The Taiko Minute #4: Games and Simulators!
Hello! Welcome to the Taiko Minute again! Today, the blog post will be a bit of a long one! I'll be talking about games and simulators (and how to play said simulators!) for all of us folks who may not have the money to play Taiko no Tatsujin, or dont have any arcades close to them!
If you need to learn how to play Taiko no Tatsujin (if you're gonna jump into the world of simulators, check out this Taiko Time article -->HERE<--
The basic control scheme for simulators is DF JK (DK being Ka's, or the outer rim of the drum, and FJ being don's, or the inner side of the drum)
Taiko no Tatsujin Drum Session is the first game that made it to the west since the PS2 game! That's an amazing feet! It has quite the DLC amount, and is often considered the best option between the 2 available right now! You can dress up your Don-Chan (like in the arcades) and you can also have drum sessions with characters like Hatsune Miku! If you have a PS4, this is a Must-Have!
Taiko no tatsujin Drum 'n' Fun is the Nintendo Switch version of Taiko no Tatsujin. The game being more recent, has less DLC and content than Drum Session, but releases are constant and a lot of content is coming! Instead of dressing up your Don-Chan, you get to choose between characters from the serie, each having their own abilities to help (or mess) your performance! Definetively a best pick for a newbie to the serie in my opinion!
Simulators are for veterans who wants to practice, or for folks who'd like to play the Taiko no Tatsujin games without the budget for it or who wants to try it out. I highly encourage you to support the franchise if you love it! That way, we can get more western releases! It's super important now that they're accessible! We need more western releases! But, if you'd like to drum it up on your computer or phone, here are some alternatives!
Taiko Bui PM is a browser-based simulator by Bui. This simulator has a bunch of songs built-in, which is perfect for quick taiko plays! It is also available to play on mobile devices too! Perfect for plays on the go! Other features includes online multiplayer, auto play etc! If you're new to Taiko no Tatsujin, I highly suggest starting out with Taiko Bui PM.
The downside of this simulator is that it is prone to lags sometimes, especially on phones or on low internet. Even on my computer, it has lags when go-go mode starts. However, it's a great place to start your Taiko journey, or to play with a friend!
To access the simulator, click the title of the Taiko Bui PM section! It should take you to the website to play it!
TJAplayer3 is, by far, the BEST Taiko simulator you could get yourself on your computer. Sadly, it is not compatible with mobile devices, but that's fine. This simulator was created by japanese dev AoiLight, and is by far the best one you'll ever get. It perfectly recreates the Taiko experience more than any other simulators! If you want to install the simulator AND a skin to make it look more like the real thing, click the title of this section to be taken to the reddit tutorial! If you'd like to see the simulator in action, here's a video of me playing it -->HERE<--
Osu!Taiko is probably the most well known Taiko simulator. However, it is often not regarded well by a part of the Taiko community, as, since it is based on the Elite Beat Agents gameplay, the maps aren't as representatives of Taiko gameplay, and some changes makes the experience less enjoyable for some. However, its high precision level skills, online leaderboard and various songs available makes it a prime choice amongst some donders! If you think Osu!Taiko is for you, press the link on this section's title!
I hope this helps anyone get into Taiko no Tatsujin! This game is so wonderful yet so underground... It's a shame it has such a lack of recognition in the west! If you need anymore information, would like some help or need some tips, feel free to comment or send me a private message! I'm always open to help any new donders!