Dance Dance Revolution 3rdMix

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Dance Dance Revolution 3rdMix
Dance Dance Revolution 3rdMix PlayStation cover art.png
PlayStation cover art
Developer(s) Konami
Publisher(s) Konami
Distributor(s) Konami
Series Dance Dance Revolution
Bemani
Engine 3rdMix, 3rdMix PlayStation
Platform(s) Arcade, PlayStation
Release date(s) Arcade
  • JP/AS October 30, 1999
  • KR March 2000
PlayStation
  • JP June 1, 2000
  • JP June 21, 2000 (Plus)
Genre(s) Music, Exercise
Mode(s) Single-player, Multiplayer
Distribution CD-ROM
Cabinet Custom
Arcade system Bemani System 573 Digital
CPU R3000A 32 bit RISC processor
Sound PlayStation SPU
Display 29" CRT (Raster, 256x224 & 740x480)

Dance Dance Revolution 3rdMix (ダンスダンスレボリューションサードミックス Dansu Dansu Reboryūshon SādoMikkusu?), sometimes abbreviated as 3rdMix (サードミックス SādoMikkusu?), is the 3rd game in the Dance Dance Revolution series of music video games. It was released in the arcades by Konami on October 30, 1999. Although only officially released in Japan, units exist worldwide. It has a total of 68 songs, 35 of which were new to Dance Dance Revolution.

Gameplay[edit]

3rd Mix also introduced other changes to the gameplay UI, including an updated lifebar, and on-screen lyrics.

The core gameplay of 3rdMix is the same as the previous Dance Dance Revolution games. 3rdMix featured a brand new scoring system, instead of being heavily combo-based like the last two mixes, combos are of virtually no importance. The maximum score for each song is 10,000,000 (all Perfects). Perfects are worth twice as many points as Greats, and steps toward the end are worth progressively higher points than steps toward the beginning. In nonstop mode, a 2x, 3x and 4x multiplier apply to the 2nd, 3rd and 4th songs respectively, making a perfect nonstop worth 100,000,000 points.

3rdMix was also the first version of DDR where different beats (compared to a 4-beat register) alternate different colors, making 1/4, 1/8, 1/12 and 1/16 steps look different and making it easier for the player to recognize changing rhythms. This color scheme is called "vivid" mode, whereby the old scheme of all arrows being the same color is henceforth referred to as "flat" mode. Flat appears as an option and modifier in later versions of DDR.

This release marked the first time lyrics were displayed during gameplay for every song. This can be turned on or off by the arcade operator. This feature was later dropped from future arcade mixes, although some home versions contain this as an option, and most European Dancing Stage versions contain this on by default.

3rdMix also allowed to choose characters, and while their purpose is for the most part aesthetical, the chosen character affects which beatmania remix song can be played at one playthorugh.

Link data[edit]

Some machines have the ports to insert PlayStation memory cards. Such memory cards have to be PlayStation memory cards with Link Data from the home version of 3rdMix. It can exchange data with 3rdMix or 2ndMix. It can also use Edit Data, custom steps made on the home version.[1]

Modes[edit]

The player can choose which mode they want to play after putting in their coins, but before pressing Start.

Dance Dance Revolution 3rdMix This is the default mode. In this mode, the 35 new songs are all available in addition to three carry-overs from 2ndMix, for a total of 38. When selecting difficulty, only Basic and Another are available. Nonstop Mode is a new feature available in 3rdMix mode, selectable when selecting single or double play. It allows the player to play one of several set courses without stopping. The only times that it stops is after each song and the new song's name appear.

Dance Dance Revolution 2ndMix By pressing the yellow arrows in the pattern (Left, Left, Right, Right) before pressing start, the player enters 2ndMix mode. In this mode, Nonstop is not available, but the can select all the songs available in 2ndMix. All three difficulties—Basic, Another and Maniac—are available. Unlike SSR, "vivid" mode is on by default in 2ndMix mode.

Step Step Revolution By pressing the yellow arrows in the pattern (Left, Left, Left, Right, Right, Right, Left, Right) before pressing start, the player enters SSR mode. This mode is identical to 3rdMix, but only Maniac (SSR) difficulty is available. For the first time, the Maniac (SSR) difficulty for Double-Play is available (previous versions only has Basic and Another available for Double). "Vivid" mode is turned off by default, although it can be turned on with a code.

