Beatmania IIDX 16: Empress is the 16th game in the Beatmania IIDX series of music video games. It was released in arcades by Konami on November 19, 2008 (11 months after the arcade release of Beatmania IIDX 15: DJ Troopers). The game features over 50 new songs, some of which are unlocked over Konami's e-Amusement platform. The design of Empress's interface is based on a pink color scheme, dominated by sparkles, butterfly wings, and motifs of royalty and jewellery. A PlayStation 2 port for the game was released on October 15, 2009, simultaneously in Japan and South Korea.
Core gameplay remains the same on Empress. A new hidden modifier called "ALL-SCRATCH" changes most of the notes to scratches. More tutorials have been added to the Tutorial mode from DJ Troopers. Many sound effects in the user interface have also been changed. A new mode that is introduced before DJ Troopers CS, "Hazard Mode", instantly fails the player if a combo is broken many times (effectively requiring a full combo in order to pass the stage). To access this mode, All the black buttons must be pushed (When highlighting Free mode in mode selection) to activate the Hazard mode.
The upgrade to Empress also comes with a new turntable design, which has been built to be easier to trigger, and also features a more textured surface.
More advanced statistics can be accessed through e-Amusement's online components. Jewels can be collected for the Empress Place system using e-Amusement.
Empress Place is the extra stage system used by Empress. During regular play, players randomly accumulate colored jewels (the algorithm has not been disclosed). These jewels are used to unlock the 3 songs located in the its first set of stages, each stage representing a famous empress. The 3 currently known stages are Kung-fu Empire by 飛燕流舞 (Consort Yang Yuhuan), Arabian Rave Night by dj MAX STEROID (Cleopatra), and Marie Antoinette by Marguerite du Pre'.
|Hardcore||"ALL I NEED YOUR LOVE"||GUHROOVY fw. M-Project|
|Only One Eurobeat||"ALL MY TURN -このターンに、オレの全てを賭ける-"||SUPER STAR 満-MITSURU-|
|Dragon'Bass||"Attackアタック NO.3" (Attack No.3)||IDEA NOTE|
|Reckless Rave||"B4U (BEMANI FOR YOU MIX)"||Remixed by DJ YOSHITAKA with Michael a la mode|
|House||"Bahram Attack -猫又Master Remix-"||猫又Master feat. JUNE|
|Happy☆Jig||"BRIDAL FESTIVAL !!!"||S.S.D. with ななっち|
|Nostalish Requiem||"CaptivAte2 ～覚醒～"||e-lma|
|Buchiage Trance||"Cyber Force -DJ Yoshitaka Remix-"||Remixed by DJ YOSHITAKA|
|Mega Mix||"Flash Back 90's"||kors k as Disconation|
|Dream Trance||"Fly Above"||Sōta Fujimori|
|Trance Core||"Go Beyond!!"||Ryu☆ Vs. Sota||From DistorteD (CS)|
|House||"HOUSE NATION" (HOUSE NATION feat. LISA)||ravex||House Nation Licensed Song|
|Nu School Breaks||"Just a Little Smile"||Sōta Fujimori||From Happy Sky (CS)|
|Hou-Rock||"Haritsuyaハリツヤランデヴー" (Haritsuya Rendez-vous)||Des-MASTERS|
|Morning Full On||"HYPERION"||L.E.D.|
|Techno Pop||"I'm Screaming LOVE"||Creative Life|
|Mixture||"Jack"||DesQ||From Pop'n Music 10|
|Hardcore||"JEWELLERY STORM"||L.E.D.-G fw. Eriko Tanzawa|
|J-Dance Pop||"Mahorobaまほろば" (Mahoroba)||HHH+H|
|Trendy Techno||"Midnightミッドナイト堕天使" (Midnight Datenshi)||Dr. Honda|
|Eurobeat||"Monkey Dance '09"||Y&Co. Feat. DOMINO|
|Trance||"MY FUTURE"||PINK PONG|
