History Videogame / TheIdolmaster

17th May '18 8:55:28 AM SokDion
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Incorporating elements from [[MinigameGame rhythm games]], {{Dating Sim}}s and [[{{Mons}} competitive online battling]], as well as an AllStarCast and a generous helping of {{Moe}}, this game from Namco was an incredible hit in the arcades of Japan and created a whole franchise of sequels and spinoffs:

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Incorporating elements from [[MinigameGame rhythm games]], {{Dating Sim}}s and [[{{Mons}} competitive online battling]], as well as an AllStarCast and a generous helping of {{Moe}}, this game from Namco was an incredible hit in the Japanese arcades of Japan and created a whole franchise of sequels and spinoffs:



* ''Dearly Stars'', a UsefulNotes/NintendoDS version about three new idols.

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* ''Dearly Stars'', a UsefulNotes/NintendoDS version about spin-off focusing on solely three new idols.



* ''MUST SONGS'', a rhythm game for PSVita with ''Taiko no Tatsujin''-style gameplay.

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* ''MUST SONGS'', a rhythm game for PSVita with ''Taiko no Tatsujin''-style ''TaikoNoTatsujin''-style gameplay.



The franchise has spawned three [[MobilePhoneGame card games for phones]], ''[[VideoGame/TheIdolmasterCinderellaGirls Cinderella Girls]]'', ''[[VideoGame/TheIdolmasterSideM SideM]]'' (for the Mobage platform), ''Million Live'' (for the GREE platform), and ''Shiny Colors'' (Mobile and PC). They feature unique idols and have spawned [=CDs=] and mangas of their own. ''[=SideM=]'' is also noteworthy for being the first game of the franchise with females as its main audience: it features solely male idols. ''Cinderella Girls'' spawned a big enough {{fandom}} to gain an [[Anime/TheIdolmasterCinderellaGirls anime]], that premiered on the Winter2015Anime season. It has also received a RhythmGame for smartphones, ''THE IDOLM@STER: Cinderella Girls Starlight Stage'', with gameplay similar to fellow rhythm phone games such as ''Franchise/LoveLive School Idol Festival'' but using 3D models, and its own ''Gravure 4 You!'' series. It has released another RhythmGame like ''THE IDOLM@STER: Cinderella Girls Starlight Stage'' by using ''Million Live'' as the theme, named ''THE iDOLM@STER Million Live!: Theater Days''. Its PV can be found [[https://youtu.be/0nPXLtNhRrk here]]. ''[=SideM=]'' followed soon after with the announcement of not only a ''Starlight Stage''-like game of their own (''THE iDOLM@STER [=SideM=]: Live on St@ge!''), but an animated adaptation within the same year during the Fall2017Anime season.

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The franchise has spawned three [[MobilePhoneGame card games for phones]], four subseries, ''[[VideoGame/TheIdolmasterCinderellaGirls Cinderella Girls]]'', ''[[VideoGame/TheIdolmasterMillionLive Million Live!]]'', ''[[VideoGame/TheIdolmasterSideM SideM]]'' (for the Mobage platform), ''Million Live'' (for the GREE platform), SideM]]'', and ''Shiny Colors'' (Mobile and PC). They ''[[VideoGame/TheIdolmasterShinyColors Shiny Colors]]''. First released as Mobile CardGames, they feature unique idols and have spawned [=CDs=] numerous [=CD=] releases and mangas Anime/Manga adaptations of their own. ''[=SideM=]'' is also noteworthy for being the first game of the franchise with females as its main audience: it features solely male idols. ''Cinderella Girls'' spawned a big enough {{fandom}} to gain an [[Anime/TheIdolmasterCinderellaGirls anime]], anime]] that premiered on the Winter2015Anime season. It has also received a RhythmGame for smartphones, smartphones named ''THE IDOLM@STER: iDOLM@STER Cinderella Girls Girls: Starlight Stage'', with Stage'' (with gameplay similar to fellow rhythm phone games such as ''Franchise/LoveLive School Idol Festival'' but using 3D models, and models), its own ''Gravure 4 You!'' series. It has released another RhythmGame like series, and a VR live "game" called ''THE IDOLM@STER: IDOLM@STER Cinderella Girls: Viewing Revolution''. ''Million Live!'' has its own Rhythm Game similar to ''Cinderella Girls Starlight Stage'' by using ''Million Live'' as the theme, named ''THE iDOLM@STER Million Live!: Theater Days''. Its PV can be found [[https://youtu.be/0nPXLtNhRrk here]].Days''. ''[=SideM=]'' followed soon after with the announcement of not only a ''Starlight Stage''-like game of their own (''THE iDOLM@STER [=SideM=]: Live on St@ge!''), but an animated adaptation within the same year during the Fall2017Anime season.



