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                            FAQ and Play Guide
                          Version 1.0 11/17/99
                "Pop'n Music Controller" and Analog(DS) controller compatible
                  Memory card: 1 block   Pocket station: 5 blocks
          Also available for Dreamcast (Which this FAQ also can probably apply to)
                            By: Bodi Anderson
                            [email protected]

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Pop'n Music 2 and most of the character and place names in this FAQ are 
property of Konami Japan and Sony.  I, Bodi Anderson, have no professional 
relationship with any of the aforementioned companies, and I am simply a fan of 
great games. This FAQ is dedicated to all of those who waste their time 
Japanese games. Enjoy!!  END OF DISCLAIMER

1. What's "Pop'n Music"?
2. How to Play the Game
3. Menu Screen Explanation
   3.1 Arcade 
   3.2 Original
   3.3 Training
   3.4 Records
   3.5 Save & Load
   3.6 Option
   3.7 Disc Change
4. Mode Explanation
5. Song List
6. Pocket Station Mini-game
7. Hints and Secrets
8. Thanks

     For those of you not in the know Pop'n Music was originally an arcade game 
Japan.  It follows in the footsteps of "Beatmania" a DJ-sim game.  The goal of 
game is to press colored buttons in time with descending blocks that follow the 
of a song.  Sounds pretty simple right?  But in fact, even if you're used to 
playing a 
keyboard or guitar (along with touch typing, useful skills to have if you want to 
play this 
game), you'll find yourself push random buttons in a flurry to catch up with the 
     Before you buy this game you should buy the controller.  Using a normal 
controller is technically okay, but it takes half of the fun out of the game and 
makes it 
a lot harder.  The only drawback of this is that the controller costs as much as 
the game 
does and you can only use it for Pop'n Music games.  Still, if you ask me it's 
worth it.  I 
stopped playing Final Fantasy 8 in the height of its plot for a week straight 
bought this game.  It's also a great game for small parties (Though unlike 
intoxication makes it more difficult). This game rocks, literally!

     The game will take a little while to load when you first put it in.  This is 
it is known as a "Key Disc", which means that you can buy supplements for the 
( Called "append discs", with extra songs and new levels) at a later date and use 
with the game.  This is a great thing since Append Discs only cost about half as 
as a normal game!  As of yet there are none available put expect to see some soon 
(Beatmania, for instance has five Append Discs)
     After the game boots up you'll be given a choice as to what type of 
want to use. (Note: From here on I'll assume that you have an official Pop'n 
Controller. if you're using a normal PSX controller see the button equivalencies 
list in 
the options section (3.6) of the menu explanation).  Use the BLUE buttons to 
through the choices (5,7, and 9-button-mode), and the RED button to confirm.  In 
button-mode the WHITE and YELLOW buttons aren't used in play.  In 7-button-mode 
the WHITE aren't used.  I suggest you start with the 5 button mode until you get 
to the controller.  Once you choose you can change in the options menu.  
    Next the game will check for memory card saved data.  After the game finally 
loads press the start or the RED button to skip to the menu screen.  Use the BLUE 
buttons to scroll through the options. For now select "Arcade" mode.  Next you'll 
shown a screen that lists 4 different challenge levels "Beginner, Normal, Excite, 
Party".  Again use the BLUE to select Beginner mode (with the kitty cat) and the 
to confirm it.  
     The game will now start its tutorial level.  Listen to Nyami and Mimi (The 
and Bunny) as they explain how to play the game (Also look at page 8 of the 
book).  Probably observing their demonstration is the best way to learn the 
Simply press the given button for each Pop-kun (the name of the little blocks) as 
it hit 
the line at the bottom of the screen.  If you get it perfectly on the line you 
a "Great" 
message, partially on the line gets a "Good" and a miss gets a "Bad" message.  
through the easy tutorial and win.  Don't worry if it seems impossible at first 
you'll get 
used to it!  Also if you selected 5, or 7 button mode ignore the shaded Yellow 
White blocks.  
        As you hit the buttons in time you'll see a little gauge at the bottom. 
"Goods" and "Greats" you get the more it will fill up.  Input misses will of 
the gauge to go down.  In order to beat a given opponent you must finish the song 
within the red zone of the gauge.  After you finish a level you see a screen that 
your score for that level and total score for the game.  If you won your score 
added to your previous score and you'll advance to the next level.  If you lost 
score will be reduced to zero and you be shown a continue screen. Press the RED 
continue and either of the BLUE buttons to make the countdown speed up.
     Once you've beaten the tutorial you'll be shown an opponent. Use the usual 
method to scroll through given opponents and select them.  Every one has a 
song and difficulty so be sure to notice the gauge that says "Easyc..Hard" on 
hand side of your screen.  Now all you have to do is beat two opponents after the 
tutorial to clear the first level.  Good Luck!  
     As you play the game more you'll unlock more hidden songs and characters.  
is mostly done in normal mode.  There are over 40 songs to find so always be on 
lookout for something new!