|Tech-Breakbeats||"naughty girl@Queen's Palace"||DJ Mass MAD Izm*|
|Energetic Trance||"neogenesis"||DM Ashura|
|Dance Music of Sorrow||"NΦ CRIME" *1||C×F (Music Produced by NAOKI MAEDA)|
|House||"Our Song" (Our Song (HOUSE NATION Edit))||Shinichi Osawa||House Nation Licensed Song|
|Psychedelic trance||"PSYCHE PLANET-GT"||Remixed by L.E.D.|
|E-Dance Pop||"Punch Love ♥ 仮面"||上野圭市(a.k.a. Baby Weapon, DJ SWAMI) feat. 星野奏子|
|Big Beat||"Queen's Tragedy"||猫又Master+|
|撫子ロック (Nadeshiko Rock)||"Rin凛として咲く花の如く" (Rin to Shite Saku Hana no Gotoku) *2||紅色リトマス||From Pop'n Music 15: Adventure|
|Tech-Para||"Secrets"||good-cool ft. CHiCO|
|Candy Rave||"smooooch ･∀･"||kors k|
|Techno||"SOLITON BEAM"||L.E.D.||From IIDX RED (CS)|
|Rage Against Empress||"Tenkuu天空脳番長危機十六連打 " (Tenkuu Nou Banchou Kiki Juuroku Renda)||D.J.SETUP|
|Iron Concerto||"Tekkou鉄甲乙女 -under the steel-" (Tekkou Otome)||Seiya Murai|
|Only One Epilogue||"THANK YOU FOR PLAYING"||SUPER STAR 満-MITSURU-||Ending Song (Credits Screen)|
|UK hardcore||"THE SHINING POLARIS (kors k mix)"||Remixed by kors k|
|House||"thunder HOUSE NATION Remix"||Remixed by Sunset In Ibiza (SII)||Collaborated with "House Nation"|
|Elemental Chant||"Turii -Panta rhei-"||Zektbach|
|90's Rave||"Y&Co. is dead or alive"||Y&Co.|
|ポップス (Pops)||"Yamaoka山岡晃の「クイズ！家事都合！」" (Yamaoka Akira no Quiz! Kajitsugou! / Akira Yamaoka)||AKIRA YAMAOKA feat. 喜屋武ちあき|
|Only One Techno||"You'll say "Now!""||BLACK STAR 幸広-YUKIHIRO-|
|Psy Trance (Full On)||"Programmed World"||kors k as StripE||Extra (ES)|
|Dance Speed||"3y3s"||青龍 (Seiryuu)||Extra (OMES)|
|Jumpstyle||"BITTER CHOCOLATE STRIKER"||L.E.D.-G||Extra (OMES)|
|Happy Hardcore||"Colorful Cookie"||Lucky Vacuum||Extra (OMES)|
|Hardcore||"不沈艦CANDY" (Fuchinkan Candy)||Risk Junk||Extra (OMES)|
|Asian Jangle||"Kung-fu Empire"||飛燕流舞||EP|
|Arabic Hardcore||"Arabian Rave Night"||dj MAX STEROID||EP|
|宮廷円舞曲 (Court Waltz)||"Marie Antoinette"||Marguerite du Prê||EP|
|Esoteric Speedcore||"卑弥呼" (Himiko)||朱雀 (Suzaku) VS 玄武 (Genbu)||EP OMES|
|Regular Song||Unlock||From CS||Extra Stage||Empress Place|
*1 NΦ CRIME had 2 versions in Empress.
*2 was originally only playable in Beginner mode. A patch over e-Amusement unlocked it for regular play.
Removals and Revivals
35 songs were removed in total on Empress. Major removals include the remaining songs by Reo Nagumo, BeForU, and BeForU's members. Nagumo had left Konami in 2006, and BeForU had also recently signed onto a new recording contract with Avex Group in the same year, officially severing their ties with Konami. However, their first single under Avex, Red Rocket Rising - which was also removed, appeared on Gold. Other removals include the DJ Yoshitaka remix of I'm In Love Again, which also will not appear on the console version of DJ Troopers. No reasons have been given for the removals.
On the contrary, many songs by Takehiko "Slake" Fujii have been revived. Make A Difference from Beatmania IIDX 9th Style has also been revived, and it has also received new Hyper and Another charts. SOLITON BEAM and satellite020712 have also received new charts.
- The Last beatmania Game On PlayStation 2 Is...
- Empress official site - new songs page.. Konami. Retrieved on 2008-12-12
- Pink is the new black, beatmaniaIIDX 16 EMPRESS released. Bemanistyle. Retrieved on 2008-12-12