Rhythm games with bulky peripherals have really fallen out of style in the west. However, in Japan, one rhythm game has been going strong since 2001. That game is Taiko No Tatsujin, the crazy drumming game that has not seen a western release since the PS2 era. That is, until now.
Bandai Namco has finally announced that two new Taiko No Tatsujin games are coming to the West on November 2nd. The first, Taiko No Tatsujin: Drum Session will be released on the PS4 and the second, Taiko No Tatsujin: Drum ‘n’ Fun will be exclusive to the Nintendo Switch.
Both games are said to feature several key differences including tracklisting and play styles. The PS4 game will require players to use the taiko drum accessory to get the full experience. However, the Nintendo Switch version will allow players to use the detached joy-cons as drumsticks without the drum peripheral.
The Nintendo switch version will focus more on local multiplayer with a collection of 20 mini-games for up to 4 players. Along with this characters and songs from Nintendo franchises such as Kirby and Splatoon will also appear in the game.
The PS4 version is geared more towards the competitive player with features like online play and ghost data that allow you to compete against your high scores. There will also be plenty of unlockable tracks and guest appearances from Hello Kitty and Hatsune Miku.
This is a brilliant move on Bandai Namco’s part as fans of the series are more than likely to double dip and get both versions in order to experience all of the Taiko madness.
These releases mark the first appearance of the Taiko series in the west since Taiko Drum Master was released on the PS2 in 2004. This was also the only game released in the series in the U.S. Despite its mostly positive reviews, the game never received a sequel in the west. However, the series has remained strong in Japan with releases for Nintendo DS, 3DS, Wii, PSP, PSVita, and PS4.
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