Buying Beatmania IIDX

IIDX games and controller

Alright, you’ve had enough of me yammering on for page after page about Beatmania IIDX. You’re ready to jump in and start playing for yourself. Problem is, these are Japanese games made for a Japanese system, and you’re not sure what the best way to go about that might be.

Well, you have more options than you might think. Let’s start with what may be the easiest one.

Beatmania

I’ve stated several times that the Beatmania IIDX games only came out in Japan. And that’s true, technically. However, Konami did bring a version of the series over here for the American Playstation 2 in 2006. Simply titled Beatmania, the game actually was a sort of hybrid between the original Beatmania series and the Beatmania IIDX series, allowing you to play songs from both series in their respective 5-key or 7-key modes.

There are some minor changes in this game from the Japanese Beatmania IIDX console releases, such as making AAA rankings easier to achieve and the changing of “Just Great” ratings to “Perfect.” However, for those who are interested in trying out the series without investing the money to buy a Japanese Playstation 2 and importing the Japanese releases, Beatmania is a solid investment.

Since the game is four years old, it may be difficult to find a new copy. However, used games are a thriving industry, and it may be worth your time to check out a GameStop or another used-games retailer to see if they have it. Possibly the biggest challenge will be in finding the controller that was bundled alongside the game, however an imported Beatmania IIDX controller will work on an American system, so that is an option should you be unable to find the American controller. Conversely, if you are able to find the American Beatmania controller, know that it will work perfectly fine on a Japanese PS2 and with the Japanese games.

Play-Asia

Since importing games is always going to be comparatively expensive compared to buying games at home, it’s important to use a site that you trust and is reliable. I have found Play-Asia to fulfill those conditions. The most current release, Beatmania IIDX 16: Empress can still be purchased brand new, and some of the older releases are available as used copies. (As a side note, Empress is actually a two-disc release and has a very solid selection of songs from the entirety of the Beatmania IIDX series, so it’s an excellent buy for those interested.)

Ebay

I’m sure everyone knows what Ebay is. They have everything on there, including Beatmania IIDX. If you don’t mind buying used, and you can’t find it anywhere else, then it’s an option. As always, buyer-beware.

Konamistyle

Konamistyle is Konami of Japan’s official online store. You can purchase Beatmania IIDX games and accessories here, directly from the source. The big problem is, it’s all in Japanese and they only ship in Japan. However, since Konami does like to release special editions of these games when they come out that have all sorts of extras, it is worth mentioning.