Even though Bemani is virtually comatose in Japan now, Taiko no Tatsujin (太鼓の達人) just goes on and on and on and never seems to lose any of its fans. This is probably because it’s a near-perfect recipe for fun, just like Black Forest gateau and Guinness is a near-perfect recipe for fun.
Anyway, as you’ll see from that shaky YouTube clip of some giant female hands playing the diminutive new iPhone version of Taiko no Tatsujin, the recipe appears to match the hardware particularly well. How well? We’ll be able to find out some time in the first week of February, which is when Namco Bandai will release the game on the Japanese App Store. I’ll bring you a personal playtest as soon as I’ve got it. In the meantime, I’ll just sit here tapping my fingers on the desk. Good practice.