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pop'n music 9 (PlayStation 2)

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Title Screen

pop'n music 9

Developer: Konami Computer Entertainment Studios[1]
Publisher: Konami[1]
Platform: PlayStation 2
Released in JP: February 19, 2004[1]


GraphicsIcon.png This game has unused graphics.


The PlayStation 2 release of pop'n music 9 is a port of the same-titled cafe-themed arcade rhythm game.

Unused Graphics

NOTE: None of the graphics listed below have proper filenames; the names are given based on the order in which they are present in IMAGE.DAT.

Gameplay

File 6, which contains sprites seen in the gameplay HUD, has unused icons to indicate that a song being played is from the first and second console releases. Do note that no songs from these games appear here, and that pop'n music 9‍ '​s original release used only one icon to notate songs from console releases.

Popn9CS-icoCS1.pngPopn9CS-icoCS2.png

pretty

The files 356 and 357 contain the character HAMANOV [CS9], as seen in the song Hell? or Heaven?. While this character is a modified version of HAMANOV [10], only lacking the bunny character pretty, her sprites, which are seen in the original iteration's DANCE, WIN and LOSE animations, can still be found unused.

File 356
Popn9CS-pretty1aa.pngPopn9CS-pretty1ab.pngPopn9CS-pretty1ac.pngPopn9CS-pretty1ba.pngPopn9CS-pretty1bb.pngPopn9CS-pretty1bc.pngPopn9CS-pretty1ca.pngPopn9CS-pretty1cb.pngPopn9CS-pretty1cc.pngPopn9CS-pretty1da.pngPopn9CS-pretty1db.pngPopn9CS-pretty1dc.pngPopn9CS-pretty1ea.pngPopn9CS-pretty1eb.pngPopn9CS-pretty1ec.png

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File 357
Popn9CS-pretty4aa.pngPopn9CS-pretty4ab.pngPopn9CS-pretty4ac.pngPopn9CS-pretty4ba.pngPopn9CS-pretty4bb.pngPopn9CS-pretty4bc.pngPopn9CS-pretty4ca.pngPopn9CS-pretty4cb.pngPopn9CS-pretty4cc.pngPopn9CS-pretty4da.pngPopn9CS-pretty4db.pngPopn9CS-pretty4dc.pngPopn9CS-pretty4ea.pngPopn9CS-pretty4eb.pngPopn9CS-pretty4ec.png

Popn9CS-pretty5z.png
Popn9CS-pretty5a.pngPopn9CS-pretty5b.pngPopn9CS-pretty5c.pngPopn9CS-pretty5d.pngPopn9CS-pretty5e.png

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Placeholder Character Icon/Portrait

File 0, which contains the character icons seen throughout the game, also contains a placeholder icon labeled "D" (dummy).

Popn9PS2-phicon.png

There is also a placeholder character portrait that accompanies it at File 139. It's also labeled as "dummy", and consists of a modified portrait of Silvia [9], the character of the song Mori no kodou.

Popn9PS2-phportrait.png

Placeholders Within Characters

Cacti may speak Japanese, but do they speak it well?
...But does it make sense?
The translations on this page need to be proofread. If you are fluent enough in this language, please make any corrections necessary!

Files 421 and 422, which contain the sprites for the character TSURARA [9], also contain a placeholder sprite. Given the presence of a frog, it was likely drawn by artist Tomoko Shiono/shio.

Graphic Text Translated
Popn9PS2-tsuraraph.png
ダミーdeath
ゴメン。
This is a dummy
Sorry.

There is also a placeholder graphic at Files 579 and 580, which contain the sprites for the character HOSHIO [CS9].

Graphic Text Translated
Popn9PS2-hoshioph.png
Dummyっス。
あとで二のスペース使います。
足りました。
This is a dummy.
I'll use the second space later.
Done.

Placeholder Nametags

Within File 621, which contains the graphics for the many title tags seen during gameplay, are a set of 26 placeholders. In order, they are labeled from 513 to 526, then 528, and then a blank variation.

Popn9PS2-nametagplaceholders.png

Placeholder Ending Screen

File 702 contains a placeholder ending screen.

Popn9PS2-phending.png

Arcade Leftovers

There's also multiple leftovers from the game's arcade release within the archives.

Main Menu

Contains graphics that are part of the arcade version's attract sequence.

File 10
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Popn9PS2-redbutton1.png Popn9PS2-redbutton2.png
Popn9PS2-redbutton3.png Popn9PS2-redbutton4.png

File 630
Popn9PS2-copyright.png

Popn9PS2-coinI.pngPopn9PS2-coinS.pngPopn9PS2-freeplay.png

Character Selection

In the arcade version, characters were sorted according to which game they originated from; console characters had a unified category. This is absent from this port.

File 5
Popn9PS2-cs0.pngPopn9PS2-cs1.pngPopn9PS2-cs2.pngPopn9PS2-cs3.pngPopn9PS2-cs4.pngPopn9PS2-cs5.pngPopn9PS2-cs6.pngPopn9PS2-cs7.pngPopn9PS2-cs8.pngPopn9PS2-cs9.png

Song Selection

File 6
It's worth saying that this home port does not seem to have a function to switch the song sorting mode.

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File 712
None of the eight songs seen here are present in this port. Coincidentally, all of them come from pop'n music 6.

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More unused sorting graphics.

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Gameplay

File 8
There are no songs from the arcade releases of pop'n music 6 and pop'n music 7 in this port. Additionally, the "CS" icon was used for all songs that came from console releases in the game's original arcade release.

Popn9PS2-icoAC6.pngPopn9PS2-icoAC7.pngPopn9PS2-icoCS0.png

(Special thanks: W.F.)

References