You can vote to bring Taiko No Tatsujin to the US

For any person who wonders why I am a fan of the Taiko No Tatsujiin series, I ask you: gaze upon that picture above and tell what about it is not to like. In addition to flying drums, we have multicolored birds, jubilant cats, overjoyed drumsticks, an ecstatic mermaid, a boy holding a gun with a tiger coming out of it and a flying bell holding what appears to be a lightsaber made of fire. I mean, Jesus … that’s some good sh*t.

The last game in the series, Meccha! Taiko no Tatsujin DS 7-tsu no Shima no Daibouken, had a story mode that I would have loved to have been able to understand. According to C3, I might just get my wish. They posted an interview with the producer of the Taiko series, Ken Nakadate, who had some hopeful words for US fans of the series:

C3: Rhythm games have been extremely popular in the West, including the Bandai Namco-developed Donkey Kong series, as well as the extremely Japanese-themed Elite Beat Agents. Given this fact, will either DS Taiko no Tatsujin or the forthcoming Wii game be considered for a US or European release?

KN: We want the customers in Europe and US to enjoy the Japanese Taiko drum. The schedule for US or European releases is undecided but we would release them if we receive a lot of requests from US and European customers!

I don’t have to tell you what to do, do I? As we speak I’m preparing to take some pictures of myself in my homemade drum costume to accompany the 27 page letter I wrote to Namco-Bandai. Important note, though — you have to stress that while we want English dialogue, we do not want different songs. DO NOT WANT. Otherwise, we’ll end up drumming our way through Britney Spears songs again, which was kind of like having sex with Christian Bale while he’s wearing a mask with your grandmother’s face on it.

[Via Go Nintendo — Thanks, Brian]

Colette Bennett