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Artwork of Don-chan, for Mario Kart Arcade GP DX
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-related media)
Latest appearance Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (2018, cameo)
Latest portrayal Miki Narahashi (2004-present)

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


Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese どんちゃん
From「どんどん」(dondon, an onomatopoeia for a drumming or beating sound) and「ちゃん」(-chan, a Japanese affectionate honorific)