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Taiko no Tatsujin: Drum ‘n’ Fun! and Drum Session! Now Available in North America and Europe

Bandai Namco Entertainment have released both Taiko no Tatsujin: Drum ‘n’ Fun! and Taiko no Tatsujin: Drum Session!.

While the former is now available for Nintendo Switch, the latter is available for PlayStation 4. Featured above, you can view a new launch trailer for Taiko no Tatsujin: Drum ‘n’ Fun!.

In Taiko no Tatsujin: Drum ‘n’ Fun! the player can use their joycons like drumsticks, play Nintendo franchise themed tracks, and play as Kirby or a Squid from Splatoon in the minigame mode. In addition, a bundle has been released with the Switch console and a Taiko Drum Set peripheral- akin to what the arcades used.

Meanwhile, Taiko no Tatsujin: Drum Session! has Ranked Mode, letting players play against Ghost Data from other players online. Players can also unlock “costumes, sound effects, and greetings for the Taiko no Tatsujin mascot, Don-chan, and play Guest Session with popular characters such as Heihachi from Tekken, Pac-Man and Hello Kitty.”

Finally, an online contest will be available at launch – Tobidase World Taiko Fest. Players can unlock. “By competing for Festival Points, participants can receive new greetings, costumes, and songs depending on how many they accumulate during this festival.” There is no information if these are exclusive to the event, or if they can unlocked during regular play.

You can find the full run-down below:


For the first time ever, the smash-hit Japanese rhythm game comes to Europe, featuring a wide variety of new songs, special crossover characters, and multiplayer capabilities that are sure to get players drumming to the hypnotic rhythm of taiko drums. Taiko no Tatsujin: Drum ‘n’ Fun! for Nintendo Switch® and Taiko no Tatsujin: Drum Session! for PlayStation®4 each boast unique features that tailor the Taiko no Tatsujin experience to each specific platform for optimised gameplay.

Players can also download a free demo of either game from the Nintendo eShop or PlayStation® Store respectively.

Using the Joy-Con® controllers as drumsticks, Taiko no Tatsujin: Drum ‘n’ Fun! for Nintendo Switch® introduces motion-control play that uniquely replicates the popular arcade-style experience. Taiko no Tatsujin: Drum ‘n’ Fun! also features 20 multiplayer rhythm-based mini-games that can be played by up to 4 players. Additionally, in the Rhythm Games Mode, players will be able to use characters from classic Nintendo® games including Kirby from Kirby® and Squid from Splatoon® 2. Nintendo Switch players in Europe will also be able to purchase the Taiko Drum Set + Switch Game bundle to experience the closest thing to the arcade version.

Taiko no Tatsujin: Drum Session! for PlayStation®4 plays to the spirited competitive side of Taiko with its Ranked Mode, enabling players to connect online and test their skills against Taiko player’s ghost data around the world. Players will also have the chance to unlock costumes, sound effects, and greetings for the Taiko no Tatsujin mascot, Don-chan, and play Guest Session with popular characters such as Heihachi from Tekken, Pac-Man® and Hello Kitty®.

From launch, players on PlayStation®4 will be able to compete in the Tobidase World Taiko Fest – held to celebrate the game’s release – against players from across the world. The event takes place from 09:00am (GMT) 2nd November to 09:00am (GMT) 13th November 2018. By competing for Festival Points, participants can receive new greetings, costumes, and songs depending on how many they accumulate during this festival.

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