: バトンタッチ演奏
- Japanese: 太鼓の達人 どんとかつの時空大冒険
- Japanese: 時空大冒険モード, Hepburn: jikū daibōken mōdo
- Japanese: 太鼓の達人 特盛り！
- Japanese: メカドンガシャ
- Japanese: イントロどん♪
- Japanese: 太鼓の達人 Vバージョン
- Japanese: ドンだークエスト, Hepburn: dondā kuesuto
- Japanese: 太鼓トレーニング, Hepburn: taiko toreiningu
- Japanese: 太鼓の達人 あつめて★ともだち大作戦！
- Japanese: ともだち大作戦！
- Japanese: 太鼓の達人 ドコドン！ミステリーアドベンチャー
- Japanese: 太鼓の達人 セッションでドドンがドン！, Hepburn: Taiko no Tatsujin: Sesshon de Dodon Ga Don!
- Japanese: 太鼓の達人 Nintendo Switchば～じょん！, Hepburn: Taiko no Tatsujin: Nintendo Switch Bājon!
- Japanese: 太鼓の達人 ドコどんRPGパック！, Hepburn: Taiko no Tatsujin: Dokodon RPG Pakku!
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- "［AMショー2011］「太鼓の達人」「湾岸ミッドナイト マキシマムチューン 4」など，人気シリーズ最新作の筐体がずらり。バンダイナムコゲームスブースレポート". 4Gamer.net. Retrieved 6 February 2015.
- "現在、台湾の他に香港、タイ、マレーシアの一部店舗で稼動中のモモイロVer.、見かけましたら今のうちに「PaPaPa Love」遊んでみてくださいね♪(タケモト)". Twitter. Retrieved 13 June 2014.
- "バンダイナムコアミューズメントの"JAEPO2020"出展情報が公開。最新作の試遊や「ジョジョの奇妙な冒険 ラストサバイバー」初の公式大会を実施". www.4gamer.net (in Japanese). Retrieved 10 January 2020.
- "【JAEPO 2020】アーケード版「太鼓の達人」がいよいよ120fpsに対応だドン 現行筐体のアップグレードで対応。PS5に先駆けて一足先に120fps世界に突入カッ！". GAME Watch (in Japanese). 7 February 2020. Retrieved 8 February 2020.
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- @BandaiNamcoAM (March 15, 2023). "Yes! Limited test starting (hopefully) Friday at Mitsuwa in Plano..." (Tweet) – via Twitter.
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