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Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Eccentric w Lyrics



Composer, Arrangement: GingahoumenP (銀河方面P)
Lyrics: Bouto (暴徒)

Yureru Pleats Jikkouiin Lyrics


Composition, Lyrics: Masako Oogami (おおがみまさこ)
Vocal: Yako Danchinomiya (団地の宮弥子)

Saturday, December 27, 2014

Song of the Week! 27 December 2014


Here we are again: the final Song of the Week feature for the year. Like the previous years, we're doing things in a different way than usual!

With Christmas and the New Year's Eve celebrations, the transitional period between the end of a year and the beginning of a new one has always been a cherished moment for being generous. One of those generous group of fellows are people who create Taiko fan charts! They love to share their creations to the world, as much as we enjoy featuring them through our occasional features (like our 'Made By You' posts), so let's give some extra recognition to them!

For this reason, today we are taking a look at a couple of fan-charted songs.

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Twitter Snippets (December 25 2014) - Bokura no Sekai ni (Really) Dance wo

Trivia! Bokura no Sekai ni Dance wo translates to "Dance to our world". And Professor Sakamoto's new music video surly delivers that message well, inviting many Nicovideo personalities to dance to the Vocaloid tune, regardless of whether they are known for their dancing skills. It is awesome that everyone are enjoying it!

And why are we dedicating a Twitter Snippets for this MV? Because Don-chan is in it! When is he in? I am not going to spoil that and have you watch the video through yourself. Let's just say he is not in before the first chorus so that you don't leave too early.

Taiko no Tatsujin Plus - Popular Song Pack 19 and New Year's Holiday Campaign Part 2!

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As if today's freshly-released DLC pack for the latest Taiko 3DS videogame isn't enough, the Apple-friendly Taiko app receives today a new songpack, together with the winter holdays campaign's continuation! The 19th Popular Song pack comes in with Winter-packed licensed songs, such as:

  • Let It Go ~Ari no Mama De~
  • Do You Want to Build a Snowman
  • By My Side
  • Atarimae Taisou
  • Kimagure Romantic
On top of this pack's release, Part 2 of the latest campaign is live! From today until January 15th, 2015, each song pack purchase is being awarded with one of the previously-released limited Namco Original tracks, with the addition of a couple more: Growing Up and Sweet Lay! Make sure your app is updated to the latest version in order to claim your free songs.

Namco Taiko Blog (25 December 2014) - Old Year's Last Stream and New Year's Donchare Goods


First of all, merry Christmas! Etou has found this festive day appropriate for 2014's last blog entry, packing it with tons of both old and new updates on Taiko games whereabouts, in order to get geared towards the new year.

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Making Rain! Collaboration with New Japan Pro Wrestling

Collegamento permanente dell'immagine integrata

The last time Pro Wrestling had something to do with Taiko no Tatsujin was a free-play exhibition cabinet at a Taiwan match. This time collaborative efforts hits closer to home, bigger and badder.

Wrestler Kazuchika Okada's signature entrance theme RAIN MAKER will be included in the arcade song list some time in the future.

In addition, Okada and co. will hold a press conference in regard of the collaboration on January 3, 2015, as part of the Great Pro Wrestling Festival (大プロレス祭り2015) event programme. The inclusion will be shown first-hand then, and Okada will also take on wrestler Gedo in Taiko. Free-play cabinets will once again be available for fans to try out (organized by tickets distributed on the day).

NJPW Press Release

Taiko no Tatsujin Tokumori! Downloadable Content


Tuesday, December 23, 2014

A Year's End Stream (12/12/14)


Just in time for Christmas, here's our usual, image-based recap of the previous livestream, both with pictures from the Taiko Team's twitter page and directly snapped by us. Let's begin!

Monday, December 22, 2014

Taiko no Tatsujin Kimidori sequel announced


Doesn't feel like too long since Kimidori came out, didn't it? Well it's going to be replaced again pretty soon; making for the second time Taiko arcade hardware has gone through a very short 7-month cycle.