Also, as all good successful franchises do, ''The iDOLM@STER'' managed to inspire other series to try and latch on the same crowd. ''VideoGame/DreamCClub'' was [=D3Publishes=]' answer to Namco Bandai's giant, with some unique elements in order to not look like they're the same thing.

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Also, as all good successful franchises do, ''The iDOLM@STER'' managed to inspire other series to try and latch on the same crowd. ''VideoGame/DreamCClub'' was [=D3Publishes=]' [=D3Publisher=]'s answer to Namco Bandai's Bandai Namco's giant, with some unique elements in order to not look like they're the same thing.



* ''Manga/ColorfulDays'' - A prequel manga to the second game.



* ''Anime/TheIdolmasterCinderellaGirls'' - The animated adaptation.
* ''Series/TheIdolmasterKR'' - A South Korean TV drama series produced under the direction of Bandai Namco Entertainment and Interactive Media Mix, Inc.

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* ** ''Anime/TheIdolmasterCinderellaGirls'' - The animated adaptation based on ''Cinderella Girls''.
** ''Anime/TheIdolmasterCinderellaGirlsTheater'' - The {{Yonkoma}} series of Cinderella Girls and its animated
adaptation.
* ''Series/TheIdolmasterKR'' ''VideoGame/TheIdolmasterMillionLive'' - A South Korean TV drama series produced under Page for the direction of Bandai Namco Entertainment and Interactive Media Mix, Inc.mobile game as well as ''Theater Days''.



* ''Anime/TheIdolmasterSideM'' - The animated adaptation.

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* ** ''Anime/TheIdolmasterSideM'' - The animated adaptation.
adaptation based on ''[=SideM=]''.
* ''Series/TheIdolmasterKR'' - A South Korean TV drama series produced under the direction of Bandai Namco and Korean-based Interactive Media Mix (IMX).
* ''VideoGame/TheIdolmasterShinyColors''
16th Apr '18 8:08:03 AM SokDion
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That's ''The [=iDOLM@STER=]'' by Creator/BandaiNamcoEntertainment. It's a SimulationGame where you play as a producer for the "765 Production" ([[GoroawaseNumber pronounced]] "[[MeaningfulName na-mu-ko]]") studio, and you have nine (technically ten) girls to choose as the company's next big singer.

