- Cheese Strategy: Despite the game being a lot more freeform on your you hit the notes in the game, you can literally cheat most notes in unconventional means. Some players have used a swiffer or mop to hit all the arrows. Some also bring 2 or more friends to just mash.
- Fan Nickname: Due to the game's similarities with Chunithm (namely in that you block infrared sensors to hit notes that scroll in a "hallway" perspective), some refer to the game as "Shoenithm". Videos exist of some players actually playing the game with their hands.
- Memetic Mutation:
- First news (and "footage") of the game as Stepstar came around the same time that Nintendo had released an extended preview of Splatoon 2, whose lobby features a dance game with an eerily similar cabinet.
- Jokes about the game needing a bar sprang up after "Set me free" became a new extra stage, noting its unusually technical chart.
- Scrappy Mechanic: The game notably only allows two stages per credit at most, and this cannot be changed even in the operator settings. There is a mode, Standard mode, that allows earning an additional stage, but it requires PASELI, which is Japan-exclusive, leaving American players stuck with two stages. Oh, and as salt in the wound, some unlocks require Extra Stage, and thus are impossible to earn in the US. As extra salt in the wound, Standard mode is available in non-Japan Asia versions, simply costing twice as many credits as Light mode (much like how extra-charge modes in non-Japan Asian versions of Konami games simply ask for more credits instead of using PASELI); while it's more expensive relative to Light mode compared to playing in Japan, at least the option exists to begin with.
- Spiritual Adaptation: It's Chunithm WITH YOUR FEET!
- That One Level:
- The finale to Spark Festival 2019, ''Set Me Free'' by kors k and L.E.D., should absolutely count as physical torture. (On the bright side, it's torture with an absolute bop playing in the background.) Incredibly wide T-step patterns, slide patterns unique to the stage (thus far) that are borderline impossible to perform without preparation, repeated jumps on 8th notes, and a Running Man pattern you have to switch direction on every 4th. Also, if you wanted to unlock it without using stars (200 stars, 100 with missions), you had to clear the entire thing in less than 3 misses. One over, and you're kicked out for good, and forced to use stars.
- Spark Festival 2021 managed to outdo "Set Me Free" with "Let Me See Your Dance" by kors k and SYUNN. Currently holding the record for most notes in the game at 613, it boasts most of the same patterns as "Set Me Free" (like the switching Running Man pattern) as well as other unique tap and slide patterns that are very difficult to execute. Like "Set Me Free", it's a song that requires you to be prepared for it, especially if you're trying to unlock it without using stars.
YMMV / Dance Rush