Dance Dance Revolution 4thMix

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Dance Dance Revolution 4thMix
Dance Dance Revolution 4thMix PlayStation cover art.png
PlayStation cover art
Developer(s) Konami
Publisher(s) Konami
Distributor(s) Konami
Series Dance Dance Revolution
Bemani
Engine 4thMix, 4thMix PlayStation
Platform(s) Arcade, PlayStation
Release date(s) Arcade
  • JP/AS August 24, 2000
Plus
  • JP/AS December 28, 2000
PlayStation
  • JP March 15, 2001
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 4thMix (ダンスダンスレボリューションフォースミックス Dansu Dansu Reboryūshon Fōsu Mikkusu?), or 4thMix (フォースミックス Fōsu Mikkusu?), is the 4th game in the main Dance Dance Revolution series of music video games. It was released as an arcade game by Konami on August 24, 2000. Although only officially released in Japan, arcade units exist worldwide. 4thMix features 136 songs, 49 of which are new to this mix. Twelve of the songs are initially hidden and must be unlocked by the arcade operator. 12 songs are unlockable in 4th Mix Plus, giving them 150 songs in total. In DDR 4th Mix, new songs that first appears in DDR 3rd Mix Plus, DDR 3rd Mix Korea and DDR Solo appears in this mix.

Gameplay[edit]

The core gameplay of 4thMix is the same as the previous Dance Dance Revolution games. For scoring, Each step is given a score based on the accuracy of the step and the running combo. A judgment of Great or Perfect will award points and increase the combo, whereas any lower judgment will break the combo, reducing it to zero. Jumps are only worth one judgment, and only adds one to the combo. Each Great is worth 555 points and each Perfect is worth 777 points. The player also receives 333 points multiplied by the current combo after every step. 4thMix is unusual in that it is the only game in the series where Boo steps do not deplete the dance gauge.

A player may play anywhere from one to five songs, depending on how many the arcade operator sets the machine to play each game. At the end of each song, the player sees their accumulated points, bonus points, and how many of each kind of step they stepped. They also get a letter grade that is dependent on the judgments received during play, ranging from "AA" (all steps Perfect) to D (failure, only seen in Versus mode when the other player passes). If the player manages to pass his or her songs, a cumulative results screen is given, totaling the stats from all played stages.

Nonstop Mode[edit]

Nonstop Mode, a feature from Dance Dance Revolution 3rdMix, allows the player to play a course of several pre-determined songs without stopping.

Battle Mode[edit]

Battle Mode is equivalent to the Unison and Couple modes from previous mixes, and is chosen at the difficulty selection screen while on Versus mode. Battle steps must be played by both players, and are generally designed to make each player take turns between playing simple and complex patterns. As an added challenge, the steps rise from the middle of the screen, and drift to either player's side while continuing upwards.

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 4thMix or earlier. It can exchange data with 4thMix, as well as any earlier version that has songs that are in 4thMix. It can also use Edit Data, custom steps made on the home version.

Interface & graphics[edit]

The menu interface of 4thMix is significantly different from previous versions of Dance Dance Revolution. Players can now choose Single, Versus, or Double modes on a dedicated Style selection screen, instead of the button combination required of older mixes. Players must also choose one of eight genres, which each contain a portion of the total song list. The available songs during the game will be limited to those in the chosen Genre.

The song selection screen depicts a series of seven diagonal song banners on the bottom half of the screen. Scrolling off the right edge of the screen causes the next seven banners to replace the current ones. The top half of the screen displays the current song's background image and difficulty ratings. Pressing the start button chooses the song, and replaces the bottom half of the screen with a difficulty selection menu. Each player may choose to play on Basic, Trick (called Another in previous versions), or Maniac (or Battle, if playing Versus). A player can also modify arrow appearance and arrangement on this screen by performing various "step codes" on the dance platform. As in previous mixes, step pattern difficulty is displayed as a foot rating, but the ratings are no longer given text labels (like Catastrophic for 9 feet).

