One of 2019’s surprises was finding out Taito’s Groove Coaster: Wai Wai Party wouldn’t be a Japan-only release. Instead, the rhythm game appeared on the Nintendo Switch eShop worldwide and gave people another well-rounded option for their libraries. Siliconera caught up with Groove Coaster: Wai Wai Party Producer Takuma Hanagata to talk about this release, its songs, and its heavy Vtuber influence. In addition, he talks about his time working on the Japanese Half-Life 2 arcade game, Half-Life 2: Survivor.
Siliconera: How did Taito come to the decision to release Groove Coaster: Wai Wai Party worldwide?
Takuma Hanagata: We’ve had a lot of players requesting a console version of the Groove Coaster series on Twitter and Facebook and as the smartphone, arcade and Steam versions were all released internationally, we had an international release in our sights when we began planning for the Nintendo Switch version.
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