Dance Dance Revolution 3rdReMix (available only in the home version) Using the 2ndMix code after unlocking SSR mode will unlock ReMix mode. In this mode, more characters and more songs are selectable, and all three difficulties (Basic, Another, and SSR) are selectable. You also have the option to exit or continue after each stage.(acts like a Event Mode)

Regional and alternate versions[edit]

Different versions based on 3rdMix were also made for specific regions in Asia, Europe, and North America.

Asia[edit]

A version of Dance Dance Revolution 3rdMix was released elsewhere in the Orient, except for South Korea. It is missing a few songs, and has a bug when trying to enter the step code for the Shuffle modification.[2]

Korea[edit]

Two versions of Dance Dance Revolution 3rdMix were released in South Korea in March 2000. It is exactly like the original version of 3rd Mix, except that it fixes the Shuffle bug and adds seven Korean pop songs and one from the original to 3rdMix and SSR modes.[3] An update to this version, Dance Dance Revolution 3rdMix verKorea2 was also released in South Korea in March 2000, adding 9 more K-Pop songs. The songs missing in the Asian version is still absent in this game, however. The exclusive songs from the first Korean version would be added to the Japanese version with the 3rdMix Plus update.[4]

3rdMix Plus[edit]

Dance Dance Revolution 3rdMix Plus (ダンスダンスレボリューションサードミックスプラス Dansu Dansu Reboryūshon SādoMikkusu Purasu?) is a re-issue of 3rdMix released on June 21, 2000. It does away with SSR mode and allows the player to select Maniac difficulty in 3rdMix mode. It also adds 23 songs: 14 brand-new songs, the seven new songs added to verKorea1, and two more carryovers from 2ndMix. With few songs from DDR Solo 2000.[5]

Home version[edit]

The home version of Dance Dance Revolution 3rdMix was released in Japan on June 1, 2000, for the Sony PlayStation video game console. It contained 60 songs, 25 of which were hidden and unlockable, including most of the new songs from 3rdMix and several selections from 2ndMix and other new songs that would later appear in 3rdMix Plus, including two preview bonus songs from 4thMix "Bumble Bee" and "Gimme Gimme Gimme", which in this version can only be played in Basic difficulty. It does not contain any Korean pop songs.

The home version has the ability to Disc Change to 1st, 2ndReMix and Append Club Version. It also allows to unlock features in previous mixes such as the Nonstop Ranking. The interface is still the same as the one used in 3rdMix but the background effects are disabled except for the Append Club Version, which retains the 2nd Mix interface.[6][7][8]

"Xanadu", "Follow the Sun (90 in the Shade Mix)", and "It Only Takes a Minute (Extended Mix)" did not appear on the 3rdMix home versions. These songs are featured in the Home Version of Dance Dance Revolution 4thMix.

Music[edit]

3rdMix[edit]

This is the complete list of new songs of Dance Dance Revolution 3rdMix. Three songs from Dance Dance Revolution 2ndMix (that only playable on STEP BATTLE) are now given full set of stepcharts here. Note that this list is for 3rdMix and SSR mode, the songs from previous versions are on 2ndMix mode.[9][10][11][12]