The color scheme of 4thMix consists mainly of black, blue, and violet. The main gameplay screen has a slightly revamped Dance Gauge and score display, and 3D-rendered dancing characters still appear in the background of each song. Which character appears for each player is dependent on the Genre selected.[1][2]

Dance Dance Revolution 4thMix Plus[edit]

Dance Dance Revolution 4thMix Plus (ダンスダンスレボリューションフォースミックスプラス Dansu Dansu Reboryūshon Fōsu Mikkusu Purasu?) is an upgrade of 4thMix, released on December 28, 2000. It adds fourteen new songs not seen in any previous DDR version. Several older songs have received new Maniac step sets, with the old steps being moved to "Maniac-S" (for Single) or "Maniac-D" (for Double). The new steps are generally much harder than before, and are used as the default Maniac steps in Dance Dance Revolution 5thMix. The old step sets have been restored for songs included in DDRMAX2 Dance Dance Revolution 7thMix, and certain 4thMix Plus steps return as Challenge steps in Dance Dance Revolution Extreme.

Dance Dance Revolution Solo 4thMix and Dance Dance Revolution Solo 4thMix Plus were released concurrently with 4thMix and 4thMix Plus respectively, designed for use with Solo cabinets. The changes in the actual game engine are few, but significant. The 4 and 6-panel modes are offered instead of the usual options, and the chubby arrows of the Solo series also appear. Multi-player Mode from the Solo series is not present in either game.

An ALL MUSIC MODE feature is included for Dance Dance Revolution 4thMix Plus where players have access to all songs in the game instead of picking music genres.[3]

Home version[edit]

The home version of 4thMix was released in Japan on March 15, 2001, for the Sony PlayStation console. It contains 55 songs, including 3 from Dance Dance Revolution 3rdMix (which were not present in the home version of that version) and six hidden songs: one from 4thMix Plus and one as preview songs for the next arcade version, Dance Dance Revolution 5thMix. The game also features the 6-panel mode, branded as Solo Mode.[4]

The game engine and menus have also been used in two North American versions of DDR, Dance Dance Revolution for the PC, and Dance Dance Revolution Konamix. Konamix was the only American version to feature Solo Mode.

Music[edit]

This is the complete list of new songs from the arcade version of Dance Dance Revolution 4thMix.

4thMix[edit]

DDR 4thMix kept the entire song list from the original 49 new songs.

