I just got back from Japan last night, where I spent 2 weeks shopping, eating, shopping, and playing arcade games. Readers of HCW Tech Blog will know that I have been a long-time arcade freak, but considering that they are pretty much dead in North America, it’s been a while since I have visited one. But in Japan arcades are still extremely prevalent (and in my home base of Hong Kong as well, to an arguably further extent). The games have changed a bit though; the most popular games are of a genre that I never got into: rhythm games. That is, until now.
During my 2 weeks in Tokyo, I spent hours playing Guitar Freaks 3 and Taiko no Tatsujin 9 – two games I never would have considered for the past few years. Now I am hooked – I just ordered Guitar Hero II for 360, and I am completely stoked to check out Taiko no Tatsujin for Nintendo DS when it comes out this summer…
The control method will make it as close to the arcade game as a portable console will get; it comes with a pair of styli, and you bang the drum on the bottom screen. Sweet! I can’t wait to beat to the tune of Super Mario Bros. and the prelude of Carmen on the DS. It will also support 4 players over WiFi and you will be able to dress up your little drum in cute outfits and accessorize them with such things as diving masks and bowls of rice. (wheee!) Oh yeah, I have also been playing Elite Beat Agents and the Ouendan games quite a bit as well during the trip… Even though I thoroughly enjoyed Parappa The Rapper when it came out, I haven’t touched a rhythm game since. Yup, it took me a while, but I am finally on the rhythm game bandwagon.
For more info on this game, check out the official site. Filled with whackiness only the Japanese can possibly come up with; be sure you have your speakers on! Also check out the commercial; it’s something you can’t possibly not enjoy.
This game will be available on HKToyz.com as soon as it is released in late July.