Namco Bandai Developing An Inflatable Taiko Drum Controller For Wii

By Spencer . September 22, 2009 . 7:08pm

taiko1A patent in the Japanese patent database reveals plans for another Taiko no Tatsujin accessory. This one being a squishy Wii remote case with Wada-don’s face.


Users put their Wii remote inside the inflatable drum shell and tap on it to hit notes. While the patent doesn’t specify a game, the drawing makes it pretty obvious this is for Taiko no Tatsujin or, as it’s known in the US, Taiko Drum Master.




Namco Bandai filed the patent earlier this year, after Taiko no Tatsujin was released on the Wii. The current Taiko no Tatsujin accessory is a plastic drum, similar that plugs into a Wii remote. It’s bulky and more expensive to manufacture than an air cushion.


The Wii version of Taiko no Tatsujin was a hit in Japan. Music games are hot in North America. Maybe Namco Bandai wants to give Taiko Drum Master another chance overseas, but they don’t want to ship the game with a costly peripheral. So, they thought of an alternate solution. This solution.


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  • It would be great if the Wii games came over. I don’t understand why they wouldn’t, but I’ll be getting the DS games pretty soon. Great music, cute designs – what more could I want?

    Since the Wii remote is place in a specific spot I guess the hits have to be more precise? At any rate, I love to hit that :3 off his face!

    • Just letting you know as a fellow Taiko no Tatsujin fan that I really enjoyed the DS game a lot. =) So long as you don’t have a dead touch screen area like one of my friends.

  • I love Taiko no Tatsujin, but… this seems little weird with the wii mote inside and all. I’d rather have a new plastic taiko drum or something.. at least it will have a “louder” sound..

  • Zefiro Torna

    Should take up less shelf space too, therefore making retailers happy. Since this inflatable drum seems like just an inexpensive alternative, I don’t see (well, I’m hoping not to see) drumcon support being dropped from future console Taiko games.

    The one thing that troubles me is if they do try to release another Taiko Drum game outside of Japan and leave people here with the inflatable drum as the only option.

    Yet as much as I love the drumcon I’d still pick up one of these to try out, and to cherish for having Don/Katsu’s face on it. Yeah… I can’t help but wonder if they’ll go for two design schemes.

  • CleruTesh

    As much as I love Samba de Amigo on the Wii, there is enough unresponsiveness at times that I often wish they would release a genuine set of maracas.
    Some games warrant accessories. This is a neat idea, but I doubt it will be an improvement. Hopefully it at least has wiimotionplus support, although there is nothing in the pictures to indicate this.

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