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BEMANI Timeline
1997 - 1998 - 1999
2000 - 2001 - 2002 - 2003 - 2004 - 2005 - 2006 - 2007 - 2008 - 2009
2010 - 2011 - 2012 - 2013 - 2014 - 2015 - 2016 - 2017 - 2018 - 2019
2020 - 2021 - 2022 - 2023 - 2024


After the success of the original group of BEMANI titles in the late 1990's, KONAMI attempted to introduce more new entries throughout the 2000's. None of these new games passed more than a few entries, but in 2008, a new game would begin its path to success.

jubeat introduced a different style of gameplay to arcade music games. Based on the concept of "touch", jubeat's gameplay consists of 16 buttons arranged in a 4x4 grid, hitting buttons in time with the music as they light up. It doesn't actually use touch screens, but it was the first arcade rhythm game to emulate touch-based gameplay. The cabinet itself doesn't take up much space in arcades and it's often paired up with other cabinets for local multiplayer. Another thing that sets jubeat apart from its BEMANI siblings was the bigger focus on licensed music. The number of licenses ended up overtaking the number of KONAMI originals in a 2-to-1 ratio. The game was released in Japan in the mid-summer; an American location test under a different title (Ubeat) was held shortly after, though never released. Despite the oddball appearance and nature of the game, it managed to obtain a crowd with its unique style of gameplay. The series is still going strong to this very day.

KONAMI continued to throw the dice and take risks on newer entries in established series. One of these risks was DanceDanceRevolution X, one of the more peculiar entries in the series. For one, it's the first (and so far only) arcade title in all of BEMANI headed by an American sound director, the late Jason Borenstein. Another thing is that it actually debuted on the North American PlayStation 2 three months before it was released in the arcades of Japan. As such, the entry is more Western-focused in its sound, visuals, and artist selection. X expanded the difficulty scale to the current 20-level model and also introduced the Shock Arrow mechanic.

While 2008 saw many celebratory releases, it also signaled a change from the old to the new. Mutsuhiko Izumi stepped down from his position as sound director of the GuitarFreaks & DrumMania series, and Asaki would take his place for GuitarFreaks V5 & DrumMania V5 Rock to Infinity. Likewise, beatmania IIDX 16 EMPRESS would be dj TAKA's last title as a co-sound director of beatmania IIDX. pop'n music 16 PARTY♪ was the last BEMANI title that Reo Nagumo would be involved in, and many of his songs would be removed later that year (and the next) in other BEMANI titles.





  • April 4th: beatmania IIDX 15 DJ TROOPERS ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK released.
  • April 11th: Dancing Stage HOTTEST PARTY is released in New Zealand for the Nintendo Wii.
  • April 18th: Dancing Stage HOTTEST PARTY is released in Australasia for the Nintendo Wii.


  • Day unknown: PACHISLOT beatmania, a spinoff of KPE's PACHISLOT series, is released. Its interface is based on beatmania IIDX 14 GOLD, and features new art by IIDX illustrator GOLI.
  • May 14th: Handsome JET, a frequent vocalist for the GuitarFreaks & DrumMania series for the past seven years, dies in a traffic accident.
  • May 22nd: pop'n music Be-Mouse is released for PC. Its interface is based on pop'n music 14 FEVER! and allows you to play pop'n music songs on a tiny mouse with nine pop'n music buttons.
  • May 28th: PACHISLOT beatmania ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK, an album based on the slot game PACHISLOT beatmania, is released.
  • May 29th:



  • July 24th: jubeat is released to Japanese arcades.






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  • MAYA leaves KONAMI, though would continue to contribute to BEMANI as a freelancer. Her last credited work as a staff member was beatmania IIDX 16 EMPRESS.