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MKAGPDX Don-chan artwork.jpg
Don-chan in Mario Kart Arcade GP DX.
Species Taiko Drum
First appearance Taiko no Tatsujin (2001, Taiko no Tatsujin series)
Mario Kart Arcade GP DX (2013, Mario franchise)
Latest appearance Taiko no Tatsujin: Drum 'n' Fun! (2018, Taiko no Tatsujin series)
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (cameo) (2018)
Latest portrayal Miki Narahashi (2001-present)

Don-chan[1] is the main character of the Taiko no Tatsujin series, and appears as a default playable character in Mario Kart Arcade GP DX.[2] Don-chan has two downloadable palette swaps in the game that dresses him in a strawberry and knight costume, known officially as Strawberry Don-chan and Hero Don-chan respectively.

Additionally, Don-chan appears in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate as one of the characters that Pac-Man can randomly summon during his Namco Roulette taunt.[3]


Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese どんちゃん
Don-chan; from don (ドン), onomatopeia usually referring to a loud impact (in this case, the beat of a taiko drum)


  • Don-chan's artwork for Strawberry Don-chan is the only character artwork in Mario Kart Arcade GP DX that is entirely two-dimensional. The same applies to all his in-game portraits, even those of normal Don-chan.