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Taiko no Tatsujin Portable (Japan Version) PSP

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Taiko no Tatsujin Portable (Japan Version)
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Customer Rating: Customer Review Rated Bad 7 - 7 out of 10 (2)

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Taiko no Tatsujin Portable (AKA Taiko: Drum Master), one of the best-selling rhythm games ever, makes it to PSP! The D-pad and buttons will be used for hitting the drum, while the shoulder buttons are used to strike the sides of the drums. One exclusive feature to the PSP edition of Taiko no Tatsujin Portable is the inclusion of a special new note, which requires you to spin the analog thumbpad around as fast as you can. Clear a set number of revolutions and a door will open, revealing a secret character. This portable version also comes with three intriguing mini games, and multiplayer will also be supported. Two players will be able to use the same PSP to play with one another, or you can have four consoles connected via WiFi for a concert. Taiko no Tatsujin Portable includes a large list of songs, with J-pop, classical, anime, variety and Namco original music all accounted for. Notable entries, amongst the 38 tunes, include Hana ("Flower") by Orange Range and No More Cry by D-51.


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Product Title: Taiko no Tatsujin Portable (Japan Version) 太鼓之達人 Portable (日本版) 太鼓之达人 Portable (日本版) 太鼓の達人 ぽーたぶる (日本版) Taiko no Tatsujin Portable (Japan Version)
Manufacturer Name(s): NAMCO
Release Date: 2005-08-04
Language: Japanese
Disc Format(s): PSP
Other Information: Japanese Version
Package Weight: 100 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1004028122

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和太鼓リズムアクションゲーム「太鼓の達人」がいよいよPSPに登場!設定した時間だけ楽しめる「連続演奏ゲーム」モードの搭載、通信モードで最大4人までの同時プレイ、1つのPSPを使って2人で演奏、アナログパッドを使った操作が楽しい「すずどん音符」の追加、PSP版オリジナルミニゲーム(3種類)、ソート機能で便利になった選曲、PSPにマッチしたいつでもどこでも遊べるお手軽なゲーム性などPSPならではの要素が盛りだくさん。【収録曲】全38曲 ◇ネオメロドラマティック ◇花 ◇NO MORE CRY 他

Genre: Action
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

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Average Customer Rating for this Edition: Customer Review Rated Bad 7 - 7 out of 10 (2)

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October 19, 2006

An OK port Customer Review Rated Bad 6 - 6 out of 10
I purchased this under someone's recommendation and I also realise that this was an arcade game too, where you hit drums to the music.
This is one of those games where symbols travel quickly towards a spot and you've gotta hit your buttons in time (think DDR and other dance games). I found this type of gameplay fun for a little while, but afterwards the feeling it being overly-simple soon kicks in (I mean the gameplay; not the difficulty level....since hard mode in this is indeed REALLY hard). Compared to GitarooMan, the gameplay seems bored and plain. While GitarooMan includes use of the analogue; Taiko is (mainly) only the hitting of buttons.
There are a few good song tracks in this, but the majority are unknown to those living outside of Japan. Would be better if they put more anime theme songs into this.
3 mini games are included: of which only one I play regularly (factory game).
The menus are quite easy to use, so the game is suitable for importing: although, I had to spend some time working out how to save my game progress:p
Overall, if you can stand the overly-simple gameplay, then you'll enjoy this. Those of you who have played more unique music games with better music tracks will find this rather disappointing.
Taiko 2 is out now too. But I don't think it'll be my cup of tea either.
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April 5, 2006

A fun rhythm based music game that is forgiving to Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8 out of 10
The PSP is in need for more music rhythm based games and Namco’s Taiko no Tsujin has been a popular game for the PS2 loved by many…why not try and create it for the PSP?

This is Japan’s first all rhythm based music game for the PSP (the other is the awesome DJ MAX PORTABLE from Korea) and if you enjoyed the PS2 version, whether or not the peripheral matters to you may make you want to purchase this game or not.