Song Artist Note
Dancemania License (24 total)
"1,2,3,4,007" NI-NI from Dancemania X6
"BOYS (EURO MIX)" SMiLE.dk from Dancemania EURO☆MIX
"DAM DARIRAM (KCP MIX)" This song must be unlocked JOGA from Dancemania SPEED 4
"DREAM A DREAM" CAPTAIN JACK from Dancemania X2
"EAT YOU UP" ANGIE GOLD from Dancemania Super Classics 1
"FURUHATA'S THEME" CJ CREW feat. Sedge from Dancemania SPEED 5
"GOTCHA (The Theme from STARSKY & HUTCH)" ANDY G'S MAGIC DISCO MACHINE from Dancemania SUMMERS 3
"HAVE YOU NEVER BEEN MELLOW (MM GROOVIN MIX)" THE OLIVIA PROJECT from Dancemania SPEED 4
"HERO (HAPPY GRANDALE MIX)" This song must be unlocked PAPAYA from Dancemania SPEED 4
"IF YOU WERE HERE (B4 ZA BEAT MIX)" This song must be unlocked JENNIFER from Dancemania SPEED 4
"IN THE HEAT OF THE NIGHT" E-ROTIC from Dancemania X7
"KICK THE CAN" BUS☆STOP from ZIPmania III
"MUSIC" HABEGALE from Dancemania X4
"NEVER GONNA MAKE (FACTORY DANCE TEAM MIX)" MORGANA from Dancemania X6
"NIGHT IN MOTION" CUBIC 22 from CLUB THE EARTH DISCO CLASSICS
"ONE TWO (LITTLE BITCH)" BUS☆STOP from Dancemania X6
"ONLY YOU" CAPTAIN JACK from Dancemania BASS#6
"PINK DINOSAUR" PAPAYA from Dancemania X2
"SAINT GOES MARCHING (REMIX)" THE SAINT from Dancemania SPEED 4
"SHAKE YOUR BOOTY" KC & THE SUNSHINE BAND from Dancemania Club Classics II
"SHOOTING STAR" BANG from Dancemania SPEED
"THE 7 JUMP" KEN D from Dancemania X7
"WALKIE TALKIE" KING KONG & D.JUNGLE GIRLS from Dancemania Super Classics 2
"Young Forever" REBECCA from Dancemania X6
Konami Original (11 total)
"B4U" NAOKI New Konami Original
"BABY BABY GIMME YOUR LOVE" DIVAS New Konami Original
"BURNIN' THE FLOOR" NAOKI New Konami Original
"Don't Stop! ~AMD 2nd MIX~" This song must be unlocked Dr. VIBE feat. JP Miles New Konami Original
remix of the original song from Beatmania IIDX 3rd Style
"Get me in your sight (AMD CANCUN MIX)" This song must be unlocked SYMPHONIC DEFOGGERS with 1479 New Konami Original
remix of the original song from Beatmania IIDX 3rd Style
"HIGHER" NM feat. SUNNY New Konami Original
"HYPNΦTIC CRISIS" BLUE DESTROYERS New Konami Original
"LOVE AGAIN TONIGHT ~For Melissa MIX~" NAOKI feat. PAULA TERRY New Konami Original
"MY SUMMER LOVE" MITSU-O! with GEILA New Konami Original
"ORION.78 (AMeuro-MIX)" RE-VENGE New Konami Original
"TRIP MACHINE CLIMAX" DE-SIRE New Konami Original
From DDR Solo (7 total)
"CAN'T STOP FALLIN' IN LOVE" NAOKI from Dance Dance Revolution Solo 2000
"DROP OUT" NW260 from Dance Dance Revolution Solo 2000
"HYSTERIA" NAOKI 190 from Dance Dance Revolution Solo Bass Mix
"Let the beat hit 'em!" Stone Bros. from Dance Dance Revolution Solo Bass Mix
"PARANOIA EVOLUTION" 200 from Dance Dance Revolution Solo Bass Mix
"SUPER STAR" D.J. RICH feat. TAILBROS. from Dance Dance Revolution Solo Bass Mix
"WILD RUSH" FACTOR-X from Dance Dance Revolution Solo 2000
BEMANI crossovers (7 total)
".59" This song must be unlocked dj TAKA from Beatmania IIDX 2nd Style
"era (nostalmix)" This song must be unlocked TaQ from Beatmania IIDX 3rd Style
"Holic" This song must be unlocked TaQ from Beatmania IIDX 3rd Style
"LEADING CYBER" This song must be unlocked dj TAKA from Beatmania IIDX 3rd Style
"Let's talk it over" This song must be unlocked SHIN Murayama feat. Argie Phine from Beatmania IIDX 3rd Style
"Make Your Move" This song must be unlocked good-cool feat. JP Miles from Beatmania IIDX 3rd Style
"never let you down" This song must be unlocked good-cool feat. JP Miles from Beatmania IIDX 3rd Style
Removed Songs (1 Total)
"SO MANY MEN" ME & MY from ZIPmania II

4thMix Plus[edit]

DDR 4thMix Plus kept the entire song list from the original and adds 14 new songs.

