Bandai Namco has released a slough of new information for their upcoming release of Taiko Drum Master: V Version – including a song list, Donda Quest details, and character appearances.

Taiko-Drum-Master-V-Version-4-24-15-1Good ol’ Bamco never fails to deliver when it comes to marketing, and this rings true even on Vita; so it should be no surprise that not long after the announcement of Taiko Drum Master: V Version they’re back on the horn with a ton of new information and media for us to consume.

First up, the announced portion of the song list:

Anime

  • “Butter-Fly” (Digimon Adventure Opening)
  • “Kimi no Shiranai Monogatari” (Bakemonogatari Ending)
  • “Crossing Field” (Sword Art Online Opening)
  • “Ideal White” (Fate/stay night: Unlimited Blade Works Opening)
  • “Blazing” (Gundam Reconguista in G Opening)
  • “Only My Railgun” (To Aru Kagaku no Railgun Opening)
  • “Star!!” (The Idolmaster: Cinderella Girls Opening)
  • “Seishun Satsubatsu Ron” (Assassination Classroom Opening)
  • “Imagination” (Haikyuu!! Opening)
  • “Guren no Yumiya” (Attack on Titan Opening)
  • “Zankoku na Tenshi no Thesis” (Neon Genesis Evangelion Opening)

Vocaloid

  • “Seisou Bakuretsu Boy” (Rerulili/Moja feat. Len Kagamine)
  • “Streaming Heart” (DECO*27 feat. Hatsune Miku)
  • “EDY Electrical Dancing Yoga” (Takafumi Sato feat. Kagamine Rin and Len)
  • “Lost One no Goukoku” (Neru feat. Kagamine Rin)
  • “Ren’nai Saiban” (40mP feat. Hatsune Miku)
  • “Plus Danshi” (Giga Reol feat. Kagamine Len)
  • “Nou Shou Sakuretsu Girl” (Rerulili feat. Hatsune Miku and GUMI)
  • “Senbonzakura” (Kurousa-P feat. Hatsune Miku)
  • “Roku-chou Nen to Ichiya Monogatari” (Kemu)
  • “Yobanashi Deceive” (Jin)

Game

  • “Tales of Zestiria Medley (Motoi Sakuraba)
  • “Abyss of Hell” (Tekken Revolution)
  • “To Make the End of Battle” (Ys I & II Chronicles)
  • “Ashita he no Kodou” (The Legend of Heroes: Sen no Kiseki)
  • “Let’s Kouken! Koi no Choueki ha 1,000,000-Nen” (Freedom Wars)
  • “Blood Rage” (God Eater 2: Rage Burst)
  • “Blazing Vortex” (Critical Velocity)
  • “Daddy MULK” (Ninja Warriors)
  • “The Idolm@ster” (The Idolmaster)

J-Pop

  • “Gimme Choco!!”
  • “Digital Mogra”
  • “Follow Me”
  • “Koisuru Fortune Cookie”
  • “RPG”
  • “Natsu Matsuri”
  • Variety
  • “Yawaraka Sensha”
  • “Doughnut Hole”
  • “Senbonzakura ver. Sachiko Kobayashi”

Namco Original

  • “Jikuu Chou Sousa 2-Ka”
  • “Iosys Aki no Nikushoku Matsuri”
  • “Kibou he no Melody”
  • “Kurokami Chronicle”
  • “Cross Blue”
  • “Donkama 2000″

Classic

  • “Dokadoka”
  • “Kare Kano Kanon”

What a list, huh? It’s even more amazing to think that it’s not even complete yet. (o_-)

Next up we move onto Donda Quest, which is that RPG-like mode featuring Don-chan and heroine Maple. We’ve touched briefly on this mode before, however we’ve got some more details to tickle your imagination.

The story arc in this mode will revolve around Don-chan being sucked into a strange book and sent to another dimension. When he explores the area upon arriving in this new location, he finds two moons in the sky – and this curiosity causes him to wander.

Wandering off, Don-chan gets attacked by a dragon and ends up getting saved by the intervention of heroine Maple. The two run for their lives, and end up quickly becoming friends soon after – Maple telling Don-chan about the dragons being “Noise Monsters” that often attack the city. Together, they decide to team up and fight these monsters with the power of their music – the dragon they encountered prior to their meeting being their ultimate adversary.

Battles in Donda Quest take place through songs, and as you perform in those songs you deal damage to your enemy. In addition to regular song performance damage however, the game also provides the ability to collect a deck of power-enhanced cards which contain help in the form of weapons, equipment, support items or special attacks.

Speaking of special attacks, they may even cause cut-ins to appear – the moves themselves all enabling special effects like heavy damage to the enemy or even HP recovery. Some of the guest characters that can cut-in are as follows;

  • The Idolm@ster: Cinderella Girls’ New Generation unit (Anyone from the unit)
  • God Eater 2: Rage Burst’s Blood Members
  • Assassination Classroom’s teacher, Koro-sensei
  • IA (The Vocaloid)
  • Normin (From Tales of Zestiria)

…and we also have a list of four new characters joining the roster in general;

  • Adol Christin (from Ys I & II Chronicles)
  • Rean Schwarzer (from The Legend of Heroes: Sen no Kiseki)
  • Kazuya Mishima (from Tekken)
  • Emilie De Rochefort (from Tekken)

Bandai Namco has also stated that new songs and outfits will be coming down the road as DLC, so you can be doubly sure that this isn’t all they’re offering for the title (aside from what’s still unannounced).

The game has even been paired up with the Nippon Elekitel Rengo comedy duo Hosogai-san and Akemi-chan, who are set to bring the game some interesting new patches such as a synthesizer. When used, the drum sounds during gameplay will be replaced by sounds from the comedy duo instead.

Before you leave, I suggest taking a look at the video below, as it contains some b-roll sequence of the game’s various levels at the 3:07 mark (which should be queued up for you);

…and maybe a look at the crap-ton of released screenshots as well;

Taiko Drum Master: V Version is due for release in Japan on July 9th, with no news yet on a Western localization.

  • Devin Hudson

    I’ve never played a game in this series before, and I kinda suck at rhythm games in general, but I want to play this. I like a few of the songs on that list (and I’m sure I’ll like more once I actually hear them), and that RPG mode sounds really interesting. I hope this one makes it over here.

  • Ichigo Yoite

    This looks totally crazy – not exactly in a bad way though. What are those fishlike dancing …things… in the first scene?

  • Duo Maxwell

    The song list alone is worth the purchase.

  • Buckybuckster

    Boy that’s an impressive song list! Hoping for a release here in the west.