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That's ''The [=iDOLM@STER=]'' by Creator/BandaiNamcoEntertainment.[[Creator/BandaiNamcoEntertainment Namco]] (now Bandai Namco Entertainment). It's a SimulationGame where you play as a producer for the "765 Production" ([[GoroawaseNumber pronounced]] "[[MeaningfulName na-mu-ko]]") studio, and you have nine (technically ten) girls to choose as the company's next big singer.
13th Mar '18 11:53:35 PM ninjamitsuki2
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* AdaptationDyeJob: In the original arcade version, some idols had different hair and eye colors that were changed for the Xbox 360 version and have been kept in all subsequent games. For instance, Haruka and Yayoi originally had brown eyes, and Azusa and Chihaya originally had black hair.
8th Mar '18 4:39:42 PM Arcorann
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* CallAndResponseSong: There are a few of these, most notably "Kouhaku Ouen V", in which the audience responses from Producer Meeting 2017 were incorporated into the official recording.
8th Feb '18 11:39:32 PM lalaTKG
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The franchise has spawned three [[MobilePhoneGame card games for phones]], ''[[VideoGame/TheIdolmasterCinderellaGirls Cinderella Girls]]'', ''[[VideoGame/TheIdolmasterSideM SideM]]'' (for the Mobage platform), ''Million Live'' (for the GREE platform), and ''Shiny Colors''(Mobile and PC). They feature unique idols and have spawned [=CDs=] and mangas of their own. ''[=SideM=]'' is also noteworthy for being the first game of the franchise with females as its main audience: it features solely male idols. ''Cinderella Girls'' spawned a big enough {{fandom}} to gain an [[Anime/TheIdolmasterCinderellaGirls anime]], that premiered on the Winter2015Anime season. It has also received a RhythmGame for smartphones, ''THE IDOLM@STER: Cinderella Girls Starlight Stage'', with gameplay similar to fellow rhythm phone games such as ''Franchise/LoveLive School Idol Festival'' but using 3D models, and its own ''Gravure 4 You!'' series. It has released another RhythmGame like ''THE IDOLM@STER: Cinderella Girls Starlight Stage'' by using ''Million Live'' as the theme, named ''THE iDOLM@STER Million Live!: Theater Days''. Its PV can be found [[https://youtu.be/0nPXLtNhRrk here]]. ''[=SideM=]'' followed soon after with the announcement of not only a ''Starlight Stage''-like game of their own (''THE iDOLM@STER [=SideM=]: Live on St@ge!''), but an animated adaptation within the same year during the Fall2017Anime season.

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The franchise has spawned three [[MobilePhoneGame card games for phones]], ''[[VideoGame/TheIdolmasterCinderellaGirls Cinderella Girls]]'', ''[[VideoGame/TheIdolmasterSideM SideM]]'' (for the Mobage platform), ''Million Live'' (for the GREE platform), and ''Shiny Colors''(Mobile Colors'' (Mobile and PC). They feature unique idols and have spawned [=CDs=] and mangas of their own. ''[=SideM=]'' is also noteworthy for being the first game of the franchise with females as its main audience: it features solely male idols. ''Cinderella Girls'' spawned a big enough {{fandom}} to gain an [[Anime/TheIdolmasterCinderellaGirls anime]], that premiered on the Winter2015Anime season. It has also received a RhythmGame for smartphones, ''THE IDOLM@STER: Cinderella Girls Starlight Stage'', with gameplay similar to fellow rhythm phone games such as ''Franchise/LoveLive School Idol Festival'' but using 3D models, and its own ''Gravure 4 You!'' series. It has released another RhythmGame like ''THE IDOLM@STER: Cinderella Girls Starlight Stage'' by using ''Million Live'' as the theme, named ''THE iDOLM@STER Million Live!: Theater Days''. Its PV can be found [[https://youtu.be/0nPXLtNhRrk here]]. ''[=SideM=]'' followed soon after with the announcement of not only a ''Starlight Stage''-like game of their own (''THE iDOLM@STER [=SideM=]: Live on St@ge!''), but an animated adaptation within the same year during the Fall2017Anime season.
7th Feb '18 5:08:58 PM lalaTKG
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The franchise has spawned three [[MobilePhoneGame card games for phones]], ''[[VideoGame/TheIdolmasterCinderellaGirls Cinderella Girls]]'', ''[[VideoGame/TheIdolmasterSideM SideM]]'' (for the Mobage platform), ''Million Live'' (for the GREE platform), and ''Shiny Colors''(also for Mobage). They feature unique idols and have spawned [=CDs=] and mangas of their own. ''[=SideM=]'' is also noteworthy for being the first game of the franchise with females as its main audience: it features solely male idols. ''Cinderella Girls'' spawned a big enough {{fandom}} to gain an [[Anime/TheIdolmasterCinderellaGirls anime]], that premiered on the Winter2015Anime season. It has also received a RhythmGame for smartphones, ''THE IDOLM@STER: Cinderella Girls Starlight Stage'', with gameplay similar to fellow rhythm phone games such as ''Franchise/LoveLive School Idol Festival'' but using 3D models, and its own ''Gravure 4 You!'' series. It has released another RhythmGame like ''THE IDOLM@STER: Cinderella Girls Starlight Stage'' by using ''Million Live'' as the theme, named ''THE iDOLM@STER Million Live!: Theater Days''. Its PV can be found [[https://youtu.be/0nPXLtNhRrk here]]. ''[=SideM=]'' followed soon after with the announcement of not only a ''Starlight Stage''-like game of their own (''THE iDOLM@STER [=SideM=]: Live on St@ge!''), but an animated adaptation within the same year during the Fall2017Anime season.

