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Let Me Tell You About MaiMai GreeN

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Since my last post about MaiMai PLUS, Sega has released an updated version called MaiMai GreeN! (Yes, the N is capitalized). While the gameplay and machines are still the same, there have been some changes to the experience. Some of them I love, some not as much, and I thought I’d share my thoughts on them here.

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Yes, the machines are “GreeN” now too.

I explained all the basic elements of gameplay (slap buttons or tap a screen to match colored rings appearing in beat with a song) and using the personal Aime card in my original post, so if you’re new to the game, please read my write-up there.

NOTE: When I first tried to use my Aime card on a MaiMai GreeN machine, an alert popped up saying once you configure your card to the new machines and import your player data, you cannot go back to using the Aime card on a MaiMai PLUS machine. I imagine most, if not all, of the arcades in Asia with Aime-compatible MaiMai PLUS machines have already upgraded to GreeN by now, so it shouldn’t be an issue for players, but just  something to be aware of.

There are 3 major changes in MaiMai GreeN from MaiMai PLUS:

1) New songs, plus sorting 

I am SO happy with the songs out on MaiMai GreeN. They still have all of the old songs and your scores for them are saved if you have Aime. Meanwhile, they’ve added excellent hits such as L’Arc~en~ciel’s “Ready Steady Go!“, Exile’s “Choo Choo Train“, Asian Kung-Fu Generation’s “Rewrite“, and Flow’s “Go!!!“. All you FMA and Naruto theme song fans can rejoice! There are also some relatively new songs to enjoy. One of my current favorites is a quirky song by the Japanese girl group Momoiro Clover Z, “Saraba, Itoshiki Kanashimitachi yo” or “Farewell, My Dear Sorrows”. Whoever programmed the game’s ring sequences is also a genius, because this song is SUPER fun to play.  Here’s the music video, viewable in-game:

A new feature of the game allows you to sort the songs by popularity ranking and this one always ranks high. You can also sort by difficulty level when you only want to play Master level 11 songs, ha.

*All songs are listed on the Sega MaiMai GreeN site here.*

2) Maimile points

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On MaiMai GreeN, you can now earn “maimiles” to “buy” things in the game, such as new songs and icons/nameplates/wallpapers for the screen above your head while playing.  The game just throws a bunch of points at you at the beginning of each game, and you can get more points by scoring high or getting certain achievements.  I like that you can earn points to buy new songs, but I’m not too sure about shelling out points just to dress up your profile screen.  Some of them are quite “expensive” too, costing thousands of maimiles! I’d rather save them up for songs I can play. The menu to choose from isn’t bad either.

3) No more classic leveling-up

This might be the biggest change, in my opinion. In the past, as long as you kept playing and playing, you could level up, all the way past level 100. I’m not sure what the maximum level anybody reached was, but it seemed like you could only go up. In MaiMai GreeN, your ranking can now go up OR DOWN depending on how well you play. When I switched my player data over to GreeN, I vaguely remember it converted my 110+ ranking into a 5 or 6, and as I kept clearing/mastering new songs the ranking quickly went up in increments ranging from 0.01 to 0.1 all the way to 10.

Above 10, however, it becomes more and more difficult to level up. I’ve been playing for a few weeks and am currently stuck hovering around 10.42. If I happen to play worse on a song than my all-time high score, the ranking can drop. It’s a bit frustrating, actually, but I guess the game discourages grinding to level up.  I haven’t figured out the exact science of the plus and minus, but in short, you can’t slack off!  So far, a number of more advanced players in Hong Kong are somewhere around 11.xx.  I haven’t personally seen anyone break 12 yet, but perhaps it’s possible (Update: Seen it! Yeah, I lost that round of VS Play, ha). Anyway, I’m not sure how I feel about this new feature because even though it gently pressures you to keep improving, it’s really discouraging to see the ranking drop when you’re not in top form that day and just want to play a few rounds for fun. This system is definitely catering to more competitive players.

