Taiko no Tatsujin: Drum 'n' Fun!

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Taiko no Tatsujin: Drum 'n' Fun!
An image of Taiko no Tatsujin: Drum 'n' Fun!'s boxart
Japanese box art
Developer(s)Bandai Namco Studios
Publisher(s)Bandai Namco Entertainment
SeriesTaiko no Tatsujin
Platform(s)Nintendo Switch
Release
  • JP: July 19, 2018
  • SEA: August 9, 2018
  • WW: November 2, 2018
Genre(s)Rhythm
Mode(s)Single-player, multiplayer

Taiko no Tatsujin: Drum 'n' Fun![a] is a rhythm game developed and published by Bandai Namco Entertainment. It was first released in Japan and other parts of Asia in July 2018, in North America, Europe and Australia in November 2018.[1][2][3] The title's release marks the first release of a Taiko no Tatsujin game to western audiences in over a decade.

Gameplay[edit]

Similarly to past entries in the series, music notes, represented by circular faces of the series' mascots, move across a timeline in the middle of the screen from right to left. Red notes (ドン, don) represent the face of the drum, while blue notes (カッ, ka) represent the drum's rim. Successfully playing the correct note as each one reaches the end of the timeline builds up a "Soul Gauge". If the gauge reaches a certain point by the end of the song, the stage is cleared. Besides traditional gameplay, a multitude of multiplayer rhythm-based party games are present to further expand upon the concept.[citation needed]

Tracklist[edit]

Similar to previous games in the series, the tracklist is organized into seven categories. The game also features downloadable song packs which can be purchased through the Nintendo eShop. The game contains 109 songs (inclusive of all downloadable songs) as of December 2018.

Pop

Song Artist Year DLC
"Takaneno Hanakosan" (高嶺の花子さん) back number 2013 No
"TT -Japanese ver.-" TWICE 2016 No
"Mita Koto mo Nai Keshiki" (見たこともない景色) Masaki Suda 2017 No
"Tomoni" (ともに) WANIMA 2016 No
"Zenzenzense" (前前前世) RADWIMPS 2016 No
"R.Y.U.S.E.I." Sandaime J Soul Brothers 2014 No
"Sugar Song & Bitter Step" (シュガーソングとビターステップ) UNISON SQUARE GARDEN 2015 No
"RPG" SEKAI NO OWARI 2013 No
"Memeshikute" (女々しくて) Golden Bomber 2009 No
"Silent Jealousy" X Japan 1991 No
"One Night Carnival" Kishidan 2001 No
"Train-Train" The Blue Hearts 1988 No
"Natsumatsuri" (夏祭り) Whiteberry 2000 No
"Sayonara Elegy" (さよならエレジー)[b] Masaki Suda 2018 Yes
"U.S.A."[b] Da Pump 2018 Yes
"Koi" ()[b] Gen Hoshino 2016 Yes
"Zassou" (雑草)[c] HIKAKIN & SEIKIN 2017 Yes


Anime

Song Artist Origin Year DLC
"Howling" FLOW×GRANRODEO The Seven Deadly Sins: Revival of The Commandments 2018 No
"POP TEAM EPIC" Sumire Uesaka Pop Team Epic 2018 No
"Lupinranger VS Patranger" (ルパンレンジャーVSパトレンジャー) Project.R Kaitou Sentai Lupinranger VS Keisatsu Sentai Patranger 2018 No
"Be The One" PANDORA feat. Beverly Kamen Rider Build 2017 No
"How Far I’ll Go" (どこまでも~How Far I’ll Go~) Tomona Yabiku Moana 2016 No
"Alola!" (アローラ!!) Satoshi (Rica Matsumoto) Pokémon the Series: Sun & Moon 2016 No
"Yo-kai Exercise No. 1" (ようかい体操第一) Dream5 Yo-kai Watch 2014 No
"Odore Dore Dora Doraemon Ondo" (踊れ・どれ・ドラ ドラえもん音頭) Wasabi Mizuta, Morinoki Jidou Gasshoudan Doraemon 2005 No
"Itsumo Nandodemo" (いつも何度でも) Youmi Kimura Spirited Away 2001 No
"Kimi ni 100 PERCENT" (キミに100パーセント) Kyary Pamyu Pamyu Crayon Shin-chan 2013 No
"We Are!" (ウィーアー!) Hiroshi Kitadani One Piece 1999 No
"A Cruel Angel's Thesis" (残酷な天使のテーゼ) Yoko Takahashi Neon Genesis Evangelion 1995 No
"CHA-LA HEAD-CHA-LA" Hironobu Kageyama Dragon Ball Z 1989 No
"Odoru Pompokolin" (おどるポンポコリン) B.B.Queens Chibi Maruko-chan 1990 No
"SANPO" (さんぽ) Azumi Inoue My Neighbor Totoro 1988 No
"Anpanman’s March" (アンパンマンのマーチ) Dreaming Anpanman 1988 No
"Shinka Riron" (進化理論)[d] BOYS AND MEN Shinkansen Henkei Robo Shinkalion 2018 Yes
"Carrying You" (君をのせて)[e] Azumi Inoue Castle in the Sky 1986 Yes
"My Neighbor Totoro - Ending Theme Song" (となりのトトロ)[e] Azumi Inoue My Neighbor Totoro 1988 Yes
"Rougeno Dengon" (ルージュの伝言)[e] Yumi Matsutoya Kiki's Delivery Service 1989 Yes
"A Town with an Ocean View" (海の見える街)[e] Joe Hisaishi Kiki's Delivery Service 1989 Yes
"Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea" (崖の上のポニョ)[e] Fujioka Fujimaki, Nozomi Ōhashi Ponyo 2008 Yes
"Try Everything" (トライ・エヴリシング)[f] Dream Ami Zootopia Yes
"Let It Go" (Let It Go ~ありのままで~)[f] Takako Matsu Frozen Yes
"Do You Want to Build a Snowman?" (雪だるまつくろう)[f] Sayaka Kanda Frozen Yes


