Bandai Namco Testing Synchronica In Japan

arcadehero October 24, 2014 3

While most attention on rhythm/music gaming in Japan is soaked up by Konami, that doesn’t stop other developers there from trying their hand at it. Sega has titles like Project DIVA and MaiMai; Taito has Groove Coaster and Music GunGun; Namco has Taiko No Tatsujin.

Now Bandai Namco can add something new to the list, assuming it passes location testing, called Synchronica. As a touchscreen rhythm arcade game it shares similarites with Konami’s Beatstream and Step Revolution’s ReRave Plus.

According to the official website for the game, the featured music includes J-Pop and a few other genres, including some video game soundtrack music. One is called “Eat ‘Em Up! R4 Ridge Racer Type 4”.

The cabinet pairs a couple of screens together for the cabinet and as you can see, a unique speaker setup which reminds me of Sega’s old Soundwave audio system. As you can see above, the play is similar to ReRave although perhaps with less emphasis on positional accuracy. Overall from this footage they are not focusing on hardcore touch-11-notes-at-once-using-10-fingers play but something that looks more pleasing to casual players. Although I am sure they have a more challenging mode(s) to make the dedicated rhythm game fans happy.


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It is unlikely that this will get official distribution in the West however if Namco did want to jump into the genre here then I imagine they would go about it using a more casual friendly design like this. What are your thoughts about it?


  1. Arcades4ever October 24, 2014 at 10:22 pm - Reply

    This seems more likely to come to the west than what most companies like sega and especially konami have been doing. I’m guessing if they did release this it would be greatly modified to suite western tastes though. But like I said before anyone will play a ryhthem game that has the right sounds on. Very few casual people will only appreciate japanese pop songs not the majority, disappointed in sega and konami for not trying harder pushing their music games out west like they did before.

    • 60Hz October 25, 2014 at 2:01 pm - Reply

      Agreed especially since project diva seems to do decent on the consoles… I could see these music games doing real well at D&B’s and other bar/arcades…

  2. Phil "iTossWomenSalads" Arrington III October 28, 2014 at 8:21 am - Reply

    Taiko X ReRave…….seems like a good combination to bring in casuals

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