To most fans outside of Japan, Dragon Ball Heroes has unfortunately been nothing more than a series of short new animation pieces and the occasional catchy jingle. The card-based arcade game has been relatively successful for Namco-Bandai in its homeland, as shown by it now extending its reach in a somewhat unexpected way: a music game!
The “Galaxy Mission Series Theme Song” for Dragon Ball Heroes is making its way to Taiko no Tatsujin (“Taiko Drum Master”) in Japanese arcades. The official Carddass / Dragon Ball Heroes website instructs players to look for the Dragon Ball Heroes graphic in the game.
Thanks to TheDevilsCorpse for the heads-up.
This is not actually the first time that Dragon Ball music has made its way to rhythm games. Most interestingly was perhaps “Rock the Dragon” (the first replacement opening theme for Dragon Ball Z from FUNimation) in the North American release of Taiko Drum Master for the PlayStation 2 back in 2004. “CHA-LA HEAD-CHA-LA”, the first opening theme to the Dragon Ball Z TV series, was included in the Japanese release of Donkey Konga 3 for the Nintendo Gamecube back in late 2003.
Long story short, Dragon Ball and drums seem to go hand-in-hand.