Beatmania (2006 video game)
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|Release date(s)||March 28, 2006|
|Mode(s)||Single player, Multi-player|
beatmania, also known colloquially as beatmania (US) or BMUS to distinguish it from the original arcade game beatmania, is the first version of the music video game beatmania IIDX to be released in the United States. It was officially released by Konami on March 28, 2006 for the PlayStation 2 video game console.
Differences from the Japanese games
Engine and scoring
The game uses the engine from the console version of Beatmania IIDX 9th Style, and was originally demonstrated with its original cyan and white UI, but the final release uses a reskinned version of it recolored purple. The judgement also has changed from the Japanese version, with the flashing "Great!" judgement being shown in the North American version as "Perfect", much like in Dance Dance Revolution (recent versions of IIDX in Japan have referred to them as "perfect greats" in their "judge mode" display). The grading system in this game is also significantly easier than the Japanese games, requiring much lower scores to attain the highest grades.
Another change from the Japanese version of the game is the included controller has been modified slightly from the original Japanese version. The two controllers are similar in appearance. However, whereas the Japanese controller has a rectangular shape, the American controller features a rounded edge on the side where the turntable sits, and generally has a slightly lower profile. Most players, American or Japanese, felt that the new American controller was a welcomed improvement, making the American controller the preferred choice.
Split track list
The regular beatmania and beatmania IIDX modes correspond to their regular counterparts, and both feature songs and gameplay mechanics from their respective series integrated into the 9th Style engine (such as 5/10 and 7/14 keys, and the return of free scratch zones in 5-key mode). In contrast, recent IIDX games in Japan have had a 5-key mode selectable in an options menu on the song selection menu.
There are 58 tracks in this game (not counting the fact that 20, November is "single mix" on Single and "radio edit" on Double). All tracks are playable in Game Mode, and then in Free Mode after being played once in Game Mode. While there are no hidden songs, only a few are available when starting the game. More appear as the game progresses, but once the game is started again only those same few are available.
Tracks in both beatmania and beatmania IIDX game modes:
|Celebration||WaveGroup/DJ TK-ST||Soul Mix|
|First Day||Timo Maas||Electronica|
|Funkytown||Lipps, Inc.||80's Revival|
|GENOM SCREAMS||L.E.D. LIGHT||Psychedelic Trance|
|Lift Me Up||Moby||Electronica|
|PARANOiA MAX (DIRTY MIX)||190||Jungle|
|The Way You Move||Paul Grogan Featuring Natalie Martin||Dance|
|Toxic||WaveGroup/Shoichiro Hirata||Garage Mix|
|Virtual Insanity||WaveGroup/DJ TK-ST||R&B Mix|
|You Really Got Me||WaveGroup/Shoichiro Hirata||Breakbeats Mix|
Tracks only in the beatmania game mode:
|20, November (single mix)/(radio edit)||dj nagureo||House|
|321 STARS||DJ SIMON||Techno Pop|
|Attack the music||DJ FX||Hard Techno|
|BATTLE BREAKS||DJ TAKAWO||V.R.D.J. Skills|
|Do ｙou love me?||Reo Nagumo||Ballad|
|Hunting for You||Togo Project featuring Megu & Scotty D.||R&B|
|Jam Jam Reggae||Jam Master '73||Reggae|
|La Bossanova de Fabienne||Staccato Two-F||Bossa Groove|
|LOVE SO GROOVY||LOVEMINTS||Soul|
|Manmachine plays Jazz||Mikio Endo||Jazz Electro|
|METAL GEAR SOLID Main Theme||Espacio Brothers||Bigbeat Mix|
|OVERBLAST!!||L.E.D. LIGHT||Warp House|
|s.d.z.||DJ Mazinger feat. Muhammad||Hip hop|
|SKA a go go||THE BALD HEADS||Ska|
|Stop Violence!||Herbie Hammock & His Band||Funky Jazz Groove|
|tribe groove||nite system||World Groove|
|u gotta groove||dj nagureo||Hip hop|
Tracks only in the beatmania IIDX game mode:
|5.1.1.||dj nagureo||Piano Ambient|
|BAD BOY BASS!! (dj Remo-con MIX)||Y&Co.||NRG|
|Colors (radio edit)||dj TAKA||Trance|
|Dancin' Into The Night||good-cool||Disco|
|Digital MinD (A/T Libra mix)||TaQ||Minimal|
|fly through the night||Mr.T||Trance|
|g.m.d.||DJ Mazinger feat. Muhammad||Hip hop|
|Hitch Hiker||good-cool||Warp House|
|I Was The One||good-cool||Italo House|
|in my eyes||ric||Trance|
|jelly kiss||Togo Project feat. Sana||A.O.R.|
|LOVE IS DREAMINESS||L.E.D.-G vs. GUHROOVY fw/ Asuka||Happy Hardcore|
|M-02stp.ver1.01||Shoichiro Hirata||Two Step|
|Mobo★Moga||Orange Lounge||French Pop|
|Mr. T (take me higher)||Risky Men feat. Asuka M.||Dance Pop|
|MUSIC TO YOUR HEAD||SLAKE||Techno|
|Nothing Ain't Stoppin' Us||Shoichiro Hirata||Disco|
|OUTER LIMITS||L.E.D.-G||Hardcore Breakbeats|
|Presto||Osamu Kubota||Piano Ambient|
|Spin the disc||good-cool||House|
|Summer Vacation (CU mix)||OutPhase (TaQ & dj TAKA)||Trip hop|
|THE CUBE||DJ SUWAMI||Drum'N'Bass|
|THE SHINING POLARIS||L.E.D. feat. Sana||Epic Trance|
|V||TAKA||Progressive electronic music|
|Voltage (feat. Hidemaru)||TaQ||Big Beat|
- The original artists for "Toxic" (Britney Spears), and "Virtual Insanity" (Jamiroquai) are not credited. "You Really Got Me" is the cover version by Van Halen, rather than the original by The Kinks, and is also not credited.
PlayStation 3 Compatibility
Because the Beatmania controller uses the standard PS2 controller connection, it was not originally compatible with the PlayStation 3. The release of PS3 firmware 1.70 and the Pelican PS3-to-PS2 adapter (which has also been said to work with Guitar Hero controllers and Dance Dance Revolution dance pads) fixes this issue. Unfortunately, the adapter is reported by some to introduce additional input processing time ("lag") that may make playing more difficult for players.
G4's video game show X-Play gave the game 2/5 stars, declaring that the game was a ripoff of the then recently released Guitar Hero (even though the entire Beatmania franchise began in 1997, while the original Guitar Hero was only released in November 2005, a few months before).
- "beatmania review". X-Play. G4. Retrieved 2008-11-30.
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