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2005, for the most part, saw things as usual for BEMANI. KONAMI continued to make arcade and home games as per the norm. There were four interesting things that happened in the year in BEMANI, though.

For the first time since 2001, KONAMI introduced two new arcade BEMANI games, both aimed at a younger audience than the other BEMANI games at the time. The first of these was Toy'sMarch, a simple drum-hitting game that looked like the set of drums one would play in a marching band. Up to two players could play at a time, and only had two sensors: one on the drum itself, and a cymbal. Two games in the series were released before it was quietly retired.

The second new BEMANI arcade game was DANCE 86.4 FUNKY RADIO STATION, a dancing game that involved you hitting three rectangular shaped arrows, all placed one beside the other. Like Toy'sMarch, it could be played with up to two people at a time. Unlike that series, though, it never had a sequel, and quietly faded away from arcades.

Third was an unusual collaboration between Nintendo and KONAMI, with the Mario-themed DanceDanceRevolution with MARIO on Nintendo GameCube. Made by Hudson Soft (even running on their Mario Party series' game engine), it combined Mario game remixes and classical remixes with a story mode, featuring interesting in-game gimmicks and even mini-games. It was the GameCube's sole DanceDanceRevolution title, though two years later KONAMI and Nintendo would collaborate a lot more with DanceDanceRevolution-themed games.

The fourth and final big shake-up was GuitarFreaks V & DrumMania V. After six years of being on dated, archaic hardware, KONAMI finally moved the series to the far stronger PlayStation 2-based BEMANI Python 2 Hardware. The result was a then record 50 new songs, crisper movies, music videos added for the new licenses, and lots of revivals, with an overall song list over double that of GUITARFREAKS 11thMIX & drummania 10thMIX. GuitarFreaks V2 & DrumMania V2 followed in November.

The fun for GuitarFreaks & DrumMania fans doesn't stop there, though, because in 2006 they'd have a lot more to celebrate.





  • April 1st: Konami Media Entertainment, Inc., who had been handling the soundtracks of BEMANI games since October 2003, is absorbed into Konami Corporation.
  • April 13th: pop'n music 12 いろは AC ♥ CS pop'n music 10 original soundtrack released.


  • May 9th: KONAMI takes Roxor Games Inc., the creators of the arcade dancing game in the groove, to court, because the game could be purchased as a kit that needed to be plugged into a DanceDanceRevolution arcade machine in order to be used.
  • May 13th: Dancing Stage Unleashed2 is released in Europe for the Xbox.



  • July 1st: KONAMI increases the scope of its lawsuit to encompass the home version of In the Groove as well as adding the publishers of the home version of in the groove as defendants.
  • July 6th: GuitarFreaksV & DrumManiaV Soundtracks released.
  • July 13th: beatmania IIDX 12 HAPPY SKY is released to arcades.
  • July 14th: DanceDanceRevolution with MARIO is released in Japan for the Nintendo GameCube.
  • July 20th: 573 album released. The first disc contains mostly new songs, while the second disc is a megamix of various beatmania and beatmania IIDX songs.
  • July 21st: pop'n music 11 CS is released in Japan for the PlayStation 2.





  • December 15th: Toy'sMarch2 is released to Japanese arcades.