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Taiko no Tatsujin
Developer(s) Namco
Publisher(s) Namco
Series Taiko no Tatsujin
Release date(s) JP February 2001
Genre(s) Rhythm game
Mode(s) Single-player, Multiplayer
Media Arcade

Taiko no Tatsujin (太鼓の達人 lit. Taiko Drum Master?) is a rhythm arcade game developed and published by Namco. It was released on February 2001 in Japan. It was the first Taiko arcade game in this series.

Gameplay

Symbols moving horizontally along a timeline show the player what to hit and when. Blue symbols indicate that the drum should be hit on the rim. Red symbols indicate that the face of the drum should be hit. The drum can be hit on the left and/or right side. The symbols can be either large or small. Large symbols indicate that the drum should be struck on both sides simultaneously , and small symbols indicate that the drum should be hit on either side. A large blue symbol thus means that the left and right rim should be hit at the same time.

In the Japanese version, subtitles under the symbols give the pronunciation of the sounds (for example, "do don do don") using a traditional system called kuchi shoga (口唱歌).

While its appearance may seem cute, it is actually quite difficult: the player needs to accomplish at least 65% of the drum chart to pass, and the harder levels (hard and Oni mode) and modifiers (eg: hidden mode) will require much skill and chart recognization.

Successful play builds up a life meter, and if the meter is past a certain point by the end of the song, the song is passed.

Songs

Category Song Artist TV Show/Game
J-pop
Ninja Festival (お祭り忍者?)
GOLDFINGER'99
Chokotto LOVE (ちょこっとLOVE?)
HOTEL PACIFIC
LOVE Machine (LOVEマシーン?)
Anime
Anpanman's March (アンパンマンのマーチ Anpanman no Machi?) Anpanman
Space Battleship: Yamato (宇宙戦艦ヤマト?)
Gatchaman Song (ガッチャマンの歌 Gatchaman no Uta?) Science Ninja Team Gatchaman
Sazae-san's Family (サザエさん一家 Sazae-san Ichi Jia?) Yuko Uno Sazae-san
大ちゃん数え唄
Fly! Gundam (翔べ!ガンダム?) Gundam
Doraemon Ondo (ドラえもん音頭 Doraemon Ondo?) Nobuyo Ōyama Doraemon
Lupin theme '78 (ルパン三世のテーマ'78 Rupin Sanse no Tema '78?)
Children's Song
Coal section (炭坑節?)
Variety
Section Sudara (スーダラ節?)
Taiyo ni Hoero theme (太陽にほえろのテーマ Taiyou ni Hoero Tema?)
Drift Ondo (ドリフ音頭 Dorifu Ondo?)
Namco Original
Of Rock (オフ・ロック Ofu Rokku?)
To you, romantic. (君に、ロマンティック。?)
Go Go Kitchen (ゴーゴー・キッチン?)
Encyclopedia of Hell drum (地獄の太鼓事典?)
Yappappa the sun (太陽もヤッパッパー Taiyou mo Yappappa?)
Hello! Don-chan (ハロー!どんちゃん Haro! Don-chan?)
Mappy Ondo (マッピー音頭 Mappi Ondo?)
Rabuyu☆Don-chan (ラブユー☆どんちゃん?)

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