Dance Evolution

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Dance Evolution
Dance Evolution cover.jpg
PAL region cover art. Japanese cover uses similar artwork.
Publisher(s) Konami
Platform(s) Xbox 360
Release date(s)
  • NA November 4, 2010
  • EU November 10, 2010
  • AUS November 18, 2010
  • JP November 20, 2010
Genre(s) Music, Rhythm, Exercise
Mode(s) Single-player, Multiplayer
Distribution DVD

Dance Evolution (known as DanceMasters in North America) is a dancing video game developed by the makers of the Dance Dance Revolution series. The game was officially unveiled at Konami's E3 2010 press conference, exclusively for Xbox 360 Kinect.[1] The game was released in November 2010. When describing the game, Naoki Maeda, the producer of Dance Evolution and of the Dance Dance Revolution series, stated that "this is real dancing."

Dance Evolution has 30 tracks, including hip hop, R&B, pop, eurobeat and dance, and will be supported with additional songs as downloadable content.

An arcade port, titled Dance Evolution ARCADE, was released on March 27, 2012 in Japan. Although the gameplay remains the same, it has several features that differentiate it with the original version. A spin-off, Rhythm Party (called BOOM BOOM DANCE in Japan) was released on February 1, 2012.

Gameplay[edit]

Gameplay requires the player to copy the on-screen character's dance while hitting certain spots (namely RIPPLES) with their hands, drawing lines in the air (namely STREAMS), stepping on the beat and striking poses (much like a full-body version of Elite Beat Agents). Only hitting the on-screen markers counts toward your grade (unlike Dance Central, which demands full-body move matching). There is a lesson mode that explains the basic mechanics and the main dance mode. Offline games support 2 players simultaneously and online modes support up to 4 players. There are four difficulties (LIGHT, STANDARD, EXTREME, MASTER) with MASTER only being present on downloadable contents. There is also STEALTH mode, which is EXTREME mode with the markers being off.[2]

It should be noted that the official para para routines for the eurobeat/Konami original songs were used for their respective songs.

Soundtrack[edit]

Music[edit]

The following 30 songs are included on the game.[3] Note that both the licensed songs, Yesterday and Night of Fire, have appeared in another Bemani game, ParaParaParadise. Songs in bold require it to be unlocked.

Dance genre Song title Artist
License
PARAPARA "NIGHT OF FIRE" NIKO
PARAPARA "YESTERDAY" CHERRY
BEMANI Songs
CLUB "AFRONOVA PRIMEVAL" 8-bit
HIP HOP "A Geisha's Dream" NAOKI feat. SMiLE.dk
R&B/HIPHOP "BABY BABY GIMME YOUR LOVE" DIVAS
CLUB "Brilliant 2U" NAOKI
CLUB "BURNIN' THE FLOOR" NAOKI
PARAPARA "CAN'T STOP FALLIN' IN LOVE -super euro version-" NAOKI with Y&Co.
R&B/HIPHOP "Crazy Control" D-crew with VAL TIATIA
R&B/HIPHOP "Every Day, Every Night (NM STYLE)" LEA DROP feat. Ant Johnston
CLUB "exotic ethnic" RevenG
POP "HIGHER" NM feat. SUNNY
R&B/HIPHOP "HYSTERIA 2001" NM
POP "INTO YOUR HEART (Ruffage remix)" NAOKI feat. YASMINE
POP "Keep on movin'" NM
POP "KIMONO♥PRINCESS" jun
CLUB "L'amour et la liberté (Darwin & DJ Silver remix)" NAOKI in the MERCURE
POP "La receta" Carlos Coco Garcia
R&B/HIPHOP "Let the beat hit em! (CLASSIC R&B STYLE)" Stone Bros.
OLDSCHOOL "Lover's High" APHs
OLDSCHOOL "Mess With My Emotions" Latenighter
PARAPARA "My Only Shining Star" NAOKI feat. Becky Lucinda
R&B/HIPHOP "MY SUMMER LOVE" MITSU-O! with GEILA
POP "Open Your Eyes" NM feat. JaY_bEe (JB Ah-Fua)
CLUB "SAKURA (桜)" Reven-G
R&B/HIPHOP "Secret Rendez-vous" DIVAS
PARAPARA "STILL IN MY HEART" NAOKI
PARAPARA "SUPER SAMURAI" jun
OLDSCHOOL "Unity" The Remembers
R&B/HIPHOP "We Can Win the Fight" D-crew feat. Matt Tucker

