History of Bemani arcades in Europe by game ver.

Listed right now are only the Beatmania and Beatmania IIDX games, as those are the main focus of this document and also the rarest „easily available“ Bemani machines in Europe. Pop’n music and Jubeat are planned additions for the future.

Original Beatmania Series

Beatmania: No known machines exist in Europe.

Beatmania 2nd Mix: No known machines exist in Europe.

Beatmania 3rd Mix: One machine on the premises of „For Amusement Only“ in Seligenstadt, Germany. This is probably the oldest intact Beatmania machine left in Europe.

Beatmania Complete Mix: No known machines exist in Europe, though it’s likely there might be one or two in private collections.

Beatmania 4th Mix: One machine in an unknown location, probably Poland. Last seen in the summer of 2013 at a seaside arcade in Władysławowo, northern Poland. Was supposedly acquired by a german arcade collector in 2014. Current location unknown.
Spotted again during 2015 in Władysławowo by Lisek.

Beatmania 5th Mix: No known machines exist in Europe, though it’s not unreasonable to assume there might be one or two out there.

Beatmania 6th Mix: One machine is currently part of the private collection of the
„PlayRight“ musem in Ikast, Denmark.

Beatmania Complete Mix 2: No known machines exist in Europe, though it’s likely there might be one or two in private collections.

Beatmania 7th Mix: Currently one known machine in a dutch private collection.

Beatmania THE FINAL: The only machine in Europe is freely playable at The Games Guild in Alphen aan den Rijn.

Beatmania IIDX Series

Current (live) distribution of public Beatmania IIDX cabinets in Europe:

5 in Italy (Torino, Milan, Verona, Rimini and Puglia)
1 in UK (London)
1 in Finland (Espoo)

Current (live) distribution of private Beatmania IIDX cabinets in Europe:

3 in Italy (Locations unknown, one apparently in very bad condition)
1 in Germany (Location undisclosed)
1 in Russia (Used to be at a public arcade until early 2014, now part of a private garage collection)
1 in Sweden (Stockholm), will be on display at the Retro-Games festival in Stockholm. It comes with a full set of Empress marquees, speaker pops and everything!
2 in France (Paris, Lille)

Beatmania IIDX: No known machines ever existed in Europe.

Beatmania IIDX Substream: Existed from 1999 to 2005 at a private home in Sweden, before it got bought and upgraded by Uppcon at Uppsala, just north of Stockholm.

Beatmania IIDX 2nd Style: ?

Beatmania IIDX 3rd Style: ?

Beatmania IIDX 4th Style: ?

Beatmania IIDX 5th Style: ?

Beatmania IIDX 6th Style: ?

Beatmania IIDX 7th Style: A 7th Style machine was publicly playable from 2003 to 2006 at Extraball Rome, Italy.

Beatmania IIDX 8th Style: A 8th Style machine was publicly playable from 2003 to 2005(?) at Rimini, Italy. This machine has stayed at this location for more than 11 years and has continuously been upgraded ever since.

Beatmania IIDX 9th Style: ?

Beatmania IIDX 10th Style: ?

Beatmania IIDX11 RED: ?

Beatmania IIDX12 HAPPY SKY: The swedish Uppcon Machine was on this version from 2005 to at least 2012.

Beatmania IIDX13 DistorteD: At least one of these machines was imported into Russia by WizardGame, a Moscow-based compay known for importing rare japanese arcades since the year 2000. They even designed a two-page advertisement flyer for it and were probably looking to import more cabinets, should the game prove profitable. Their one display machine was eventually bought up by an arcade in northern Moscow called “Limpoland”, where it stayed until 2014. It is currently housed in a private garage south of the russian capital.

Presumably the existing cabinets in Rimini, Verona, and Turin (Italy) were also upgraded to DistorteD around 2007/2008.

Beatmania IIDX14 GOLD: One location test happened in 2007 at the official Konami stand during the X Convention in London, UK. Official flyers in English advertising the game were also available. It seems that, with Gold, Konami might’ve been testing out the waters for an international release of IIDX, as not only were there two more official locationtests happening in the U.S. that year, but there seem to have been user guides in Russian for it, as can be seen here (the title says “User Guide Entertainment Machine”), perhaps hinting at multiple machines being sold inside the country at some point.

Beatmania IIDX15 DJ TROOPERS: ?

Beatmania IIDX16 EMPRESS: ?

Beatmania IIDX17 SIRIUS: Existed from 2010 to 2011 as the original version of the imported machine at Neo Arcadia at Toulouse, France.

Beatmania IIDX18 Resort Anthem:Upgrade for the IIDX locations Toulouse, Rimini, Puglia and Stockholm in 2011/2012.

Beatmania IIDX19 Lincle: Last version which can run without a dedicated network connection. As such, until March 2015, only the Bemani arcades in Europe without a PWorld connection (Milan, and, until mid-2014, Rimini and Verona) ran this. Since the end of Programmed World on March 8th 2015, all european cabinets have been downgraded to this version or Resort Anthem.

Beatmania IIDX20 tricoro: Physical upgrade (2012) for the IIDX locations Toulouse and Torino.

Beatmania IIDX21 SPADA: Online update (2013) for the IIDX locations Southend and Torino, later (mid-2014) also for Rimini, Verona and Toulouse.

Beatmania IIDX22 PENDUAL: Online update (2014) for the IIDX locations Southend, Puglia, Torino, Rimini, Verona and Toulouse. In December 2014, a new (upgraded) PENDUAL cab showed up at ArcadeStreet Paris. Last update to be distributed via Programmed World.

Beatmania IIDX23 COPULA: Online update (2015) for the IIDX locations London, Stockholm, and, later that year, Helsinki.

Beatmania IIDX24 SINOBUZ: Online update (2015) for the IIDX locations London, Stockholm, and, later that year, Helsinki.

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