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beatmania 4thMIX ~the beat goes on~ / beatstage 4thMIX - Arcade, PlayStation (1999)

Japanese PlayStation Cover

With the fourth version of Beatmania, Konami finally decided to update the look a little, giving every song in the game its own distinct logo. Unfortunately, every song released beforehand was ditched for a new set of 23 tunes. 4thMix was the first arcade release to feature licensed music, with such standouts as "You Make Me" and "Brand New World." Easy Mode is now called Basic, while Normal Mode is called Hard. 4thMix also added a hidden option to change the colors of the game window, an aesthetic choice that would be available for many of the later releases.

The music is spread in a wider range of genres, most at odds with what players have come to expect. This is due to a new set of composers hired for this mix, with only Reo Nagumo, Hiroshi Watanabe, and Hiroyuki Togo returning in smaller roles this time around. 2 songs from the highly popular Dance Dance Revolution 2ndMix, "Paranoia Max ~Dirty Mix~" & "Keep on Movin'", crossed over to 4thMix. Note charts grew harder with some 7 star songs of the later stage selections, "Drunk Monky" being the hardest to pass in its brutal Another chart. The difficulty curve in general is skewed higher, with only a handful of easy songs to choose from, even in Basic play.

The home port is again an almost perfect rendition of the arcade version. For the first time, the game keeps a separate save file that won't overwrite your data from earlier Append games. This is important since 4thMix has a hidden mode based on 3rdMix called Bonus Edit mode, which would appear in all subsequent PlayStation non-Key disc releases. Switching from a Key Disc to 3rdMix then to 4thMix or later will take you to this mode with its own set of secret songs. In this title, Bonus Edit has all of completeMix's new songs and the Anothers for "Acid Bomb," "Attack the Music," and "20,November." Additionally, all these hidden songs can be unlocked in the normal mode after enough playing time. Sadly, the next 2 subsequent PlayStation titles would leave little reason to go back to this mix.

beatmania 4thMIX (Arcade)

beatmania 4thMIX (Arcade)

beatmania 4thMIX (Arcade)


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beatmania APPEND GOTTAMIX - PlayStation (1999)

Japanese PlayStation Cover

The first home exclusive version, released around the time 4thMix hit arcades, but not based on any arcade mix. The game uses a modified 3rdMix design, still using only the genre on the song selection menu. Many of the tracks in the game are unique licenses or uses guest vocals. 3 previews from 4thMix are included in this game, 2 of them in longer cuts exclusive to this version, as well as a version of "Luv to me (Disco Mix)" from BeatmaniaIIDX. A Nonstop Megamix of the most popular tunes up to that point called "Bemani Hit Tracks" is included here as well, with a radio DJ personality making transitions. The rest are composed mostly by Mikio Endo, Hiroyuki Togo, and L.E.D., all expanding the range of music for the series. It should be noted that Cozy Kubo's "Yellow, Black and Blues" contains explicit lyrics, which like many of the original cuts of Bust-A-Groove songs, aren't considered a big problem in Japan for all-ages titles.

One of the most unique new songs is "NaHaNaHa vs. Gattchoon Battle," taking the DJ Battle from the earlier arcade games and giving it a twist, pitting 2 Japanese comedians Mitsuo Nakano & Yasuo Watabe with their humorous trademark gestures. This song never appeared on a 5-Key arcade title, only being available on BeatmaniaIIDX Substream and 2nd Style. A few of Gottamix' debuts eventually made their way to the main series though, with "Miracle Moon" becoming popular enough to cross over to the home version of Pop'n Music 2 soon afterwards. Another song with Sana, "More Deep," would stay in obscurity, aside from a remix called "More Deep (ver 2.1)" appearing on IIDX and a handful of DDR home versions.

beatmania GOTTAMIX (PlayStation)

beatmania GOTTAMIX (PlayStation)

beatmania GOTTAMIX (PlayStation)


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beatmania 5thMIX -Time to get down- / beatstage 5thMIX - Arcade, PlayStation (1999)

Japanese Arcade Flyer

While not a huge step up from the previous version, 5thMix does build upon what its predecessor did much like 2ndMix did to the first game. Every Konami-owned song from 4thMix returns for this release. 5thMix adds the Sudden option, where notes don't appear until right before they hit the bottom. This is also the first release to have the Hi-Speed option, which doubles the scroll speed of the chart, which helps to space the notes out, especially for the slower tunes.

