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Taiko no Tatsujin: Rhythm Festival Review

Taiko no Tatsujin Rhythm Festival will immediately make you a fan. You'll find it difficult to stop playing your Bachi even after your hands are numb...


Taiko no Tatsujin: Rhythm Festival Review



Taiko no Tatsujin Rhythm Festival will immediately make you a fan. You'll find it difficult to stop playing your Bachi even after your hands are numb. You may finally have the answer to your rhythm problem. With hundreds of songs to choose from, and bright, colorful visual splendor filling your screen, it's possible to find the perfect track.

This game is tailored to a particular audience. If you miss this one, you might be missing out on one of the best rhythm games of the last decade. We have our thoughts about the latest entry in the Taiko no Tatsujin series, and why it is a must-play game for fans of Japan, music and good times.

Taiko no Tatsujin is always a good time



You may be asking yourself why you should add Taiko no Tatsujin to your ever-growing list of games. No matter what mood you are in, this game will instantly bring a smile to your face. You'll find new things to do thanks to the vibrant and colorful visuals that flutter across your screen.

Although the designs can feel cluttered at times, your focus will always be on the prize. Those watching will see everything else. The creative character designs, which include Don Wada (the mascot) and a variety of support characters, bring the title's unique style and flair to the forefront. It's hard to find another game that has the same frenetic energy as this title.

The game's premise is simple, yet it is difficult to master. Only two notes are required to be mastered and controlled: the red Don and blue Ka notes. It sounds simple, right? It is until you increase the difficulty of the game. Then you will need to have surgical precision to masterful combinations, nailing notes and rolling them out.

It's impossible to fail in the middle song so you have a chance to save your run. But even for those who are familiar with other Rhythm titles, it's okay to start on easy difficulty or medium difficulty. It's amazing how fast some of these notes can fly at you, making it easy to lose track of your position and become overwhelmed.

This is however the most accessible entry for the Nintendo Switch. It also includes a practice mode, which allows you to improve your skills and nail that song that has been causing so much grief.

You can learn some of the more difficult tricks using the Practice Mode. With patience and skill you can master any track. Practice Mode is a great way to gain confidence and master difficult tracks, since there are many songs that make "Through The Fire And Flames” look easy.

You have the option to select from a variety of difficulty levels, from easy to difficult to oni. These will put you to the test for your endurance and speed. Each song is rated based on how easy it is to follow, up to the most difficult 10-Star tracks that test your ability to master the complex. This combination of blasting beats and burning calories can be a great one.

Catchy beats and quick feats



You're bound to find something you like as you go through the soundtrack. They've got the tracklist down for the base game, whether it be a song from your favorite games, like Super Mario Bros., Undertale or Persona 5. Once you've mastered all 80 songs, you can start to master the rest.

The Taiko Music Pass is a new addition to the franchise. In the past, DLC packs were required to add songs to your game. Prices varied widely and some offered a few tracks for as low as $4.99. You can add 500 songs to the game with this subscription service for a low monthly, or tri-monthly, charge.

This new feature, while it may be criticized by some, allows you to enjoy a vast array of songs at a very low price, and not have to spend hundreds of dollars for future downloadable content. This is a fantastic new feature that rhythm games should look into.

If you don't plan to play the base game, there are still a lot of great tracks you can drum along to. These include the classics "Night of Knights/Knight of Nights", and the more catchy "Katamari on the Rocks." You'll be able to master any difficulty.

This is the kind of game you can take with you wherever you go. There are many ways to drum, so you don't have to use a specific instrument. You can choose to use touchscreen input or button presses to drum, but you won't need the Hori Official Drum.

To be honest, you will miss out on a lot of the fun and excitement if you don’t get a Drum controller. The sheer amount of drums and plastic guitars available has made rhythm music a bit overwhelming. However, there's something about the Taiko controller which makes you feel proud when you complete your first Oni-level song.

The Switch's Most Customizable Taiko Game



Players were able to choose a different character when Taiko no Tatsujin was released on the Nintendo Switch. The customization offered by the other games in this franchise was not available to them, which was quite a blow to your Don-chan. This time, however, things have changed.

With the ability to personalize every aspect of your character, you can create a unique look you will love every time you log into. It's adorable to tackle the most difficult track with a little drum dressed as a frog.

You can also customize the gameplay experience by changing the sound of the Taiko drum. This will allow you to make it sound like MappyPacMan, dogs, and cats or nothing at all. This will maximize your ability focus on the action right in front of your eyes. You can choose to be as focused on the music as you like or to have it as loud as you want.

There is something for almost everyone



You'll be greeted with an introduction and a brief how-to segment when you first start the game. If you feel confident or have already played through other games in the series, you can skip this section. You'll find that the main rhythm game only is the beginning of the fun, and there are many other activities to keep your mind busy for years.

The Great Toy War will allow you to compete against AI or other players to determine the best drummer. You can also use power-ups and confuse your opponents. This battle mode is unique and almost plays like Mario Kart. You'll need to focus sharp to win.

You can also play online with up to four other players in the Big Band Mode. This will allow players to take on songs together. It's great fun if you have a lot of skill players and a mess if all are beginners. If you are all in the same skill level or wish to teach another player how to play, it can be quite entertaining and make for some great laughs.

You can customize your character's appearance and experience story mode. There is also a lot of content available. Matchmaking is available, where you can create your own room and compete against others of the same skill level. This is a great way to watch.

Although it is a shame that Drum 'n Fun's party games weren't included in this game to make it the most feature-rich, there's still plenty to do and see here. And if they aren't, you might not even be aware.

Verdict

This is the ideal entry point to the Taiko no Tatsujin franchise if you have never tried it. The new Taiko Music Pass will give you access to more music and allow you to customize your character and playstyle so you can become a master Donder quickly. It will take patience to learn and grow but it is worth it once you have.

This is not a game that everyone will enjoy, but those who have had even the smallest interest in the series should take a chance and see why this game is one of the most unique in gaming history. Soon, you will fall in love Don Wada and become the Taiko Master that you were meant to be.

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Score: 4.5 / 5. Available on: Nintendo Switch. Published by: BANDAI NAMCO. Developed by: BANDAI NAMCO. Genre: Rhythm/Music US. Release Date: September 23, 2022. Reviewed on: Nintendo Switch. Quote: "If this is your first time playing the Taiko no Tatsujin series, then this will be the perfect introduction point. The new Taiko Music Pass will give you access to more music and allow you to customize your character and play style so you can become a master Donder quickly. It will take patience to learn and grow but it is worth it once you have. Check out our Policy.