Taiko no Tatsujin 8 Arcade Machine is the eighth entry of the music and rhythm game series, released in 2006, and introduced Revival Roulette.
The game is for 1-2 players and consists of two big taiko drums and a large screen. Each player has its own drum and two drum sticks, however the game can also be played as a one player game where you use one or both of the drums.
The game is a 1 on 1, versus style music game, and each game consists of three rounds or songs. Each song has it's own difficulty, and both players can choose their own difficulty level when in versus mode.
How to Play: Players must use their drumsticks to hit the drum as indicated on screen; the drum has two parts, the main section of the drum and the outer rim of the drum. On the screen you will see symbols moving across the screen and when they go past the left handside of the screen you hit the drum in the way that corresponds to the symbol. Small red faces means hit the centre of the drum once; the small blue face means hit the outer rim of the drum once; and a large red or blue face means to hit the appropriate section with both sticks. The drum strikes will go in rhymthm to the song you’ve chosen.
The new feature to this edition, Revival Roulette, gives players a chance to continue to the next song if they have failed to clear the first. The number of chances is reduced as you go higher up the difficulty scale (Futsuu, Muzukashii, Oni, etc.), with the exception of Kantan, which will always allow players to play all the songs without going through the roulette. This was to make the arcade more kid-friendly so they can get their money's worth on their first steps into Taiko.
This eighth edition also added the Game Music genre, which is the final genre in the modern set. Baizoku, Sanbai and Yonbai modifiers were added in Taiko 8, and can be accessed together with Doron. The legendary J-Pop song Kurenai was introduced here, and instantly became a revered symbol in Taiko, for being generally a great song with long streams, and for being the first song with 999 notes (the first song to go beyond 900, in fact).
Taiko no Tatsujin 8 has a total of 90 songs. The main genres in this edition is J-Pop, although the game still features some anime, children's songs, Game Music and original track songs.