Percussionists rejoice! TAIKO: Drum Master, has shipped to North American retail outlets and is exclusively for the PlayStation 2.

"With whimsical graphics, interactive gameplay, recognizable licensed music and all around excitement, TAIKO: Drum Master provides fun for players of all ages," said Garry Cole, executive vice president at Namco Hometek Inc. "We are delighted to offer TAIKO: Drum Master to consumers this fall."

TAIKO: Drum Master invites players to learn the art of the Japanese drum ­ the taiko ­ through use of a miniature Taiko Controller attachable to a PlayStation 2. 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.

The game offers more than 30 songs in its catalog, including well-known current hits and yesterday¹s favorites. TAIKO: Drum Master also incorporates a wide variety of orchestral classics and original music from the Namco library of video games.