beatmania (sometimes referred to as "beatmania US" to differentiate it from the Japanese and European PS1 release
of beatmania) is the sole US release of the long-running rhythm series.
The game features a mix of over 50 songs, drawing from songs from the beatmania
and beatmania IIDX
franchises, as well as a small number of newly licensed exclusives.
The game was originally announced at E3 2005. While Konami was convinced that the game would be able to ride on the popularity of DDR
in the US, the game flopped at retail, and no follow-up has been made.
Differences from Japanese IIDX Games
- Game uses the 9th Style CS Engine, but has been completely reskinned.
- "Another" difficulties are available, but must be unlocked by playing every song on both 5-key and 7-key once.
- Songs in 5-key mode have only one difficulty chart.
- The grading system was changed, in what was generally regarded as a "curve" for US players. You now only need 7/9 possible ex points for a AAA rank, as opposed to the 8/9ths needed in the Japanese games.. 6/9ths grant a AA, 5/9 corresponds to A, and so on.
- "Just Great" is now called "Perfect."
- Difficulties are listed as "Beginner", "Normal", "Hyper", and "Another".
- Difficulties are now on a 1-10 scale, using stars. (This preceded the change to the 1-12 scale seen first in Happy Sky.)
- Hard has been renamed to "Challenge", or "CHA" for short.
- 5-key mode is known as "beatmania" mode, 7-key mode is known as "beatmania IIDX" mode.
- In 5-key mode, Free Scratch Zones have returned. Free Scratch Zones are areas in songs where you can scratch as much or as little as you want. Scratching in one will only increase your money score - it has no effect on your EX score or grade.
- There is a replay mode to save replays of songs you have played.
- The records screen has note counts, money score, playcount, and max combo organized in a DDR-style grid.
- Songs must be played in Game Mode before they appear in Free Mode.
- The beatmania songs are rated on a scale of 200,000 points, just like the IIDX songs.
- All of the 5-key songs received new videos.
- [SOUL MIX] WaveGroup/DJ TK-ST - Celebration
- [RAVE] e.o.s. - e-motion
- [ELECTRONICA] Timo Maas - First Day
- [80'S REVIVAL] Lipps Inc. - Funkytown
- [TRANCE] L.E.D. LIGHT - GENOM SCREAMS
- [ELECTRONICA] Moby - Lift Me Up
- [JUNGLE] 190 - PARANOiA MAX ~DIRTY MIX~
- [DANCE] Paul Grogan featuring Natale Martin - The Way You Move
- [GARAGE MIX] WaveGroup/Shoichiro Hirata - Toxic
- [R&B MIX] WaveGroup/DJ TK-ST - Virtual Insanity
- [BREAKBEATS MIX] WaveGroup/Shoichiro Hirata - You Really Got Me
5-Key Mode Only
- [HOUSE] dj nagureo - 20,november (single mix)
- [TECHNO POP] DJ SIMON - 321STARS
- [HARD TECHNO] DJ FX - Attack the music
- [V.R.D.J. SKILLS] DJ TAKAWO - BATTLE BREAKS
- [BALLAD] reo-nagumo - Do you love me?
- [R&B] TOGO PROJECT feat. MEGU & SCOTTY D. - HUNTING FOR YOU
- [REGGAE] jam master '73 - jam jam reggae
- [BOSSA GROOVE] staccato two-F - La Bossanova de Fabienne
- [SOUL] LOVEMINTS - LOVE SO GROOVY
- [JAZZ ELECTRO] MIKIO ENDO - Manmachine Plays Jazz ~MIO2~
- [BIGBEAT MIX] ESPACIO BROTHERS - METALGEAR SOLID ~Main Theme~
- [WARP HOUSE] L.E.D. LIGHT - OVERBLAST!!
- [HIP HOP] DJ Mazinger feat. Muhammad - s.d.z.
- [SKA] THE BALD HEADS - SKA a go go
- [FUNKY JAZZ GROOVE] Herbie Hammock & His Band - Stop Violence!
- [WORLD GROOVE] NITE SYSTEM - tribe grooves
- [HIP HOP] dj nagureo - u gotta groove
IIDX Mode (7-Key) Only
- [PIANO AMBIENT] dj nagureo - 5.1.1.
- [TRANCE] Y&Co. - Attitude
- [NRG] Y&Co. - BAD BOY BASS!! (dj Remo-con MIX)
- [TRANCE] dj TAKA - Colors (Radio Edit)
- [DISCO] good-cool - Dancin' Into The Night
- [MINIMAL] TaQ - Digital MinD (A/T Libra Mix)
- [DRUM'N BASS] TaQ - era (NOSTALMIX)
- [TRANCE] Mr. T - fly through the night
- [HIP HOP] DJ Mazinger - g.m.d.
- [WARP HOUSE] good-cool - Hitch Hiker
- [HARD TECHNO] TaQ - Holic
- [ITALO HOUSE] good-cool - I Was The One
- [TRANCE] ric - in my eyes
- [A.O.R.] Togo Project feat. Sana - jelly kiss
- [HAPPY HARDCORE] L.E.D.-G vs. GUHROOVY fw/ asuka - LOVE IS DREAMINESS
- [2 STEP] Shoichiro Hirata - M-02stp.ver1.01
- [FRENCH POP] Orange Lounge - MOBO★MOGA
- [DANCE POP] Risky Men feat. Asuka M - Mr. T (take me higher)
- [TECHNO] SLAKE - MUSIC TO YOUR HEAD
- [TECHNO] D.J.SETUP - NEMESIS
- [DISCO] Shoichiro Hirata - Nothing Ain't Stoppin' Us
- [HARDCORE BREAKBEATS] L.E.D.-G - OUTER LIMITS
- [PIANO AMBIENT] Osamu Kubota - Presto
- [DRUM'N BASS] RAM - SNOW
- [HOUSE] good-cool - Spin the disc
- [TRIP HOP] OutPhase - Summer Vacation (CU MIX)
- [DRUM'N BASS] DJ SUWAMI - THE CUBE
- [EPIC TRANCE] L.E.D. feat. Sana - THE SHINING POLARIS
- [PROGRESSIVE] TAKA - V
- [BIG BEAT] TaQ - Voltage (feat. Hidemaru)