Song Artist Note
New Dancemania License (24 total)
"BOOM BOOM DOLLAR (K.O.G G3 MIX)" King Kong & D. Jungle Girls from Dancemania SPEED 3
"BUTTERFLY (UPSWING MIX)" SMiLE.dk from Dancemania SPEED 2
"CAPTAIN JACK (GRANDALE REMIX)" CAPTAIN JACK from Dancemania SPEED 3
"DAM DARIRAM" JOGA from Dancemania X3
"DO IT ALL NIGHT" E-ROTIC from Dancemania X4
"FLASHDANCE (WHAT A FEELING)" MAGIKA from Dancemania SPEED 3
"FOLLOW THE SUN ('90 IN THE SHADE MIX)" TRIPLE J from Dancemania SPEED 2
"GET UP AND DANCE" FREEDOM from Dancemania Club Classics
"GET UP (BEFORE THE NIGHT IS OVER)" TECHNOTRONIC feat. YA KID K from Dancemania Super Classics 2
"HOLIDAY" WHO'S THAT GIRL! from ZIPmania II
"IF YOU CAN SAY GOODBYE" KATE PROJECT from Dancemania X2
"IN THE NAVY '99 (XXL Disaster Remix)" CAPTAIN JACK from Dancemania X3
appeared on Dance Dance Revolution 2ndRemix (PS) as preview
"IT ONLY TAKES A MINUTE (Extended Remix)" TAVARES from Dancemania Super Classics 1
"MR. WONDERFUL" SMiLE.dk from Dancemania X2
"OH NICK PLEASE NOT SO QUICK" E-ROTIC from Dancemania X2
"OPERATOR" PAPAYA from Dancemania X3
"ROCK BEAT" LOUD FORCE from Dancemania X4
"SO MANY MEN" ME & MY from ZIPmania II
"THE RACE" CAPTAIN JACK from Dancemania X4
appeared on Dance Dance Revolution 2ndRemix (PS) as preview
"TURN ME ON (HEAVENLY MIX)" E-ROTIC from Dancemania SPEED 2
"UPSIDE DOWN" COO COO from Dancemania Super Classics 1
"VOL. 4" RAVERS CHOICE from Dancemania SPEED 2
"WONDELAND (UKS MIX)" X-TREME from Dancemania SUMMERS 2
"XANADU" THE OLIVIA PROJECT from Dancemania EXTRA
New Konami Original (11 total)
"AFRONOVA" RE-VENGE New Konami Original
"DEAD END" N&S New Konami Original
"DYNAMITE RAVE" NAOKI New Konami Original
"END OF THE CENTURY" NO. 9 New Konami Original
Based on Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 in D minor, Op. 125 "Ode to Joy"
"gentle stress (AMD SEXUAL MIX)" MR. DOG feat. DJ SWAN New Konami Original
remix of the original song from Beatmania IIDX Substream
"GRADIUSIC CYBER ~AMD G5 MIX~" BIG-O feat. TAKA New Konami Original
remix of the original song from Dance Dance Revolution 2ndMix Club Version 2
"Jam Jam Reggae (AMD SWING MIX)" RICE. C feat. jam master '73 New Konami Original
remix of the original song from Beatmania
"La Senorita" CAPTAIN. T New Konami Original
"LUV TO ME (AMD MIX)" DJ KAZU feat. tiger YAMATO New Konami Original
remix of the original song from Beatmania IIDX
"PARANOiA Rebirth" 190' New Konami Original
"Silent Hill" THOMAS HOWARD New Konami Original
From Previous versions (3 total)
"20, NOVEMBER (DDR VERSION)" N.M.R. feat. DJ nagureo from Dance Dance Revolution 2ndMix as STEP BATTLE only
remix of the original song from Beatmania
"KEEP ON MOVIN'" N.M.R. from Dance Dance Revolution 2ndMix as STEP BATTLE only
"LET THEM MOVE" N.M.R. from Dance Dance Revolution 2ndMix as STEP BATTLE only

3rdMix Plus[edit]

DDR 3rdMix Plus kept the entire song list from the original (with the exception of STRICTLY BUSINESS on 2ndMix mode) and introduced 17 new ones. Some of the licenses are from DDR 3rdMix Korea Ver.1, while the Konami Originals are taken from the home version of DDR 3rdMix and DDR 2ndMix. The song list from the original version are moved to "3rdMix mode" (which replace SSR mode) and the default mode is "3rdMix Plus" (this list).

Song Artist Note
New Licenses (10 total)
"BA KKWO" LEE JUNG HYUN from Dance Dance Revolution 3rdMix Korea Ver.1
"BU DAM" BAEK JI YOUNG from Dance Dance Revolution 3rdMix Korea Ver.1
"BUMBLE BEE" bambee from ZIPmania III
appeared on Dance Dance Revolution 3rdMix (PS) as preview
"BYUL" TEAM from Dance Dance Revolution 3rdMix Korea Ver.1
"FACE" N.R.G. from Dance Dance Revolution 3rdMix Korea Ver.1
"GIMME GIMME GIMME" E-ROTIC from Dancemania X5
appeared on Dance Dance Revolution 3rdMix (PS) as preview
"HERO (KCP DISCOTIQUE MIX)" PAPAYA from Dancemania BASS#6
"SUNG SUK" SPACE A from Dance Dance Revolution 3rdMix Korea Ver.1
"TELL ME TELL ME" S#ARP from Dance Dance Revolution 3rdMix Korea Ver.1
"WA" LEE JUNG HYUN from Dance Dance Revolution 3rdMix Korea Ver.1
From Home Version (7 total)
"AFTER THE GAME OF LOVE" NPD3 from Dance Dance Revolution 3rdMix (PS)
"CUTIE CHASER" CLUB SPICE from Dance Dance Revolution 3rdMix (PS)
"DROP THE BOMB" Scotty D. from Dance Dance Revolution 3rdMix (PS)
"La Señorita Virtual" 2MB from Dance Dance Revolution 3rdMix (PS)
Ending song for this game
"LOVE THIS FEELIN'" CHANG MA from Dance Dance Revolution 2ndRemix (PS)
"think ya better D" sAmi from Dance Dance Revolution 2ndRemix (PS)
Ending song of Dance Dance Revolution
"TRIP MACHINE ~luv mix~" 2MB from Dance Dance Revolution 2ndRemix (PS)
Removed Songs (1 Total)
"STRICTLY BUSINESS" Mantronik vs EPMD from Dancemania WINTERS

