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beatmania GB - Game Boy Color (1999)

Japanese Game Boy Color Cover

In an odd choice, Konami decided to port their big rhythm titles to the Game Boy Color. As one would expect, all of them suffer from a huge downgrade on the audio front, and for series that revolve around music, that's a heavy loss. It doesn't help that majority of the musical conversions into PSG waveforms are lackluster without any of the oomph that Konami was known for. Most of the music is mired in a tweety bleepy mess. Thankfully, the timing of the buttons presses is far more forgiving than any arcade mix, and the layout for the controls is as good as it can get with the Game Boy's D-pad and 2 buttons, though having to reach down to tap Start to scratch is troublesome.

The Game Boy Beatmania games all have 2-player versus modes much like Battle mode in all the arcade and PlayStation mixes, allowing to link up with a friend's Game Boy Color to compete for the higher score. This game also splits the song list between Arcade, which takes songs from up to 3rdMix, and a GB-Mix, which has brand-new songs exclusive to this title. Unfortunately, the new songs are fairly bland takes on their respective genre, with 3 songs being classical tunes like "The Nutcracker Suite." The only standout is the "Theme from Rakugakids," which showcases the characters from that game. All groups are available together in Free Mode after playing them once or inputting the correct password (spell out the famous Konami Code).

beatmania GB (Game Boy Color)

beatmania GB (Game Boy Color)

beatmania GB (Game Boy Color)


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beatmania for WonderSwan - WonderSwan (1999)

Japanese WonderSwan Cover

A more straightforward portable port of beatmania, taking songs from 3rdMix and one from YebisuMix. It was developed for the original non-Color WonderSwan, so the backdrop's white with dark notes to make them appear clearer on the small screen. The game is played vertically using the dual d-pads, and the buttons are used to scratch. Even with the included turntable disc that's placed over both A & B buttons, this still makes gameplay clunky in practice.

While only in black-and-white, presentation far exceeds its Game Boy Color brethren. The animations are more fluid and comparable to the arcade and PlayStation versions. The music matches almost exactly, thanks to the system's better sound capabilities, though this is only possible thanks to the more than 10MB of sound data on the cart, making the game the largest WonderSwan title in terms of ROM size.

Even with all that data, the game only has 12 songs in total, making for a limiting experience, though the most faithful of the portable releases.

beatmania for WonderSwan

beatmania for WonderSwan


beatmania GB2 GatchaMIX - Game Boy Color (1999)

Japanese Game Boy Color Cover

Even though the Game Boy port was not the best means of playing Beatmania, Konami created a sequel for the system. This time around, only 5 songs are taken from the arcade and PlayStation releases, with the rest of the music being J-pop, anime openings, and other popular or well-known themes. Included are blippy renditions on the intros of Ultraman, Gundam, Space Battleship Yamato and more.

The presentation is a bit better than the first GB game, since Konami created new visuals that mimicked the series the songs came from, rather than recreating poorer versions of the arcade's animations. Still, the same control and audio flaws of the first Game Boy Beatmania are present, so this game is still little more than a curious diversion.

beatmania GB2 GatchaMIX (Game Boy Color)

beatmania GB2 GatchaMIX (Game Boy Color)

beatmania GB2 GatchaMIX (Game Boy Color)


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beatmania GB GatchaMIX2 - Game Boy Color (1999)

Japanese Game Boy Color Cover

The third Game Boy release has the confusing title of being the 2nd GatchaMix. This time around the entire songlist is nothing but chiptune covers of J-pop and anime themes such as "Hot Limit," "Lupin the 3rd '78," Urusei Yatsura's "Lum's Lum Song," and "Get Wild" from City Hunter. Aside from having some more recognizable (for Japan and anime fans) tunes, it seems like less effort was put into this than the last Game Boy game, reusing some older GB graphics. That said, the menu design is the best among the portable Beatmania titles.

The only major change is Duet Mode, where you can link with a 2nd Game Boy Color and play Double charts. Only 8 of the songs are playable in this mode, and it's a fumbling mess trying to hold and tap the buttons on 2 systems at once.

beatmania GB GatchaMIX2 (Game Boy Color)

beatmania GB GatchaMIX2 (Game Boy Color)


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beatmania Pocket series - LCD (1998-2000)

Beatmania Pocket 2 Cover

Like miniature Tiger Electronic games, these tiny LCD toys were sold or given away as prizes. 18 different devices based on Beatmania were released in total, many of them with specific themes. Three titles are filled with anime songs, two have Tokimeki Memorial tunes, one is filled with nothing but music from other Konami games. A few were promotions for stores and magazines, and two were special editions for the Japanese baseball team the Hanshin Tigers.

Each device had 8~10 songs to choose from, and they do a decent job recreating the look on the simple LCD displays, complete with dot matrix animations. The music is done all in bleeps and bloops, but it's better than what you'd expect from such simple toys and enough to play the melodies. Many of these releases are quite hard to find due to small quantities or them being only available for contest winners. In fact, many of the titles were given away for submitting top scores on Satellaview games, thanks to a partnership with Nintendo and St.GIGA.

beatmania Pocket

beatmania Pocket 2



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