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beatmania / hiphopmania - Arcade (1997)

Japanese Flyer

American Flyer

The inaugural release has 4 stages with 7 songs each. Each stage was broken up as part of your rise in working as a DJ in a club, marking this as the only game in the Beatmania series with the semblance of a story or career mode like the one in Guitar Hero or Rock Band.

Each song is listed on the select screen by its genre and chosen by spinning the turntable and hitting a white key on the desired track. Though there's only 7 songs, most of them have rearranged mixes when played with 2 players or in doubles mode. In fact, the Break-Bts song is entirely different depending on this, being "2 Gorgeous 4U" in 1 player and "Greed Eater" in 2. The last song, "E-motion," is hidden and only playable as the final stage. Midway through each game, a special stage called DJ Battle pits you in a "Simon Says" scratch-off with the onscreen rival DJ, only accepting you if can "keep up with his scratch techniques." The note play is random each time you challenge him, but it isn't too difficult. You can even change the scratching sound effect by hitting each of the keys. The hardest song of this mix is "20, November," composed by the sound director Reo Nagumo and named after his birthday. Rated at 5 stars, this house style track is one of the biggest hits of the series and spun remixes that even crossed over to other Bemani games including DDR and Pop'n Music.

Holding all keys while hitting start brings you to expert mode. Your bar gauge depletes much faster with each Poor or Bad and is harder to rebuild. Later Expert courses would mostly keep to only 5 stages.

There was an American version of this game, but it is exceptionally rare. Aside from translating the in-game text to English, the title itself was changed to Hiphopmania. It's a rather misleading new moniker, considering "u gotta groove" is the only song that fits the genre description.

beatmania (Arcade)

beatmania (Arcade)

beatmania (Arcade)


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beatmania 2ndMIX / beatstage - Arcade, PlayStation (1998)

Japanese PlayStation Cover

Released within months after the first game, this mix more than doubles the song list. Gone is the producer leading through each stage, instead you go straight to a new menu where you can select Practice and Expert modes along with the Normal mode. The Double option that allows one player to choose to play both sides at once debuts here, along with an option called Hidden, where the notes disappear 2/3rds of the way down.

The selection of genres is expanded only slightly in the sequel, adding an R&B, a ska- and an ambient song to the mix. DJ Battle is now selectable as a song instead of being mandatory. 4 of the new songs are remixes of the prior release, along with the first rearrangement of a Konami game tune: "Salamander Beat Crush mix," though it barely resembles the track it's based from ("Starfield" from Salamander) outside of the beginning melody. Three of the new songs raise the bar on difficulty to 6 stars, with "Acid Bomb" and "Ska a go go" competing for the hardest stages to pass so far.

A Korean version of 2ndMix was released under the name Beatstage, essentially the same mix but with Korean text in the menus and removing the Japanese hiphop song "Tokai." A Japanese home port soon appeared after just as the next mix was released. Merely dubbed Beatmania, it came with 2 discs, one being the arcade 2ndMix and the other called Beatmania Append YebisuMix. YebisuMix had only 9 songs, including a couple of preview tracks from 3rdMix along with a few new ones, some composed by commissioned artist Tomoki Hirata. The game came with special controllers made by ASCII, which did a reasonable job recreating the arcade experience at home. Many special limited editions of this controller would be made available later on. The PlayStation version sold very well, quickly receiving a greatest hits reprint.

beatmania 2ndMIX (Arcade)

beatmania 2ndMIX (Arcade)

beatmania 2ndMIX (Arcade)


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YebisuMIX


beatmania 3rdMIX / beatstage 3rdMIX - Arcade, PlayStation (1998)

Japanese PlayStation Cover

Another quick update to the series, though this one omits about half of the songs that appeared before, leaving only the more popular tunes. However, this mix does include many great new tracks, adding some more dance pop along with a little rock and one funky jazz song named "Stop Violence!" with a lot of saxophone and bongos. A remix of the Main Theme from the first Metal Gear Solid game appears here, which supposedly was going to be included in Super Smash Bros. Brawl sans most of the lyrics, were it not for the controversy of musical plagiarism surrounding the song. This is the only mix that the group Novuo Nude composed for, with their song "Super Subway" being deemed the most played and popular track in the series. One song that debuted in 3rdMix, "Luv to me," is one of the most often rearranged melodies throughout the Bemani franchise, topping at 6 mixes total.

New options became once again available, adding Mirror and Random, which flipped or jumbled the note charts, respectively, along with Battle play where 2 players can play the same 1P charts together. A new difficulty setting also debuts in 3rdMix, albeit it is only available through a special code for "20, November" and "Attack the music." The harder difficulty is called Another, which changes the chart by adding more notes, sometimes rearranging the music significantly. The Expert mode's rules were altered so you start with a full meter, but you can't regain any bars that are lost, and the gauge carries over with each subsequent track. Depleting the whole bar ends the song and course abruptly.

The home version on PlayStation didn't add anything new, but was the first of many self-contained Append mixes released. These append discs removed most of the check data stored on CDs, which made them cheaper at retail but needed a Key disc like the Arcade 2ndMix disc of the first home release. A "mini" version was released with the first printings of the soundtrack months prior, containing 5 of the songs as a preview. It is quite rare to find, but ultimately obsolete since the full version became available.

Once again, an international Beatstage edition was released, keeping the 3rdMix subtitle. Four songs with Japanese lyrics were removed, much like "Tokai" was before. To compensate for the loss, the English versions of "Believe Again" and "Luv to me" from CompleteMix were included.

beatmania 3rdMIX (Arcade)

beatmania 3rdMIX (Arcade)

beatmania 3rdMIX (Arcade)


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beatmania completeMIX / beatstage completeMIX / hiphopmania completeMIX - Arcade (1999)

Japanese Arcade Flyer

As stated before, 3rdMix removed many songs from the original and 2ndMix. To reconcile this, Konami released a new updated mix containing all the songs up to that point as well as an Easy mode with simpler charts for the tougher tracks. They also added a new remix of "20, November," English versions of "Luv to me" and "Believe Again," alongside a slightly rearranged song from Pop'n Music: "Quick Master (Reform Version)." In total, this mix tops at over 40 tunes available.

This is the first mix to list the title of the song on the selection screen, which is helpful as many of the songs now share genres. The Another versions from 3rdMix return with a few added ones to the new arrangements, now easily selectable by holding both black keys while choosing the song. Expert mode courses now include a system that counts your "Great" ratings and gives you a password to register for Internet Ranking.

The international versions shipped with some tracks missing. Beatstage CompleteMix once again removed all songs with Japanese lyrics (5 in total), while Hiphopmania CompleteMix had 7 songs taken out for unknown reasons.

beatmania completeMIX (Arcade)

beatmania completeMIX (Arcade)

beatmania completeMIX (Arcade)


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