The Taiko no Tatsujin series of rhythm games is developed by Bandai Namco. The series' traditional gameplay involves hitting a Taiko drum to match the scrolling pattern of notes set to specific songs. It started in the arcades in 2001, and has received home console games since 2002, starting on the PlayStation 2. Its first appearance on a Nintendo console was with a Nintendo DS version in 2007. The series is mainly released in Japan, with an attempted entry in English releasing in 2002 as Taiko Drum Master, though the series has since began to receive consistent English translations starting with entries on the Nintendo Switch and Playstation 4 in 2018.
Taiko no Tatsujin Wii U Version
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The first Taiko no Tatsujin game to release on the Wii U included the ability to download songs as DLC from the Nintendo eShop. As a promotion for the upcoming release of NES Remix 2 and NES Remix Pack, it received a free downloadable song entitled "Balloon Fight (Balloon Trip)" which was just the original song. It plays for about 1 minute and 45 seconds. The title screen theme for NES Remix was also available for free download, which like the original song, includes some Balloon Fight sound effects, such as a Balloon Bird falling. Both songs were released on March 19th, 2014, and then taken down on April 18th, 2014.
Taiko no Tatsujin Red Version
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The arcade entry entitled the Red Version had a Famicom Medley song added through an update on December 20th, 2016. The medley includes three songs, being from Balloon Fight, Dr. Mario, and Excitebike, in that order. It starts with the Balloon Trip theme, then the Dr. Mario Fever theme, then several jingles and sound effects from Excitebike.