This replacement to Kimidori is slated for March 2015 as shown on the website for arcade cabinet distribution in Japan, although there's no name for it yet.

International players, don't fret; the upgrade kit contains the firmware and the cardboard decorations for the new version, but if this is anything like Kimidori, the update can be distributed over-the-air (OTA) without your operator having to order anything!

Thanks to crystal for the heads-up!

We Missed Stuff - World Hobby Fair '15 Tourney and Taiko Plus's End-Year Campaign!

コラボ&キャンペーンiPhone スクリーンショット 1

It's not the first time that this happens here, but we forgot again to cover two Taiko-related news that have been advertised on the Donder page's News section. As we apologize for this mistake from our part, let's have a brief look at what we have missed.

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Super Namco Bros. - Wii U Edition!


Nintendo's biggest fighting game franchise has finally reached all the areas of the world for their latest home console! As such, everyone is now able to detect a lot more tunes from many different composers, with both figures returning from the 3DS version and Wii U-exclusive artists. Let's have a look at what other tracks we have from Taiko-related composers we got!

Before starting, however, a pair of disclaimers. First of all, this lists includes only the songs new to the Wii U version of Smash Bros, but keep in mind that all the tracks from the 3DS game are also available on the home console title; if you want to know what these tracks are, just check out this blog entry. Second of all is yet another SPOILER ALERT! Some unlockable characters may appear in the videos below, so watch out if you're still unaware of the extra characters for this game and want to keep your mind spoiler-free.

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Song of the Week! 20 December 2014


Today's feature is brought you in part by... product placement! Join us once more, as we take another look at some of the most recent commercial-inspired songs in Taiko gaming.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Taiko no Tatsujin Plus - Introducing the Super Game Pack

iPhone スクリーンショット 1

Yesterday we forgot to mention the release of yet another Taiko Plus songpack, this time going under the name of Super Game Pack (超ゲームぱっく). As expected, this is a new 5-piece pack with songs from the Game Music genre, featuring the following tunes:
  • Venomous (with Ura)
  • Wasabi Body Blow
  • Tales of Xillia Medley
  • Symphonic Motos
  • Mappy Medley 
Enjoy this collection of tunes from past Taiko console games!

Namco Taiko Blog (18 December 2014) - December '14 Livestream, Huis Ten Bosch and Wii U DLC!

There are many things to talk about today between Taiko Team blog entries and in-website stuff, so we are grouping them together in a single post! As usual, links for reference will be left at the bottom of the page.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Across Japan: Tournaments - Closing One and Opening Another

 

Let's cut the chase: Above are the results for the December monthly Facebook tournament. Oni saw a five-way tie by two Korean and three Hong Kong Donders, all achieving Donderful Combo. Muzukashii has Couperin from Korea, one of the five winners from Oni, taking crown with a 5-good run and over 900 thousand points. Congratulations to our five winners, and especially to Couperin for the double winning!

Next we look more at the special tournament that is sharing with Japan. The Donder Festival in Asia '14 Winter Battle tournament, from December 18~28, has exactly the same song choices as the Japanese counterpart, i.e.:

  • イオシス秋の肉食祭2014 IOSYS Aki no Nikushokusai 2014 (9★)
  • ピコピコ ルイン Picopico Ruin (9★, Regular only)
  • 闇の魔法少女 Yami no Mahou Shojo (9★)

The tournament works mostly similarly as all the other tournament (no Shin-uchi and stuff). The results of the Asian tournament will be combined with the Japanese results and form a master leaderboard too. Time to see who triumphs in a much larger scale!

Namco Taiko Blog (17 December 2014): Taiko Kimidori Game Version 8.03


It hasn't been awfully long since the last great update for Taiko Kimidori, and already the team are pushing for a new one! 8.03 is a small update though, in preparation for bigger ones to follow.

GV 8.03 introduces...