Song Artist Note
Dancemania License (10 total)
"CAFE" D.D.SOUND from Dancemania Super Classics 3
"CAT'S EYE (Ventura Mix)" E-ROTIC from Dancemania EURO☆MIX
"CONGA FEELING" VIVIAN from Dancemania SUMMERS 3
"Lupin the 3rd '78" VENTURA from Dancemania J-PARADISE
"NA-NA" BUS☆STOP from ZIPmania III
"PETIT LOVE" SMiLE.dk from Dancemania EURO☆MIX
"RHYTHM AND POLICE (K.O.G G3 MIX)" CJ CREW feat. CHRISTIAN D. from Dancemania SPEED 5
"SKY HIGH" LUCYFER from Dancemania EURO☆MIX
"SYNCHRONIZED LOVE (Red Monster Hyper Mix)" JOE RINOIE from Dancemania EURO☆MIX
"WONDA (SPEED K MIX)" MM from Dancemania SPEED BEST 2001
Konami Original (2 total)
"DO ME (H.I.G.E.O. MIX)" MUSTACHE MEN New Konami Original
"THEME FROM ENTER THE DRAGON (Revival 2001 Mix)" B3-Project Cover of the theme song of Enter the Dragon
From DDR Solo (2 total)
"CELEBRATE NITE" N.M.R. from Dancing Stage featuring True Kiss Destination
"SEXY PLANET" Crystal Aliens from Dancing Stage featuring True Kiss Destination

Home Version[edit]

The console version has most of new songs from the original arcade version. It is missing the songs crossed from DDR Solo as all of them would be added to Dance Dance Revolution Extra Mix along with other songs from DDR 4thMix Plus. In addition, it has the three dancemania licenses that are missing in the home version of DDR 3rdMix, one preview song from DDR 4thMix Plus and one from DDR 5thMix (that only playable in Basic difficulty), and some Console-Konami Originals (many of them would be added on the arcade version of DDRMAX).

