Taiko no Tatsujin: The Drum Master is out on PC, along with Studio Ghibli DLC

I first encountered the Taiko no Tatsujin series in an arcade in Tokyo, but now it’s even less accessible: it was released on PC but only via the Microsoft store. If you’re up for the journey, you’ll also be greeted by two new DLCs that add Studio Ghibli tracks and music from classic Bandai Namco games.

Taiko no Tatsujin: The Drum Master is a rhythm game inspired by traditional Japanese percussion. It features a smiling mascot-like drum, an engaging and colorful art style, and Japanese pop-inspired soundtracks. It has none of the story twists of something like Elite Beat Agents, but still has great upbeat energy. It’s also more accessible than something like Guitar Hero, as you only have to hit the drum or the edge of the drum rather than five separate buttons.

I’ve played the series most recently on Switch, but my limited skill set – and limited interest in the music available – usually means I walk away pretty quickly. These DLCs are attractive for this reason, especially the Ghibli tracks. Here’s what the DLCs add, from the press release:

Studio Ghibli DLC Pack 1

  • My Neighbor Totoro – Ending Theme Song (from “My Neighbor Totoro”)
  • A City with an Ocean View (from “Kiki’s Delivery Service”)
  • Carousel of Life (from “Howl’s Moving Castle”)

DLC Game Music Pack 2

  • Heat Haze Shadow 2 (from “TEKKEN 7”)
  • No Return (from “GOD EATER”)
  • IN THE AREA OF “ACE COMBAT X2 JOINT ASSAULT”)
  • EAT THEM! (From “R4 -RIDGE RACER TYPE4-“)
  • Brave Sword, Brave Soul (from “SOULCALIBUR II”)

I joke that the game is inaccessible on the Windows Store, but that of course means it’s also available on Xbox Game Pass. If you want to buy it outright, it’ll cost you £40/$50. DLCs ​​usually cost £4.

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