Ouendan 2: Ouen Harder!
There's something special about Ouendan and its western spinoff, Elite Beat
Agents. It's not just that the fast-paced screen-tapping can't be replicated
on any other system, or the great music and brilliant art contained within.
It's the whole wonderful, upbeat, and wacky theme of cheering for people.
There's nothing else quite like it, and it has a really amazing effect of
brightening your whole day.
Moero Nekketsu Rhythm Damashii: Osu! Tatakae! Ouendan 2: The Longest Title
Ever, has 19 full-length licensed Japanese pop and rock songs, up from Ouendan 1's 15. (Interested folks might find a song list href="http://www.nintendoworldreport.com/forums/messageview.cfm?catid=5&threadid=20797">here
Like in the previous Ouendan, the goal is to cheer along with the music by
tapping circular marks along with the rhythm. Some basic new features
include being able to quickly see your best score and grade on each song
directly on the song selection map, saving replays of your performances,
being able to quickly skip song intros, and little perks like that. You can
even save a recording of a performance and then play against it in a
faux-multiplayer mode if you don't have any other friends to play with
(they'll be needing their own copies of the game, y'know).
Once again, the story follows the Ouendan we know and love as they help
people out of tough situations, but it seems like a rival Ouendan group has
moved into town. The stages are divided between them until the final stages.
And then something interesting happens... no spoilers here, but here's a
hint: Ouendan has to save the world, again! As it's an import game, all of
the text is in Japanese, but the language barrier is a huge non-issue. The
game is simple enough to understand, and many people consider the
all-Japanese interface part of its appeal. It seems like a couple of the
story sequences are a bit weirder now, actually... selling shoes to aliens
seems like a bit of a stretch.
Ouendan has been one of the best games on the DS since it came out, and
Ouendan 2 is a worthy sequel. There aren't any radical changes, just a
bigger, nicer version with 19 new songs. Owning at least one of the Ouendan
games can't be recommended enough.