Taiko no Tatsujin Kimidori International Version Arcade Machine is the international version of the fourth upgrade to Taiko 2011 music and rhythm game arcade model.
This is the Asian equivalent of Taiko no Tatsujin Kimidori released in Japan on July 2014 and in Asia just one month later. Due to licensing problems, the songlist is significantly smaller than its Japanese counterpart, however some progress has been made as all the licensed songs that were released on JP Kimidori on Day 1 are present in this version. Non-promotional event extra folders are also added to this build, in line with JP Kimidori.
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.
Feature-wise there is not much change or major upgrade from Momoiro; Donder Hiroba and all its associated features such as DonChare and the Ranking Dojo are still absent. Due to how Rewards Shop costumes were handled in Momoiro, Don Points could not be reset for Kimidori, instead the rewards for Kimidori were placed after the final one for Momoiro, unlike the JP equivalent where the points are reset.
There is more than 290 songs included in this Kimidori version from the genres of J-Pop, Variety, Chidlren/Folk, Classic, Game Music, and Namco Originals.