Downloadable Content[edit]

Item Cost
DanceEvolution Premium Theme 240 MSP
DanceEvolution Picture Pack 160 MSP
Master Level Pack Free
OUTFIT 1 Free
OUTFIT 2 160 MSP
OUTFIT 3 160 MSP
OUTFIT 4 160 MSP
OUTFIT 5 160 MSP

Dance Evolution ARCADE[edit]

Dance Evolution Arcade

The arcade version, Dance Evolution ARCADE was released on March 27, 2012. Several features are added:

  • A new level-up unlocking system, called CLASS system. Players collect GOLD through playing and if collected enough, the player levels up. Leveling up CLASS is required to unlock certain features.
  • The five difficulties; LIGHT, STANDARD, EXTREME, MASTER, and STEALTH remains, although MASTER and STEALTH difficulties are locked by default and must be unlocked through the level up system. Several LIGHT difficulties on certain songs are given a wakaba mark, indicating those as beginner level songs.
  • The game no longer display the song genres, unlike the console version.
  • The song selection now switch to Cover Flow design.

Music[edit]

This is the soundtrack for the arcade version. Some of the LIGHT difficulties on certain songs are given a wakaba mark, which indicates its status as a beginner level song.

Song title Artist Difficulty Dancer Note
Licensed Songs (32 total)
"Brave" ナオト・インティライミ 4 Masato (♂)
"irony" (no author) 2 Hikari (♀) Cover of ClariS
"PONPONPON" きゃりーぱみゅぱみゅ 4 Akari (♀)
"ヘビーローテーション"
(Heavy Rotation)
AKB48 4 Hikari (♀)
Akari (Tutorial, ♀)
"マル・マル・モリ・モリ!"
(Maru Maru Mori Mori!)
薫と友樹、たまにムック 1 Hikari (♀)
"女々しくて"
(Memeshikute)
ゴールデンボンバー 4 Masato (♂)
"ルカルカ★ナイトフィーバー"
(Luka Luka★Night Fever)
実谷なな 4 Akari (♀) Cover of SAM (samfree)
Choreography of Kozue Aikawa (DANCEROID)
"行くぜっ!怪盗少女 -Zver.-"
(Ikuze! Kaitō Shōjo -Zver.-)
ももいろクローバーZ 4 Hikari (♀)
"マジLOVE1000%
(Maji LOVE1000%)
ST☆RISH 3 Syo (♂) from Uta no Prince-sama
"MERRY GO ROUND" √5 2 Masato (♂)
"NIGHT OF FIRE" NIKO 3 Daisy (♀)
"前略、道の上より"
(Zenryaku, Michi no Ue Yori)
一世風靡セピア 4 Masato (♂)
"LOVE&JOY" 木村由姫 3 Hikari (♀)
"Mickey (Hawaii version)" (no author) 4 Hikari (♀) Cover of Gori, Jasmine, and Joann
"恋愛サーキュレーション"
(Ren'ai Circulation)
花澤香菜 3 Akari (♀) 4th Bakemonogatari anime opening
"おどるポンポコリン"
(Odoru Pompokolin)
(no author) 1 Hikari (♀) Cover of B.B.Queens
1st Chibi Maruko-chan ending theme
"サイバーサンダーサイダー"
(Cyber Thunder Cider)
EZFG 3 Masato (P1, ♂)
Syo (P2, ♂)
"Sweetiex2" Dixie Flatline 3 Akari (P1, ♀)
Hikari (P2, ♀)
"Colorful World" りぶ 4 Masato (P1, ♂)
Syo (P2, ♂)
"Gravity=Reality" samfree 3 Akari (♀)
