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beatmania III - Arcade (2000)

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Beatmania III is something of an experiment. During the time of its initial release, Konami was riding high on its rhythm wave and was expanding its horizons with such exotic titles as Keyboardmania, Mambo a Go Go, and DanceManiaX. This being the 3rd DJ series, they didn't quite rock the formula as much as the 2nd, which already was approaching its 3rd major release at the time. Running on more powerful hardware, the same Para Para Paradise used, the Beatmania III machine sported foot pedals, headphone jacks, and 3.5" floppy disk drives for saving and unlocking data. The foot pedals were the only gameplay addition, enabling players to switch various filters and echoes on the fly, or use as an additional 7th input on certain versions of songs. In essence, this was a deluxe model of the normal 5-Key Beatmania.

The first Beatmania III release sported 22 new songs, along with almost all the songs from the 5thMix arcade release and the first CompleteMix. Most of the new tracks were composed by DJ Nagureo, Good-Cool, and RAM, with a couple of tunes by Youhei Shimizu, FinalOffset, and Thelonious Monkees. While many of these songs are memorable in their own right, the medley of music from the first Twin Bee is the most prolific of the bunch. This mix also has an interesting cover of Stevie Wonder's "My Cherie Amour," done by DJ Nagureo and sung by Sana. The 22 new songs would be the only brand-new bunch made exclusively for this spinoff series, as it never really took off. Even with the better hardware and visuals, the added foot pedal wasn't enough to differentiate itself in the crowded Konami DJ rhythm market. It wasn't a total loss, as Konami released some Append upgrades, adding onto the songlist with tracks from later mixes.

beatmania III (Arcade)

beatmania III (Arcade)


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beatmania ClubMIX - Arcade, PlayStation (2000)

Japanese Arcade Flyer

Japanese PlayStation Cover

A sort of gaiden release, as it were. While not radically changing the formula, ClubMix shifted the art style and design of the menu for a crisp clean retrofuturistic motif much like the one seen in the art for "Motivated" from 5thMix. The menus also starred a cute simple character named Kinoko Boy, who is considered the unofficial mascot for the entire 5-Key franchise. While it has the 3 Hi-Speed options, no center play modes from completeMix2 appear in this mix.

This title only sports 31 songs in total, a dinky amount in wake of completeMix2 and Beatmania III. This is made up for by the sheer quality of many of the art assets in the game and the exclusivity of much of the music. A lot of the licensed tracks in ClubMix are from Sony Music and only appear on this release. Since it arrived in the arcades 2 months after completeMix 2, it contains the 10 new songs from it. In addition, a handful of new tunes include a remix of Snatcher's "One Night in Neo Kobe City" and a rearrangement of "Viva2000" from Pop'n Stage. Unfortunately, most of these new Konami-produced songs aren't as catchy or a memorable as the licensed music or covers. A majority of these new songs would not reappear in any future 5-Key release.

The PlayStation Append version contains all the tracks from this mix along with the completeMix 2 Anothers that didn't contain unique titles. Also, since it was released after Gottamix 2, it also has 2 rearrangements from that game along with its ending theme playable.

beatmania ClubMIX (Arcade)

beatmania ClubMIX (Arcade)

beatmania ClubMIX (Arcade)


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beatmania featuring DREAMS COME TRUE - Arcade, PlayStation (2000)

Japanese PlayStation Cover

Dreams Come True is a j-pop band that formed in 1988. The bassist, Masato Nakamura, founded the band and wrote a majority of their songs, along with creating the soundtracks for Sonic the Hedgehog 1 & 2. Their popularity continued all throughout the 90s and into the 21st century, topping #1 in the Japanese sales charts multiple times. With those credentials, it should come as no surprise that Konami made two rhythm games made entirely of their music for Beatmania and DDR.

The game is a modified build of ClubMix, with the same options available. The frame surrounding the game screen changes color depending on the song selected. The visual animations and images are cute and girly to match the female vocals and songs about love. Six of the tracks have remixes, three of those done in-house by Konami. Sadly, the selection is small and the difficulty low, with only 18 songs and only a handful of charts at level 5. The PlayStation version even removes five songs from the already short list.

For a Dreams Come True or huge J-pop fan, this might not be too bad, and the visuals are pretty nice and at times adorable, but there's not as much content here for less-than-diehard fans.

beatmania featuring Dreams Come True (Arcade)

beatmania featuring Dreams Come True (Arcade)


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beatmania BEST HITS - PlayStation (2000)

Japanese PlayStation Cover

Like many long-running rhythm game series, Beatmania eventually received a greatest hits release. This mix culls music from every previous home version, mostly kept as is from their original source, but adds the benefit of having many older tracks playable with the newer options like Hi-Speed.

In terms of selection, Konami crammed in every arrangement possible of a given song, some even placed as a selectable form of Another called "Brother". While it does try to make for a complete package, it makes the selection not as versatile and robust when there are 2-3 versions of many tunes, despite having a song list rivaling Append 5thMix. Konami didn't bother including any of the newer Anothers that appeared after 5thMix either, though 5 of L.E.D.'s tracks were given hidden exclusive harder charts.

On its own merits, Best Hits is a perfect entry title for beginners, and a good one to come back to, at the very least for the benefit of being a key disc for the append releases. It tends to fetch a high price on the secondhand market, even though it recieved a PlayStation the Best reprint.

beatmania BEST HITS (PlayStation)

beatmania BEST HITS (PlayStation)


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