Bandai Namco has released the first Taiko Drum Master: Doko Don! Mystery Adventure details and screenshots following its announcement last week.
The 3DS drumming game sees Don-chan embark on a new, RPG-esque adventure in the new “Mystery Adventure Mode,” where he is tasked with saving the world from calamity.
Get the information below.
■ Game Outline
Taiko Drum Master: Doko Don! Mystery Adventure offers the following modes and functions:
(1) Musical Performance game
Select your favorite song, and interact with the buttons and touch screen in accordance with the song to play a musical performance.
(2) Mystery Adventure Mode
Adventure Mode is popular in the Taiko Drum Master 3DS series. This time, while traveling around the world’s mystery spots, a great adventure story full of mystery will unfold. Music Performance Battles have also seen a big evolution. Enjoy eight-versus-eight grand battles. Over 100 monsters are set to appear.
Using the allies you trained in Adventure Mode, you can play cooperative and competitive multiplayer modes. Download Play, which only requires a single 3DS card, is also possible, allowing two to four users to play.
Both song and costume downloadable content are planned for release. (Paid and free.)
A side element. By clearing a variety of areas, you’ll receive various rewards.
Don-chan’s costume options include color changes and body and head attachments.
Your Donda Card is exchanged via StreetPass, which contains your personal play results. You can also engage in StreetPass battles.
QR Codes distributed in magazines and shops can be scanned to unlock bonus elements in the game.
From classic songs to the latest hits in 2015 and 2016, there are over 70 songs filled with variety. And with songs from Yo-kai Watch, One Piece, Pokemon, Assassination Classroom, Doraemon, Kirby, Monster Hunter, and more, the game is targeted at both children and adults.
The current list of announced songs is as follows:
- “Dramatic Jinsei” (from Yo-kai Watch)
- “Youkai Taisou Daiichi” (from Yo-kai Watch)
- “Warera Omou, Yueni Warera Ari” (from Kamen Rider Ghost)
- “Hard Knock Days” (from One Piece)
- “Korokoro Koko Tama” (from Kamisama Minarai: Himitsu no Cocotama)
- “XY&Z” (from Pokemon XY&Z)
- “Untaka Dance” (from Eiga Doraemon Shin Nobita no Nihon Tanjou special support song)
- “Umi no Mieru Machi” (from Kiki’s Delivery Service)
- “Question” (from Assassination Classroom)
- “Nai Monoo Nedari”
- “Hikaru Nara Hikaru Nara”
- “Watashi Igai Watashi Janai no”
- “Sugar Song to Bitter Step”
- “Himawari no Yakusoku” (from the movie Stand By Me Doraemon)
- “360 Degrees” (from the movie Doraemon Nobita no Uchuu Eiyuuki)
- “Koioto to Amazora”
- “Silent Jealousy”
- “Setsuna Trip” (Last Note.)
- “Happy Synthesizer” (EasyPop)
- “Lost One no Goukoku” (Neru)
- “Gigantic O.T.N” (Gigareworu)
- “Children Record” (Jin)
- “Name Kono Uta”
- “Honnou Tera no Hen” (Explosion)
- “Night of Knights” (Touhou Project Arrange Beat Mario)
- “Chiruno no Perfect-san Suu Kyoushitsu” (Touhou Project Arrange ARM + Yoshimi Yuuno (IOSYS) feat. Miko)
- “Utakata, Ai no Mahoroba” (Touhou Project Arrange Yuuhei Satellite)
- “Sekai ha Itsu demo Mystery”
- “Hoshikuzu to Linear to Boku” (feat. Yuiha (Plum Sonic))
- “Diet Fighter”
- “Seitoku Taiko no [Hi izuru made Hichou]” (Yuuya Kobayashi (IOSYS) feat. Miko)
- “Aka no Senritsu”
- “Hoshi no Kirby Medley” (from Kirby’s Return to Dream Land)
- “Travel-na” (from Monster Hunter Generations Reo Uratani feat. Neko-jou Kati voiced by Reina Ueda)
- “Gyakuten Saiban 123 Medley”
- “Utsukushiku Isogashiki Donau”
In addition to paid song pack downloadable content, weekly free songs are also planned.
■ Early Buyers Campaign
Those who purchase the game beore Augsut 31, 2016 will get three additional songs. The first confirmed song is the J-POP song “Umi no Koe.” Songs two and three will be announced at a later date.
