Despite having been around since 1997, Konami's "Bemani" series of rhythm games has only made limited penetration in markets outside Japan. Sure, everyone knows about Dance Dance Revolution
to varying extents, Beatmania IIDX
saw a North American release with the IIDX trimmed off, and Guitar Freaks
and Drum Mania
both could be argued as direct inspirations for (and were eventually bundled together as competition against, in the form of Rock Revolution
) Guitar Hero
and Rock Band
(the latter of which eventually added shades of Keyboard Mania
), but that's about all we've seen on this side of the Pacific.
Now that the PS3's been out for a while and come down quite a bit in price, and there are already whispers of the PlayStation 4 on the horizon, the time may be ripe for me to return to Pop'n with that console's little brother. Of course, there's also the ten newer iterations of Pop'n Music
that've come out since then, most of which I imagine have console ports and many of which probably moved to more current hardware.
Well, crap. I never liked having a particularly full wallet, anyway.
And before someone calls me out on it, I'm quite aware I listed some rhythm games in that first friend's collection that aren't from Bemani series. I wasn't implying they were, but rather just running down games that expanded my rhythmic horizons.
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