Moero! Osu! Tatakae! Ouendan 2

When Osu! Tatakae! Ouendan arrived on Japanese store shelves a while back, it created a phenomenon that hasn't been seen in some time. The fusion of rhythmic music action with absolutely over-the-top scenarios made it a must-have -- not only to die-hard Japanese gamers, but several thrill-seeking US importers (notable staff of Modojo included). Now the craze is returning later this month in Japan with the debut of Moeru Nekketsu Rhythm Damashii: Osu! Tatakae! Ouendan 2 for the Nintendo DS (moutfhul, huh?).

Will a versus make Ouendan 2 the best thing ever? Yes!This time around, the Ouendan return to face baffling new scenarios, but also have their hands full when a group of rival Ouendan (male cheerleaders) show up to face off against them. While the team at INIS remains mum about how it's done, you will be able to play both as the original Ouendan and the rival team.

The game features a four-player versus mode, so this could very well have something to do with it. Two Ouendan members against two other Ouendan? Odds are that this'll be a great addition to an already superb game.

The graphics in Ouendan 2 look just as whacked out as the original's -- and that's a good thing. The animation will continue to be over the top in terms of character reactions and energetic dance movements, while players can read the circles on-screen to see what needs to be tapped next. The gameplay will work roughly about the same, with timing being crucial in order to complete a sequence and save the day.

The song list, however, goes all over the place this time around with nineteen new additions. These include the likes of Minimaru GT ("Kibun Joujou"), Checkers ("Oh My Julia"), Yaida Hitomi ("Go My Way"), and Hirai Ken (the aptly named "POP STAR"). Haven't heard of these songs yet? No worries, you'll be humming them soon enough.

Unfortunately, other details, such as the scenarios themselves and what's going on with the Ouendan, are being kept under wraps -- thus the briefness of this preview. However, the final game should be worth celebrating once the game hits Japan May 17th...a perfect day to start off the summer gaming season.

Check back with Modojo to provide you a full review of the game, and expect lots of crazy dancing at the same time. (Well, not me, I got two left feet. Maybe Justin will go into electric boogaloo mode, yes?)