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The franchise has spawned three [[MobilePhoneGame card games for phones]], ''[[VideoGame/TheIdolmasterCinderellaGirls Cinderella Girls]]'', ''[[VideoGame/TheIdolmasterSideM SideM]]'' (for the Mobage platform), ''Million Live'' (for the GREE platform), and ''Shiny Colors''(also for Mobage).Colors''(Mobile and PC). They feature unique idols and have spawned [=CDs=] and mangas of their own. ''[=SideM=]'' is also noteworthy for being the first game of the franchise with females as its main audience: it features solely male idols. ''Cinderella Girls'' spawned a big enough {{fandom}} to gain an [[Anime/TheIdolmasterCinderellaGirls anime]], that premiered on the Winter2015Anime season. It has also received a RhythmGame for smartphones, ''THE IDOLM@STER: Cinderella Girls Starlight Stage'', with gameplay similar to fellow rhythm phone games such as ''Franchise/LoveLive School Idol Festival'' but using 3D models, and its own ''Gravure 4 You!'' series. It has released another RhythmGame like ''THE IDOLM@STER: Cinderella Girls Starlight Stage'' by using ''Million Live'' as the theme, named ''THE iDOLM@STER Million Live!: Theater Days''. Its PV can be found [[https://youtu.be/0nPXLtNhRrk here]]. ''[=SideM=]'' followed soon after with the announcement of not only a ''Starlight Stage''-like game of their own (''THE iDOLM@STER [=SideM=]: Live on St@ge!''), but an animated adaptation within the same year during the Fall2017Anime season.
7th Feb '18 6:20:29 AM lalaTKG
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The franchise has spawned three [[MobilePhoneGame card games for phones]], ''[[VideoGame/TheIdolmasterCinderellaGirls Cinderella Girls]]'', ''[[VideoGame/TheIdolmasterSideM SideM]]'' (for the Mobage platform) and ''Million Live'' (for the GREE platform). They feature unique idols and have spawned [=CDs=] and mangas of their own. ''[=SideM=]'' is also noteworthy for being the first game of the franchise with females as its main audience: it features solely male idols. ''Cinderella Girls'' spawned a big enough {{fandom}} to gain an [[Anime/TheIdolmasterCinderellaGirls anime]], that premiered on the Winter2015Anime season. It has also received a RhythmGame for smartphones, ''THE IDOLM@STER: Cinderella Girls Starlight Stage'', with gameplay similar to fellow rhythm phone games such as ''Franchise/LoveLive School Idol Festival'' but using 3D models, and its own ''Gravure 4 You!'' series. It has released another RhythmGame like ''THE IDOLM@STER: Cinderella Girls Starlight Stage'' by using ''Million Live'' as the theme, named ''THE iDOLM@STER Million Live!: Theater Days''. Its PV can be found [[https://youtu.be/0nPXLtNhRrk here]]. ''[=SideM=]'' followed soon after with the announcement of not only a ''Starlight Stage''-like game of their own (''THE iDOLM@STER [=SideM=]: Live on St@ge!''), but an animated adaptation within the same year during the Fall2017Anime season.

