Namco has sent word that its rhythmic drum game, TAIKO: Drum Master, has gone gold and will ship to North American retail outlets at the end of October. Developed by Namco Limited in Japan, TAIKO: Drum Master will be available exclusively for the PlayStation 2.

"Get ready to rock because TAIKO: Drum Master is nearly here," said Garry Cole, executive vice president at Namco Hometek Inc. "With its diverse song catalog and whimsical graphics, TAIKO: Drum Master will establish a new standard of fun for players of all ages when it ships later this month."

TAIKO: Drum Master invites players to learn the art of the Japanese drum ­ the taiko ­ through the use of a miniature TAIKO Controller which attaches to a PlayStation 2 console. Players earn points to clear stages by correctly tapping to the rhythm of a selected song on the surface and edge of the Taiko Controller.

TAIKO: Drum Master offers more than 30 songs in its catalog, including current chart-toppers and yesterday's favorites. The game also incorporates a variety of orchestral classics and original music from the Namco library of video games.

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