"メグメグ☆ファイアーエンドレスナイト"
(Megumegu☆Fire Endless Night)
実谷なな 4 Hikari (♀)
"恋するフォーチュンクッキー"
(Koi Suru Fortune Cookie)"
AKB48 1 Akari (♀)
"なめこのうた"
(Nameko no Uta)
福原遥 1 Hikari (♀)
"マジLOVE2000%"
(Maji LOVE2000%)
ST☆RISH 3 Masato (P1, ♂)
Syo (P2, ♂)
from Uta no Prince-sama
"未確認中学生X"
(Mikakunin Chūgakusei X)
私立恵比寿中学 4 Hikari (♀)
"インベーダーインベーダー"
(Invader Invader)
きゃりーぱみゅぱみゅ 3 Hikari (♀)
"LOVEマシーン"
(Love Machine)
(no author) 3 Hikari (♀) Cover of Morning Musume
"回レ!雪月花"
(Maware! Setsugetsuka)
歌組雪月花 3 Akari (♀) Unbreakable Machine-Doll anime ending
"全城熱愛 -Feel the Love-"
(Quán Chéng Rè Ài -Feel the Love-)
羅志祥 -Show Lo- 4 Syo (♂)
"大藝術家 -The Great Artist-"
(Dà Yìshùjiā -The Great Artist-)
蔡依林 -Jolin Tsai- 4 Daisy (P1, ♀)
Dave (P2, ♂)
"心のプラカード"
(Kokoro no Placard)
AKB48 1 Akari (♀)
"ふな ふな ふなっしー♪~ふなっしー公式テーマソング~"
(Funa Funa Funassyi♪ -Funassyi Kōshiki Theme Song-)
ふなっしー 2 Syo (♂)
Konami Original (1 total)
"Do The Evolution" TAG feat. ERi 3 Akari (♀)
From Dance Dance Revolution (23 total)
"A Geisha's Dream" NAOKI feat. SMiLE.dk 3 Daisy (♀) from DDR X
"INTO YOUR HEART (Ruffage remix)" NAOKI feat. YASMINE 2 Daisy (♀) from DDR Full Full ♪ Party
"Keep on movin'" NM 2 Daisy (♀) from DDR Full Full ♪ Party
Original version in DDR 2ndMix
"KIMONO♥PRINCESS" jun 4 Daisy (♀) from DDR Music Fit
"La receta" Carlos Coco Garcia 5 Dave (♂) from DDR Music Fit
"MY SUMMER LOVE" MITSU-O! with GEILA 1 Daisy (♀) from DDR 4thMix
"Open Your Eyes" NM feat. JaY_bEe (JB Ah-Fua) 1 Dave (♂) from DDR Full Full ♪ Party
"STILL IN MY HEART" NAOKI 1 Daisy (♀) from DDR 5thMix
"Unity" The Remembers 3 Daisy (♀) from DDR Full Full ♪ Party
"We Can Win the Fight" D-crew feat. Matt Tucker 5 Dave (♂) from DDR Full Full ♪ Party
"Brilliant 2U" NAOKI 3 Dave (♂) from DDR Full Full ♪ Party
Original version in DDR 2ndMix
"SUPER SAMURAI" jun 4 Dave (♂) from DDR Hottest Party
"Every Day, Every Night (NM STYLE)" LEA DROP feat. Ant Johnston 2 Dave (♂) from DDR SuperNova 2
"HIGHER" NM feat. SUNNY 2 Daisy (♀) from DDR 4thMix
"exotic ethnic" RevenG 2 Daisy (♀) from DDRMAX DDR 6thMix
"My Only Shining Star" NAOKI feat. Becky Lucinda 2 Daisy (♀) from DDR SuperNova
"L'amour et la liberté (Darwin & DJ Silver remix)" NAOKI in the MERCURE 3 Daisy (♀) from DDR SuperNova 2
"Secret Rendez-vous" DIVAS 4 Daisy (♀) from DDRMAX2 DDR 7thMix
"Crazy Control" D-crew with VAL TIATIA 4 Dave (♂) from DDR Music Fit
"BURNIN' THE FLOOR" NAOKI 3 Daisy (♀) from DDR 4thMix
"BABY BABY GIMME YOUR LOVE" DIVAS 3 Daisy (♀) from DDR 4thMix
