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Sunday, February 18, 2018

Game Music Showcase - Genpei Toma Den Medleys

Genpei Tōma Den (源平討魔伝, literally "The Genji and Heike Shooting Demon Tale") is an action coin-op released only in Japan and running on the Namco System 86 hardware, originally released on October 1st, 1986. In the game, players have to defeat enemies while scrolling along a Yamato painting landscape, traveling through Japan's prefecture in order to reach the headquarters of the Minamoto clan, in the far east side of the island. The game got recognition at the time due to the many different-looking sections of the game, featuring both side-scrolling platform action, over-the-head style of exploration in certain towns and 2-dimensional sword battles with bigger sprites.

The original arcade itself was never seen outside of Japan, with a Japan-exclusive home console version of the same name in 1990, made for the PC Engine (PCエンジン, aka the Japanese name of the TurboGrafx-16) and an NES semi-sequel in form of an electronic board name on October 1988, also going by the name of Genpei Tōma Den. However, the original game was later released in America and Europe in 1997 as an included game in Namco Museum Volume 4, with the name The Genji and the Heike Clans.

The original beat-em-up title's music has become a quite relevant corner-stone of the Taiko no Tatsujin series, as its score has inspired the creation of what arguably is the most popular Game Music track ever featured in Taiko history. With the time's passing, more songs have been made as a result, paying homage to both the original game and the aforementioned Game Music rendition from the earliest Taiko installments.

For the terms of this song series showcase classification, we can also consider the Game Music track SAMURAI ROCKET as an honorary member of this corner; however, as said track is already part of a much larger Game Music song series tradition in Taiko, we forward you to our Ridge Racer song series showcase for its song entry.

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Song of the Week! 17 February 2018

...yeah, you've heard the news. You might have even predicted this kind of feature coming back, didn't you?

Whatever, let's just get this over with...

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Namco Taiko Blog (15 February 2018) - The Blue Oblivion (Blue Version Launch Song/Features Removal)

Today's official blog entry is here not only to announce the March 15th release date of Blue Version in an official way, but also to state what the firmware change will mean for the arcade branch's pre-existing song list.

Monday, February 12, 2018

≠MM Lyrics?

Composition, Arrangement, Lyrics: LindaAI-CUE

Japanese lyrics sourced from official YouTube preview dated March 14 2017.

Saturday, February 10, 2018

Song of the Week! 10 February 2018

Today's featured track is one of many examples in the world that may inspire us not to give up on our personal dreams! In order to find out why, just keep reading...

Across Japan (10 February 2018) - The 4th Tenkaichi Otogesai Song Embargo Lift

As the usual custom dictates, today's conclusion of the Tenkaichi Otogesai leads to the participating songs in all series to be publicly available in all the non-AOU game centers from the day after. This is true to the Taiko branch, both for Japanese and General Asia cabinets altogether!

Today's post from the official Facebook page signals a same-day-as-Japan public release of the three transplanted tracks (Kyokuken, Ikazuchi and Scarlet Lance) and the Namco Original Taiko Drum Monster, all being released in General Asia tomorrow with the JP arcades.

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Twitter Snippets (10 February 2018) - Taiko Blue Ver. @ JAEPO '18

While the Otogesai's fires are winding down once more, JAEPO's Blue Version showcase has been documented by many social network-active users, such as the one providing these early snaps. With these we can take a look at three major factors in play:
  • The upper-cardboard art (starring Taiko 3DS1 drum outfits, from the likes of it)
  • The inclusion of a currently-not-discussed Battle Mode;
  • The firmware's release date, which is set on March 15th.
We also know the KFM ratings of POP TEAM EPIC, thanks to another tweet. The three modes respectively rated 2/3/4.