Moero! Nekketsu Rhythm Tamashii Osu! Tatakae! Ouendan 2

Key events

5th June 2007

Osu! Tatakae! Ouendan 2

11th April 2007

Ouendan sequel dated

21st February 2007

Ouendan sequel this year

Osu! Tatakae! Ouendan 2

Osu! Tatakae! Ouendan 2

Burning my soul with rhythm! Let's desu!

Or, to give it its full complement of titular insanity, Moero! Nekketsu Rhythm Damashii Osu! Tatakae! Ouendan 2. I could translate that as "Burn Up! Hot-Blooded Rhythm Souls: Hey! Fight! Cheer Squad 2", but it wouldn't make much more sense. In a glorious, kanji-covered, supremely Japanese way, this is the kind of game where translation would add little. Ouendan will never make sense in any language.

In this second instalment in the series - third, if you count the western Elite Beat Agents - the black-coat-clad all-male cheering squad are back in action, popping up from the most unlikely places to cheer on hapless citizens as they battle their various problems. They are joined by a rival cheering squad, who wear blue military school style uniforms (and foppish hairdos), and make a dramatic entrance on the deck of a yacht a couple of missions into the game.

In essence, Ouendan 2 follows exactly the same pattern as its predecessor. Each stage sees a character faced with a problem, which is illustrated using a semi-animated manga sequence; a catchy Jpop or Jrock song fires up, and the Ouendan then appears to do its funky cheering dance. As before, you have to tap points on the screen or drag balls along tracks in time with the music, with the number and arrangement of the points becoming increasingly complex as you advance through the levels.

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Ouendan sequel dated

Ouendan sequel dated

Out! Next! Month!

It's a rhythm-action sort of day here at Eurogamer, what with Boom Boom Rocket blaring out of the imaginary-office speakers, and a sort of virtual conga line snaking around the Internet at news that the sequel to Ouendan is due out in Japan on 17th May.

We only know thanks to those crazy Japanese magazines (and those crazy enough to read them), but a refreshing glance back at our Osu! Tatakae Ouendan import impressions and all those strange marks on the cart suggest we ought to scoot off to an importer of some description and throw down some Eurodollars.

All of which meaningless hyperbole is meant to mask the fact that we haven't much else to say about it. The NeoGAF scribes list a number of tracks, but unless the first lot meant something to you before you played Ouendan then you probably won't recognise any.

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Ouendan sequel this year

Ouendan sequel this year

Japan's been calling for it.

Ouendaaaaaaaaaaaan is back, with a DS sequel set for release in Japan later this year, according to people who can actually read Dengeki Online, like those NeoGAF party animals.

"Moero! Nekketsu Rhythm Tamashii Osu! Tatakae! Ouendan 2" is the name, and apparently that first part translates to something like "Burn! Hot Blooded Rhythm Soul!" We sort of hoped it would.

The Dengeki listing is too brief to give us a steer on what the Ouendan chaps - who typically rescue people from sticky situations via the medium of dance, are getting up to this time - but there is "1-4 player" note, which is good news.

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