    The WHITE and YELLOW buttons (even in 5 or 7 mode) can be used as cancel 

     This will bring you to the arcade screen. See mode explanation for more 

     This will bring you to the original mode screen.  See mode explanation for 

     Here you can train against anyone you have fought (even if they beat you).  
the normal method to select one of the following options.  

START: start training.
MUSIC SELECT: Use BLUE buttons to scroll through songs.
SETTINGS: brings up the following sub-menu
--Speed: Set from 1(slow) to 5 (fast). On speeds 1-4 you won't hear any music.
--Phrase: View the block pattern entire song in (use BLUE buttons to scroll).
--Auto: Watch the game play itself.
--Repeat: Song restarts automatically.
EXIT: well what da' ya think it does?

     Pretty self-explanatory. Use the BLUE button to scroll through the "chart" 
rankings.  It will also display what your button configuration was for a given hi-

3.5 SAVE & LOAD  
     Also, easy to figure out. It's a good idea to set the auto-save function 
on "ON" so the 
game will save your game every time you get a new song

     Select an option with the BLUE button and toggle it with the RED button.  
Remember to save the game after you adjust your options.

  GAME LEVEL: Choose any level of difficulty from 1 to 4.  On the easiest level 
(1), all 
blocks that aren't assigned buttons (in 5 and 7 button mode) will count as "Good" 
they hit the red line.

  BUTTON MOEDE: Choose from 5, 7 or 9 button mode.  

  RANDOM:  This is good to toggle once you start to get to know the levels a 
well. This causes the pop-kun to fall in a random pattern instead of the same 
preset way 
each time.

  HIDDEN: Much like the "ninja" pop-kun in the party mode this causes all pop-kun 
become invisible when they hit the bottom fifth of the screen.  This make the 
pretty hard since you have to rely a lot more on rhythm and less on your eyes.

  MIRROR:  This causes the pop-kun to fall on the opposite side of the screen 
normally do, like a mirror. Thus all blocks which normally fall on the right of a 
stage will fall on the left and vice versa. 

  SELECT: Choose from NORMAL or SHORT CUT.  In shortcut all the animation 
between enemy selection in the arcade mode is off. Thus when you play the arcade 
the select screen looks like the FREE mode.  All this does is save time, but I 
to see 
what song and what character are linked so I leave it off usually.

  VIBRATION: If you are using a dual-shock controller this allows you to 
when the vibrations happen. It's pretty self explanatory

  KEY CONFIG: Allows you to change the key configuration on your normal PSX 
controller (Doesn't work with the Pop'n Controller). The default keys are listed 
here so if 
you aren't using a Pop'n Controller (Really you should be!) look here to see what 
corresponds with which button.

  SOUND: Allows you to go into sound check mode and listen to any songs and 
you've collected. You can also modify the level of the BGM and SE volume as well 
change from Stereo to mono.  It's all in English so don't worry.

  OPTION RESET: Resets all options to their default level.

  EXIT:  Does exactly what you think it doesc

     Use this before inserting any Pop'n Music Append Discs.  This will be 
when they release a Pop'n Music Append Disc.


     Using the BLUE buttons select from the below modes. You can use the YELLOW 
buttons to change characters (A choice of all that you've unlocked).  In Beginner 
you can only choose Nyami or Mimi (The cat or bunny which look suspiciously like 
Japanese music duo "Puffy").  

   BEGINNER MODE: One tutorial level then two normal battles. 

   NORMAL MODE: You have to defeat three characters to win.  This is the mode 
where unlock all new characters and songs.  

   EXCITE MODE: Like normal mode but more difficult in that, occasionally, enemy 
characters will cause distractions such as moving the order of falling blocks or 
out the screen.  As the name implies it's pretty exciting.  

   PARTY MODE: Like excite mode but more difficult due to the changing icons on 
falling blocks.  The icons have the following effects when activated. A block is 
when it scores a "Good" or "Great". (Look on page 14 of the book to see the icons)
   Ninja: Causes all block to become hidden for a time. Just like the hidden 
   Nyami: Enemy character will come onto the middle of the screen and dance for a 
   Bomb: A blast rocks the screen and messes up the way that all pop-kun are 
   Heart: Your level gauge goes up faster than normal for a while
   Running Guy: Randomly enacts one of the other 7 listed icons.
   Rocket: Causes all Pop-kun to fall faster for a period of time.
   Fire: Causes fire to shoot out in the middle of the screen.
   Short Pop-Kun: All pop-kun become short and harder to hit for a while.

