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  ##............................ TRANSLATION GUIDE ...........................##
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  Version: 1.2 (First edition: May, 28th 2007)
  System: Playstation Portable (Japanese)
  Author: Torsten Hartmann (KGenjuro)
  Feedback: insertcoins ( at ) retroarts.de
  Xbox Live Gamertag: ShinobidoN

  LEGAL NOTICE:
  This file is the property of Torsten Hartmann (A.K.A KGenjuro) and is subject
  to all applicable copyright laws. Anyone wanting to post this file on any
  websites or other form of publication must request permission in writing by
  emailing me at the address found at the top of this document.

  UPDATE INFORMATION:
  August, 5th 2007: added section 3.1.1 PROFILE SCREEN PAUSE MENU
  June, 1st 2007:   added section 3.4.1.2 TWO PLAYER CO-OP MODE (using one PSP!)
  May, 30th 2007:   added section 3.10.1.1 PREPARE FOR DOWNLOAD.
  

0.0 CONTENT ....................................................................

  1.0 TAIKO NO WHAT?
  2.0 HOW TO PLAY
  3.0 MENU TRANSLATION
  4.0 CHARACTER INDEX
  5.0 CREDITS
  

1.0 TAIKO NO WHAT? .............................................................

  The "Taiko" or "Daiko" (meaning big drum) is a traditional Japanese stick
  percussion instrument originated from buddhistic and shintoistic rites. They
  were also used for military motivation. Taiko are often made out of one piece
  of keyaki wood and have a barrellike appearence.

  Taiko are being played with two sticks, the so called "bachi". A typical bachi
  is about 22mm thick and 400mm long.

  If you like to experience some real Taiko music, you might try to visit one of
  those groups concerts all over the world: Yamato (http://www.yamato.jp/) and
  Gocoo (http://www.gocoo.de/)


2.0 HOW TO PLAY ................................................................

  Unlike its big brothers, the PSP version won't be shipped with an external
  Taiko controller. Of course not. Sitting in the subway and drumming on a large
  Taiko might earn you some dimes but more likely will cause you a lot of
  trouble. So you have no choice but to play your drums by tapping those plain
  buttons on your PSP. This won't be any problem if you are a lucky member of
  the new mobil phone SMS generation typing about 40 messages a day using only
  your thumbs and superhuman speed. However, if you are just a lame videogamer
  aged 30+ who is using his cell phone only to make calls, then you have to face
  the bitter truth: You're not likely to ever finish even one simple song on the
  highest of the game's four difficulties, the Oni Mode. But that's not a big
  problem at all. Taiko No Tatsujin Portable 2 offers a high value of enjoyment
  and challenge even on the "Flower" and "Bamboo" difficulties. In fact it's one
  of the nicest games I played on the PSP yet and I am 30+ using my phone
  seldom.


  THE BUTTONS

  As you have two sticks when drumming or two bachi when playing a taiko you
  will have two buttons for both the Don and the Kai symbols. This way you can
  perform quick rolls by alternate pressing left on the d-pad and the O-button
  for example.

  D-PAD LEFT / O-Button : Don  (the red circles)
  L-Button / R-Button   : Kai  (the blue circles)
  Analog Nub            : Bell (Bell symbol)
  
  THE SYMBOLS

  On the top of the screen you will see notes in form of symbols moving from
  right to left, each one representing different actions you have to perform at
  the moment they hit the cirlce on the left (the one beneath the cute Taiko).
  Hit those notes within the right moment and you will get points depending 
  on your timing. A silver Kanji popping means good timing, a gold one
  means perfect. Blue means you missed (your combo resets). Here are the
  symbols, than can occur:

  SMALL RED CIRCLE (DON)
  Hit D-PAD LEFT or CIRCLE

  SMALL BLUE CIRCLE (KAI)
  Hit L-BUTTON or R-BUTTON

  BIG RED CIRCLE (DON)
  Hit both D-PAD LEFT AND CIRCLE. You can also hit only one button but then you
  will only score half the points.

  BIG BLUE CIRCLE (KAI)
  Hit both L-BUTTON AND R-BUTTON. You can also hit only one button but then you
  will only score half the points.
  
  SMALL YELLOW LINE (DON)
  Alternate hit D-PAD LEFT and CIRCLE repeatedly until the line is over.

  BIG YELLOW LINE (DON/KAI)
  Alternate hit D-PAD LEFT, CIRCLE, L-BUTTON or R-BUTTON repeatedly until the
  line is over.

  SMALL RED CIRCLE WITH A BALLOON ATTACHTED TO IT (DON)
  Alternate hit D-PAD LEFT and CIRCLE repeatedly until the balloon pops.

