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05/18/2019 12:19 PM 

The Taiko Minute #2: Custom maps!
Current mood:  dorky

Hello and welcome back to the Taiko Minute, my little blogging corner for Taiko no Tatsujin, NAMCO's famous rhythm game!

Today, I'll talk about custom maps. Custom maps are basically, playable songs made by the community. These are more commonly found on OSU! where songs all have to be mapped from scratch. Usually, they are meant to be playable, even if they are very hard. However, my favorite custom maps are those that are more humoristic or who are seemingly humanely impossible to full combo. So, here's a showcase of some of my favorites!

The only map I'll present from OSU! The notes are meant to follow the speech of Scott, (ex) president of Domino's Japan. I attempted to play it myself, and it's very hard hahaha!
This is one of the tamest on this list, but it's a funny one! I really love it >w<

BALLOON2000 is SAITAMA2000's map, except all notes are replaced with balloons (which have to be hit several times each to pop). SAITAMA2000 is already hard on its own, but having to pop all the balloons is not an easy feat. I have the SHIMEDORE2000 equivalent on my own simulator, and it's extremely hard to even pop any balloon since the notes go so fast!

20m Shatoruran is quite the daunting feat to take if you are brave enough to do so. Not only is this map 20 minutes long in total, but it also has a total of 15666 notes. Just as a notice, the most notes I've heard of on an official Taiko no Tatsujin map is around 2000.
The notes starts out very simple, almost too easy. But as time goes on, the stream of notes grows gradually bigger and eventually, there's no break in between note streams. I reccomend watching this one by going over it, as I don't think you want to sit 20 minutes watching a really not interesting song be played.
(It honestly reminds me of those pacer tests in middle school...)

This song is an advanced version of Shimedore2000, which was a mashup of all the songs in the 2000 serie that had appeared so far at that time, and was supposed to be the last 2000 song. However, more were made, as a new mapper came along to map LindaAI-CUE's songs to replace the old one. However, this mashup seems to have new, fan made 2000 songs, as songs after Joubutsu2000 do not exist as far as I'm aware of in the games. (Listen I've never heard of Shoromaru2000 in my entire life). It's still quite good and has... way too many notes lol! The Joubutsu2000 part makes this especially hard

One of the very first custom map I discovered that wasn't from OSU, and it still haunts me. The notes streams, the changing speed near the end, the placement of the master notes, the 5 minutes lenght... This one is so horrible, it's perfect. A nightmare to play. This is what I see when someone tells me about custom maps. The creator chose to mark it as 30★ (as a reference, the normal games only goes as far as 10★). If there's one video you have to watch out of all of them, it's this one. Watch it without skipping. I remember watching it one night and not feeling anything anymore afterwards, wondering why in the world someone would go as hard making a taiko map...
I'm being dramatic here haha, but for real, it's really bad (in a good way). Definetively watch this one!

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