      Here you can challenge any character you want or download the game to your 
pocketstation.  The two middle modes marked "??????" have to be unlocked.

    FREE:  This is very simple it works just like arcade mode except you can 
who to challenge and at what level.  You can only play characters you've already 
Any new high scores you get will be saved. At the title screen use the YELLOW 
to scroll through which character you want as your own.

    DOWNLOAD:  Downloads game information to your pocketstation.  You also 
need to download your current save in order to get the most out of your 
This is done by inserting your pocketstation into the memory card slot and saving 
game (Just like when you save a normal game).

    ?????? (MARATHON MODE): Unlocked at the same time as Survival mode. Has 
three modes "Beginner", "Half" and "Full Run". In the grueling Marathon mode you 
must face 18 opponents in a row!  Also the controller, despite whatever setting 
might have pre-programmed, will become a 9 button controller.  This is tough but 
can unlock songs with it so good luck! If you loose once to any of your 18 
opponents you 
must start at the beginning again.

    ??????? (SURVIVAL MODE): This is unlocked after you collect all songs form 
arcade mode (including the hard to get "Lounge" number).  You have to fight a 
of opponents (10, I think) in a row.  You're gauge stays the same in-between 
levels. If it 
ever falls into the zero point zone you loose the game.

    EXIT: Return to main screen

    Here are all the songs I've collected (or heard about) so far. They're listed 
in the 
same order that they appear on the LOOK CHART on the pocketstation.
    Songs are listed by GENRE/ TITLE/ CHARACTER
NOTE: This section contains Japanese characters, mostly used in song titles.

1. ‚c‚h‚f‚h-‚q‚n‚b‚j / rose`-öl‚æåKåNF‚ɐõ‚Ü‚ê/ Timer
2. ‚h‚c‚n‚k ‚f‚h‚q‚k/ love fire/ Judy
3. HEAVY METAL / I'm on fire / Dami-yan
4. VISUAL / White Birds / Yuli
5. GIRLY / love is strong to the sky / Rie*chan
6. ENKA / ‚¨]ŒË‰Ôá / S.B. Taro
7. ANIME HERO R / Œõ‚Ì‹Gß / 
8. MASARA / ‚·‚Ä‚«‚ȃ^ƒu[ƒ‰ / Kali
9. POP RAP / Smile the Night Away / Kraft
10. EURO QUEEN / What I Want (Euro Mix) / Koko
11. NEO ACO / (fly higher than) the stars /Sugi*kun
12. MELLOW / Œõ‚Ì‹Gß /Sanae*chan
13. LOUNGE / Cherry & Requel /Reo*kun
14. J-R&B / Sayonara / tourmaline
15. J-POP / Life / Pretty
16. TECHNO 80' / Water Melon Woman / Pretty
17. FUSION / Crossover 12 / Pretty
18. AFRICA / Con te sabl 2119 / Pretty
19. CLASSIC / Chaos Age / Pretty
20. POPS / I really want to hurt you / Rie*chan
21. RAP / Young Dream / Kraft
22. LATIN / El Pais del sol / MZD
23. J-TEKNO / Quick Master / MZD
24. FANTASY / Monde des songe / Boy
25. TECHNO POP / Electronic Fill / MZD
26. DANCE / HI-Tekno / Judy
27. REGGAE / Baby, I'm yours / MZD
28. ANIME HERO / Theme from Gambler Z / Hiroshi Jingu
29. DISCO QUEEN / What I want / Koko
30. SPY / Spicy Piece / MZD
31. DISCO KING / Funky Town 75' / MZD
32. BONUS TRACK / ‚·‚ê‚¿‚ª‚¤‚Ql / Sanae*chan
33. RAVE / e-motion / Rave girl
34. SEXY GIRLS / -҂µ‚¢ lonliness /May Fa
35. CANDY POP / Give Me Your Pain/ Cindy
36. URBAN POP / Prism Heart / Mrs. Wilson
37. NEW FOLK / ‚Ü‚êƒvƒ"Iƒvƒ"I / Flower
38. CARIB / -킵‚¢ƒJ[ƒfƒBƒKƒ" / Olivia
39. CLASSIC 2 / R.C. / Hamanov
40. NEW WAVE / Don't Disturb / Sylvie
41. FUNNY / pulse / Boy
42. J-Garage Pop / miracle moon / Kelly 
43. CUTE / again my lovely day / Anzu
44. AKIBA / E.C.M. / Sholl Kee

     Some of the songs in the game are quite challenging to beat and others even 
Here's how you unlock those hard to get songs.