  BELL
  Cycle the analog nub as fast as you can until you gain the bonus.
  
  
  *** !REMEMBER! ***
  During the whole game while browsing the menus "O" confirms a selection or let
  you enter a sub menu and "X" takes you back or cancels a selection!


3.0 MENU TRANSLATION ...........................................................

  3.1 TITLE SCREEN
  
  Press Start to advance to the Game Select Screen. Continue a previous game
  (3.3) or select an empty space to start a new game (3.2). The option to the
  far right is a quick guest game, where you can't save your progress.
  
  
  3.1.1 PROFILE SCREEN PAUSE MENU
  
  (contributed by chibi_syw from the GameFAQS board. Thanks!)
  
  Press Start on the PROFILE SELECT PAGE to access the following options:
  
  From right(!) to left:
  
  - BACK TO PROFILE SELECT SCREEN
  - PROFILE DELETE
  - PROFILE RENAME
  - GO TO MAIN MENU (3.3)
  
  
  3.2 NEW GAME
  
  Here you have to put in your name. You can only use Hiragana characters. Check
  out the web for a hiragana chart. It's not that hard to write your name or
  nickname in Hiragana. Of course you can just hit a few characters and then
  select the third option (the red one) in the bottom line to submit your name.
  
  
  3.3 MAIN MENU
  
  Welcome to the main menu. Here you can access the following game modes/sub
  menus (from left to right):
  
  - ARCADE MODE             [red]         (3.4)
  - MINI GAME               [yellow]      (3.5)
  - STORY MODE              [orange]      (3.6)
  - DOJO                    [green]       (3.7)
  - MULTIPLAYER             [light Blue]  (3.8)
  - RECORDS AND HIGHSCORES  [blue]        (3.9)
  - GAME SETTINGS           [purple]      (3.10)
  
  
  3.4 ARCADE MODE [red] ........................................................
  
  Here you can select any unlocked song and try to beat it on up to four
  difficulties. Press left/right to select a song and up/down to switch between
  the difficulies "flower", "bamboo", "tree" and "oni", flower being the easiest
  and oni to most difficult.
  
  You can also check out your selected song in a demo mode. Press select to
  switch between "play mode" (a red taiko in the lower left corner) and "demo
  mode" (a yellow laughing taiko in the lower left corner). In "demo mode" the
  cpu shows a perfect run of the selected song.
  
  Press Start at the Select Screen to access a special Pause Menu (3.4.1)
  
  Press the circle button to actually start your chosen song in either "play"
  or "demo" mode.
   
  Press Start during gameplay to access the Pause Menu (3.4.2)
  
  After finishing a song you will get your bonus depending on your performance.
  After the bonus you will get your Don Points on a second screen. You need
  those points to unlock stuff in Taiko No Tatsujin. You can see your gained
  Don Points and how much points are needed to unlock the next bonus content.
  In the lower left part of the screen all your Don points will be shown.
  
  
  3.4.1 SELECT SCREEN PAUSE MENU
  
  During the Pause Menu you have the following options:
  
  From right(!) to left:
    
  - RESUME
  - JUMP TO SPECIFIC MUSIC CATEGORY
  - SELECT TAIKO SOUND FX
  - BEGINNER MODE ON/OFF (3.4.1.1)
  - TWO PLAYER CO-OP MODE ON/OFF (3.4.1.2)
  - GO TO MAIN MENU (3.3)
  
  
  3.4.1.1 BEGINNER MODE
  
  This is the kids mode. Turn on this option if you want to play "don" and "kai"
  with any button you like. Just hit the notes with the right timing and you
  will score. But hey! Leave it to the kids, this is no fun at all ;)
  
 
  3.4.1.2 TWO PLAYER MODE CO-OP MODE
  
  Now this is very funny. Here you can play any song from the Arcade Mode
  together with a friend using one PSP! Player one uses the left buttons of the
  PSP to play and player two sticks to the buttons on the right side. When
  switching to co-op mode, you will see two Taikos in the lower left corner of
  the screen instead of one. Just like in the single player mode, you earn Don
  points for every song performance.
 
  
  3.4.2 GAMEPLAY PAUSE MENU
  
  During the Pause Menu you have the following options:

  From right(!) to left:
  
  - RESUME
  - RESTART SONG
  - GO TO SONG SELECTION (3.4)
  - GO TO MAIN MENU (3.3)


  3.5 MINI GAME [yellow] .......................................................
  
  Here you can choose one of four mini games:
  
  - PAPER PLANE MINI GAME (3.5.1)
  - TOWER MINI GAME (3.5.2)
  - EATING CONTEST MINI GAME (3.5.3)
  - BALLOON MODELING MINI GAME (3.5.4)
  
  !Remember you can unlock achievements with a decent score in all four mini
  games!
  
