Osu! Tatakae! Ouendan Reviews (Nintendo DS)

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"The most important thing in cheerleading is LOVE~~!!" Elliott Wu (44) 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars
To la-la-la with a stylus NeoJ (455) 3.6 Stars3.6 Stars3.6 Stars3.6 Stars3.6 Stars

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Category Description User Score
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work (player controls, game action, interface, etc.) 4.8
Graphics The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines 4.1
Personal Slant How much you personally like the game, regardless of other attributes 4.7
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 4.7
Story / Presentation The main creative ideas in the game and how well they're executed 4.5
Overall User Score (16 votes) 4.5

Critic Reviews

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EL33TONLINE (Sep 16, 2006)
Ouendan is probably nothing like any game you've played before. In this case, that's a good thing. The number of songs is decent and the harder difficulties are really quite hard so you'll be kept busy for a while. There's very little text in the menus and the stories seem so self-explanatory from the pictures that I don't think anyone will have a problem enjoying the game without knowing any Japanese. I don't, and it's one of my favourite DS games.
Modojo (Sep 15, 2005)
Unlike thousands of titles before it, this game is all about having fun in its purest form. It always brings a smile to my face, and damnit, I just cannot say the same thing about 90% of the videogames that are released on a weekly basis. Charming, wickedly amazing, and a game of the year candidate, Ouendan is one of the primary reasons why the DS will become a classic system.
Finalboss (Jan 09, 2007)
Simples, engraçado e viciante, Osu! Tatakae! Ouendan! é o tipo de jogo que se evita jogar pela primeira vez pois de forma alguma você irá querer parar depois.
Mygamer.com (Dec 14, 2005)
The mixture of rhythmic gameplay and great music makes my hand feel like it’s dancing while I play. I can't think of another game that does that. I also can't think of another game starring male cheerleader superheroes. With so few games that can honestly be called unique, take advantage of your DS's non-regional coding and pick up an import copy of Osu! Tatakae! Ouendan! Then, use it to freak out your friends and make them buy a copy. OSU!
If the wackiness above hasn’t already scared you away, you probably have an open mind, so let me say this – this is one of the best games on the DS. It’s extremely fun, very challenging, has a spectacularly good presentation, and is one of the funniest games I’ve had the chance to play in a while.
VicioJuegos.com (May 24, 2006)
El juego está en japonés y eso no nos permite entender del todo las historias, pero no es un problema para jugar, ya que todo es muy intuitivo y fácil de entender, así que no sirve de excusa. Estamos frente a uno de los mejores juegos del catálogo de Nintendo DS y que todo jugón debería probar, y si lo prueba y tiene la oportunidad de disputar contra un amigo alguna partida, aún mejor.
Game Force (2005)
Ouendan is easily one of the best DS titles so far. It's imaginitive take on the genre's gameplay, great music, and wacky storyline will earn it a place in every DS owners heart - and unlike other imports, your lack of Japanese language skills won't get in the way. Import or not, this is a must own title for your DS.
GamersMark (Mar 14, 2006)
Osu! Tatakae! Ouendan is arguably the best game to be released for the Nintendo DS, but the sad part is that it probably won’t ever make it to North America. This is truly unfortunate because the game is utterly capable of finding its niche here, quite like Namco’s Katamari Damacy has. If you’re the owner of a DS, you shouldn’t be discouraged from playing this game as the DS is a region-free system, meaning it is able to play games released in any part of the world. There are plenty of trusted websites out there that will allow you to buy a copy, so don’t miss out on this hidden gem of a game.
Nintendo Life (Apr 18, 2006)
If you like your Japanese music (like me), or aspire to be a male cheerleader (like pHaT-aNt_) or even if you just like rhythm games, this is the game for you. It’s a pick up and play game ideal for those 10 minute breaks you have nothing to do in. I have nothing to fault in the gameplay and the parts you don’t understand are overshadowed by how damn good it is. It is not going to be for everyone but if you have an interest in this I would recommend you go buy it.
Kombo.com (Oct 03, 2005)
Ouendan frankly makes some of the best use of the DS's unique features yet, something that most Western developers have yet to catch onto. However, it's a crying shame that this hasn't exactly been a hit in Japan - so there's definitely no guarantee of an English translation. So, if you take my recommendation, you'll definitely make this your first priority import for the Nintendo DS.
NintendoWorldReport (Oct 09, 2005)
Ossu! Tatakae! Ouendan overcomes its simplicity with sheer brilliance, pure fun, and a little wackiness. (Okay, a lot of wackiness.) This is one of those "Only in Japan" games that could do extremely well in North America or Europe if the decision is made to bring it west, for the simple reason of it being way too awesome for only the Japanese to have it. If you're interested in a unique game from Japan, import Ouendan right away!
Bordersdown (Nov, 2005)
It's hard to think of a better example of a game which couldn't be done on any system other than Nintendo's little box of wonders. It works perfectly and the combination of polished, slick visuals and a wide range of great Japanese tunes is more reminiscent of the second or third game in a series, not a debut. Inis have worked wonders, and while there are definite nods towards Gitaroo Man in terms of the gameplay, it feels totally fresh and unique. It's a long-lasting, pretty and at times moving piece of software and testament to what can really be accomplished with the DS. As the chaps themselves might say: 'Ouen! Dai-Sei-Kou!'.
