Conclusion: Osu! Tatakae! Ouendan is a standout title on DS, not just because the gameplay is fun and engaging and it has huge amounts of personality, but because it’s one of the handful of DS games that really couldn’t be played on any other platform. And, most importantly, is truly an emotional experience, the same of which cannot be said about the majority of other rhythm games.
Excerpt: A sports teacher at a Japanese high school struggles to get the respect of his female students. His last resort is to scream OUENDAN! to request the male cheerleader squad come to his aid. Weird? Yes. Weird is a word that can describe Ossu! Tatakae! Ouendan! very well, but theres more than meets the eye in this awesome Japan-only DS title.
Summary: What do you do when a cat pees in your ramen shop? Call in three guys in black jumpsuits to save the day!
Pros: Brilliantly simple control setup, Defines the "Wacky Japanese Game" genre with bizarre story and situations, Different difficulties make game perfect for all skill levels (including experts), Great soundtrack with good variety of songs (though only fifteen of them)
Cons: No single-card multiplayer, Stylus hand may cover up fast-appearing notes, Wheel spinning can tire out wrists quickly
Excerpt: Video A - Morning Musume: "Koi no Dance Site" Ouendan is video gaming right on the nose. The kind of game that stops you in your tracks, slaps you round the chops, and reminds you that full-on arcade games are what it’s all about. It's been a while, but developers iNiS are back to console games once more, after working with iMode phones and Roland synthesizers. Ouendan is the follow up to their classic PS2 rhythm action game Gitaroo Man - and so all signs point to 'win'.