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  • Summary: Enjoy the cult classic arcade rhythm game from Japan in the comfort of your own home! Play to the beat using your own drum with wide variety of new songs and challenge your friends to prove who has the best taiko skills. Use motion controls to enjoy Taiko like never before! Unlock belovedEnjoy the cult classic arcade rhythm game from Japan in the comfort of your own home! Play to the beat using your own drum with wide variety of new songs and challenge your friends to prove who has the best taiko skills. Use motion controls to enjoy Taiko like never before! Unlock beloved characters to help you on your journey to become a legendary taiko drummer! Utilize the interactive features of the Nintendo Switch to connect, share, and play with family and friends. Expand

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 22
  2. Negative: 0 out of 22
  1. Nov 7, 2018
    90
    It’s not cheap, but then what’s the price of laughter and happiness?
  2. Nov 1, 2018
    90
    Taiko no Tatsujin: Drum ‘n’ Fun is, in all honestly, a near-perfect rhythm game. Every piece of the puzzle that makes up this game is meticulously chosen to create a wonderful experience for newbies and pros alike. Beginners will be instantly engaged by the simple two-button gameplay, while advanced players will be able to test their strength on the insane speed of higher difficulty tracks. No matter which side you fall on, there’s enough content here to keep you engaged for a long time.
  3. Nov 1, 2018
    85
    The best rhythm game on Nintendo Switch, and one with a surprisingly fun party mode.
  4. Nov 1, 2018
    80
    The beat is strong with this one.
  5. Nov 7, 2018
    78
    A fun rhythm game that is funnier when played with the drum, and with friends in its multiplayer mode. If that's not the case, Taiko No Tatsujin: Drum 'n' Fun is a bit less stellar.
  6. Nov 13, 2018
    75
    Taiko no Tatsujin: Drum'n'Fun! it's a fun and 100% Japanese experience, but its lack of game modes does not allow it to aspire to better goals.
  7. Nov 6, 2018
    68
    With added partygames Taiko no Tatsujin on Switch is significantly better than its PS4-sibling. Nonetheless the poor JoyCon controls stick out.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 6
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 6
  3. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. Mar 10, 2020
    9
    One of, if not the best rhythm game on Nintendo Switch. Very fun and a very wide variety of songs.
  2. Nov 2, 2018
    9
    The best music game on switch? Good Taiko mode and fun party mode. But no online mode.
    DLCs can be a lot! Need to have a season pass.
  3. May 23, 2020
    9
    I bought Taiko no Tatsujin for my Switch after I moved to Japan and tried the arcade machine and I was not disapointed! There is a niceI bought Taiko no Tatsujin for my Switch after I moved to Japan and tried the arcade machine and I was not disapointed! There is a nice variety of songs on 4 (sometimes 5) difficulties. While the songs with vocals are not the originals, this was likely due to licensing issues if I was to guess, so it can't be helped. I would not recomend playing this game with the motion controls as they are inacurate and aggrivating at times. I would use the touchscreen over the buttons, but if you purchase a drum controller, it is basically like playing a new game, it is so immersive! The online multiplayer mode works great with no lag in any session I have had. I would ABSOLUTELY recomend you pick up this game when it's on sale (which is fairly often). Expand
  4. Nov 2, 2018
    9
    Great rythm game, awesome music and a lot of party games (i didn't expect this, but they're really fun).
  5. Apr 21, 2020
    8
    I have bought this game out of pure nostalgia - back in 2015, on my first Japan trip, I have played it physically with my friends and boyI have bought this game out of pure nostalgia - back in 2015, on my first Japan trip, I have played it physically with my friends and boy wasn't it fun! The kinetic aspect of the switch helped me get that feeling back. After a while though, you kind of start wishing for other songs, I remember that in Japan, they used to have western songs also? I hope they will add a larger collection in the future. Expand
  6. Jan 13, 2020
    8
    I've never really been a fan of rhythm games, but Taiko No Tatsuijin has basically won me over in every way possible. With its nonsensicalI've never really been a fan of rhythm games, but Taiko No Tatsuijin has basically won me over in every way possible. With its nonsensical cast of adorable characters, vibrant and highly stylised visuals and its wide selection of bizarre Japanese music, the game is really a treat for pretty much anyone with a sense of rhythm.

    The core gameplay is relatively simple, it has you keeping in time with the inputs on screen. There's a number of different inputs to perform, but at its core you'll be using your left and right hand to keep up with the appropriate inputs on screen. The core game is extremely accessible and easy to pick up and fun in short bursts, but I never found that it had enough depth or variety to really keep me gripped in terms of single-player content. Fans of the game will find no shortage of replayability however, as there’s 4 different difficulty settings per song which overhaul the level completely. There is a great variety of game music, classical, anime intros, original songs, Japanese pop and other bits and pieces of different music in this game – and while it may not be everybody’s cup of tea, it is certainly an impressive collection of music.

    The game definitely shines in its multiplayer department in my opinion. In multiplayer you can the turn the single-player game mode into two types of versus modes, which spices up the core gameplay a little bit and makes for some fun competitive little 1v1s. But the game also has an enormous variety of creative, distinct and simple mini-games for up to four players. This is easily the game-mode I’ve used the most since buying the game, and it’s probably my favorite part of the whole game. Mini-games are either free for all, cooperative or team versus – all of these modes are just as fun, and playing with different groups of people yields some greatly varying experiences.

    My only real issue with the game is that using wireless controllers creates some input-lag, which makes higher difficulty settings frustrating, and at times even unplayable.

    Overall, this a great rhythm game with a huge amount of content for casual and veteran gamers alike – if you don’t like rhythm games maybe stay away from this one, and if you’re looking to get into them this is a great place to start.
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