GotNext (Dec 22, 2005)
With all it has going for it, the only negative thing about Ouendan can be said about many DS games with emphasis on stylus controls. At times, it can be hard to figure out a comfortable way to position your hand without obscuring the oncoming hit markers. In a game that's so dependent on timing, this can be occasionally problematic. Still, this is one of the best DS games yet released, and one of the most fun games of 2005 on any console. Even if Ouendan doesn't see the light stateside, the language barrier isn't standing in the way of any would-be importers. Go! The fate of the planet rests on your cheering!
Club Skill (Jul 26, 2006)
If you’re willing to import, Osu! Tatakae! Ouendan is well worth the money. Although some players may consider it short and toss it aside after beating each mode, most players will play continuously, trying to beat their scores. I’d recommend this game to anyone looking for a new rhythm game, or to someone that wants a fun, easy-to-learn DS game. If the Japanese menus and storylines worry you, you could always find a translation guide on the internets. Either way, Ouendan is a fun, fresh new game for the Nintendo DS.
Thunderbolt Games (Apr 20, 2007)
Osu! Tatakae! Ouendan! (OTO) doesn't have any fancy peripherals - it's just the NDS, the stylus and the rhythm in your bones. This was the first Japanese game that I was more than happy to play without understanding any of it. This truely is something not to be missed.
Play.tm (Jan 23, 2006)
Certain days just begin perfectly. Those are the days when you jump out of bed, put on some coffee and dance around your living room to the tunes of Dexy's Midnight Runners' "Seven Days Too Long". Nothing can go wrong, nothing or no one can break your spirits. Those days might be rare, precious gems but you can live off them for a long time afterward - they are pure magic in a dull, grey and otherwise quite depressing world. Osu! Tatakae! Ouendan is like one of those days.
Gamestyle (2006)
Whenever you hear a good song, you instinctively tap along to it... foot, fingers, hand, whatever. Taking this inclination a step further, iNiS (the company behind Gitaroo Man) have conjured up Osu! Tatakae! Ouendan, a lively rhythm-action game in which tapping along to the music is not only encouraged, it's essential.
Planet GameCube (Oct 10, 2005)
Team Ouendan is a troupe of motivators who roam Japan, looking for people down on their luck. If someone needs to be motivated, he or she can cry "OUENDAN!!" and in swoop three guys in matching black jumpsuits to remedy the situation. Rather than doing the job by themselves, Ouendan instead dance to music, which somehow inspires whomever called their name to take care of business himself. This is the basis for one of the most bizarre and awesome music games around, and definitely one of the best DS import games out there.
Being a website dedicated to PAL games, it’s very rare that we choose to review games that aren’t due for release in our region. But once in a while you discover a game, currently destined only for Japanese gamers, that makes a name for itself. Much like the recent Katamari Damacy games on the PS2, Osu! Tatakae! Ouendan oozes originality, craziness and charm that only Japan could produce and it would be a crime not to shout its greatness from the rooftops.
Gamebrink (2005)
The mission in Osu! Tatakae! Ouendan, should you choose to accept it, is to lift the spirits of residents of a Japanese city so that they can succeed in their day to day life. These seemingly mentally unstable people cry out for the help of a group of male cheerleaders to help them get through the day by calling for them like superheroes. This group of militant male cheerleaders doesn’t have much going on in life, so whenever they hear the Ouendan cry they show up to cheer the citizens on. Ok so story hasn’t always been Nintendo’s strong suit but who really cares about that, lets see how it plays.
Mobile Tech Review (Oct, 2005)
Ouendan is not a game for everyone. Fans of traditional music rhythm games may find the controls a bit too complicated, and some may find the J-Pop to be annoying. Fans of the original Parappa the Rapper, will feel right at home playing this game. Everything from the humor to the addictive gameplay feels just the same. If you are a fan, then the only downside is the price. As it is unlikely that it will ever be released outside of Japan, most of us out there will have to import it from sites like Play Asia or Lik-Sang for a hefty price.
Factornews (Oct 29, 2005)
Véritable OVNI qui a bien peu de chance d’arriver dans nos contrées, Ouendan est à coup sûr un des jeux majeurs de la Nintendo DS. Excellent pour tout type de joueurs, les filles étant particulièrement sensibles à ce genre de jeu, et étant donné que l’import est aisé dorénavant, passer à côté serait un sacrilège pour tout possesseur du tank gris.
Gaming Target (Oct 05, 2006)
Osu! Tatakae! Ouendan is both easily enjoyable and anger-inducing. For example, dealing with the final stages can cause a Zen master to flip out. But I just keep coming back. It’s more than an obsessive desire to top my scores; there’s just something maddeningly charming.
Nintendo published Osu! in Japan, and hopefully it, or another publisher, will release it here. Regardless, great sound, thoroughly entertaining gameplay, and amusing visuals make this a primo DS import game for now. This is an excellent music game by any standard, and a great example of how the DS can do things no other system can.
Edge (Oct, 2005)
Overall, Ouendan is a beautifully accomplished piece of software: confident, imaginative, demanding; and it’s another crucial example of how games don’t need elaborate realism to be immersive, or have thousands of lines of dialogue to pack an emotional punch.