Konami partnered with Toshiba-EMI for most of the licensed songs on this mix, taking from their Dancemania albums like Dance Dance Revolution did up through Supernova. In fact, 5thMix shares a couple of Dancemania songs that appeared in DDR 3rdMix: Papaya's "Operator," Captain Jack's "The Race," X-Treme's "Wonderland," and E-Rotic's "Do It All Night." The rest of the Toshiba-EMI's published music ranges from great to okay, from the ultra-catchy "Total Recall" by Ultimate Heights to the repetitive "Up on the Floor" by Regina. Also, Mix Master Mike has an obviously scratch-heavy track called "All Pro" from his album Anti-Theft Device, as well as a house remix of Atmosfear's funky Motivation. Curiously, 2 other Mix Master Mike songs appear only during the attract mode that showcases how to play the game. As IIDX was picking up steam, many of its early tunes crossed over here, namely "R3" by Tiger Yamato, "22Dunk" by Slake, and "Prince on a Star" by Spiritual Ride. A couple of songs from Gottamix made the jump to the arcades here: L.E.D.Light-G's gabbah song "Hell Scaper" and Mikio Endo's "Manmachine Plays Jazz," both slightly shortened down. With some of the licenses from 4thMix returning, like "Finding a New World," 5thMix has possibly the strongest non-Konami track listing of the 5-Key series.

This marks the final international Beatstage release, which removes the songs "Kakattekonkai" and "Total Recall," but adds the choice of 3 levels of Hi-Speed play that debuted in CompleteMix2. The PlayStation Append disc is a relatively straight port with 5 new Bonus Edit songs: an ambient mix of "Ave Maria," "The Earth Light" from BeatmaniaIIDX Substream, an L.E.D. remix of "Miracle Moon," and 2 new tracks: "Overblast!!" by L.E.D. Light and "Battle Breaks" by DJ Takawo. Aside from the tepid "Ave Maria," every song is a welcome addition to the series, which is unfortunate since none of them were brought to any arcade Beatmania. Four of these new tunes made their way to DDR in some respect, and "Miracle Moon ~L.E.D.Light Style Mix~" appeared in Pop'n Music 7. As it stands, Append 5thMix is one of the best mixes on the PlayStation.

beatmania 5thMIX (Arcade)

beatmania 5thMIX (Arcade)

beatmania 5thMIX (Arcade)


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beatmania completeMIX2 / hiphopmania completeMIX2 - Arcade (2000)

Japanese Arcade Flyer

CompleteMix 2 is another updated mix that revives some removed songs from earlier titles. Unfortunately, only 10 pre-4thMix songs return, but the additions more than make up for it. For instance, Konami added new options for IIDX players. This included 1P-Center, where you play in the middle using 1P's turntable and 2P's keys so the scratch column is on the left, and BMII Double, where double play is moved to the center. Unfortunately, playing either new center mode severely limits the animated visuals that show during the game. In addition, the Hi-Speed option has been bumped to 3 levels. Furthermore, 10 new songs have been added to the song list, and they stand as some of the best available. "321 Stars" is one of the new songs and one of the more popular 5-Key tunes, crossing over to many other Bemani series.

Konami didn't stop there. They even made brand-new Anothers for the 10 revived songs and many of the 4thMix and 5thMix favorites, many of them with new remix titles, like "Attack the Music (49 Music Mix)." "Boa Boa Lady (Jamming Mix)" got its original version from Pop'n Stage included as Another, along with "Luv to Me" gaining "Luv to Me (Disco Mix)" from MeatmaniaIIDX likewise. Many of these Anothers have brutal charts that increase the challenge further, the majority of them ranking as 7 or 8. "Genom Screams (Spiritual Mix)" rivals "Drunky Mony" with a difficulty of a 9. All of this with only 2 licensed tracks from 4thMix removed ("Brand New World" and "Build Up").

The total song list rose above 60 tracks this time, even more so if you count the Another remixes. It would remain the biggest non-Beatmania III songlist in the series. It was also the last release to exist outside of Japan as Hiphopmania completeMix2. The biggest difference in gameplay with this version is the change of the Groove Gauge to be more like DDR's, complete with a flashing warning sign that reads "!DANGER!" before you're about to lose and fail the song midway. All of the licensed music was taken out, so the Expert courses were tweaked to compensate the loss.

beatmania completeMIX2 (Arcade)

beatmania completeMIX2 (Arcade)

beatmania completeMIX2 (Arcade)


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