Pop ‘n Music Goes Portable

By Spencer . September 29, 2009 . 10:56am

popnKonami is taking a step away from their slaphappy motion controlled Pop ‘n Music game and going back to basics with Pop ‘n Music Portable.


The PSP game has over eighty songs from various Pop ‘n Music games. Not sure how many you start with, but new songs can be found in the single player adventure mode. All of your collected songs can be played in freeplay mode with 3, 5, 7, or 9 (!) buttons.


A new feature in Pop ‘n Music Portable is music play mode which lets players listen to songs they cleared. It’s almost like a bonus Pop ‘n Music Portable’s soundtrack on UMD.

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  • kdash

    This is extremely awesome! This is also based on Pop’n Music Adventure, which was the one they stopped at on the PS2.

    Although 9 button… I can’t think of any kind of good button placement that would work, and not make some buttons combinations uncomfortable.

    • It does sound interesting. I’ll have to keep it in mind before I go and buy a Dreamcast version.

      I could see 9 button working. It’d could be the two shoulder buttons, up, down, left, triangle, circle and X, and probably the square and right buttons would both be considered as one.

  • Kris

    Interesting! I’ve only played pop’n music once in an arcade, but it looks better suited to this than the wii’s motion control.

  • Honestly, they’d be better off porting it to a console with the actual controller in the States…

    I mean they did the very same with IIDX, why not this?

    • Because “beatmania US” bombed so hard that I don’t even know how many IIDX fans realize it existed. Pop’n, with its cutesy anime aesthetic, would perform even more dismally at retail—especially now that Rock Band/Insert-Franchise-Here Hero VII have pretty much worn out the US welcome mat for expensive peripheral instruments.

      • kdash

        Remember how well Beat N’Groovy did?



        • cj_iwakura

          And what did Beatmania US and Beat n’Groovy have in common?

          Survey says: THEY SUCKED.
          (Re: the songlists were awful.)

  • FireCouch

    Awesome, now DJ Max won’t be so lonely.

  • maxchain

    Now this is more like it! If it ain’t broke, don’t tether motion controls to it! Although I can’t figure out for the life of me how they plan to get a 9-button setup going. (Maybe an accessory?…)

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