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beatmania IIDX 20 Tricoro

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Title Screen

beatmania IIDX 20 tricoro

Developer: Konami Digital Entertainment
Publisher: Konami
Platform: Arcade (Bemani PC Type 3)
Released in JP: September 19, 2012

MinigameIcon.png This game has unused modes / minigames.
GraphicsIcon.png This game has unused graphics.
MovieIcon.png This game has unused cinematics.
SoundIcon.png This game has unused sounds.

See, this is why game preservation is important.
This game is defunct.
Do note the game no longer works at all without modifications. This is most likely due to the game's servers being shut down (as of December 27th, 2013). As a result, further official developments with the game are unlikely to happen.

beatmania IIDX 20 tricoro was the 21st game in the beatmania IIDX series, and the first HD release, which ran at a 1280×720 resolution; beatmania IIDX 30 RESIDENT would take it further to Full HD 10 years later.

Unfortunately, this was also the first game to use the e-AMUSEMENT Participation system. This means that the machine had to be connected to the e-AMUSEMENT network for the game to start up. When the servers for this game shut down, it became officially unplayable, and owners had no choice but to upgrade to beatmania IIDX 21 SPADA. This would carry on to later releases, excluding beatmania IIDX 26 Rootage, where official offline kits became available. A huge shame, indeed.

Unused Frames

Inside of test_main.ifs are two unused frames. The first appears to be an early version of the main tricoro frame. The basic layout and design is the same, however the early one is noticeably less detailed. It also features each player's Q-pro (in-game avatars) at the bottom, presumably for demonstration purposes (some songs use the player's Q-pro with its animations). Interestingly, it features a ticker with the song name at the top of the screen, a feature that wouldn't show up until the release of beatmania IIDX 28 BISTROVER 8 years later.

Early Final
BeatmaniaIIDX20-early frame.png BeatmaniaIIDX20-final frame.png

The second one is simply a frame that has been leftover from the previous game. Considering it is at 480p, it might have been used as a placeholder before the resolution was changed to 720p. It also has Single Play and Double Play versions, unlike the unused tricoro frame, as well as being in parts rather than a single texture.

BeatmaniaIIDX20-leftover SP frame.png BeatmaniaIIDX20-leftover DP frame.png

Expert Mode

Expert Mode is not available in the game, despite being present in IIDX 19 Lincle. It returned two editions later in IIDX 22 Pendual. It is not known if this mode is accessible through modding. BeatmaniaIIDX20 Expert.jpg

Unused Song

Sound data for masquerade by TЁЯRA can be found in the game's data.

Unused Video

The video for VANESSA from beatmania IIDX 14 GOLD is present in the data, however it is not actually used in-game. This is most likely due to it also having special overlays that would change depending on the player's performance while playing, which like many older overlays were cut due to them not supporting the game's new HD resolution. The video would later be restored in beatmania IIDX 22 PENDUAL, albeit without the overlays it used to have.