Osu! Tatakae! Ouendan! (Japan Version) Nintendo DS
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|Product Title:||Osu! Tatakae! Ouendan! (Japan Version) 押忍﹗戰鬥﹗應援團﹗ (日本版) 押忍！战斗！应援团！ (日本版) 押忍！闘え！応援団 (日本版) Osu! Tatakae! Ouendan! (Japan Version)|
|Other Information:||Japanese Version|
|Package Weight:||100 (g)|
|Shipment Unit:||1 What is it?|
|YesAsia Catalog No.:||1004028136|
No. of Players:1
Japan List Price: 4800Yen + Tax
日本標準價格:4800日圓 + 消費税
日本標準価格：￥4800 + 消費税
(日本版/ Japan Version)
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Professional Review of "Osu! Tatakae! Ouendan! (Japan Version)"
"New ways to play games" seems to be the latest variation on the Nintendo ethos. It's very cleverly worded, as to take it at face value would be slightly misleading. It almost suggests that there are new untapped genres as yet undiscovered by developers other than the Kyoto giant, and that it's high time they showed the young whippersnappers how it's done. Yet that's not really what they're saying. Most ideas in terms of genre and game mechanics have been exhausted, and Nintendo's DS, with it's unique (for a console at least) stylus/touchscreen combo is allowing us to revisit tried-and-tested game types with a twist in the way they're controlled. "Revitalising old genres" would perhaps be more accurate, and Osu! Tatakae! Ouendan skillfully applies that ethic to the rhythm action template.
The set-up is suitably Japanese (read: clinically insane). You're given control of a group of three cheerleaders (the titular Ouendan, or "Cheer Squad") who, in a bizarre quirk of fate are not scantily-clad orbulously-breasted young females - no Tecmo game this - but a trio of trenchcoated males with appropriately weird hair. Think Neo on Prozac and you're halfway there. These three are called into action by people who've managed to get themselves into various scrapes, and who need some cheerleading assistance. Whereupon the Ouendan spring into action with a J-Rock soundtrack, some shouting and no end of painfully hip (or indeed, painful-hipped) dance moves. The folks requiring the help range from a restauranteur attempting to attract customers whilst cleaning up cat piss, to a concert violinist suffering from an acute case of the runs whilst on a train. And it's every bit as outrageous and hilarious as that sounds.
All this immaculately-choreographed rescuing is accomplished via the stylus and touchscreen, with a manga-styled cartoon sequence telling the story on the top screen, and a host of numbers appearing with the Ouendan on the bottom, with the player tapping, dragging or circling the stylus in time with the numbered touch-points which appear during each song. A power bar of sorts lets you know how you're doing, with perfect hits netting you 300 points and letting the meter refill, whilst complete misses and mistimed taps will see the bar rapidly decreasing and the Game Over screen appearing once it's disappeared.
And as far as mechanics goes, that's about it. The game never deviates from that basic template, but it never needs to - later difficulty levels change the rhythm and the speed of the beats, with the harder stages requiring some precise rapid-fire touching and spinning in order to see you through. There's never any reason to get frustrated either, given that the difficulty curve is almost perfect, despite spiking at the 15th and final song of each section. It's a game that, whilst ostensibly quite challenging, allows the player to advance further each time. The lunatic presentation of each scenario and the wonderfully catchy tracks - giving the DS sound chip a healthy workout and sounding great through a set of decent headphones - make it worthwhile. There's also one outstanding stage, which, while not wishing to spoil things, is quite simply one of the most remarkably lovely and surprising gaming treats you'll experience in this genre. Longevity is guaranteed via a multiplayer mode, with sections unlocked by achievements in single-player, while the fearsome challenge of Very Hard mode and the appeal of besting your own high scores should ensure that Ouendan remains in your DS for a fair old while.
The chief appeal of Ouendan, though, lies in the sheer feel of the thing. You see, tapping and dragging the stylus across the screen in time with the musical accompaniment is something tangibly rhythmic - as appropriate as bashing away at a pair of Donkey Konga bongos or shaking your Samba de Amigo maracas. It's never anything too complicated, just something enchantingly simple that's simultaneously (and rather appropriately) simply enchanting.
If anyone is still in any doubt, Ouendan is further proof of that other Nintendo mantra: Touching is good.
by Chris Schilling - Press Start Online
Customer Review of "Osu! Tatakae! Ouendan! (Japan Version)"
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May 4, 2008
|This game... Is just amazing! great song choice, funny gameplay, (sometimes it is serious) This is full of action packed game play! 10/10!|
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November 30, 2006
This game is very good. I was afraid the sounds doesn't play good because of the fact is not a cd music but no.
I'm a french guy and i can say that's an international game. Don't hesitate and test it. Plus, yesasia is a good place to do some shopping on the net for everyone.
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August 5, 2006
I purchased this game after being recommended and I was totally impressed! Although this is a Japanese game the menus are totally easy to navigate.
You'll get the hang of this game almost instantly. The selection of songs in this game are pretty good. It'd be better if there's more songs though. But the various difficulty levels will keep u busy for a while.
If you've got a friend who also has a copy of this game, then you can have a versus game. However, the slowdown in wireless battles is pretty obvious.
On the whole, this is an essential import.
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July 24, 2006
One of the best DS games!
|Ouendan is a very fun and addictive music game! It has tons of replay value, and the song list is great. The mechanics of the game may seem simple, but it's unbelievably fun. It's worth every penny, you won't regret it!|
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May 4, 2006
I ordered this around 4 months ago and even thought I know no Japanese I was still easy to navigate my way threw the menus. This title is very import friendly and has lots of replay value.
There are 15 songs (the quality isn't that great, I recommend using head phones) all JPop or JRock. The game is challenging rewarding ranks depending on how well you did and 4 different difficulty levels. Even thought I got a perfect rank on all levels on the hardest difficulty I still pick this up and play it regularly.