   "CUTE": Clear beginner mode. It'll be in normal mode.

   "NEW FOLK": Play the first level with any of the following characters..
     May Fa, Cindy, Boy, Silvie, Mrs. Wilson or Olivia.  Clear NEW WAVE and it 
     appear in the 2nd round.

   "SEXY GIRLS": In the first stage choose URBAN POP in stage two choose Euro-
    Queen or Disco-queen. It will be in stage three.

   "LOUNGE" This is really hard and where I was stuck in the game for a while. 
play "NEO ACO" in the 1st round scoring at least 80% "great". Choose any song in 
2nd round getting at lest 85% "Great".  It should be in the 3rd round.  This may 
very hard but don't worry. Once you've unlocked all other songs needed (including 
R&B) it should randomly appear in the 3rd stage. I'm not sure about this since I 
pretty drunk and had 6 or so friends over for an after bar Pop'n-Party one night, 
but this 
is how I unlocked the song.  Someone had unlocked the J R&B song then about ten 
minuets later this appeared.  Sorry if this info is all theory, though it worked 
for me.

   "J R&B" The first number in all three of you scores (Great, Good and Bad) must 
read all 3s,5s, or 7s in the first or second round. For example 34/30/3 is okay. 
Also 5/54/5 
is fine, etcc This is hard to get except by chance 

   "AKIBA" Clear beginner Marathon mode and it'll appear in normal mode.

   "J-Garage Pop"  I'm not as sure about this one since it's not in any book.  
After I got 
Akiba I played normal mode using May Fa. Here I beat Anzu (Cute) the first round 
Koko (Disco Queen) in the second. Kelly appeared in the third round.

     There are still a few songs I have yet to unlock (3 or 4 I think) If you 
how to 
get any I don't have listed please drop me an e-mail. Thanks!

     The only hint I can offer is not to panic when you see tons of pop-kuns 
way.  In my opinion VISIUAL is the hardest song to pass in the game. Like most 
songs the trick is to ignore the blocks that don't appear much and concentrate on 
ones that do.  Figure which 2 or 3 buttons have the most pop-kuns in them and 
concentrate on hitting these. Sure the little ones on the side will decrease your 
score a 
bit, but if you can get enough "Greats" this won't matter.  

    First go to the original mode and download the info to your pocketstation (4 
Next go to Save & Load and save the game (1 block).  Now you're ready to go!
     Press the enter button on your pocketstation twice to get to the options.  
Here use 
the left and right buttons to scroll through the options and the Enter to choose. 
following modes can be chosen.

1. COLLECT MUSIC: Shows how many songs you've collected. You'll see a star by the 
number once you've gotten all the songs.  Press enter to return to options screen.

2. LOOK CHART: Displays what Hi-scores you've gotten on given levels. Use left 
right buttons to scroll through the songs. Use up and down buttons to switch 
normal and beginner mode for a given song.  Press enter to return to main screen.

3. AUTO PLAY: If the is on the game will play itself in "Play" mode. Use 
buttons to toggle and enter to confirm/exit.

4. PLAY GAME: Munch like the real game except on your pocket station and much 
difficult unless you have child-sized fingers.  Below I've listed what buttons 
in sync 
with which lines. Press a given button as a block hits the line. At the end 
receive a 
little animation with Mimi and Nyami telling you how well you did. You're score 
pocketstation mode doesn't affect anything in the real game (i.e. doesn't unlock 
songs). Press and hold Enter till you're given a "continue/quit" choce to return 
main screen.
Left Button (farthest left line)
Up Button (2nd line from the left)
Down Button (Middle line)
Right Button (2nd line from the right)
Enter Button (farthest right line)

     First off thanks to Konami for making such a cool game! Pop'n Music is soooo 
much fun that it has become a tradition with my friends and I to play it after 
going out 
on the weekends.  Thanks to Donna, Tatsu-kun, Paul, Kimie, and Misato for helping 
me unlock songs at various Pop'n Parties.  Thanks to my kotatsu for keeping me 
while I was Pop'n.  Also to Umu-chan (The coolest chinchilla in Japan) simply for 
cute.  Thanks to Konami's home page, which had hints as how to get some of the 
And don't forget the swell kids at Gamefaq's for posting all the stuff I write. 

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