The beatmania series has been a staple of Konami’s BEMANI series of games since it’s inception in 1997, and the games are still going strong to this day. Across the years Konami has thought of new and innovative ways to keep players coming back for more and their series headliner beatmania IIDX keeps growing with each iteration of the game. A few versions back, Konami introduced Arena Mode, a real-time four-player battle mode in which each player picks a song of their choice to pit their skills against someone across the world, or in the same game center. Today, Konami stated the fourth round of Arena Mode for their current iteration of beatmania IIDX, beatmania IIDX 27 Heroic Verse.
As I mentioned, Arena Mode takes four players from random locations across the world and pits them against each other in a battle for supremacy with each win netting a player a predetermined number of points. These points stack up and allow the player to progress through ranks topping out at the rank of A1, which trust me, is nothing but the top players in the game. I am currently ranked A5, and I struggle to even get in the top two, and I have been playing beatmania IIDX for 17 years almost. With each round of Arena Mode, Konami introduces new charts into the game from its “Leggendaria” folder, which contain the most difficult charts in the game, or they use it to re-introduce songs which have been removed from the game previously.
Today, Konami kicked off the fourth round of Arena Mode for beatmania IIDX 27 Heroic Verse and this round will run from today, September 2nd, 2020, until September 22nd, 2020. The schematics of Arena Mode are the same as they have always been, but with this round, Konami has introduced the following into the game:
[EUROBEAT] Secrets – Good Cool feat. CHiCO (Leggendaria)
[SOUND TRACK] sometime – Aya
With this round of Arena Mode, Konami brought back the song, ‘sometime’, which made its debut all the way back in beatmania IIDX 5th Style, as well as gave ‘Secrets’ from beatmania IIDX 16 Empress a brand new Leggendaria chart. As beatmania IIDX 27 Heroic Verse has been out for almost a year now, it will be interesting to see just how many rounds of Arena Mode Konami will be introducing to this version of the game, but you can be guaranteed that with each round, we’re bound to get some treats which will make fans both new and old happy.