Taiko no Tatsujin 9 Arcade Machine is the ninth edition of the music and rhythm game series, released in 2006, and introduces a number of modifications to the game.
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.
Minor aesthetic changes were made to the cabinet and game, such as the result screen showing the number of 良・可・不可 (roughly translates to 'Good', 'Pass', 'Fail') obtained by the player in a song, as opposed to just showing just the percentage accuracy in previous arcades, which makes gauging accuracy much easier for new players.
Song Select was taken out, so the only way of choosing songs is by choosing a difficulty first, then a song, then repeat. The final modifier, Abekobe mode, which reverses red notes and blue notes, was introduced in the ninth edition of the Taiko series.
No other major modifications was made on Taiko 9, however the legendary song, Kita Saitama 2000 made its debut in this edition.
Taiko no Tatsujin 9 has a total of 100 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.