Vocaloid

Song Artist Year DLC
"Haikei Doppelganger" (拝啓ドッペルゲンガー) kemu feat. GUMI 2017 No
"Juumensou - Colorful Version" (十面相, colorful ver.) YM feat. GUMI 2011 No
"Onigiri wa Dokokashira♪" (おにぎりはどこかしら♪) Yomi 2016 No
"Senbonzakura" (千本桜)[g][h] Kurousa P feat. Hatsune Miku 2011 Yes
"Charles" (シャルル)[g] Balloon feat. flower 2016 Yes
"Asuno Yozora Shoukaihan" (アスノヨゾラ哨戒班)[g] Orangestar feat. IA 2014 Yes
"Hatsune Miku no Shoushitsu -Gekijouban-" (初音ミクの消失‐劇場版‐)[g] cosMo 2011 Yes
"Tooriyo" (トオリヨ)[g] Tezuka feat. Kagamine Rin/Kagamine Len 2015 Yes


Variety

Song Artist Year DLC
"YouTube Theme Song" (YouTubeテーマソング) HIKAKIN & SEIKIN 2015 No
"Jounetsu - Tairiku" (情熱大陸) Taro Hakase 1999 No
"The Alphabet Song" (ABCの歌) Nursery rhyme 1835 No
"Grip & Break down!! -Tatsujin Edit.-" (Grip & Break down!! -達人Edit.-) Toho Project Arrange (SOUND HOLIC feat. Nana Takahashi) 2008 No
"Iro wa Niho e do Chiri nuru o" (色は匂へど散りぬるを) Toho Project Arrange (Yu-Hei Satellite) 2010 No
"Bad Apple!!" Toho Project Arrange (Alstroemeria Records feat. nomico) 2007 No
"Omae Butamen!" (おまえブタメン!) Oyatsu Company & The Puh 2018 No
"Night of Knights / Knight of Nights" (ナイト・オブ・ナイツ)[i] Toho Project Arrange (beatMARIO) 2007 Yes
"Tsuki ni Murakumo Hana ni Kaze" (月に叢雲華に風)[i] Toho Project Arrange (Yu-Hei Satellite) 2011 Yes
"Kero⑨destiny" (ケロ⑨destiny)[i] Toho Project Arrange (Silver Forest) 2007 Yes
"Jingle Bells No.765" (ジングルベル第765番)[j] Yes


Classical

Song Composer Year DLC
"Clapolpolska" (クラポルポルスカ) Original adaptation of Clarinet Polka No
"Flight of the Bumblebee" (熊蜂の飛行) Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov 1900 No
"Turkish March" (トルコ行進曲) Ludwig van Beethoven 1809 No
"A Little Serenade" (アイネクライネナハトムジーク) Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart 1787 No
"Overture from Orpheus in the Underworld" (天国と地獄 序曲) Jacques Offenbach 1858 No
"Toy Symphony" (おもちゃのシンフォニー)[k] Joseph Haydn 1770 Yes
"Symphony No.25 in G Minor - First Movement" (交響曲第25番ト短調第一楽章)[k] Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart 1773 Yes
"From Symphony No.7" (交響曲第7番から)[k] Ludwig van Beethoven 1812 Yes
"La Campanella" (ラ・カンパネラ)[k] Franz Liszt 1851 Yes
"Hungarian Dance No.5" (ハンガリー舞曲第5番)[k] Johannes Brahms 1869 Yes
"Requiem - Days of Wrath" (レクイエム 怒りの日より)[k] Giuseppe Verdi 1874 Yes
"March from The Nutcracker" (行進曲「くるみ割り人形」から)[k] Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky 1892 Yes
"Jupiter" (木星)[k] Gustav Holst 1914 Yes
"Montagues and Capulets" (モンタギュー家とキャピュレット家)[k] Sergei Prokofiev 1935 Yes
"Kare Kano Canon" (カレ・カノ・カノン)[j] Yes

