Taiko no Tatsujin Returns This November

The Japanese rhythm game series Taiko no Tatsujin will be returning to the West after 14 years. We’ll soon get to play Taiko no Tatsujin: Drum ‘n’ Fun! on the Nintendo Switch and Taiko no Tatsujin: Drum Session! on the PlayStation 4.

Drumming up some Western fans.

Taiko no Tatsujin is a Japanese series of rhythm games that has the player use a Japanese taiko drum to play along to various songs. The series is very popular in Japan. However, there has only been one version that’s been released in America. Taiko: Drum Master, which came out in 2004, gave PS2 owners a chance to experience the series without relying on importing the game.

The two different versions of the game will provide different features. Drum ‘n’ Fun! on the Switch, is based off of the arcade versions and allows players to use the Joy-Con controllers to drum along. It supports up to four players and has 20 different mini-games. It will also feature a campaign mode that guest stars Nintendo characters such as Kirby or the Inklings from SplatoonDrum Session!, meanwhile, boasts online play where players can compete for worldwide high scores. It also includes unlockables and a Guest Session mode. In that mode, players can drum along to songs with characters like Hatsume Miku or Hello Kitty.

As for the songs, the heart of any rhythm game, that’s still a bit in the air. Some songs will likely be changed due to cultural appeal, but there are some we can be certain will be in the American version:

  • Songs made by Bandai Namco.
  • The Hello Kitty theme song.
  • ‘Try Everything’ and ‘Let It Go’ from Zootopia and Frozen.
  • ‘We Are!,’ the first opening theme from One Piece. (It can be seen during the trailer)
  • A couple of Dragon Ball songs.
  • Zankoku na Tenshi no Thesis‘, the iconic opening theme from Neon Genesis Evangelion.

Both versions of the game will release November 2.