1. A special movie of the battle between Mushrooms and Bamboos (the Meiji collaboration)! It'll be played before slotting any coins into the machine. Wonder what it looks like...

2. Preparation for next update. Some internal housekeeping is done to accommodate more changes in the future. Say, like, that/those new song(s) talked about some time back?

To add to the surprise-ness that this blog post already brings, the update is actually already available today!

Back to more expectable grounds, we do have two blog entries for tomorrow's normal Thursday blog schedule, one in the morning and one in the afternoon.

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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Across Japan: 3 new songs for Kimidori Asia


These three Namco Originals are from two different Kimidori updates; the one in October which added the IOSYS songs, and the one which was just last week. Yup, for once, Kimidori Asia is getting a song less than a month after its JP counterpart!

The songs will be available to play tomorrow, and they are:
  • Yamatai Night Party
  • IOSYS Aki no Nikushokusai 2014
  • Yami no Mahou Shoujo
"Wait, where are all the licensed songs from these two updates? What about the IM@S songs and the Pokemon ORAS Medley?"

Well, Asia should already be familiar with this situation, but most likely the ones in the Vocaloid and Game Music genre will come eventually.

Twitter Snippets (December 15 2014) - *dogeza*

I am sincerely worried how many dogezas (formal apologetic kowtows) are needed this week.

As you might already know, the Taiko Team promised to release 8 limited songs on Kimidori from December 13~26 if the last livestream garnered 100 million comments. However due to technical difficulties, some songs failed to appear. After a frantic day to resolve the issue, the Team extends the period right to the end of 2014 (December 31) to compensate the missed day.

In other news, from December 15~January 31 (typo in this tweet, fixed here) Donder Hiroba opens a special Year-end Title Parts Gacha, featuring wintry and Christmas-y phrases. Some older limited parts also make a return in 2 Revival Title Parts Gacha campaigns.

Monday, December 15, 2014

Namco Taiko Blog (December 15 2014) - The Idolm@ster Cinderella Girls Collaboration


A surprise Namco Taiko Blog today, about the collaboration with Namco's very own idol production franchise's sub-series The Idolm@ster Cinderella Girls!

...Well actually in the Taiko front we have already seen everything. The recent additions of Jibun REST@RT, M@STERPIECE, The Idolm@ster special folder and The Idolm@ster outfit are what Taiko is getting.

This blog post haven't touched on what im@s CG will be getting though. Stay tuned to other places for more news on their part, including the Cinderella Girls Anime main site (airing started just last Friday) and that of the original social game, as well as the whole franchise's main site and official blog.

Regular blog post this Thursday, for which we will see you later!

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Sunday, December 14, 2014

Song of the Week! 14 December 2014


Sorry for the 1-day delay!

For today's feature, here's one of the returning songs for the last regular DLC packs for the latest Taiko 3DS game. Guns-a-blazin'!

Friday, December 12, 2014

Quick Takeaways: December 12 Livestream

This post might be removed when the full coverage is ready. Meanwhile, feel free to contribute screenshots and information to help out!

  • All comment goals met
  • 50K title is Livestream Incident (放送事故)
  • 100K secret songs are Jingle Bells No. 765 and Metal Hawk BGM1
  • Notecharter Quiz answers: Yami no Mahou Shojo (by Shika@ni~san) and Kuboken
  • Winter tournament for Japan ver., and Asian ver. (Oni only)
  • Tatsh: new song is Japanese, Instrumental, an very closely almost-10* 9*, Dark Hardcore
  • January DonChare: t+pazolite's Shiny Kung-fu Revival and Geisha set
  • Collab with The Idolm@ster Cinderella Girls
  • December 3DS2 DLC: Konayuki, Monkey Magic, LovexLove Whistle, DESERT STORM, Desert de Yakiniku, Jingle Bells No.765, Warera Muteki no Dokon Dan
  • January 3DS2 DLC: Natsu Matsuri, One Night Carnival, Matsuken Samba II, Don-chan Ondo, Yozakurai Shanikusai, Densetsu no Matsuri, Dokidoki Munekyun Omatsuri Time, will be last of regular DLCs
  • Touhou x Namco Sounds matching
  • World Hobby Fair appearance and elementary children tournaments
  • Sachiko Kobayashi collab costume design contest 
  • Huis Ten Bosch Cup

