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A trademark gave us a hint at a North American release for Konami's arcade music game, Pop'n Music, so we sort of knew it was coming. We assumed that it would be, you know, Pop'n Music, with the nine-button interface that is pretty much the whole point of the thing."Easy and fun to play," according...

June 3rd 2009 at 4:15pm 0 Comments
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Didn't win our DJ Max Fever contest? Well, you can now use the power of Real Money(TM) to purchase your very own Limited Edition copy. The "Crew Edition" package of DJ Max Fever includes all the goodies of the Limited Edition but comes in a new US-only box. Each set comes with the 3-disc soundtrack...

April 9th 2009 at 8:00pm 0 Comments
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In 1999, Konami of Japan unleashed DrumMania on Japanese arcades and with it, the ability to link the machine together with GuitarFreaks for session play. This was considered a novel idea at the time, though it wasn't the most affordable setup. The following year, they released a home version of Dru...

August 22nd 2007 at 2:59pm 0 Comments
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MTV's Stephen Totilo got a chance to test EA's Boogie at an SSX Blur launch party, and has only now had an NDA lifted, so he can talk about it. The most shocking thing from his impressions is that it sounds really innovative. Rather than going down the Bemani/DDR "push buttons in time with the music...

March 26th 2007 at 11:15am 0 Comments
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With Rayman's musical mini-games and the multi-peripheral DDR franchise already making passes at the Wii, it would seem that Nintendo's system gets along famously with the rhythm genre. The two are like a pair of dazed lovers skipping blissfully through a park, unaware that their uncontrolled flail...

March 22nd 2007 at 2:53pm 0 Comments
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var digg_url = 'http://digg.com/gaming_news/Beatmania_IIDX_to_go_on_test_in_an_American_arcade'; Do you love Beatmania? Have you always wanted to check it out but your arcade wouldn't carry it? If you answered yes to either one of those questions and live near Naperville, Illinois, you will have...

February 28th 2007 at 4:55pm 0 Comments
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It's the 10 year anniversary for Konami's legendary Bemani series of rhythm titles and you know what that means! More sequels! Okay, so they're not doing much out of the ordinary aside from some choice merchandising opportunities, but if you're a Bemani fan, sequels to your favorite series are about...

February 19th 2007 at 4:15pm 0 Comments

Perhaps Seizure Party would have been a more appropriate subtitle, as Konami's latest Dance Dance Revolution game will require the simultaneous use of three peripherals: a dance mat, a Wii remote and a Wii nunchuck. The Bemani developer has announced that their decidedly groovy franch...

February 2nd 2007 at 4:04pm 0 Comments
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Are we on the verge of a Ghostbusters revival or is there just something strange in our gamerhood? First it was Zootfly with their incredible test footage for a proposed Ghostbusters game and now this -- a remix of the classic Ray Parker theme in the next Beatmania. Currently running the trade show...

January 25th 2007 at 5:05pm 0 Comments
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Has it really been a decade since Konami made the rhythm-action genre a cultural phenomenon? Apparently so. And to celebrate BeMani's 10th anniversary, Konami is holding a 'Pop'N Music Culture Festival' next month at Tokyo's Laforet Museum. Fans should make arrangements to be in Harajuku, Tokyo on F...

January 23rd 2007 at 12:40am 0 Comments
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Forget for a moment that libraries are supposedly places where one can go for some quiet reading. Forget too that librarians are typically known for being shushers and squelchers of anything resembling fun. Finally, forget that there's an inverse relationship between time spent exercising and time s...

January 21st 2007 at 10:02pm 0 Comments
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When the New York Times wrote about the PC Recording Studio Guitar (a guitar that plugs in to a Mac or PC via USB), we wondered immediately whether the device could be used for a more authentic guitar-hero experience. Instead of mindless entertainment that does little to advance skills that are a...

January 5th 2007 at 2:52am 0 Comments