Game Music

Song Artist Origin Year DLC
"Jump Up, Super Star! Short Version" Pauline (Kate Higgins) Super Mario Odyssey 2017 No
"Splatoon 2 Medley" (スプラトゥーン2 メドレー) Toru Minegishi Splatoon 2 2017 No
"Kirby's Dream Land Medley" (星のカービィメドレー) Hirokazu Ando Kirby's Return to Dream Land 2011 No
"PAC-MAN CHAMPIONSHIP EDITION 2" Pac Toy-Box Pac-Man Championship Edition 2 2016 No
"Happy Family - Neko Tomo Theme Song" (ほんわか家族~ネコトモのうた~) Misaki Machiya Neko Tomo 2018 No
"Anzu no Uta" (あんずのうた) Anzu Futaba (Hiromi Igarashi) The Idolm@ster Cinderella Girls 2012 No
"TD - 28619029byte remix -" Shinji Hosoe (Sampling Masters MEGA) Techno Drive 1998 No
"Racing the Storm" Critical Velocity 2005 No
"Assault BGM1" (アサルト BGM1) Kazuo Noguchi Assault 1988 No
"Ridge Racer" Shinji Hosoe (Sampling Masters MEGA) Ridge Racer 1993 No
"Kagekiyo" (KAGEKIYO ~源平討魔伝メドレー~)[j] The Genji and the Heike Clans Medley Yes

Namco Original

Song Artist Year DLC
"Furifuri♪Norinori♪" (フリフリ♪ノリノリ♪) Mana 2018 No
"Wa Arudo Herite Iji - Jo" (和有るど経りて維持・序) Yako from Danchinomiya 2018 No
"Tabetemo Tabetemo" (タベテモタベテモ) ☆shoji☆ feat. Honoka♡Erika 2018 No
"void setup" 2018 No
"Écran Le Blanc" (エクラン ルブラン) Miho Tsujibayashi 2018 No
"Tonde Mite" (トンデ・ミテ) Tadahiko Yokogawa feat. Yako from Danchinomiya 2018 No
"Angel Dream" (エンジェル ドリーム) 2007 No
"Doki-Doki Mune-Kyun Omatsuri Time" (ドキドキ胸きゅん おまつりタイム) 2012 No
"Nijiiro Yumeiro Taikoiro" (虹色・夢色・太鼓色) Yoko Takahashi 2002 No
"Negai wa Esperanto" (願いはエスペラント) 2017 No
"Antonio" (アントニオ) You'll Melt More! 2016 No
"Hiyokko Fantasy" (ひよっこファンタジー) Tsuyomy 2016 No
"The Carnivorous Carnival” AJURIKA 2007 No
"Hyakka Ryoran" (百花繚乱) 2008 No
"Ho-oh Tenbu Mugen Kuzure" (鳳凰天舞無限崩れ) 2014 No
"Chikuzei" (蓄勢) ~GEAR UP~ 2009 No
"Carnation" (和蘭撫子) 2012 No
"Boku wa Synth" (ボクハシンセ) 2013 No
"Jotei ~Imbiratula~" (女帝 ~インバラトゥーラ~) 2015 No
"Souryu no Ran" (双竜ノ乱) Xeami 2014 No
"My Mine"[j] Yes
"Saitama 2000" (さいたま2000)[j] Yes

Release[edit]

During the Nintendo Switch Presentation in January 2017, a Taiko Drum Master game is confirmed to come to Switch in Japan.[5][6] The Japanese title is finally confirmed a year later during a Nintendo Direct in March 2018 which revealed features such as motion control and HD rumble support for the game.[7] The official release date of July 19, 2018 is announced in May and accompanied by a sneak peek of the track list, a new party game mode, and preorder bonuses.[8][9] A licensed drum controller by HORI is also announced on the same day.[10]

In July, Bandai Namco Entertainment Asia confirmed the release of the game in Southeast Asia which comes with official English translation of the game on August 9, 2018. The game will ship with Japanese voice-overs and Japanese, Chinese, and Korean text while the English text will be made available via a free patch.[11][12]

A few weeks later, Bandai Namco Entertainment America confirmed the Western release of the game alongside Taiko no Tatusjin: Drum Session! for the PlayStation 4.[13] The Western features the identical tracklist as the Japanese/Asia version while adding more language options. The game is confirmed to be digital only in US while a physical version will be released alongside the HORI licensed drum controller in Europe.[14][15]

Sales[edit]

