Japan Still Digs Rhythm Games, Taiko Drum Master Shipments Surpass 500,000

By Spencer . May 21, 2013 . 12:16am

taiko While the rhythm game market is on ice in the West, Japan is still purchasing music games like the Taiko Drum Master series. Namco Bandai announced Taiko Drum Master: The Little Dragon and the Mysterious Orb for Nintendo 3DS and Taiko Drum Master: Super Splendid Edition for Wii broke past 500,000 units shipped. Not bad considering these games were only released in Japan.


The Taiko Drum Master games feature mascot Wada-don and usually a few crossover songs. Take Taiko Drum Master: Super Splendid Edition, the fifth Taiko game for Wii, which has music from Dragon Quest X, New Super Mario Bros. Wii and Monster Hunter Tri G. The 3DS game has "The Invincible Blade" from Soulcalibur V, "The Arrow was Shot" from Tales of the Abyss, "Wasabi Body Blow" from Tekken 3D Prime Edition, and a theme from My Neighbor Totoro.


Taiko Drum Master: The Little Dragon and the Mysterious Orb has a RPG-lite mode where you battle enemies by hitting notes on beat and dodging bombs. It’s too bad Taiko Drum Master didn’t catch on in the West.

  • Kevadu

    Wait, is that each or did they just add up shipments for two totally different games for some reason? That’s a weird way to report things…

    • Tom_Phoenix

      It’s each. Here are last week’s sales figures according to Media Create:

      14./09. [WII] Taiko no Tatsujin Wii: Super Deluxe Edition # (Bandai Namco Games) {2012.11.29} (¥5.040) – 3.952 / 473.389 (-60%)
      15./14. [3DS] Taiko no Tatsujin: Chibi Dragon to Fushigi na Orb (Bandai Namco Games) {2012.07.12} (¥5.040) – 3.812 / 483.415 (-41%)

  • komiko12

    More rhythm games are good. Hopefully Rhythm Heaven for 3DS and Wii U will follow.

  • gamefreak86

    Wait they released it in the west? Wtf?

    • For PS2. Not sure if any arcade game made it.
      Save for the Namco songs and some classical, the track list is not that interesting to me. Namco probably should of gone the extra mile on Jpop or more original songs.

  • Haseyo

    This game is honestly the main reason I imported a J-3DS. I’m a huge, huge Taiko fan. Have every PSP, DS, and Wii version (with the drum too). So sad we only got that one PS2 game but with games like Guitar Hero and Rock Band, I don’t blame them.

  • puchinri

    I don’t think rhythm games will ever stop being popular in Japan. Something I am happy about and hope it remains forever true. Now if only we got more of those games (and they were more popular here).

  • Shane Guidaboni

    America still digs them too, Japan! Bring us more Taiko games!

  • Just Tim

    I consider record labels a factor why Rhythm games got cold…in America.

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