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pop'n music (Arcade)

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Title Screen

pop'n music

Developer: Konami GMD
Publisher: Konami
Platform: Arcade (Konami Bemani DJ-Main)
Released in JP: September 28, 1998
Released in KR: 1998
Released in AS: 1998


DevTextIcon.png This game has hidden development-related text.
LevelSelectIcon.png This game has a hidden level select.
RegionIcon.png This game has regional differences.


YEAH
LET'S GET MOVIN
YEAH
LET ME FEEL THE GROUND SHAKE
US REPRESENT NEW THE SUPER POP'N MUSIC BY KONAMI
IS THE SOUND OF THE BEST GAME SHOWCASE SO GET READY AND ENJOY

With a colorful interface and palm-sized buttons, here debuts pop'n music, the cheerful third entry in Konami's many rhythm game series, following beatmania and Dance Dance Revolution.

Hidden Level Select

A hidden debug feature allows the player to freely select a song by holding down the Test button and pressing a combination of keys at the same time in the song selection screen. These don't work if Event Mode is turned on. Note that combinations 2+4+8, 2+8 and 8 don't work in the Korean release (see Regional Differences).

Key Combination Song
2 Baby, i'm yours
2+4 FUNKY TOWN '75
2+4+6 e-motion
2+4+8 すれちがう二人
2+6 what i want
2+6+8 SPICY PIECE
2+8 The theme of GAMBLER Z
4 Quick Master
4+6 Electronic Fill
4+6+8 Hi-Tekno
4+8 monde des songe
6 YOUNG DREAM
6+8 El pais del sol
8 I REALLY WANT TO HURT YOU

Build Dates

At the beginning of the uncompressed CHD data for the game, a string containing version and build dates for the game can be found. Note that the string was slightly updated for the Korean release of the game.

Japan/Asia Korea
 GQ803  pop'n music ver1.00  1998/09/04 (C) KONAMI
 GQ803AA  pop'n music ver1.01  1998/10/14 (C) KONAMI

Regional Differences

Besides the text translations done in the game's interface, several other changes were made when it was localized for the Asian market. Note that the Korean release (v1.01) is based on the Asian localization.

The original Japanese release displays the 1986-1998 KONAMI logo during the Attract sequence. The Asian/Korean releases changed it to the more updated 1998-2003 logo.

Japan Asia/Korea
Popn1-konamiJP.png Popn1-konamiAS.png

Songlist

Korean Release

The Korean release, which is based on the Asian localization, lacks three songs: I REALLY WANT TO HURT YOU, The theme from GAMBLER Z and Love passes by. Their characters still seem to be playable, however.

Song Info

Several genre/title/artist names were changed in the Asian/Korean releases. Changes are highlighted in bold.

Japan Asia/Korea
Genre Title Artist Genre Title Artist
J-TEKNO Quick Master act deft J-TECHNO Quick Master act deft
DANCE Hi-Tekno Hi-Tekno DANCE Hi-Techno Hi-Techno
ANIME HERO The theme of GAMBLER Z (splash)
TATAKAE! GAMBLER Z (gameplay)
words:RYO song:NARAMCHA CARTOON HERO The theme from GAMBLER Z (splash)
Go for it! GAMBLER Z (gameplay)
words:RYO song:NARAMCHA
SPY SPICY PIECE ORIGINAL SOUND TRACKS SPY SPICY PIECE ORIGINAL SOUND TRACK
BONUS TRACK すれちがう二人
[Surechigau futari]
aprèsmidi BONUS TRACK Love passes by aprèsmidi

Mode Select Screen

Along with a redesign of the text design above the mode selections, the "CHECK!" text in the bottom was removed. The explanatory text for the blue buttons was also made more detailed (this change was also done in several other screens).

Japan Asia/Korea
Popn1-modeselJP.png Popn1-modeselAS.png

Result Screen

Several wording changes were made in the Asian/Korean releases, which include a fix in "Tonight/Tonight's Stats", and a simplification in the judgement counters. The colon in the stage counter was also removed, which was also done in several other screens (see below).

Japan Asia/Korea
Popn1-resultJP.png Popn1-resultAS.png

Stage:Number

Some more examples of the colon removing, now in the song splash and gameplay screens.

Japan Asia/Korea
Popn1-songloadJP.png Popn1-songloadAS.png
Popn1-gameplayJP.png Popn1-gameplayAS.png

Name Entry Screen

Along with wording fixes in "Entry/Enter your name." and "Rank In/Ranking", the "It's All Good!" text in the left side of the screen was removed.

Japan Asia/Korea
Popn1-enternameJP.png Popn1-enternameAS.png

Total Result Screen

Again, more wording/typo fixes, this time in "Congratulation/Congratulations" and "All Stage/All Stages Cleared". The latter text was also slightly moved, and, yet again, the colon in the stage counter was removed.

Japan Asia/Korea
Popn1-totalresJP.png Popn1-totalresAS.png

Characters

Mary/Rave girl

The text in the Miss/Lose animations for the characters Mary and Rave girl was changed to many symbols in the Asian/Korean releases.

Mary Rave girl
Japan Asia/Korea Japan Asia/Korea
Popn1-maryJP.png Popn1-maryAS.png Popn1-ravegJP.png Popn1-ravegAS.png

TORU KAMIKAZE

The text and hearts in the first section of TORU KAMIKAZE's Fever/Jam animation were removed from the Asian/Korean releases.

Japan Asia/Korea
Popn1-toruJP.png Popn1-toruAS.png

Character Names

Several of the character names were changed as well.

Japan Asia/Korea
RIE♥chan CARRIE♥
SHOLL KEE KEN
DON MOMMY DON
TORU KAMIKAZE TORU
SANAE♥chan JACQUI♥