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beatmania "European Edit" - Arcade (2000)

European Box Cover

This is the only PlayStation Beatmania created for regions outside Japan. For some reason, the game is based on 3rdMix/Gottamix's interface rather than any later PlayStation port available in Japan at the time. With 24 tracks total taking from all titles up to 5thMix, it's quite a serviceable mix on its own. Many genre categories for the old songs got tinkered with, and some are quite confusing changes. The Bossa Groove tunes "Papayapa Bossa” and "La Bossanova de Fabienne” are now listed as Acid Jazz and Acid Jazz Remix, R&B "Hunting for you” is now Pop, and Funk "Cat Song ~Theme of Upa” was changed to Cheese.

Seven brand-new licensed songs were introduced in this mix, using some huge European club and dance hits from the era like Moloko's "Sing It Back” and Les Rythmes Digitales's "Jacques Your Body (Make Me Sweat)”. Konami did a good job with the visuals for these new songs, giving them lots of character. They even retooled and updated a bunch of the older songs' visuals. A cool touch are the new animations for "Changing the Asia”, which shows the Journey to the West characters in an old-school top-down JRPG setting.

The biggest fault of this mix is the included controller in the deluxe box. Not using ASCII's controller or Konami's DJ Station Pro, The European Beatmania had its own new terribly designed controller with actual piano key-shaped buttons and a stiff highly-raised turntable platter, making the game a chore to play as intended. Fortunately, any other PS1 DJ controller will work just fine, solving this issue. The game by itself sells cheap and is not a bad title for those in the PAL regions to dabble with as a starting point, but ultimately entirely skippable thanks to the next Japanese PlayStation mix that came only months later.

beatmania European Edit (PlayStation)

beatmania European Edit (PlayStation)

beatmania European Edit (PlayStation)


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beatmania APPEND GOTTAMIX2 ~Going Global~ - PlayStation (2000)

Japanese PlayStation Cover

Although deemed a sequel, the music in this mix bears little resemblance to that of the first Gottamix. As the subtitle suggests, the songs all vary with genres from around the world, or are themed by regions or countries. It even includes the 7 licensed tracks from the recently released European Beatmania, so anyone without a PAL TV can enjoy them.

One of the more interesting new songs is an Indonesian traditional gamelan arrangement of the Zone of the Enders main theme, but the strangest are three tracks made by DJ Takawo. They all use various samples and odd Japanese lyrics coupled with weird visuals like yam-wielding green cowboys with Japanese schoolgirls, geishas turning into ganguro gals, and salarymen holding giant toilet paper rolls.

Since BeatmaniaIIDX 4th Style hit arcades less than a month after Gottamix2 came out, a few tracks were ported over as promotion. These songs were the Oceanic didgeridoo-filled trance "Infinite Prayer” the Celtic-sounding "North,” and the rhythm game love song Cuban Groove "Sana Mollete Ne Ente.” Many of these also crossed over to DDR and Pop'n Music. As popular as some of these tunes got on other Bemani games, none of them or any other song from this title ever found their way into a 5-Key arcade machine.

This game came out months after completeMix 2, and all the new content from it was split between this game and Append ClubMix. After enough playtime, the CM2 Anothers with unique titles like "Super Highway (Super Subway Mix)” and "Crymson (Scarlet Mix)” are unlocked. The only one missing is "Luv to Me (Disco Mix),” since both Gottamix 1 and Best Hits contain it.

beatmania APPEND GOTTAMIX2 (PlayStation)

beatmania APPEND GOTTAMIX2 (PlayStation)

beatmania APPEND GOTTAMIX2 (PlayStation)


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beatmania CORE REMIX / beatmania III APPEND CORE REMIX - Arcade (2000)

Logo

This is an interesting release. Almost like an anniversary throwback (nearly 3 years after the first cabinet hit Japanese arcades), Core Remix contains almost all of the music from 1st and 2ndMix, including the ending theme and DJ Battle. The only classic songs missing from the 1st and 2nd mixes are "Tokai,” the first "E-Motion,” and the other remixes from 2ndMix. This makes these the only version of "greed eater" that's playable in single player and "2 gorgeous 4U" in 2P/Doubles. There are also nine new songs that make their debut in this release, including an in-house remix of Eight Wonder's "Stay With Me” and two hiphop tracks under the MC B.BandJ. They also include "Guilty,” the hardest chart on the mix and the only non-IIDX song that Takayuki Ishikawa composed under his DJ Setup moniker. In addition, the original classic versions of the available songs can be unlocked and switched between like choosing a difficulty, each playable with all the latest options available.

The menu's been updated once again, giving each track its own logo like from 4thMix, although they are quite pixelated, obviously blown up bitmaps. Many of the visuals are sendoffs of classic imagery from the first titles, like changing Konami Man to Konami Woman and making the reggae character Uncle Jam older and with long grey dreds. The new remixes can be hit or miss, with some drastically deviating from their originals like the Latin take on "U Gotta Groove.” It's a shame that most of these remixes never reappear in any future non-BMIII arcade release. On its own, this was a quality love letter to the classic titles to help tide over fans during the drought of numbered sequels.

About a month later, Konami shipped the first Beatmania III upgrade with Append Core Remix. Besides adding all the new songs and remixes from Core Remix, it also had 3 songs ported over from the then-launched BeatmaniaIIDX 3rd Style. The old song list was also boosted to contain completeMix 2+, which had all the new CM2 debuting songs with Konami's own ClubMix tracks added, while removing the licenses from 5thMix. All of the new CM2 Anothers were placed in their own section so as not to conflict with the old ones.

beatmania III APPEND CORE REMIX (Arcade)

beatmania CORE REMIX (Arcade)

beatmania CORE REMIX (Arcade)


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beatmania THE SOUND OF TOKYO! - PlayStation (2001)

Japanese PlayStation Cover

Another PlayStation exclusive, this time filled with licensed songs created by many recording artists from Tokyo. But this isn't a J-pop title like one might expect, but rather music more in line with Shibuya-kei, thanks to having Pizzicato Five founder Yasuharu Konishi as producer. A little Latin jazz and groove flavor is also thrown in, giving the soundtrack a flavor that would fit right in with a 60s spy- or Lupin III movie. It's a radical departure from almost anything the series has done so far.

Unlike the Dreams Come True mix, there's actually a decent spread of easy to hard songs in this mix. The selection isn't large, but the tracks are longer than any that appear in other arcade mixes. The default option has the note lanes in white, but it can be changed back to black if wanted, though the notes are a little too dark to see. With a lot of catchy tunes, The Sound of Tokyo! is an interesting experiment with the Beatmania franchise. It's the third of the PlayStation releases to garner a greatest hits reprint.

beatmania THE SOUND OF TOKYO! (PlayStation)

beatmania THE SOUND OF TOKYO! (PlayStation)


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