Taiko no Tatsujin: Drum & Fun! sold 69,984 retail copies during its first week of release in Japan according to Media Create sales figures, which made it the best selling game of the week. This is also the best debut for the series to date.[16]

As for September 2018, the game has sold more than 200,000 retail copies in Japan.[17]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Japanese: 太鼓の達人 Nintendo Switchば~じょん! Hepburn: Taiko no Tatsujin: Nintendo Switch Baajon?
  2. ^ a b c Available through purchase of Pops Pack Volume 1 Pack.
  3. ^ Available only in Japan and other parts of Asia. It was available for free download from December 6, 2018 to January 31, 2019. Become paid DLC from February 1, 2019 onwards.
  4. ^ Available only in Japan. It was available for free download from July 19, 2018 until August 31, 2018. Become paid DLC from September 1, 2018 onwards.
  5. ^ a b c d e Available through purchase of Studio Ghibli Pack.
  6. ^ a b c Available only in Japan and other parts of Asia. These songs were available through purchase of Winter Break Anime Pack.
  7. ^ a b c d e Available through purchase of Vocaloid Music Pack.
  8. ^ The song is not included in South Korea.[4]
  9. ^ a b c Available through purchase of Toho Project Arrange Pack.
  10. ^ a b c d e Available only in Japan and other parts of Asia. These songs were available through purchase of Tatsujin Challenge Volume 1 Pack.
  11. ^ a b c d e f g h i Available in Japan as pre-order bonus from various retailers until November 1, 2018. It added to all regions as an individual paid DLC from November 2, 2018 onwards.

References[edit]

  1. ^ 萬代南夢宮娛樂. www.bandainamcoent.com.tw (in Chinese). Retrieved 2018-08-10.
  2. ^ @BandaiNamcoEU (9 August 2018). "Beat the drums on Nov 2nd! The Taiko Drum Set will be available for Taiko no Tatsujin: Drum 'n' Fun! on Switch, along with songs from Dragon Ball Z and Moana. Taiko no Tatsujin: Drum Session! for PS4, in digital only, will feature titles from Dragon Ball Super, Frozen & more" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  3. ^ "Taiko no Tatsujin: Drum 'n' Fun!". EB Games Australia. Retrieved 2018-08-28.
  4. ^ "Taiko no Tatsujin: Nintendo Switch Version!". Nintendo of Korea (in Korean). Retrieved 2018-07-18.
  5. ^ "Japan's Nintendo Switch Lineup Has Story of Seasons, Tales, Dragon Quest XI, And More - Siliconera". Siliconera. 2017-01-13. Retrieved 2018-10-08.
  6. ^ "Nintendo Switch Presentation 2017: all the news - Gematsu". Gematsu. 2017-01-13. Retrieved 2018-10-08.
  7. ^ "Taiko Drum Master: Nintendo Switch Version! announced - Gematsu". Gematsu. 2018-03-08. Retrieved 2018-10-08.
  8. ^ "Taiko Drum Master: Nintendo Switch Version! launches July 19 in Japan - Gematsu". Gematsu. 2018-05-14. Retrieved 2018-10-08.
  9. ^ "Taiko Drum Master For Nintendo Switch Announced". Ubergizmo. Retrieved 2018-10-08.
  10. ^ "HORI Releasing Taiko No Tatsujin Drum Controller For Nintendo Switch | NintendoSoup". NintendoSoup. 2018-05-15. Retrieved 2018-10-08.
  11. ^ "Bandai Namco to offer English version of Taiko Drum Master: Nintendo Switch Version! in Asia - Nintendo Everything". Nintendo Everything. 2018-06-07. Retrieved 2018-10-08.
  12. ^ BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment Southeast Asia (2018-06-07), Taiko no Tatsujin Nintendo Switch Version! ENG Announcement Trailer, retrieved 2018-10-08
  13. ^ "Taiko no Tatsujin: Drum 'n' Fun! coming west on November 2 - Gematsu". Gematsu. 2018-07-27. Retrieved 2018-10-08.
  14. ^ "Taiko no Tatsujin: Drum 'n' Fun! physical edition and drum set announced for Europe; Drum 'n' Fun! and Drum Session! track lists - Gematsu". Gematsu. 2018-08-09. Retrieved 2018-10-08.
  15. ^ "Taiko No Tatsujin: Drum 'n' Fun For Nintendo Switch Will Be Digital Only | My Nintendo News". My Nintendo News. 2018-07-31. Retrieved 2018-10-08.
  16. ^ "This Week In Sales: Taiko no Tatsujin Drums Up A Nintendo Switch Version - Siliconera". Siliconera. 2018-07-25. Retrieved 2018-10-08.
  17. ^ "Media Create Sales: 9/24/18 – 9/30/18 - Gematsu". Gematsu. 2018-10-03. Retrieved 2018-10-08.

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