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The franchise has spawned three [[MobilePhoneGame card games for phones]], ''[[VideoGame/TheIdolmasterCinderellaGirls Cinderella Girls]]'', ''[[VideoGame/TheIdolmasterSideM SideM]]'' (for the Mobage platform) and platform), ''Million Live'' (for the GREE platform).platform), and ''Shiny Colors''(also for Mobage). They feature unique idols and have spawned [=CDs=] and mangas of their own. ''[=SideM=]'' is also noteworthy for being the first game of the franchise with females as its main audience: it features solely male idols. ''Cinderella Girls'' spawned a big enough {{fandom}} to gain an [[Anime/TheIdolmasterCinderellaGirls anime]], that premiered on the Winter2015Anime season. It has also received a RhythmGame for smartphones, ''THE IDOLM@STER: Cinderella Girls Starlight Stage'', with gameplay similar to fellow rhythm phone games such as ''Franchise/LoveLive School Idol Festival'' but using 3D models, and its own ''Gravure 4 You!'' series. It has released another RhythmGame like ''THE IDOLM@STER: Cinderella Girls Starlight Stage'' by using ''Million Live'' as the theme, named ''THE iDOLM@STER Million Live!: Theater Days''. Its PV can be found [[https://youtu.be/0nPXLtNhRrk here]]. ''[=SideM=]'' followed soon after with the announcement of not only a ''Starlight Stage''-like game of their own (''THE iDOLM@STER [=SideM=]: Live on St@ge!''), but an animated adaptation within the same year during the Fall2017Anime season.
19th Jan '18 4:53:51 AM Cryoclaste
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* An UpdatedRerelease for the Xbox 360, which included one new idol.

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* An UpdatedRerelease for the Xbox 360, UsefulNotes/Xbox360, which included one new idol.



* EndlessGame: It's impossible to "win" in the arcade game, per se... the goal is to keep your idol's career alive for as long as possible. In the XBox version, you "win" if you last a year.

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* EndlessGame: It's impossible to "win" in the arcade game, per se... the goal is to keep your idol's career alive for as long as possible. In the XBox Xbox version, you "win" if you last a year.
1st Jan '18 2:32:46 AM valar55
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* SkillScoresAndPerks: This game introduced a skill board for each producable idol, with differing stats and distributions for each idol, but all of them get access to trio memory appeals and trio [[LimitBreak burst appeals]], and each idol has [[EveryoneHasASpecialMove her own unique burst skill]].

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* SkillScoresAndPerks: This game introduced a skill board for each producable producible idol, with differing stats and distributions for each idol, but all of them get access to trio memory appeals and trio [[LimitBreak burst appeals]], and each idol has [[EveryoneHasASpecialMove her own unique burst skill]].
22nd Dec '17 12:52:52 AM Arcorann
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* ''Stella Stage'', a sequel on [=PS4=] building on the gameplay of ''Platinum Stars'', with a new storyline.



* CostumePorn
* {{Crossover}}: The cell phone ''Cinderella Girls'' and ''Side:M'' each have their own separate events with the cell phone rpg ''VideoGame/GranblueFantasy'', while ''Million Live!'' and the two aforementioned games got one with ''VideoGame/TalesOfAsteria''.

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* CostumePorn
CostumePorn: A wide range of costumes are available for the idols to wear.
* {{Crossover}}: The cell phone ''Cinderella Girls'' and ''Side:M'' each have their own separate events with the cell phone rpg RPG ''VideoGame/GranblueFantasy'', while ''Million Live!'' and the two aforementioned games got one with ''VideoGame/TalesOfAsteria''.



* MinigameGame

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* MinigameGameMinigameGame: The lessons used to increase the idols' stats take the form of minigames.



* PigeonholedVoiceActor: Creator/RieKugimiya as [[{{Tsundere}} Iori]].

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* PigeonholedVoiceActor: Creator/RieKugimiya as [[{{Tsundere}} Iori]].Iori]], though since the role dates from 2005 it may be more accurate to say it was one of the roles that led to her being pigeonholed.



* MythologyGag: There are six major titles the player can compete for. Of those, four appeared in previous games (Idol Ultimate from ''SP'', Idol Academy from ''2'', Star of Festa from ''One For All'', Idol Extreme from ''Platinum Stars'').

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* MythologyGag: There are six major titles the player can compete for. Of those, four appeared in previous games (Idol Ultimate from ''SP'', Idol Academy from ''2'', Star of Festa from ''One For All'', ''Shiny Festa'', Idol Extreme from ''Platinum Stars'').


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* SkillScoresAndPerks: The Coaching board, which contains both idol skill bonuses as well as costume and song unlocks.
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