Taiko Plus: New Version 2.4.2! Now With Daily Challenges


Earlier this week the iOS Taiko no Tatsujin Plus released its latest version 2.4.2, adding the excitingly new Daily Challenge feature. Every day you can play designated songs and submit the scores, giving you a rank with respect to your performance. Your scores will also be ranked among all players, and high rankers receive various bonuses for their top plays. It's a good way to see how well you are doing in a larger perspective.

Other changes include fixes to the on-screen drum layout, which you can now choose to have on the sides instead of at the bottom. The sensing areas for katsu notes are also expanded.

A quick look to Tatsh's latest album


Before jumping into the Taiko Team livestream hype, here's something to look foward by the end of this year! What you're looking at is the cover art of FRONTIER, the next album for Tatsuya Shimizu's Tatsh Music Circle.

As promised by the composer himself, one of the album's tracks will be Yuugen no Ran, the winning Taiko song from last month's poll. However, the song might not be the exact same one from the Taiko games, as its title for this album is being reported as 'Yuugen no Ran -Album New Mix-' (幽玄ノ乱 -Album New Mix-). Are we going to have a long version or a different arrangement for this tune?

FRONTIER will be released one day before the end of this year, on December 30th, packaged with special paper bag and IC-card stickers. Tatsh's newly-made Youtube channel also offers a short video, featuring bits for each of the songs inside the album.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Namco Taiko Blog (December 11 2014) - The Notecharter Quiz

Special guests, check. Mushroom/Bamboo battle, check. Comment challenge, check. There is nothing more to talk about before the livestream. So let's make something new up: The Notecharter Quiz! Quizzing your knowledge on who charted what!

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Mushroom/Bamboo Battle on Kimidori


Together with today's song update, Kimidori also adds the Meiji collaboration a la the battle between chocolate mushrooms and bamboo shoots with players' credit scores.

This video shows the bits on the Kimidori arcade build added for the battle. You can directly go and choose the team you want, or use the camera feature to unlock the collab outfit(s) (not shown). Your total scores across all songs are put into the team scores, plus different bonuses that is active at that time. Then we are also shown the cabinet leader of the day. The overall national tally and regional leaders can be checked at the special collaboration site, on a yellow-green colored Japan map.

First videos of Kimidori V7.10 songs!

Loads and loads of songs in this update, it's quite hard to catch em all! So the video list is not complete for now, but we'll show what Japanese players have gathered so far.

Now, for some vids! Placed after the jump, of course.

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Song of the Week! 6 December 2014


Our earliest readers may probably remember that we had some song series features about Anime-related songs, with one of the first ones being about themes from worldwide-known animation film studio Studio Ghibli. However, we sadly had to crop all of the Anime song series last year after a copyright infringement claim, with the fear of the lock-out possibilities for the rest of the blog.

However, while we mostly have our hands tied on our backs regarding the gradual re-introduction of all these lost song features, I think we have to go across some unfinished business and feature at least the most recent song on Taiko from Studio Ghibli movies, incidentially about said studio's very first movie-length animated feature. Take a sight to the sky!