Song Artist Note
Dancemania License (27 total)
"1,2,3,4,007" NI-NI from Dancemania X6
"BOYS (EURO MIX)" SMiLE.dk from Dancemania EURO☆MIX
"BUMBLE BEE" Bambee from ZIPmania III
"DAM DARIRAM (KCP MIX)" This song must be unlocked JOGA from Dancemania SPEED 4
"DREAM A DREAM" CAPTAIN JACK from Dancemania X2
"EAT YOU UP" ANGIE GOLD from Dancemania Super Classics 1
"FURUHATA'S THEME" CJ CREW feat. Sedge from Dancemania SPEED 5
"GIMME GIMME GIMME" E-ROTIC from Dancemania X5
"GOTCHA (The Theme from STARSKY & HUTCH)" ANDY G's MAGIC DISCO MACHINE from Dancemania SUMMERS 3
"HAVE YOU NEVER BEEN MELLOW (MM GROOVIN MIX)" THE OLIVIA PROJECT from Dancemania SPEED 4
"HERO (HAPPY GRANDALE MIX)" This song must be unlocked PAPAYA from Dancemania SPEED 4
"HERO (KCP DISCOTIQUE MIX)" PAPAYA from Dancemania BASS 6
"IF YOU WERE HERE (B4 ZA BEAT MIX)" This song must be unlocked JENNIFER from Dancemania SPEED 4
"IN THE HEAT OF THE NIGHT" E-ROTIC from Dancemania X7
"KICK THE CAN" BUS☆STOP from ZIPmania III
"MUSIC" HABEGALE from Dancemania X4
"NEVER GONNA MAKE (FACTORY DANCE TEAM MIX)" MORGANA from Dancemania X6
"NIGHT IN MOTION" CUBIC 22 from CLUB THE EARTH DISCO CLASSICS
"ONE TWO (LITTLE BITCH)" BUS☆STOP from Dancemania X6
"ONLY YOU" CAPTAIN JACK from Dancemania BASS#6
"PINK DINOSAUR" PAPAYA from Dancemania X2
"SAINT GOES MARCHING (REMIX)" THE SAINT from Dancemania SPEED 4
"SHAKE YOUR BOOTY" KC & THE SUNSHINE BAND from Dancemania Club Classics II
"SHOOTING STAR" BANG from Dancemania SPEED
"THE 7 JUMP" KEN D from Dancemania X7
"WALKIE TALKIE" KING KONG & D.JUNGLE GIRLS from Dancemania Super Classics 2
"Young Forever" REBECCA from Dancemania X6
Returning Dancemania License (3 total)
"FOLLOW THE SUN ('90 IN THE SHADE MIX)" TRIPLE J from Dancemania SPEED 2
"IT ONLY TAKES A MINUTE (Extended Remix)" TAVARES from Dancemania Super Classics 1
"XANADU" THE OLIVIA PROJECT from Dancemania EXTRA
Console-Konami Original (4 total)
"Groove" This song must be unlocked Sho-T feat. Brenda New Konami Original
"Midnite Blaze" This song must be unlocked U1 Jewel Style New Konami Original
"ORION.78 ~civilization mix~" This song must be unlocked 2MB New Konami Original
"Share My Love" This song must be unlocked Julie Frost New Konami Original
Konami Original (from AC ver.) (11 total)
"B4U" NAOKI from DDR 4th Mix (AC)
"BABY BABY GIMME YOUR LOVE" DIVAS from DDR 4th Mix (AC)
"BURNIN' THE FLOOR" NAOKI from DDR 4th Mix (AC)
"Don't Stop! ~AMD 2nd MIX~" This song must be unlocked Dr. VIBE feat. JP Miles from DDR 4th Mix (AC)
remix of the original song from Beatmania IIDX 3rd Style
"Get me in your sight (AMD CANCUN MIX)" This song must be unlocked SYMPHONIC DEFOGGERS with 1479 from DDR 4th Mix (AC)
remix of the original song from Beatmania IIDX 3rd Style
"HIGHER" NM feat. SUNNY from DDR 4th Mix (AC)
"HYPNΦTIC CRISIS" BLUE DESTROYERS from DDR 4th Mix (AC)
"LOVE AGAIN TONIGHT ~For Melissa MIX~" NAOKI feat. PAULA TERRY from DDR 4th Mix (AC)
"MY SUMMER LOVE" MITSU-O! with GEILA from DDR 4th Mix (AC)
"ORION.78 (AMeuro-MIX)" RE-VENGE from DDR 4th Mix (AC)
"TRIP MACHINE CLIMAX" DE-SIRE from DDR 4th Mix (AC)
BEMANI crossovers (7 total)
".59" This song must be unlocked dj TAKA from Beatmania IIDX 2nd Style
"era (nostalmix)" This song must be unlocked TaQ from Beatmania IIDX 3rd Style
"Holic" This song must be unlocked TaQ from Beatmania IIDX 3rd Style
"LEADING CYBER" This song must be unlocked dj TAKA from Beatmania IIDX 3rd Style
"Let's talk it over" This song must be unlocked SHIN Murayama feat. Argie Phine from Beatmania IIDX 3rd Style
"Make Your Move" This song must be unlocked good-cool feat. JP Miles from Beatmania IIDX 3rd Style
"never let you down" This song must be unlocked good-cool feat. JP Miles from Beatmania IIDX 3rd Style
Preview song (2 total)
"DANCING ALL ALONE" This song must be unlocked SMiLE.dk preview song from DDR 5th Mix
from Dancemania X8
only playable in Basic difficulty
"SYNCHRONIZED LOVE (Red Monster Hyper Mix)" This song must be unlocked JOE RINOIE preview song from DDR 4th Mix Plus
from Dancemania EURO☆MIX

Notable songs from this version of DDR include:

  • "B4U": A 155 BPM speed rave-style song, produced by Naoki Maeda, with lyrics sung by rapper Aaron G. The song has appeared in numerous DDR games since 4thMix, and has been remixed 5 times, as "B4U (Glorious Style)" (from Dance Dance Revolution 5thMix), "B4U (B4 Za Beat Mix)" (DDRMAX2 Dance Dance Revolution 7thMix), "B4U (Rising Sun Mix)*, "B4U (The Acolyte Mix)"* and B4U (Bemani For You Mix) (from beatmaniaIIDX 16th Style : EMPRESS"", featuring Michael A La Mode as a rapper).
  • ORION.78 (AMeuro Mix), performed by Re-Venge
  • Love Again Tonight (ForMelissaMix) is a first single performed by Naoki feat. Paula Terry

Note: * Those who made this song with J-Ravers.