  
  3.5.1 PAPER PLANE MINI GAME
  
  Alternate press the d-pad left and the circle button to gain speed. Once up in
  the air try to avoid the planes and pick up time bonus and speed ups. The game
  ends when you crash or the time runs out.
  
  
  3.5.2 TOWER MINI GAME
  
  Turn your PSP 90 to the left to enter the tate mode :)
  Press d-pad up/down to turn your taiko and press down to drop your character/
  item. Try to drop it right in the middle and keep up the towers balance
  otherwise it will break down and result in a game over. Reach the moon to
  finish the mini game.
  
  
  3.5.3 EATING CONTEST MINI GAME
  
  Try to remember the shining dishes shown to you at the beginning of every
  round. When the plates are served press d-pad left or cirlce to eat it (if you
  think it's a shining dish) or throw it away (if you think it's not eatable).
  The game ends when the time runs out.
  
  
  3.5.4 BALLOON TWISTING MINI GAME
  
  Press the buttons shown in the text bubble above your head to create funny
  balloon models. Do it quick to serve every customer in line. The game ends 
  when the time runs out.
  
  
  3.6 STORY MODE [orange] ......................................................
  
  Here you have three options:
  
  - NEW GAME (3.6.1)
  - CONTINUE (3.6.1)
  - ENDING PHOTO ALBUM (3.6.3)
  
  
  3.6.1 NEW GAME/CONTINUE
  
  Okay, this is basically a little bonus game as well. The key is to travel
  around town using the map and meet up with different characters of the game.
  Eventually you trigger a handfull of song performances until you can end the
  game and earn one of the eight different endings the story mode has to offer.
  
  If you don't understand a word everyone is saying, simply go around town and
  check out every spot. You can easily gain a few endings doing so.
  
  Press Start on the map to bring up the options screen.
  
  Eventually you will enter a quiz game during the story mode. Here you will be
  asked questions. Select the right answer by drumming the combo shown below
  the three possible answers (left, middle or right). Good luck ;)
  
  
  3.6.2 OPTIONS SCREEN
  
  - RECRUTED CHARACTERS
  - SAVE
  - SONG DIFFICULTY (EASY/MEDIUM/HARD)
  - RETURN TO MAIN MENU -> YES/NO? (3.3)
  - RESUME
  
  
  3.6.3 ENDING PHOTO ALBUM
  
  Here you can check out wich of the eight endings you already have unlocked.
  
  
  3.7 DOJO [green] .............................................................
  
  Time to train your taiko skills, getting ready for the things to come. Visit
  Ojii-Chan often to train different drumming techniques.
  
  - BASIC TUTORIAL (3.7.1)
  - SPECIAL LESSONS (3.7.2)
  - PRACTICE MODE (3.7.3)
  
  
  3.7.1 BASIC TUTORIAL
  
  You should visit this mode, when you play the game for the first time. Join
  Ojiri-chans weird circus of musicians, showing you the basic gameplay and the
  assigned buttons to pull them off.
  
  
  3.7.2 SPECIAL LESSONS
  
  Here you can train various techniques. They range form easy to pull of to
  damn hard. If you beat a scroll with 100%, it gets stamped. During the lesson
  you can press select to turn on/off the voice of the taiko steadily yelling
  "Don" and "Kai" at you.
  
  
  3.7.3 PRACTICE MODE
  
  This nice little feature lets you play all of the available songs in a unique
  practice mode. At anytime during a song you can press select to pause it.
  From there you can either rewind, fast forward or resume the song, allowing
  you to seek and train complex pattern again and again, all in one session.
  
  Press "Start" during gameplay to access the pause menu (from left to right):
  
  - GO TO MAIN MENU (3.3)
  - GO TO SONG SELECTION
  - RESET PERCENTAGE VALUE
  - TURN ON/OFF PERCENTAGE VALUE
  - RESTART SONG
  - RESUME
  
  
  3.8 MULTIPLAYER [light blue] .................................................
  
  Here you can play the available songs of the game with up to four friends in
  multiplayer. You can use gamesharing so you only need one game for this.
  