Home Version[edit]

The console version has most of new songs from the original arcade version. It is missing the 3 dancemania licensed songs (FOLLOW THE SUN (90 IN THE SHADE MIX), IT ONLY TAKES A MINUTE (Extended Remix), and XANADU) in this game. These songs are featured in the Home Version of Dance Dance Revolution 4th Mix. Unlockable songs 4 from Dance Dance Revolution, 10 from Dance Dance Revolution 2nd Mix, 4 brand new console-konami original in DDR 3rd ReMix mode. and 2 preview songs from Dance Dance Revolution 4th Mix in bonus track.

Song Artist Note
Dancemania License (21 total)
"BOOM BOOM DOLLAR (K.O.G G3 MIX)" King Kong & D. Jungle Girls from Dancemania SPEED 3
"BUTTERFLY (UPSWING MIX)" SMiLE.dk from Dancemania SPEED 2
"CAPTAIN JACK (GRANDALE REMIX)" CAPTAIN JACK from Dancemania X3
"DAM DARIRAM" JOGA from Dancemania X3
"DO IT ALL NIGHT" E-ROTIC from Dancemania X4
"FLASHDANCE (WHAT A FEELING)" MAGIKA from Dancemania SPEED 3
"GET UP AND DANCE" FREEDOM from Dancemania Club Classics
"GET UP (BEFORE THE NIGHT IS OVER)" TECHNOTRONIC feat. YA KID K from Dancemania Super Classics 2
"HOLIDAY" WHO'S THAT GIRL! from ZIPmania II
"IF YOU CAN SAY GOODBYE" KATE PROJECT from Dancemania X2
"IN THE NAVY '99 (XXL Disaster Remix)" CAPTAIN JACK from Dancemania X3
appeared on Dance Dance Revolution 2ndRemix (PS) as preview
"MR. WONDERFUL" SMiLE.dk from Dancemania X2
"OH NICK PLEASE NOT SO QUICK" E-ROTIC from Dancemania X2
"OPERATOR" PAPAYA from Dancemania X3
"ROCK BEAT" LOUD FORCE from Dancemania X4
"SO MANY MEN" ME & MY from ZIPmania II
"THE RACE" CAPTAIN JACK from Dancemania X4
appeared on Dance Dance Revolution 2ndRemix (PS) as preview
"TURN ME ON (HEAVENLY MIX)" E-ROTIC from Dancemania SPEED 2
"UPSIDE DOWN" COO COO from Dancemania Super Classics 1
"VOL. 4" RAVERS CHOICE from Dancemania SPEED 2
"WONDERLAND (UKS MIX)" X-TREME from Dancemania SUMMERS 2
Arcade-Konami Original (11 total)
"AFRONOVA" RE-VENGE from Dance Dance Revolution 3rdMix (AC)
"DEAD END" N&S from Dance Dance Revolution 3rdMix (AC)
"DYNAMITE RAVE" NAOKI from Dance Dance Revolution 3rdMix (AC)
"END OF THE CENTURY" NO. 9 from Dance Dance Revolution 3rdMix (AC)
Based on Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 in D minor, Op. 125 "Ode to Joy"
"gentle stress (AMD SEXUAL MIX)" MR. DOG feat. DJ SWAN from Dance Dance Revolution 3rdMix (AC)
remix of the original song from Beatmania IIDX Substream
"GRADIUSIC CYBER ~AMD G5 MIX~" BIG-O feat. TAKA from Dance Dance Revolution 3rdMix (AC)
remix of the original song from Dance Dance Revolution 2ndMix Club Version 2
"Jam Jam Reggae (AMD SWING MIX)" RICE. C feat. jam master '73 from Dance Dance Revolution 3rdMix (AC)
remix of the original song from Beatmania
"La Senorita" CAPTAIN. T from Dance Dance Revolution 3rdMix (AC)
"LUV TO ME (AMD MIX)" DJ KAZU feat. tiger YAMATO from Dance Dance Revolution 3rdMix (AC)
remix of the original song from Beatmania IIDX
"PARANOiA Rebirth" 190' from Dance Dance Revolution 3rdMix (AC)
