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This is the first home release in the long running series of Beatmania games, part of Konami's BeMani franchise (DDR, DrumMania, Guitar Freaks and more). You get to play tracks from all genres on a special controller that looks similar to the original arcade one, with 5 piano keys and a "turntable". Pieces of the song fall down the screen and you have to hit the right key or spin the turntable to nail the melody or drum piece falling. The better you get the higher your rating is, and you unlock more songs as you go.

This release comes with 2 CDs. The first includes the tracks from the coin-op "Beatmania 2nd Mix". The second disc, a so-called "append" disc, features new tracks in the "Yebisu Mix".

The first disc also functions as a key disc that allows "append" discs to start. Several further Beatmania releases come only in the form of "append" discs and thus require this release to work.


beatmania PlayStation Hit the notes just as they fall down on the piano keys or the turntable to make the meter at the bottom crank way up. As you can see, some practice is needed in this case to even make it move.
beatmania PlayStation Choose your difficulty settings.
beatmania PlayStation Another one of the many songs/genres you can pick from.
beatmania PlayStation Poor! You'll get that nice comment a lot until you get the hang of the special Beatmania DJ controller that more or less required to enjoy the game.

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Alternate Titles

  • "Hiphopmania" -- English Arcade Version Title
  • "Beatmania Arcade 2nd Mix" -- In-game title
  • "ビートマニア" -- Japanese spelling

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Video Games Nov, 1998 4 out of 4 100 (GAF) Oct 19, 2003 7 out of 10 70
NowGamer Jun 01, 2000 6 out of 10 60


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Parf (7786) added beatmania (PlayStation) on Mar 21, 2007