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English site: http://maimai.sega.jp/green/en/index.shtml Released in mid-2012, maimai PLUS (or just “maimai”) is a touch-screen-based rhythm game developed by Sega, kind of like DanceDanceRevolution for your hands. Colored circles ripple out from the center of the screen in different speeds and combinations, depending on the level and the song, and you have to either push buttons or touch the screen in matching rhythm as the rings cross a large circle on the screen to score points Gameplay is pretty simple. There are 3 kind of “rings”: pink circles, yellow circles, and blue stars. Pink circles appear individually, so you tap the button one at a time. Yellow circles appear in pairs, so you have to use two hands to push two buttons together at the same time (or do it fancy one-handed on the touch screen if you have a large hand-span). Sometimes the circles turn into long ovals, and that means you have to hold down the button a few beats, instead of just tapping quickly, until the oval disappears. Blue stars can appear individually or in pairs, and after you push the button, a dotted line appears across the screen and you have to swipe across the screen with your hand along the line, at the same speed as blue star, which will also be moving down the line. It’s a little difficult to describe how to play using only words. Just watch a person play once, though, (or search on YouTube) and you’ll figure it out immediately. There is also a tutorial mode on the machine for new players. Some players, prefer to use only the buttons and just touch the screen to swipe down the blue-star-line. Some people play entirely on the touchscreen. There are dotted points around the screen that you can touch instead of pushing buttons. I’ve found that there are pros and cons to either method. Using only the touchscreen allows greater versatility (e.g., the one-handed yellow-ring move I mentioned before) and speed when playing, but it’s often hard to get good accuracy when you want to aim for a “perfect” sync as the rings cross the line. Using buttons is more accurate since you have a larger target to push, and you get the personal satisfaction of slapping buttons, but it’s harder to do trick moves and really challenging on the fast and difficult songs. So take your pick! I’ve seen players at all levels use either method. There are dozens of songs to choose from, most of which are quite new and popular. These songs are divided into multiple kinds of Categories to choose from: POPS and Anime Niconico and Vocaloid Touhou Project SEGA Game and Variety Original and Joyopolis NEW songs can be found here: http://maimai.sega.jp/song/ The most interesting ones for me is the SEGA category and the gaming song, not only is it home to many SEGA songs, like Rhythm Thief, Fantasy Zone, Jacky’s Theme, Sega Saturn Startup Sound Remix, etc. But it also is home to Sonic songs In Maimai Green Version, there are 3: 1. City Escape: Act 1 2. Rooftop Run: Act 1 3. Reach For The Stars Since the Maimai Green Plus Update, 1 songs are added to the list 1. Windy Hill Zone 1 And added after maimai Orange 1. Back 2 Back (Modern) 2. Live and Learn An interesting little tidbit, on the options (for the Orange version beyond), you can set the speed of the rings that are coming, it goes from 1 to 10, but it could also go above 10, called Sonic speed, it’s pretty much a memory game where you have to know where the rings will be, and it won’t give you a chance to see it. So, what do you guys think, look fun? looks lame?