"Silent Hill" THOMAS HOWARD from Dance Dance Revolution 3rdMix (AC)
From Previous versions (19 total)
"20, NOVEMBER (DDR VERSION)" N.M.R. feat. DJ nagureo from Dance Dance Revolution 2ndMix as STEP BATTLE only
remix of the original song from Beatmania
"AM-3P" This song must be unlocked KTz from Dance Dance Revolution 2ndMix (AC)
"BRILLIANT 2U" This song must be unlocked NAOKI from Dance Dance Revolution 2ndMix (AC)
"BRILLIANT 2U (Orchestra-Groove)"
This song must be unlocked
NAOKI from Dance Dance Revolution 2ndMix (AC)
"KEEP ON MOVIN'" N.M.R. from Dance Dance Revolution 2ndMix as STEP BATTLE only
"LET THEM MOVE" N.M.R. from Dance Dance Revolution 2ndMix as STEP BATTLE only
"LOVE THIS FEELIN'" This song must be unlocked Chang ma from Dance Dance Revolution 2ndRemix (PS)
"MAKE A JAM!" This song must be unlocked U1 from Dance Dance Revolution (PS)
"MAKE IT BETTER" This song must be unlocked mitsu-O! from Dance Dance Revolution (AC)
"MAKE IT BETTER (So-REAL Mix)" This song must be unlocked mitsu-O! SUMMER from Dance Dance Revolution 2ndMix (AC)
"PARANOiA" This song must be unlocked 180 from Dance Dance Revolution (AC)
"PARANOIA MAX ~DIRTY MIX~" This song must be unlocked 190 from Dance Dance Revolution 2ndMix (AC)
"PARANOiA KCET ~clean mix~" This song must be unlocked 2MB from Dance Dance Revolution (PS)
"PUT YOUR FAITH IN ME" This song must be unlocked UZI-LAY from Dance Dance Revolution 2ndMix (AC)
"PUT YOUR FAITH IN ME (Jazzy Groove)" This song must be unlocked UZI-LAY from Dance Dance Revolution 2ndMix (AC)
"SP-TRIP MACHINE ~JUNGLE MIX~" This song must be unlocked DE-SIRE from Dance Dance Revolution 2ndMix (AC)
"think ya better D" This song must be unlocked sAmi from Dance Dance Revolution 2ndRemix (PS)
"TRIP MACHINE" This song must be unlocked DE-SIRE from Dance Dance Revolution (AC)
"TRIP MACHINE ~luv mix~" This song must be unlocked 2MB from Dance Dance Revolution 2ndRemix (PS)
Console-Konami Original (4 Total)
"AFTER THE GAME OF LOVE'" This song must be unlocked NPD3 New Konami Original
"CUTIE CHASER" This song must be unlocked CLUB SPICE New Konami Original
"DROP THE BOMB" This song must be unlocked Scotty D. New Konami Original
"La Senorita ~Virtual~" This song must be unlocked 2MB New Konami Original
Preview Songs from DDR 4th Mix (2 Total)
"BUMBLE BEE'" This song must be unlocked Bambee from ZIPmania III
only playable in Basic difficulty
"GIMME GIMME GIMME" This song must be unlocked E-ROTIC from Dancemania X5
only playable in Basic difficulty

Soundtrack[edit]

The original soundtrack for 3rdMix was produced by Toshiba EMI under their Dancemania dance music brand.[13]

Reception[edit]

On release, Famitsu magazine scored the PlayStation version of the game a 30 out of 40.[14] This version was a bestseller in Japan.[15]

References[edit]

External links[edit]

Preceded by
Dance Dance Revolution 2ndMix
Dance Dance Revolution 3rdMix
1999
Succeeded by
Dance Dance Revolution 4thMix