  - MULTIPLAYER ARCADE (3.8.1)
  - MINI GAME MULTIPLAYER
  - MULTIPLAYER RECORDS (3.8.3)
  
  
  3.8.1 MULTIPLAYER ARCADE
  
  - CREATE GAME
  - JOIN GAME
  - GAMESHARING
  
  
  3.8.2 MINI GAME MULTIPLAYER
  
  - CREATE GAME
  - JOIN GAME
  
  
  3.8.3 MULTIPLAYER RECORDS
  
  Here you can check your statistics to see how well you did battling against
  your friends.
  
  
  3.9 RECORDS AND HIGHSCORES [blue] ............................................
  
  Here you can check your statistics and records of all game modes.
  
  - RECORDS (3.9.1)
  - ACHIEVEMENTS (3.9.2)
  - HIGH SCORE TABLES (3.9.3)
  - MOVIES (3.9.4)
  - MAIN MENU (3.3)
  
  
  3.9.1 RECORDS
  
  See how well you did on all the songs on all four levels. Here you can see
  your records for the "Mini Game" mode (the option far to the right). On the
  left next to it you can check out your song records in "Arcade Mode". The
  scrolls in this screen represent difficulties you cleared (Flower, Bamboo,
  Tree and Demon).
  
  
  3.9.2 ACHIEVEMENTS
  
  This is the Achievement menu. Here they keep track of your records and
  achievements including the time and date you unlocked or finished them. This
  menu includes unlocked songs and finished game modes.
  
  
  3.9.3 HIGH SCORE TABLES
  
  Here you can check out the top four local players for every song in the game.
  This is for single player competition only. So only the game profiles on your
  memory stick will compete.
  
  
  3.9.4 MOVIES
  
  Here you can find all the movies you unlocked in the game like the intro
  sequence or the ending credits. You can also replay the interactive ending
  credits by selecting them from this menu.
  
  
  3.10 GAME SETTINGS [purple] ..................................................
  
  Welcome to the center of game settings. Here you are able to change a lot
  of stuff and settings the game provides.
  
  - DOWNLOAD CONTENT (3.10.1)
  - SETTINGS (3.10.2)
  - MEMORY STICK (3.10.3)
  - BUTTON CONFIGURATION (3.10.4)
  - RESET SETTINGS (SELECT TO RESET ALL VALUES YOU CAN CHANGE IN THIS MENU)
  - GO TO MAIN MENU (3.3)
  
  
  3.10.1 DOWNLOAD CONTENT
  
  Here you can download and delete additional songs from the internet. In the
  past you had the oppertunity to download songs from the internet directly via
  the PSP or by using a PC. However, Bandai/Namco stopped the latter one, so
  you now need a working WLAN connection on your PSP to download anything from
  Bandai/Namcos website.
  
  From right(!) to left:
    
  - PREPARE FOR DOWNLOAD (3.10.1.1)
  - DOWNLOAD SONGS FROM THE INTERNET (3.10.1.2)
  - CHECK/DELETE DOWNLOADED SONGS (Be careful, pressing circle on one of the
    songs will delete them from your memory stick!)
  - GO BACK (3.10)

  3.10.1.1 PREPARE FOR DOWNLOAD
  
  This option will create a download folder on your PSP's memory stick. You
  then can place downloaded songs in that folder. However, this option isn't
  supported anymore. You now have to download them directly via the PSP. It
  might still be a good idea to create the folder. I dunno if you need it
  for the direct download, too.
    
  
  3.10.1.2 DOWNLOAD SONGS FROM THE INTERNET
  
  This is one of the best features of the game. However you need to have a
  configured WLAN connection. Be sure to activate the WLAN switch on the left
  of the PSP and enter this option to conncet yourself to Bandai/Namcos site
  to download one or all of the songs they provide.
  
  After selecting the option, the game will ask you some questions like are you
  sure and security stuff like that. Like in most Japanese games, the left
  option is always "Yes" and the right is always "No".
  
  So select the left option of all three questions to access the download page.
  The game uses the build in browser to download the songs. Select the first of
  the three options on the download page (the red one) and scroll down the next
  page. There you need to agree to the user agreement (the left option).
  
  Remember doing all this with the "circle" button!
  
  Scroll down the page to select the songs you want to download. There are
  always two files that can be downloaded for every song. I think you need them
  both. At least I always did.
  
  By the way, the red ones are songs. The blue ones are bonus items, like a new
  title screen and stuff like that.
  
  To exit the download mode, simple press "X" and select the left option using
  the "circle" button. You will then return to the title screen.
  
  After you have downloaded one or more song from the internet, they will be
  uploaded to the system before the intro starts. It's the page with a lot of
  text and a percentage value on the bottom and a bunch of Chouchin (laterns).
  
  
  3.10.2 SETTINGS
  
  Your basic game settings. Enjoy!
  