■ Mystery Adventure Mode
Wake Up to the World’s Mysteries
The Adventure Mode popular in the Taiko Drum Master 3DS series. For this adventure, while traveling around the world’s mystery spots, a great adventure story full of mystery will unfold. It’s an RPG mode where you’ll defeat enemy monsters that appear one after the other in Musical Performance Battles while progressing the story.
A Great Adventure throughout the World’s Mystery Spots
The setting of this adventure is the world’s mystery spots. From Greece to Easter Island, Antarctica, and so on, it’s an adventure where you’ll grab the world by its horns.
Defeat Enemies in Musical Performance Battles
A variety of enemies will appear on the field, and battles are carried out via Musical Performance Battles. These battles control the same as Musical Performance games. Playing skillfully will damage the enemy, but if you make mistakes, you’ll be damaged instead. You can take allies into battle with you, and by leveling them up, you can deal more damage in a shorter performance. You’ll win if you defeat all of the enemies by the time the performance is over, and you’ll loose if all of your allies fall. (If you don’t defeat all of the enemies by the time the performance is over, the battle will be a draw.)
In the city where Don-chan and Kacchan live, a museum that showcases the wonders of the world has opened. The pair are invited to the museum as its special first-time customers, and encounter a girl with a mysterious atmosphere named Tia and a mysterious creature named Popokaka. Suddenly, there appeared a questionable group called the “Magic Society Hekisaguria,” who stole the Greek treasure known as the “Necklace of the Lion Fangs” from the museum.
The “Necklace of the Lion Fangs” is known as an OOPArt (out-of-place artifact), one of the treasures that protects the world. Tia, who wants to regain the artifact by all means, proposes to work together with Don-chan and Kacchan. The four companions travel to Greece in pursuit of Hekisaguria, but a town and temple of Ancient Greece somehow revived with a completely new appearance there. And at the same time, the Moai statues on Easter Island have disappeared, the Antarctic ice has begun to melt, and other accidents begin happening all over the world.
But as you’d expect, Don-chan and Kacchan locate the mysterious phenomenons happening all over the world to try and save the world from disaster.
The protagonist of the Taiko Drum Master series. He’s a kind drum who comes to help when others are in trouble.
A girl with a mysterious atmosphere about her. She goes on a journey with Don-chan and company seeking the OOPArt, which protect the world.
A mysterious, fluffy animal that floats in the air. He knows various things very well and is reliable, but is flawed in that he can be a bit sarcastic.
Magic Society Hekisaguria (Lily, Arnold, Debra, and Mateus)
A mysterious group gunning for the OOPArt. Their magical power makes them a formidable foe. Don-chan and company will face them on their journey.
8-vs-8 Gocha Character Clash Battles
With a maximum party of eight, up to 16 characters can clash in a Gocha Character Clash Battle. Choose your favorite characters from a number of allies. Arrange your tougher party members in the front to stop the blow of enemy attacks, and place your higher powered party members in the back to deal great damage to the enemy.
Train Your Favorite Allies
Over 100 ally characters and enemy monsters will appear in this game. Consider their formation, strengthen them through synthesis, and more.
New Element: Drum Magic
Drum Magic is a new element in this game that releases Don-chan’s drumming power. Whether it’s dealing damage to the enemy or healing allies, there is Drum Magic of all sorts.
Clash Notes appear when you and an enemy clash and must battle by touching the screen consecutively. You’ll deal great damage to the enemy if you win. But if you lose, you’ll undergo great damage yourself.
■ Multiplayer Modes
Play each other in cooperative and competitive multiplayer modes. Gather the allies you trained in Adventure Mode, challenge friends, family, and mighty enemies, and compete for the best time.
For enemies you cannot defeat alone, bring in the characters you’ve trained and have them all challenge the enemy. A variety of quests are being prepared.
With your trained allies and personal musical performance techniques, compete for quickest enemy defeat time, highest combo number, and more.
People who don’t own the game can also play multiplayer via Download Play. Enjoy a multiplayer Musical Performance Battle.
StreetPass distributes a “Donda Card” that contains your play history, title, and Drum Magic.
You can have auto-battles against other StreetPassed players’ Adventure Mode parties.
(2) Stamp Book
By clearing various challenges, you’ll obtain a number of fun elements, such as costumes, tone colors, wallpapers for your Donda Card, and more.
You can customize the look of Don-chan with costumes, which can be obtained through Adventure Mode treasure boxes, shopping, or as Stamp Book rewards. In Adventure Mode, costumes have parameters and skill abilities, and are not just for changing appearance.
Taiko Drum Master: Doko Don! Mystery Adventure is due out for 3DS in Japan on June 16.
View the screenshots at the gallery.