"Let the beat hit 'em! (CLASSIC R&B STYLE)" Stone Bros. 4 Dave (♂) from DDR Extra Mix
"Mess With My Emotions" Latenighter 3 Daisy (♀) from DDR Hottest Party
From other BEMANI releases (19 total)
"AFRONOVA PRIMEVAL" 8 bit 5 Dave (♂) from Dance ManiaX
"CAN'T STOP FALLIN' IN LOVE -super euro version-" NAOKI with Y&Co. 2 Daisy (♀) from Para Para Paradise
"She is my wife" SUPER STAR 満-MITSURU- 3 Masato (♂) from beatmaniaIIDX 17 SIRIUS
"Lover's high" APHs 2 Daisy (♀) from Mambo A Go Go
"Follow Tomorrow" HHH×MM×ST 5 Syo (♂) from beatmaniaIIDX 19 Lincle
"華爛漫 -Flowers- (2nd EDITION)"
(Hana Ranman -Flowers- (2nd EDITION))
TЁЯRA 4 Akari (♀) from REFLEC BEAT limelight
"HYSTERIA 2001" NM 4 Dave (♂) from beatmania 6thMix
"FLOWER" DJ YOSHITAKA 5 Masato (♂) from jubeat knit APPEND / REFLEC BEAT
"桜"
(Sakura)
Reven-G 4 Daisy (♀) from beatmaniaIIDX 8th Style
"Wow Wow VENUS" VENUS 3 Syo (♂) from REFLEC BEAT colette
"Daisuke" Y&Co. 4 Syo (♂) from beatmaniaIIDX 10th Style
"Chu☆Chu☆Tonight" VENUS 3 Masato (P1, ♂)
Syo (P2, ♂)
from REFLEC BEAT colette
"朧"
(Oboro)
HHHxMMxST 4 Daisy (P1, ♀)
Dave (P2, ♂)
from pop'n music 20 fantasia
"ちくわパフェだよ☆CKP"
(Chikuwa Parfait da yo☆CKP)
日向美ビタースイーツ♪ 3 Hikari (Default for 1-Player, P2 for 2-Player, ♀)
Akari (P1 (2-Player only), ♀)
from HinaBitter♪
First appeared in GITADORA
"Sweet Rain" Y&Co. feat. Karin 2 Daisy (♀) from jubeat knit
"FUJIMORI -祭- FESTIVAL"
(FUJIMORI -Matsuri- FESTIVAL)
VENUS 3 Syo (P1, ♂)
Masato (P2, ♂)
from REFLEC BEAT groovin'!!
"Mermaid girl" Cream puff 4 Hikari (♀) from beatmaniaIIDX 18 Resort Anthem
"Watch Out Pt.2" DJ Mass MAD Izm* VS. DJ Yoshitaka 5 Dave (♂) from beatmaniaIIDX 18 Resort Anthem
"凛として咲く花の如く"
(Rin to Shite Saku Hana no Gotoku)
紅色リトマス 4 Akari (♀) from pop'n music 15 ADVENTURE
Removed song (1 total)
"恋愛レボリューション21"
(Ren'ai Revolution 21)
(no author) 3 Hikari (♀) Cover of Morning Musume

Reception[edit]

Dance Evolution had mixed reviews, holding a score of 63 out of 100 based on 30 reviews at review aggregator MetaCritic.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Konami's E3 2010 Press Conference". 1up. 
  2. ^ "Konami Digital Entertainment's DanceMasters page". Archived from the original on 2011-06-15. Retrieved 2010-11-15. 
  3. ^ "DanceMasters Official Site". Archived from the original on 2010-12-04. Retrieved 2010-11-15. 
  4. ^ "DanceMasters for Xbox 360 Reviews". Retrieved June 11, 2014. 

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