Japan's Drum Master- Don-chan for Smash. Localization Inbound!

Sirkeuro

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Welp. After thinking things through. I'd hate to say that Donny boy's inexplictly deconfirmed. Somewhere in an interview, Sakurai stated that characters have to be well known everywhere else. Taiko is hardly even that popular. relatively Popular in japan, sure but it never had caught on anywhere else no matter how much it tried. Taiko switch wasn't really that great either, neither did it sell that well after its first week. I thought he'd definitely get in but it pointed out to him just being a simple little head on a taunt still, as much as I couldn't find the head anywhere when I watch smash. In the end, america, and any country that isn't Japan thinks the taunt is just some yokai watch reference. I'll still support but not as much as I used to.
Jeez, I'm sad it didn't sell well. Because that also lowers the chance of the game continuing to be localized.
 

I Never Felt It Before

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Jeez, I'm sad it didn't sell well. Because that also lowers the chance of the game continuing to be localized.
It sold nicely on it's first week being high on the top 20s.But it dropped badly afterwards. I think it's only obstacle of not being localized is the music copyrights. Not so much of sales or anything. I'm sure you remember the PS2 version replacing most of the japanese songs with really dumb songs like Jimmy neutron and I like it or whatever the song's name was. I'm sure if it keeps going we'd start having stuff like What the Fox say and Bood Up
 
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KirbyWorshipper2465

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It sold nicely on it's first week being high on the top 20s.But it dropped badly afterwards. I think it's only obstacle of not being localized is the music copyrights. Not so much of sales or anything. I'm sure you remember the PS2 version replacing most of the japanese songs with really dumb songs like Jimmy neutron and I like it or whatever the song's name was. I'm sure if it keeps going we'd start having stuff like What the Fox say and Bood Up
That's the biggest obstacle. I mean, consider how Barbara the Bat's Daigasso Band Brothers series only ever had a Western release in Europe due to music rights, and even then they couldn't get all of the songs.
 
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I Never Felt It Before

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That's the biggest obstacle. I mean, consider how Barbara the Bat's Daigasso Band Brothers series only ever had a Western release in Europe due to music rights, and even then they couldn't get all of the songs.
Pretty much the big obstacle with games that rely on copyrighted songs. I think if Taiko were to just release the songs with only Namco originals in the west all these years, it MIGHT of caught on. I think DDR did well on keeping most of it original with somecopyright here and there.
 
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I Never Felt It Before

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Sorry for sticking my lying and hopeful face into the boards again but... do you think since Sakurai loved being in the Arcades as shown when he presented Terry that he could still or was at the arcades in the early 2000's? I think him possibly knowing the little guy is enough for him to be possible for 2nd pass at this point
 
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So, yesterday Bandai-Namco released their Happy New Year image.


I thought it was interesting to look at it and consider Bamco's "faces" that they chose to highlight in this cute art. I posted it in a Discord chat I'm in and got to talking. Anyway, a few ****posty conversations later, I realized that Don-chan would be great in Smash! I'm actually going to pick up Taiko no Tatsujin for Switch on my next paycheck, and it turns out that my partner is a big fan of the series and I never knew! Huh. Anyway, I'm all for Don-chan now!


This is the song I'd want to hear if he got in. It slaps. Also, I think his stage would be beautiful no matter what but I really love what they did with his Mario Kart Arcade GP course. The colors really pop.
 

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So, yesterday Bandai-Namco released their Happy New Year image.


I thought it was interesting to look at it and consider Bamco's "faces" that they chose to highlight in this cute art. I posted it in a Discord chat I'm in and got to talking. Anyway, a few ****posty conversations later, I realized that Don-chan would be great in Smash! I'm actually going to pick up Taiko no Tatsujin for Switch on my next paycheck, and it turns out that my partner is a big fan of the series and I never knew! Huh. Anyway, I'm all for Don-chan now!


This is the song I'd want to hear if he got in. It slaps. Also, I think his stage would be beautiful no matter what but I really love what they did with his Mario Kart Arcade GP course. The colors really pop.
who are those three in front of the tekken guy?
 

Looma

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This funky little dude has quickly climbed up to being one of my favorite potential Namco characters (only tied with Klonoa). Taiko was the first game I ever imported for my Switch and I'm recently getting super into it. I think if we get any rhythm game rep, it should be this guy. The potential moveset here is surprisingly great.

Also the idea of a top tier Don-chan is greatly amusing to me, and a Taiko no Tatsujin stage would be an ingenious way to free the Namco songs from ms paint jail and let them play on something that looks nice rather than eye-gouging, to say nothing of the music that he would come with himself...
 

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This funky little dude has quickly climbed up to being one of my favorite potential Namco characters (only tied with Klonoa). Taiko was the first game I ever imported for my Switch and I'm recently getting super into it.
i though it had world wide realise
 

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You know what. We need a rep for Rythm games, and I cannot think of a better icon. It's out there, it's whacky, and it's cute as hell. Sign me up.
 

okamifire

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When I spent a semester in Japan I played the arcade release religiously. I love Don-chan and would absolutely love to see him in Smash! I'm not sure how I feel about his chances necessarily, but he would be one of my top picks for sure.
 

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you know what

i like don-chan

he is a funny dude

i am ready to join the don-chan cult
 
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