According to Naoki himself:

Soundtrack[edit]

The original soundtrack for 4thMix was produced by Toshiba-EMI under their Dancemania dance music brand. It contains all 42 new tracks from the arcade version, the seven songs introduced by Dance Dance Revolution 3rdMix Plus, four songs from the home version of 4thMix, three songs from the arcade version of 5thMix, and one from 4thMix Plus. It was released on March 15, 2001.

Music List[edit]

  • ".59" - dj Taka
  • "1,2,3,4,007" - Ni-Ni
  • "B4U" - Naoki
  • "Baby Baby Gimme Your Love" - Divas
  • "Boys" (Euro Mix) - smile d.k.
  • "Bumble Bee" - bambee
  • "Burnin' the Floor" - Naoki
  • "Dam Dariram" (KCP Mix) - Joga
  • "DANCING ALL ALONE' - smile.d.k.
  • "Don't Stop!" (AMD 2nd Mix) - Dr. Vibe feat. JP miles
  • "Dream a Dream" - Captain Jack
  • "Eat You Up" - Angie Gold
  • "era" (nostalmix) - TaQ
  • "Follow the Sun" (90 In the Shade Mix) - Triple J
  • "Furuhata's Theme" - CJ Crew feat. Sedge
  • "Get Me in Your Sight" (AMD Cancun Mix) - Symphonic Defoggers with 1479
  • "Gimme Gimme Gimme" - E-Rotic
  • "Gotcha" (The Theme from Starsky & Hutch) - Andy G's Magic Disco Machine
  • "Groove" - Sho-t feat. Brenda
  • "Have You Never Been Mellow" (Mm Groovin' Mix) - The Olivia Project
  • "Hero" (Happy Grandale Mix) - Papaya
  • "Hero" (KCP Discotique Mix) - Papaya
  • "Higher" - NM feat. Sunny
  • "Holic" - TaQ
  • "Hypnotic Crisis" - Blue Destroyers
  • "If You Were Here" (B4 Za Beat Mix) - Jennifer
  • "In the Heat of the Night" - E-Rotic
  • "It Only Takes a Minute" (Extended Remix) - Tavares
  • "Kick the Can" - Bus Stop
  • "Leading Cyber" - dj Taka
  • "Let's Talk It Over" - Shin Murayama feat. Argie Phine
  • "Love Again Tonight" (For Melissa Mix) - Naoki feat. Paula Terry
  • "Make Your Move" - good-cool feat. JP Miles
  • "Midnite Blaze" - U1 Jewel style
  • "Music" - Habegale
  • "My Summer Love" - Mitsu-O! with Geila
  • "Never Gonna Make" (Factory Dance Team Mix) - Morgana
  • "Never Let You Down" - good-cool feat. JP Miles
  • "Night in Motion" - Cubic22
  • "One Two" (Little Bitch) - Bus Stop
  • "Only You" - Captain Jack
  • "Orion .78" (Ameuro Mix) - Re-Venge
  • "Orion .78" (civilization mix) - 2MB
  • "Pink Dinosaur" - Papaya
  • "Saint Goes Marching" (Remix) - The Saint
  • "Shake Your Booty" - KC & The Sunshine Band
  • "Share My Love" - julie frost
  • "Shooting Star" - Bang
  • "SYNCHRONIZED LOVE" - JOE RINOIE
  • "The 7 Jump" - Ken D
  • "Trip Machine Climax" - De-Sire
  • "Walkie Talkie" - King Kong & D. Jungle Girls
  • "Xanadu" - The Olivia Project
  • "Young Forever" - Rebecca

References[edit]

  1. ^ Dance Dance Revolution 4th Mix Japan Arcade Version
  2. ^ Dance Dance Revolution 4th Mix Asian Arcade Version
  3. ^ Dance Dance Revolution 4th Mix Plus Japan Arcade
  4. ^ Dance Dance Revolution 4th Mix Playstation Version
  5. ^ Dance Dance Revolution Konamix Instruction Booklet, Konami, 2001, as part of an interview for the Konami Musical Show in 2001)

External links[edit]

Preceded by
Dance Dance Revolution 3rdMix
Dance Dance Revolution 4thMix
2000
Succeeded by
Dance Dance Revolution 5thMix