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Sunday, January 21, 2018

Behind the Drums: Hirokazu Koshio @ COSIO/E.G.G.

Born June 2nd, 1980, Hirokazu Koshio (小塩広和) joined the Kyushu Institute of Design in 2003, from where he graduated 2 years later. Right after obtaining his Acoustic degree, Koshio was hired as a member of ZUNTATA, the in-house sound musician unit of Taito for which company he has composed music for a number of its games, including mobile titles (Space Invaders Infinity Gene and Arkanoid vs Space Invaders among others) as well as Taito's music game series: Music Gun! Gun! and Groove Coaster. Together with ZUNTATA member Shohei Tsuchiya (土屋昇平), Hirokazu Koshio single-handedly created most of the original mobile Groove Coaster game's playable songs, signing his works under a number of different aliases while also being the sound director of the whole series for a number of years.

Hirokazu Koshio graduated from ZUNTATA on November 2015 in favor of a freelance musician career, with the creation of the COSIOTONE sound label; despite his departure from ZUNTATA, he's still contributing to different music games to this day, with both original tracks and custom theme arrangements from different videogames.

Saturday, January 20, 2018

Song of the Week! 20 January 2018

Mobile gaming is the theme of this weekly feature, as we take a gander at a couple of songs available in Taiko titles that are (seemingly) coming from the smartphone-friendly music gaming sphere.

Friday, January 19, 2018

Namco Taiko Blog (19 January 2018) - Taiko no Tatsujin Blue Version's Official Reveal!

After yesterday's dreary news about some more DLC discontinuation, it's finally time to announce the next big arcade firmware that will be succeeding Yellow Version in a few months!

Today's blog entry carries only said official announcement, coupled with the splash screen art that is displayed above. With Taiko sibling Katsu busy floating around in the background, who is the sword-wielding, totally-not-Maple-from-V-Version lady that shares the foreground space with Don, and what this (and that menacing dragon in the background) means for the newcoming arcade firmware's play modes?

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Thursday, January 18, 2018

The End of an Era: Taiko no Tatsujin Portable 1/2's DLC Discontinuation


Freely-downloadable tracks for the PSP's first two Taiko no Tatsujin Portable titles have been openly shared with its players for a cumulative period of time that surpasses the decade, although it looks like this situation isn't going to last any longer.

The two notices above, available in the two games' respective websites, promptly inform that the DLC tracks will be removed from the official websites after January 31st. If you want to add the 40-or-so songs to your games before they're gone for good, you can check out one of our earliest guides on this blog, by following this link.

Credits to the Taiko no Tatsujin Discord user unknowwiiplayer for the find!

Twitter Snippets (17 January 2018) - Taiko x Ososmatsu-san Keychains

The Taiko x Osomatsu-san collaboration has yet to come, but that won't stop the beginning of some early crane game merchandise plans! As reported in the tweet above, Banpresto has already started the distribution of the six Taiko-themed keychains whose looks can also be appreciated in the coming arcade collaboration with the music game series.

Namco Taiko Blog (17 January 2018) - Yellow Version's Special Goods Campaign

With the official Taiko blog entries becoming more and more sparse in number, it may happen that we miss some of the newly-made posts on not-Thursdays and for that we want to apologize in advance...

Now that this notice is out of the way, let's talk about the latest Yellow Version-related campaign.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Twitter Snippets (16 January 2018) - Visual Team Teaser for the Taiko x IDOLiSH Collaboration

With the 7,777 plays threshold for the IDOLiSH song WiSH VOYAGE being reached, the collaboration art with the future collaboration has finally been revealed! As anticipated from last year, this event will kick off in Spring later this year.