LOS ANGELES â€“ Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) Booth #800 â€“ May 17, 2005 â€“ Konami Digital Entertainment â€“ America, a division of Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc., today announced beatmaniaÂ the first DJ simulation created for the PlayStationÂ®2 computer entertainment system. beatmania continues Konamiâ€™s tradition of innovation, expanding upon the companyâ€™s groundbreaking library of music video game franchises that include the award-winning Karaoke Revolution and the hugely popular Dance Dance Revolution. Providing an unparalleled interactive audio and visual experience, beatmania actually lets gamers create and perform their own tracks as it brings the pulsing energy of the club into the home.
â€œJust like DDR and Karaoke Revolution, we expect that beatmania will develop a strong core following and take off as another â€˜must-haveâ€™ party game for people of all ages,â€ said Jason Enos, product manager, Konami Digital Entertainment â€“ America. â€œNever before has there been a game that combines so many different and distinct music elements into a completely interactive DJ style experience.â€
Already a sensation in the arcades, beatmania combines high-energy pulsating music with cutting-edge videos, allowing wannabee DJâ€™s the ability to create and perform music. Unlike complicated sequencers or software that allows users to drop in samples and play them back, beatmania is completely designed as a videogame â€“ with an emphasis on having fun and feeling the music. Utilizing a specially designed controller that features a turntable, players must mix and perform music in real-time by hitting notes that appear on screen and scratching the turntable at the right time. beatmania features more than 50 club tracks, including pop, techno, drum â€˜n bass, trance and house, and includes exclusive songs from some of the hottest DJs and remixers in the scene. Gamers will have numerous options, including two player modes that allow players to perform cooperatively or competitively and multiple difficulty settings.
To learn more about beatmania please visit http://www.konami.com/gs or come to Konamiâ€™s booth at the Electronic Entertainment Expo May 18 â€“ 20, 2005.
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Konami Corporation is a leading developer, publisher and manufacturer of electronic entertainment properties, specializing in the home video game market. Konami Corporation's action and adventure titles include the popular franchises Metal Gear SolidÂ®, Silent HillÂ® and CastlevaniaÂ®, among other top sellers. The latest information about Konami can be found on the Web at www.konami.com. Konami Corporation is a publicly traded company based in Tokyo, Japan with subsidiary offices, Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc. in the US and Konami of Europe in Frankfurt, Germany. Konami Corporation, the parent company of Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc. is traded in the United States on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol KNM. Details of the products published by Konami Digital Entertainment - America can be found at www.konami.com/gs
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