Beatmania III is the first game in the Beatmania III series of music video games from Konami. Gameplay is essentially the same as in the Beatmania series, but with a few enhancements to the hardware.
The Beatmania III cabinet features a total of 10 speakers. There are four mid-range speakers stacked vertically on either side of the screen, and two subwoofers located on the front of the machine. Beatmania III also has an extensive panel for using a number of different effectors, rather than a single "effector" button as seen in the Beatmania series. Available effectors vary widely, including Echo, Low Pass, High Pass, Flanger, Phaser, Volume Bass, Lo-Fi, and several others.
Another change between the original Beatmania and games in the Beatmania III series is that Beatmania III adds a foot pedal for each player. In normal play, this enables or disables different sound-altering effectors.