  From right(!) to left:
    
  - TAIKO SOUNDS (3.10.2.1)
  - SOUND MODE (3.10.2.2)
  - VOLUME BALANCE (3.10.2.3)
  - GO BACK (3.10.2)
  
  
  3.10.2.1 TAIKO SOUNDS
  
  Use the digipad to select the sound you like to hear when you play the taiko.
  The first sound you will hear represents the "Don", the second one the "Kai".
  Pretty crazy stuff in here. You probably will stick to the subtle ones, like I
  do.
  
  
  3.10.2.2 SOUND MODE
  
  Switch between the PSP lousy speakers (the right option) or headphones (the
  left option). Personally, I prefer to play this game using headphones. Dunno
  what Sony thought, when they build in that good-for-nothing piece of crap
  as speakers.
  
  
  3.10.2.3 VOLUME BALANCE
  
  Arrange the balance of the backgroundmusic and the Taiko sounds. Changing it
  to the left means louder BGM/low drum effects and vice versa.
  
  
  3.10.3 MEMORY STICK
  
  From right(!) to left:
  
  - SAVE DATA
  - LOAD DATA
  - AUTO SAVE (LEFT OPTION = OFF / RIGHT OPTION = ON)
  - DELETE DATA (contributed by chibi_syw from the GameFAQS board. Thanks!)
  
  
  3.10.4 BUTTON CONFIGURATION
  
  Here you can select one of two pre-defined control setups. Preset one is for
  playing the game using four fingers (one for the digipad, one for the right
  buttons and two for each shoulder button). Preset number two is for playing
  the game with only two fingers (one for the digipad and one for the buttons
  on the right of the PSP).
  
  If you plan to master this game on all four difficulty settings you guessed
  right. You need to play it using four fingers then. However, if you just want
  to have some fun on the flower and bamboo level you can always finish those
  songs using only two fingers.
  

4.0 CHARACTER INDEX ............................................................

  WADA DON
  This is the red Taiko. It's your main character in arcade and minigame mode.
  
  WADA KATSU
  This is the blue Taiko. It's joining the red drum in story mode.
  
  TAMASHII
  A little soul. It appears whenever you miss a note.
  
  BACHI O SENSEI
  A pair of drum sticks. 
  
  WADA INU
  A yellow dog.
  
  WADA JION
  A gray and white dog.
  
  SUZU DON
  The little bells.
  
  KINGYO
  Little gold fishes.
  
  WADA TETSUO
  The little boy drummer.
  
  HANA-CHAN
  The little girl that feeds the don taiko in the eating contest mini game.
  
  OJII-CHAN
  Grandpa of Hana-chan and Tetsuo. Acts also as dojo master.
  
  NEKO MO SHAKUSHI
  A cat carrying a ladle. This is based on a Japanese idiom (NEKO MO SAKUSHI MO)
  known to english speaking people as "every Tom, Dick and Harry" or "Hinz und
  Kunz" in Germany.
  
  WADA MIMIZU
  An earthworm carrying a flower.
  
  TAKOYAKI
  Little food balls made of squid and vegetable.
  
  CHOUCHIN
  The little laterns you see on every kind of Japanese festivals.
  
  WATAGASHI
  Cotton Candy. Nuff said. Yummy!
  
  HIYOKO
  A bunch of cute little chicks.
  
  DON KO
  A female taiko you meet during story mode.
  
  CHOUCHIN UNAGI
  An Eel with a latern attached to his head. Yeah, sure.
  
  KAME
  A dancing turtle. Not your average ninja turtle but still above the ordinary.
  It also appears in the balloon twisting mini game as a turtle twisting
  balloons. Yeah.
  
  OMENKOZOU
  A Teddybear wearing a fox mask? Why not.
  
  IKA
  Cute little squids. Wait, squids aren't cute!
  
  SHISHIMAI
  A festival lion dancer.
  
  NAMAHAGE
  An ugly demon carrying some strange shinto device.
  
  TORAMAI
  Someone/something wearing a Toramai festival tiger costume.
  
  MECHA-DON
  The latest high-tech device from Japan. A robot taiko playing the songs in
  demo mode. I want this to be my pet!
  
  MIZUMARIKO
  Strange little water balloons.
  
  BARUUN
  Little animals twisted of balloons.
  
  DARUMA-SAN
  A lucky charm made of paper.
  
  UUCHAN
  Well, some little birds.
  
  
5.0 CREDITS ....................................................................

  Thanks goes out to:
  
  CHIBI_SYW from the GameFAQS boards
  for contributing the PROFILE MENU and the translation of DATA DELETE. 
  
  
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