The mad and super fun Japanese taiko drum game series is set to get bigger with the arrival on Switch of Taiko no Tatsujin: Rhythm Festival.

Long established and crazy popular, the Taiko no Tatsujin games started off in arcades in 2001, and soon came home to the PlayStation 2 in 2002. How popular is it? Well, we have ten different PS2 takes in our colleciton, and it’s appeared since on PSP, PS3, DS, 3DS, Wii, Wii U, Vita, PS4, Xbox One and Switch. We think we listed everything…

Anyway, a new version is coming to Nintendo Switch, entitled Taiko no Tatsujin: Rhythm Festival, and it’s introducing a new thing to the series – the Taiko Music Pass. This subscription service will allow access to over 500 songs to bash away to, with new songs added monthly.

In brilliant news, the game is receiving a physical release in Australia, both as standalone game and in a pack with a taiko drum controller, which really adds to the whole experience. 76 songs will feature natively, plus it’ll include a seven day taster of the Taiko Music Pass. Even better, there’ll be a built-in story mode. Plus, anybody with save data from Taiko no Tatsujin: Drum ‘n’ Fun will be gifted three bonus songs, as well as some customisation stuff.

Taiko no Tatsujin: Rhythm Festival is set to start drumming up big business in Australia from October 14. Pre-order now at JB Hi-Fi.