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'Osu! Tatakae! Ouendan' is a music-based rhythm game on the Nintendo DS. The premise revolves around a troupe of men dressed in black uniforms that act as a "Cheersquad" (or 'Ouendan'). Their job: Aid anyone who is in need of motivation whenever they cry out "OUENDAN!!!" When the cry is heard, these guys appear and dance to music in order to motivate the person to finish his or her task.

The Cheersquad's success depends on how well the player does. The game takes advantage of the system's touch screen by having players tap circles in time with the beat of the music. Other actions include tapping a stack of circles repeatedly, following a moving ball along a path by dragging the stylus on it, and spinning a wheel. Each successful action fills a power bar at the top of the touch screen and contributes to the score. This bar drains continuously and will take large hits if the player misses a beat or two. If the bar hits zero, the game is over.

Ouendan contains 15 licensed songs with a level dedicated to each, and the songs are drawn from popular Japanese Rock. There are also 4 difficulty levels, 2 of which have to be unlocked through play. Each difficulty level alters the number of circles that need to be tapped, paths to trace, and wheels to spin. The timing of each is also changed, with easier difficulties giving more time to anticipate when to tap, while harder difficulties speed this up. A multiplayer mode is also featured, as well as a download & play option that sends the tutorial level to DS's that don't have the game.


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Alternate Titles

  • "押忍!闘え!応援団!" -- Japanese spelling
  • "Go! Fight! Cheer Squad" -- Literal English translation

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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

Critic Reviews Dec 14, 2005 9.4 out of 10 94
Digital Entertainment News (den) Feb 09, 2006 9.3 out of 10 93
Game Force 2005 9.2 out of 10 92
GamersMark Mar 14, 2006 9.1 out of 10 91 Oct 03, 2005 9 out of 10 90
Thunderbolt Games Apr 20, 2007 9 out of 10 90
NintendoWorldReport Oct 09, 2005 9 out of 10 90 Jan 23, 2006 90 out of 100 90
Gamebrink 2005 88 out of 100 88
Edge Oct, 2005 8 out of 10 80


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This game will be released Stateside on the 4th quarter of 2006, under the name ''Elite Beat Agents''. All the songs, characters and stage layouts will be changed; other inclusions will be done, like different endings according to your final score at such stage. The whole production is being overseen by the folks at Inis (Japan), so people worried about the game losing its flair need not to worry.
LiveFire (143) added Osu! Tatakae! Ouendan (Nintendo DS) on Nov 24, 2005