Perhaps the earliest Konami acknowledgement of Pop’n Music in the United States – 2001’s Krazy Racers for the Game Boy Advance (part of Konami’s long-running Wai Wai lineage in Japan) – is now available as a Virtual Console download for the Nintendo Wii U.
Krazy Racers is, expectedly, a kart racing game similar to Mario Kart, with its own unique touch. For Bemani fans, though, Nyami is one of the default selectable characters and two of the game’s tracks take place on “Poppin’ Beach,” a generic beach-like tracks that feature background billboards sporting additional Pop’n Music cameos.
Players who dive through the game will catch a couple of other nods to Pop’n Music, plus an additional unlockable character that hails from the series. Many of the other characters in Krazy Racers have eventually had crossover cameos in Pop’n Music songs as well.
If you are a fan of the Super Nintendo/Game Boy Advance Mario Kart entries, Krazy Racers is fairly similar, and holds up as a solid title in the genre. On the Wii U Virtual Console, Konami Krazy Racers can be downloaded for $6.99.