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Namco Taiko Blog (4 December 2014) - Updates on December 12th's livestream


The schedule for next week's Taiko Team livestream has been updated with some new exciting stuff! After we caught up with the content being revealed last month, let's see what's new.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Across Japan: Vroooom! Kimidori Asia December Facebook Tournament

Photo: 【太鼓の達人アジア版 毎月大会(12月)課題曲発表!】

こんにちは!
本日は、今月の毎月大会の課題曲を発表いたします。

【おに】
「BLUE TOPAZ / 「レイブレーサー」より」(ゲームミュージック)
★★★★★★★★☆☆

【むずかしい】
「Angel Halo / 「リッジレーサー3D」より」(ゲームミュージック)
★★★★★★★★☆☆

今月は、リッジレーサーシリーズでまとめてみました。
【おに】は、先日12月1日より収録となりました、「BLUE TOPAZ」です。
譜面分岐のある曲ですので、ハイスコアを狙って達人譜面で情熱的に演奏してください。

【むずかしい】課題曲の「Angel Halo」は、おには★10とかなり高難度ですが、
むずかしいもテンポが速く、★8と手ごたえのある内容となっています。
とても疾走感のある、カッコ良い曲なので、ノリノリで演奏してください。

===== 再度、ルールを掲載いたします。 =====
課題曲発表:12月3日(水)
開催期間:12月6日(土)~12月14日(日)
結果発表(表彰):12月17日(水)
・期間中、バナパスポートカードを利用してプレイした課題曲が、集計対象となります。
・オンライン状態で、サーバにスコア情報が送信されたものが集計対象となります。
・何回挑戦してもOKです。期間内のベストスコアが集計に採用されます。
・演奏オプション「真打」でのプレイは非対象となります。「通常」でのプレイが対象となります。
 (その他、「ばいそく」「でたらめ」「ドロン」等は、任意で使用してOKです)
・対象難易度は「おに」「むずかしい」です。それぞれ別の課題曲が発表されます。
・「おに」「むずかしい」それぞれ上位20名について、結果発表で掲載します。
~以下、追記~
※課題曲は、「おに」「むずかしい」それぞれ1曲となります。
※結果発表(表彰)については、アジア版トータルでのランキング発表となります。
 →「1位:(エリア名)/マイどん名(ゲーム内ネーム)、2位:(エリア名)/マイどん名(ゲーム内ネーム)、…」
 という形になります。

【お願い】
本大会は、ドンだーさん同士の実力を競う、公正な場でありたいと思っています。
ドンだーシップにのっとり、1プレイヤーとして自分自身のベストスコアで勝負して欲しいです。
ご協力お願いします><
==========================================

2014年最後の毎月大会、優勝者はどのエリアから出るのカッ!?
皆さんの挑戦をお待ちしています!!

それではまた!

(~以下、「EkiBEN2000」ボーカルのMC Linnさんによる翻訳~)

大家好!
今天要替大家揭曉本月大會的課題曲。

【おに】
「BLUE TOPAZ / 「レイブレーサー」より」(ゲームミュージック)
★★★★★★★★☆☆

【むずかしい】
「Angel Halo / 「リッジレーサー3D」より」(ゲームミュージック)
★★★★★★★★☆☆

這個月我們選擇「リッジレーサー」系列的歌曲來做為課題曲。
【おに】所選擇的是12月1日新追加的「BLUE TOPAZ」。
這首歌的譜面會分歧,請大家熱情地演奏達人譜面來爭取最高得分哦。

【むずかしい】所選擇的是「Angel Halo」。
這首歌在おに裡面有★10的難易度。由於節奏速度相當快,所以就算是むずかしい也仍然有★8的難易度,相當難纏。
這是一首疾速感十足的酷歌曲,請大家搭上節奏來演奏看看哦。

===== 以下是比賽規則的再公告 =====
課題曲發表:12月3日(三)
統計期間:12月6日(六)~12月14日(日)
結果揭曉:12月17日(三)

・於統計期間使用Bana Passport進行課題曲的遊玩才會被統計。
・框體處於線上狀態,並且分數資料有被送到伺服器的才會被統計。
・不論挑戰幾次都可以。我們會以期間內的最佳成績進行統計。
・使用演奏選項的「真打」是不會被統計的。統計僅限一般遊玩方式的成績。
 (但是「真打」以外的演奏選項,如「ばいそく」「でたらめ」「ドロン」等的任意使用是OK的)
・對象難易度為「おに」「むずかしい」。課題曲會隨難易度有所不同。
・我們將取「おに」「むずかしい」的上位20名進行結果的揭曉。