ONI (Purple) - EXPERT

There are three mini games (can also be played ala Ad Hoc)

1) The crazy dog game features a mode where you have to press the correct buttons and if you do it right, more people will join the party and dance. Of course, while advancing, things go faster and get difficult.
2) Sumo ?Similar to janken poi (rock, paper, scissors)…you will see a list of buttons which you press in order quickly and if you press the right button, you push the sumo and make him fall and win. Each time you win, you go against a challenger.
3) The third game, you turn the PSP on it’s side and bolts and machinery will fall…you tilt the levers to make them fall into canisters to create more taikou drums.

And much more?


The game is very cutesy and the object of the game is to select a song and while the song plays, you correctly hit the right button when a orange circle or blue circle goes over your taikou circle. Utilizing two different setups, for example (using setup 1)

Small red circle (hit any of the buttons)
Big red circle (hit the d-pad [any direction] and a button)
Small blue circle (hit any of the shoulder buttons)
Big blue circle (hit both shoulder L/R buttons)

The nub stick is used when you see a bell which you shake the stick to ring the bell.

See a yellow extending circle and bar and that means you press the buttons as fast as you can.

While your focus is on the top part of your screen, at the bottom you can watch dogs doing the Michael Jackson Thriller dance and monsters and other characters dancing.

Most songs are opened up when you start the game and around a dozen more songs can be downloaded. But by getting high points and perfect 100%’s, you can open Oni Mode, drum sounds and open up more songs.

Great news is that you can have one game loaded and play with several people ala multiplayer. AWESOME!


The audio is great. I enjoy the cutesy Taikou drum character which is reminiscent of the computerized characters of the popular Japanese music show “Countdown TV? The music features JPOP such as popular songs from D-51’s “No More Cry? Orange Range “Hana? Exile’s “Choo Choo Train? Ootsuka Ai’s “Sakuranbo? , Whiteberry’s “Natsumaturi? T.M Revolution's "IGNITED", the theme songs to anime such as “Dragon Ball Z? “Urusei Yatsura?to classical music to QUEEN’s “We Will Rock You?and Britney Spear’s “Slave 4 You?to video game music from games like Katamari Damacy and Ridge Racer. With around 38 songs that you have available, a dozen or so songs to download and several more to open up, the game features over 50 songs.

As of March 28th, the final songs were added to the Namco site for download.


Although you can figure out how to play the game right away and by navigating to different menus, find your way around. To be truthful, the game has quite a bit of Japanese. Downloading songs require copying files that you downloaded to the memory card and navigating menus well…can be a bit daunting. Here’s a quick primer but please visit gamefaqs for an indepth idea of downloading songs and menu translations:

* Screen with 8 bars…that is the the save game slot
¡Æ The main screen menu has 7 bars. (From left to right):
RED-main game
YELLOW ?Mini Games
ORANGE ?Arcade Mode
GREEN ?Dojo mode (allows you to play a taikou to a traditional song)
LIGHT BLUE ?Multiplayer Modes
BLUE ?Progress mode of what you have opened up and keeps track of your stats
PINK ?SYSTEM (has five bars, from Left to Right: Sound, Memory Card, Setup for buttons, don’t worry about that blue button, and the final is to exit out of system mode).


Overall, there’s no doubt that this game is very popular in Japan. The PS2 version was popular and the fact that this game features popular contemporary hits and classics was a big selling point in Japan. For me, it was the same reason.

Now if you can get beyond the fact that you won’t be using a taikou drum peripheral to play this game and you have to use the buttons, then you will be fine.

The mini games are fun but are not really engrossing. But I’m glad Namco through it in there.

There are various modes for different challenges and difficulty which is great but with two music games out for the PSP, if you want a Beatmania experience, DJ MAX PORTABLE is the way to go. But more than likely if you get DJ MAX PORTABLE, you will probably get TAIKO NO TATSUJIN PORTABLE. It’s fun and even though you may not be good, there are different modes and easy mode is forgiveable to beginners (where DJ MAX is quite unforgiving and challenging in easy mode).

As for music, there is a good balance of music from JPOP, video game, classic and a few American hits but some may crave more English music but unfortunately you are limited to a few.

But all in all, “Taikou no Tatsujin Portable?is a very fun game that I definitely recommend.

RATING: 87%/100


+ Cute interface, characters and dialogue (this could also be a con, depending on the individual)
+ Great balance of songs
+ Multiplayer with only one UMD
+ Downloadable songs
+ Different difficulty modes that adds to replay fa
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