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  • beatmaniaIIDX Music Compilation for javascript/CSS is a site dedicated to documenting as many IIDX charts as possible. Many options are available, such as having the turntable column on the left (for player 1) or right (for player 2), note spacing, and chart shuffling (e.g. Mirror and Random).
  • The concept for "A", a well-known boss song from beatmania IIDX 7th Style, was conceived as early as 3rd Style, but Konami held off because they worried that it would be too challenging of a boss for players at the time.
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  • Unlike most other active BEMANI series, which have ceased the practice of numbered installments, beatmania IIDX alongside Sound Voltex still uses numbers.
  • System music for the beatmania IIDX sub-series remained absent on original soundtracks until beatmania IIDX 20 tricoro, although tricoro's system music would not appear until the soundtrack to beatmania IIDX 21 SPADA. SPADA itself continued the trend, having its system music appear also on its respective soundtrack.
  • Ascended Fanon: The Fan Nickname "Nidera" shows up in some of the later games, e.g. on several of the Qpro avatar parts, and on one of the cars in the Cannon Racer unlock event in IIDX 25 Cannon Ballers.
  • Executive Meddling: Bemani is Deader Than Dead in the US because of Konami's incompetence and feet-shuffling, as well as the fact that they were too busy suing Activision and Harmonix to release their own product.
  • Fan Nickname:
    • Amongst Japanese-speaking players, the game is also known as "nidera" (弐寺). Ni is one pronunciation for the number 2, and dera is short for "deluxe" / "derakkusu" (デラックス).
    • Amongst less-wholesome English-speaking players, the game is known as "Two Dicks".
    • Players who can complete the single-play 8th Dan course but not 7th Dan are known as Safari nanmin (サファリ難民), or "Safari Refugees".
    • Another difficulty is sometimes known simply as ana (穴). It happens to be a Double Entendre, as the character is sometimes used to mean "butt".
    • Rche is known amogst Japanese fans as 傲慢ちゃん (gouman-chan, or "Pride-chan"), after his status as Lincle Kingdom's representative of Pride.
    • Anmitsu (あんみつ) is used to refer to the technique of treating 1/16th-note rolls as 1/8th-note chords, sacrificing accuracy for lower likelihood to miss notes.
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  • Marth Debuted in "Smash Bros.": Some IIDX songs — especially the ones that crossed over on Extreme and SuperNOVA (a common import and an official North American release respectively, and still a more common find than any IIDX machine) — are a lot more popular or well-known on Dance Dance Revolution than IIDX. Specific examples have included "A", "Twin Bee(Generation X)", "Xepher", "Last Message", "V" and "Xenon". The fact that most of them are rated 8 and 9 on Heavy or Challenge probably helps.
  • Name's the Same: Hiroshi Watanabe, known by various stage names such as as DJ FX, QUADRA, and DJ ODDBALL, is also the real name of cranky, another composer of music game tracks.
  • No Export for You:
    • The series' releases are relegated only to Japan and a fair portion of the rest of the Asia Pacific. The 5-key beatmania series had a few US releases, under the name hiphopmania. IIDX had a shot in the US with one console release. which tanked. It did, however, come with an improved version of the Japanese official controller, and had a dedicated 5-key mode with classic songs from the original beatmania series as well. The arcade version of IIDX 14 GOLD had a couple location tests in the US, but that was the closest Westerners got to an arcade release.
    • Importers began to be screwed over further by e-Amusement (Konami's online system, which allows users to use a smart card and user account to save stats/unlocks/the like on games) beginning on 9th Style (as if that version had enough bugs already), leading to only the initial content being available to offline machines due to the e-Amusement dependencies imposed on the unlock system.
      • Finally, starting with beatmania IIDX 20 tricoro, the game needs a connection to Konami's eAMUSEMENT network for authorization purposes or the game will refuse to run, so even if you somehow import the game hardware, you won't be able to run it. However, there are private third-party servers that allow tricoro to be played without connecting to the official network.
    • As for the soundtracks, finally averted with tricoro's first soundtrack, which is available outside of Japan on iTunes.
    • If you're in the US, Round 1, a Japanese company, has exported a few locations there with up-to-date IIDX cabinets that have e-Amusement access. Unfortunately, they lack PASELI capability, meaning that a lot of features are locked out for Americans, including Extra Stages, DJ VIP Passes, and Premium Free. Although some of these features are unlocked on cabinets in other Asian markets where Konami has released the game, the machines are still technically running on the Japanese software build (unlike the Dance Dance Revolution A cabinets, which do run a North American build with an English localization and Paseli-specific features on by default, since the idea of vendor-specific wallets and microtransaction platforms for arcade games are not an established concept in the U.S. (plus most American arcades — Round 1 USA included — have adopted similar reloadable card systems specific to their locations rather than a specific vendor).
    • Downplayed in the case of INFINITAS. While you need a Japanese KONAMI ID to purchase the game's subscription and access the game, both can be done regardless of region without a VPN.
  • Promoted Fanboy:
    • One of the top ranking players, DJ DOLCE., has appeared on a video special for IIDX 16 Empress, won two out of the four official tournaments, and has met some of the most known Bemani artists (e.g. DJ Taka) along the way.
    • DM Ashura got his start by remixing music from Dance Dance Revolution. After winning a few contests to get songs onto the U.S. Xbox releases, "Neogenesis" was ultimately created for EMPRESS.
    • Rootage features a song by Porter Robinson's side project Virtual Self, which is influenced heavily by J-core, early 2000's electronic music, and Bemani music in general. Unsurprisingly he's an avid player of Dance Dance Revolution.
  • Schedule Slip: Up until 6th Style, PS2 ports of IIDX games were generally good with being released within one year of their arcade counterpart. However, 6th Style took about a year for a home release, and 7th Style infamously took two years. Fortunately, the home IIDX titles started being released with regularity again afterwards... until Empress.
  • Sequel Gap: The arcade releases have always stayed on schedule, but INFINITAS was released seven years after the PS2 port of EMPRESS.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • Due to its large number of new songs, beatmania IIDX 20 tricoro was originally going to have its soundtrack split into two volumes—this is evidenced by the title of tricoro's soundtrack, beatmania IIDX 20 tricoro ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK vol. 1. However, volume 2 never came to be; the tracks that were to be on it ended up in the soundtrack for beatmania IIDX 21 SPADA instead.
    • DJ Troopers has Dummied Out English textures, plus some leftovers from the English GOLD beta build...
  • The Wiki Rule:
    • For Japanese speakers, there's BEMANIWiki, which covers a variety of Bemani games, including IIDX.
    • RemyWiki has the IIDXicon; the site is an offshoot of Solid State Squad (formerly VJ Army), a score tracking website oriented primarily towards the console versions, and its sister Pop N Music tracker Pop'n Navy. While it originally focused mainly on IIDX and Pop'n, it has since expanded into a general English-language Bemani wiki.

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