~以下為追記部分~
※「おに」及「むずかしい」會分別指定一首歌來做課題曲。
※結果揭曉(表彰)方式,是以亞洲版全體的排行榜來做發表。
 例:→「第一名:(地區名)/(遊戲內玩家名稱)、2位:(地區名)/(遊戲內玩家名稱)、…」

【注意事項】
我們希望本大會能成為所有鼓友(Donder)們能光明正大地切磋互相實力的活動。
請大家抱持鼓友精神(Dondership),靠自己個人的力量來挑戰自己的最佳成績決勝負。
謝謝大家的合作!><
==========================================
2014年最後的每月大會,究竟優勝者會是哪個地區的玩家呢!?
等待大家的踴躍挑戰哦,我們下次見!

Another month, another tournament for Asian Kimidori! Without any further ado, the songs for the December 2014 tournament are BLUE TOPAZ Oni (8★, forked) and Angel Halo Muzukashii (8★). Race to the first across December 6~14 (pun very much intended), and we will see the Asian ver. Team again on December 17 for the results.

And just for the sake of completeness of reporting, BLUE TOPAZ is already on Asian Kimidori from December 1, as regular unlock after DonChare.

Photo: 【太鼓の達人アジア版・12/1 楽曲追加のお知らせ】

こんばんは!
あっという間に12月ですねー。1年が経つのは早いですねー、、、って、あれ??

!?!?!?!?

急ではありますが、楽曲追加のお知らせです!
(決して、忘れていたワケではありませんよ、決して…(滝汗))

本日12月1日より、以下の楽曲が追加されます。(ました)

▼ゲームミュージック▼
「BLUE TOPAZ / 「レイブレーサー」より」

ドンだーの皆さんからの要望も多く、アーケード版での復活が望まれていた名曲が、遂に収録となりました。
是非プレイしてみてください。

さて、明後日は、毎月大会(12月)の課題曲発表です。
お楽しみに♪

ではまた!

(~以下、「EkiBEN2000」ボーカルのMC Linnさんによる翻訳~)

大家好!
一轉眼已經是12月了,時間過得真快呢…
嗯?有新的信件?寫啥來著…
嗯嗯…12月份的…新歌已經…

…啊。啊―!?!?!?!?

雖然有點突然,不過在此為大家介紹一下新歌曲的追加情報哦!
(可不是因為忘掉更新這回事哦,絕對不是…(狂汗))

自12月1日起,下面歌曲將被追加到遊戲內(應該說「已經被追加」了才是)

▼ゲームミュージック▼
「BLUE TOPAZ / 「レイブレーサー」より」

這首歌是從以前就受Donder們熱烈支持,並期望於業務機台上復活的名曲。這次終於能夠正式收錄到遊戲裡面了,請大家踴躍嘗試哦。

12月3日(三)將會發表每月大會(12月)的課題曲,敬請期待♪
我們下次見囉!

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Yet another Meiji x Taiko no Tatsujin Collaboration!


After two Taiko 3DS-related collaborations, sweet snacks company Meiji teams up once again with the Taiko no Tatsujin franchise, and this time the arcades are the main focus!

Taiko Kimidori: First video of Evidence of evil


Presenting, song number 2 in the 'names-of-seafood-in-its-abbreviations' Namco Original series!

Its predecessor, The Carnivorous Carnival, has gone down to 9* Oni, so Evidence of evil steps up to the plate, featuring a max star difficulty set of 5/7/8/10! The musical style is generally the same as before, but with even more complex streams and 1/24 notes than before, exactly like an evolution of Carnival. The ending is particularly nasty, with many technical 2-note, 4-note and 16-note streams that really challenge the player to think of the song's backbeats a lot more.

It reaches a total of 814 notes on Oni.