bm.jpg Most people have been shouting about Oblivion and Kingdom Hearts II recently, but a game sneaked out to U.S. retail this week that we have to point to - the U.S. debut of Beatmania, after a host of Japanese arcade titles, PlayStation and PlayStation 2 versions, and even a European version for the original PS1 Beatmania.

Now, it's pretty clear that the press aren't too impressed, with a distinctly disdainful GameSpot giving the title just 5.6 out of 10 ("Song list is wanting; controller doesn't make you feel like a dj; not worth the added cost"), and even the fans are mad.

But if you live near a Fry's Electronics, they have the bundle, including gorgeous controller, for $54.99, and honestly - if you haven't had a chance to play the Japanese PS2 versions of the Beatmania titles, prefer electronic to guitar freakishness and can get past some of the quirky J-cheese on the soundtrack, this is still seriously good fun. Plus, we're pretty sure the game will be difficult to get hold of soon in the controller bundle version, since it probably shipped in limited numbers.

[And if you really can't stand the U.S. version, get it anyhow for the controller, and go see Play-Asia, which has beatmania IIDX 9th Style for $39.99 on import, so there.]