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Taiko no Tatsujin: Rhythm Festival Hits Switch this September/October

Taiko no Tatsujin Rhythm Festival

Taiko no Tatsujin: Rhythm Festival, the latest in the popular rhythm drum game series, is just a few months away from a Nintendo Switch release.

We had a ridiculous amount of fun with Taiko no Tatsujin: Drum n Fun, so we’re looking forward to this new entry in the series. It sports 76 tracks and, wielding just the Switch Joy Cons, you can drum like a pro. Most of these tracks are Japanese in origin, so don’t count on drumming away to Never Gonna Give You U, but seeing music from Pac-Man crop up gave us a big grin.

You can check out the whole track list here, courtesy of Gematsu, And if you really want to go all out, you can play with a plastic drum accessory (think a slightly classier version of Donkey Konga). That’s why the game’s set to come in two flavours, the regular edition and the Taiko Drum Set edition with drumkit.

You can tackle the songs in regular or story mode and, regardless of whether you splurge for the drums, subscribing to the Taiko Music Pass will give you access to a massive 500 additional tracks.

So when can you get your hands on this drum-em-up? That depends on where you are. In a flashback to the days of staggered releases, it’s set to hit European Nintendo Switches this October 14th. If you’re in the USA, on the other hand, you can get your hands on it a little earlier, this September 23rd. And Asia? It’ll arrive there on September 22nd.

The Switch isn’t region-locked, so there’s nothing to stop you getting an import copy if you’re in Europe, but if you’re not a hardcore Taiko no Tatsujin fan, maybe you can live with waiting a month. Either way, you’ll be able to show off your drumming skills with Taiko no Tatsujin: Rhythm Festival later this year.

Weekend Editor // Chris has been gaming since the days of the Acorn Electron, which was allegedly purchased to 'help him with his homework'. You can probably guess how well that went. He’ll tackle most genres – football titles aside – though he has a taste for games that that are post-apocalyptic, horror-oriented or thought provoking in nature.