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That’s about all it for the major changes.  Overall, I still think MaiMai is a great game and continue to play the new version often. I’m also very happy to have now tried it out in seven Asian cities (Tokyo, Osaka, Hong Kong, Singapore, Manila, Taipei, and Bangkok). It’s been really enjoyable to see the different songs that are popular among players in each location, as well as their enthusiasm for the game.  Although I missed out on this, it looks like Sega held MaiMai tournaments in various cities, and some players are now sporting MaiMai-branded gaming gloves in the arcades.  So cool!  I’ll just have to be satisfied with my plain black ones in the meantime. To any players reading, DEFINITELY get a pair of gloves. It will save your hands and improve your game a lot. Just a simple pair from a costume shop will do. They don’t have to be special capacitative ones.

And to the powers that be at Sega, PLEASE bring this game to North America. I would be ever so grateful if you plopped a MaiMai GreeN machine in say…New York City. I’ll be there soon and would love to play it!

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22 thoughts on “Let Me Tell You About MaiMai GreeN

  1. 12 is totally possible, there’s already quite a handful of players in Singapore with ratings above 12.

  2. I’ve got those gloves! They had a tinytiny event in Manila and they gave away 15 (pairs). My friend and I went really early and we managed to get a pair.

    Unfortunately, the two machines I know of here are still MaiMai PLUS and STILL don’t have Aime support (I already have a card – got one from Japan a couple of months ago, which of course isn’t activated /sobs)

    Thanks for the info! I didn’t really understand how the point system worked. Seeing all the new songs makes me so jealous :(

    • That’s great you were able to get a pair! If the arcades in Manila don’t get Aime soon (but I hope they do!), maybe you can visit Hong Kong to play someday. A shorter and cheaper flight compared to Japan!

      • We got GreeN, finally! So happy. They didn’t put all the songs in (I really wanted Bad Apple, it looks so fun)
        Still no Aime, but Sega unlocked all the master tracks for us so we don’t have to play the songs twice. Really nice of them :> but I still wish I could earn Maimiles.

        I’ve been trying to convince my dad to let me go to Hong Kong or Singapore for a few days to play, but he won’t accept shopping and maimai as a legitimate reason to go. Hehe.

  3. I WANT TO TRY WITH THE AIME CAAAAARD. XD ALL THOSE ALL PERFECTS AND 100% SYNC. </3 too bad we don't have it in Manila yet. -_-

  4. Hi! I’m in Hong Kong right now, and I was wondering where maimai Green can be located? I was thinking of going to Diamond Hill, but I’m not sure if they have the update.. And since I finally got myself an AIME card, I wanted to use it on a Green machine hehe!

  5. hi!
    thanks for the info with regards to Maimai. I’m just a beginner in playing this game in Manila. I was dragged by this machine when I have seen the bad apple song, but upon reading this, I felt a bit sad since aime cards isn’t acceptable in arcade centers here. But anyway, thanks for the big info! I hope I could play it when I went to Japan , Singapore or Hong kong someday!

  6. Just read your blog and it is great and really helpful :)

    Unfortunately the ones in Jakarta are still Plus version and they don’t even have Aime slot. Sometimes it is so frustrating to play the song twice just to play the master level because they aren’t unlocked.

    Hopefully we would get the GreeN ones asap with Aime card because I really want to try the new songs

  7. Awww no aime support :( (filipino player here)

    Let’s just hope that Timezone gets to support this game. I’m pretty sure it wil get aime support once this happens (well Technika and a lot of other games had internet + card access)

  8. Hi! This may be a long shot but do you happen to remember which arcade in hong kong you played maimai in? I’m headed off to hong kong in a week and I’d love to find a machine. I first played it in Tokyo and just fell in love with the game, but I have not been able to find one in my own country.

  9. I played the MaiMai Green arcade here in Australia, the only one in Perth at Timezone.

    But due to the fact that the network was down yesterday, I wasn’t having much fun playing this and lacks some of my favourite songs to play (mostly Kyary Pamyu Pamyu and AKB048 and the theme song of Madoka Magica).

    I only wished though that one day MaiMai here would get the Aime cards and such.

  10. Hello, is this even possible to buy MaiMai mashine just for yourself?

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