Thursday, January 19, 2017

Namco Taiko Blog 2 (19 February 2017) - Taiko x iM@S Cinderella Girls Collaboration Reminder

アイドルマスターシンデレラガールズ×太鼓の達人レッドVer. コラボキャンペーン第3弾

While the Team is still standing on their will to deliver new information about the returning collaboration event during mid-February, that doesn't stop them from posting some reminder posts about its content. For that purpose, remember to check back the campiagn's website from today onward for the special video with the dubber of LiPPS idol Syuko Shiomi!

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Namco Taiko Blog (19 January 2017): Yellow ver. is Official! Major Version Update, JAEPO 2017 and Livestream

From the heavy cold-shelter of winter blankets Daifuku brings you brighter news to look forward to! And she means literally from her winter blankets:

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

[RUMOR] Is the Taiko Switch Game Being Localized?

Unlike other rumor-labeled posts, this one mainly exists for speculation means, as the bit of news that started all the hypothesis-mongering Internet theories is originated by an official press release by the American branch of Bandai Namco. On January 13th, one of the Western branch's press releases was bringing the following title:

BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment America Inc. Confirms Dragon Ball XENOVERSE 2 (Working Title) Coming to Nintendo Switch in the Americas, with Tales of and Taiko Drum Master in Development

Despite the proper body of the press statement being only about the latest home console Dragon Ball game's porting, the mere mention of the localized title of the series as part of that title has already galvanized more than one people around the Internet, with the assumptions of the future Switch Taiko game being aimed to more than one geographical area sprung by the fact of the Taiko no Tatsujin series in press releases being usually relegated to the Japanese branch's officially-released statements. As usual, the only way to find out if this scenario will turn out to be true is to wait...

The press release has been mirrored by videogame website Gamasutra as part of their partnership with the PR-related website GamesPress.


Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Namco Taiko Blog (17 January 2017) - Red Version's First Update of the Year


The title says it all, so hear more about it after the jump! The Game Version V7.04 update is supposed to go live at the end of this month, on January 31st.

Monday, January 16, 2017

Behind the Drums: Takeharu Kijima


Takeharu Kijima (耒嶋丈晴) has joined the Taiko Team in 2003 (sometime during the production of the 5th main-line arcade) and since then he's been put in charge of the note-charting creation for a wide number of songs (more than 120, according to a Taiko Team interview). As years went by, he coined the Kijikiji (キジキジ) Notecharter Sentai nickname for himself as well as being put in charge of the directing duties for a number of portable Taiko titles. His working portfolio in the team also includes the role of director for the first Wii U title of the series, for which he also curated the official announcements being put in the related Miiverse page under the nick of Kijima (キジマ).

From his charting beginnings with the iconic Soul Calibur II to this day, Takeshi has been seen at work on 8* Oni songs the most, putting a bigger focus on Don/Kat note alternations for handswitching segments and to aim for the creation of an accompaniment scenario that can better project the feelings of the people playing his charts for the songs they love the most.

Behind the Drums: Kubo Kenichiro

Kubo Kenichiro (久保賢一朗) joined Bandai Namco as a Taiko Team member in 2006, between the creation of Taiko 8 and PSP's Portable 2. Aside from his glasses and peculiar hairstyle, he's renowned in the Taiko Team for being a fan of idol producing and board games, two traits that earned him some roles in the iDOLM@STER series' development in the following years. One of the more-flexible Taiko Team supervisors, Kubo has taken a wide number of roles since his hiring, both in-series and in general music series talk, with him being credited as the co-composer of several arrangements in Donkey Konga 2, together with the nick-named Jesahm (自営山).

Aside from his plan to make as many surprise cameos as possible during the Taiko Team's livestream sessions, he's a long-time charter that signs his creations under the pen name of Kuboken (くぼけん). While mostly handling songs in the 6-to-8 Oni ballpark, he loves all difficulty ranges in the series without discrimination while weighting the most suitable notechart perks to assign to each, from special combo counters to repeating patterns in different permutations and difficulty spikes in otherwise Full Combo-manageable songs (his favorite quirk!). With the transition to Nicovideo livestreams for the Taiko Team, Kuboken's nickname for his subsequent cameos has been replaced with a more generic Don-Chan (どんちゃん) label, as it turned out that the Japanese video-hosting service treats くぼけん as an NG word for user comment means!

[RANDOM] Bandai Namco's Happy New Taiko Year

...okay, the New Year's Eve celebrations have already come and gone, but it's nevertheless interesting to spotlight the most recent NYE card from Bandai Namco, as the 2017 version is starring Don-Chan! Being the Chinese Year of the Rooster, the drum buddy is also sporting a suiting outfit to the coming 12-month cycle.

Shoutout to the 8-4 blog for this find!