Video Game: Dance Dance Revolution
Dance Dance Revolution
"Everybody's waiting for you!"
(officially stylized as DanceDanceRevolution
, commonly abbreviated to "DDR", and previously called Dancing Stage
in Europe) is the premier series of Konami
line of music games.
Instead of a controller where you sit on your ass and mash buttons (Unless the home versions have any indication), in DDR
you stand on a panel with four arrows and follow the arrow that show up on the screen, by stepping on the matching arrows. Mind-numbingly easy on the lower levels, but insanely hard in the later ones. Kids seem to catch on better than adults for some reason, and a very
common sight in arcades is 20-somethings being put to shame by dextrous eight-year-olds.DDR
has spawned a variety of clones, including StepMania
, a DDR simulator that allows you to play with user-created stepfiles, and In The Groove
, an arcade game series by Roxor Games that caters to fans of Western electronic music as well as DDR veterans looking for a challenge
that got into serious trouble with Konami.
Compare Pump It Up
, Just Dance
, Dance Masters
Arcade DDR games
- DanceDanceRevolution (1998)
Received an update that adds Internet Ranking and introduces the Maniac difficulty.
- DanceDanceRevolution 2ndMIX (1999)
- DanceDanceRevolution 2ndMIX with beatmania IIDX CLUB VERSiON (1999)
A spinoff of 2ndMIX that features beatmania IIDX crossovers.
- DanceDanceRevolution 2ndMIX AND beatmania IIDX substream CLUB VERSiON 2 (1999)
An update to the above, which raises the maximum difficulty rating from 8 to 9.
- DanceDanceRevolution 3rdMIX (1999)
Notable for having four different versions: The Japanese version, a Korean version that introduces some K-Pop songs but strips out some songs from the Japanese version, a second Korean version that adds more Korean songs, and an Asia-region version that lacks both the songs exclusive to the Japanese version and the Korean songs.
- DanceDanceRevolution 3rdMIX PLUS (2000)
An Expansion Pack featuring some new songs.
- DanceDanceRevolution 4thMIX (2000)
- DanceDanceRevolution 4thMIX PLUS (2000)
- DanceDanceRevolution 5thMIX (2001)
First mainline DDR game to run at 60 frames per second.
- DDRMAX -DanceDanceRevolution 6thMIX- (2001)
First DDR game to have boss songs thar are (initially) only available on Extra stage.
- DDRMAX2 -DanceDanceRevolution 7thMIX- (2002)
- DanceDanceRevolution EXTREME (2002)
- DanceDanceRevolution SuperNOVA (2006)
- DanceDanceRevolution SuperNOVA2 (2007/2008)
- DanceDanceRevolution X (2008/2009)
- DanceDanceRevolution X2 (2010/2011)
- DanceDanceRevolution X3 VS 2ndMIX (2012)
Features an HD remake of 2ndMix.
- DanceDanceRevolution (2013)
The final hardware upgrade for the arcade DDR series, with future installments being pushed through online updates.
- DanceDanceRevolution (2014)
An update to the above, featuring some interface tweaks and a new UI design.
has two rating scales: the classic 1-10 scale, and the current 1-20 scalenote
used from DanceDanceRevolution X
onwards. When using difficulty ratings, please specify which scale you're using if the context doesn't make it clear.
These tropes are gonna be off the hook!
- Title Drop:
- DDR Extreme's One More Extra Stage song is titled "Dance Dance Revolution". Some Konami original songs, such as AM-3P and "Brilliant 2U" sneak the letters "DDR" into the vocals. B4U has "D-D-R!" in the chorus outright. "Super Star" even starts out with the lead vocalist singing "DDR Bass!"
- "GOLD RUSH" already had a blatant title-drop for the specific version of the IIDX game it came from, but one of two additional versions of it that randomly show up on X2 change the breakdown in the middle of the song to name off either arcade DDR games or home DDR games in Japan.
- "D2R" has a clever way of doing this. The "D2" part is "Dance Dance", the "R" is obviously "Revolution." Therefore, Dance Dance Revolution.
- Truck Driver's Gear Change: "Can't Stop Fallin' in Love", "Flowers", etc. For boss songs, "Pluto".
- Tutorial Failure: The beginner helper in DDR Extreme, where the dancing character always return his/her feet to the center panel which any player should not ever do.
- Uncommon Time: Numerous examples.
- Holic cycles between 7/8, 7/4, and 4/4.
- PARANOiA ETERNAL is 7/8 for most of the song but 3/4 at the end.
- GO! (Mahalo Mix) uses 5/4.
- Right from pop'n, the song ZETA ~素数の世界と超越者~ cycles its signature time between 3/4, 4/4, and 5/4. It's IDM anyway.
- There are other songs that are 7/8, 3/4, or some other random uncommon time the whole time.
- Unlockable Content
- Up to Eleven:
- Challenge steps for songs that were already ranked level 10 on the Expert (Heavy) difficulty. "PARANOiA Survivor MAX" and "Fascination MaxX" come to mind. (It doesn't help that the ten ranking is flashing on both Heavy AND Challenge for the former, meaning that the song is not to be messed with.)
- Starting with DDR X and Hottest Party 5, the difficulty ratings were re-scaled to be out of 20 instead. Most of the "flashing" 10's from before X got assigned ratings around the 16-18 range.
- "DEAD END (Groove Radar Special)" comes to mind. It's almost as if the chart author made it as a means to challenge the people who play this game. It is also regarded as the worst chart of all time.
- POSSESSiON on Challenge. One of the hardest 18s.
- Valkyrie dimension on Challenge (19).
- Not to be outdone, X3 vs. 2nd Mix has PARANOiA Revolution ... on Challenge. It's also a 19. That should tell you something.
- Video Game Lives
- : Challenge mode. You have four lives and lose one for every Good, Almost, Boo and NG. One More Extra Stages reduce you to one life.
- SuperNOVA 2 and later changed the Extra Stage life bar mechanics from no recovering on perfect hits to the health bar system on Challenge mode. The amount of misses you can make depends on your score. This means the Extra Stages can now become One Hit Point Wonders as well. Changed in X, which gave you one more life than SuperNOVA 2. And changed again in X2. Extra Stage since then always gives you 4 lives.
- DDR X3 VS 2ndMIX kicks it up a notch with the last Encore Extra Stage, LOVE IS THE POWER -Re:born-. It's a 10, while in general, Encore Extra Stage songs are 16s and above. The twist is that getting just one GREAT will cause you to lose your only life, failing you out.
- Video Game Remake: As indicated by its title, DDR X3 vs. 2nd Mix features "2nd Mix Mode", a re-creation of 2nd Mix with HD graphics and most of the songs intact. This came partly to celebrate the 15-year anniversary of the DanceMania album series; EMI Japan also put out a re-release of the soundtrack of 2nd Mix as a tie-in.
- Virtual Paper Doll
- Wake-Up Call Boss: The Paranoia series on Basic difficulty.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair:
- Rena and U1 (comes in blue or purple!), Root's abnormally orange hair, jun who's hair can come in pink. There's also Bridget with her multi-tone hair, and Ceja as well. Those are all characters who appeared in Hottest Party. Emi and Alice from the arcade DDR games also qualify.
- Charmy had green hair spiked at the side.
I'll be waitin' for you to try again!