Taiko no Tatsujin

aka Drum Master

Taiko no Tatsujin (太鼓の達人), literally translating to English as Taiko Master, is a series of rhythm games created by Namco. In the games, players simulate playing a Taiko drum in time with music.

  • 2001
  • Namco
  • 2 Players
  • Rhythm


The main objective of Taiko no Tatsujin games is to hit a simulated Taiko drum following a chosen piece of music, corresponding to notes (音符 onpu) scrolling from the right.

A song is cleared when the spirit gauge (魂ゲージ tamashii geeji) is filled past the target (ノルマ noruma), by playing accurately enough.

How to Play

Arcade releases are equipped with simulated Taiko, which can register hits when played with drum sticks (bachis).

Most games in the franchise provide four difficulty levels for play: Easy (かんたん kantan), Normal (ふつう futsū), Hard (むずかしい muzukashii), and "Oni" (おに, lit. demon), the highest difficulty.

The sequence of the notes in a level is commonly referred to as a notechart (譜面 fumen).

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