Dance Dance Revolution 5thMix

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Dance Dance Revolution 5thMix
Dance Dance Revolution 5thMix PlayStation cover art.png
PlayStation cover art
Developer(s) Konami
Publisher(s) Konami
Distributor(s) Konami
Series Dance Dance Revolution
Bemani
Engine 5thMix, 5thMix PlayStation
Platform(s) Arcade, PlayStation
Release date(s) Arcade
  • JP March 27, 2001
PlayStation
  • JP September 20, 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 5thMix (ダンスダンスレボリューションフィフスミックス Dansu Dansu Reboryūshon FifusuMikkusu?), sometimes abbreviated as 5thMix (フィフスミックス FifusuMikkusu?), is the 5th game in the Dance Dance Revolution series of music video games. It was released to the arcades by Konami on March 27, 2001. Although only officially released in Japan, arcade units exist worldwide. DDR 5th Mix contains a total of 122 songs, nine of which are hidden and unlockable. Of those songs, 40 of them (including all nine unlockable songs) are brand new to Dance Dance Revolution.

Gameplay[edit]

The core gameplay of DDR 5thMIX is the same as the previous Dance Dance Revolution games.

The scoring formula is different from previous versions. The top score for a song is 5,000,000 + (f * 5,000,000), where f is the foot rating of the song. The top score for a one-foot song is 10 million, and the top score for a 9-foot song is 50 million. Bonus points are then added based on performance; the bonus added is calculated in the same way as scores in DDR 4th Mix, but with Perfects being worth a base of 55 points (instead of 777) and Greats a base of 33 points (instead of 555), and a flat amount of points based on the letter grade received is then added, ranging from 100 points for a D to 10,000,000 points for an AAA.[1]

Interface & graphics[edit]

DDR 5th Mix introduced the song wheel interface used when selecting songs. This is also the first arcade version to display the game with a 60 frame per second refresh rate for smoother gameplay. Previous versions played at 30 frame/s.

Dancing characters[edit]

5th Mix was the last arcade mix before SuperNOVA to feature dancing characters. Twelve characters are selectable, six male characters for the left-side player (Afro, Rage, Johnny, Robo 2001, Spike and Baby-Lon) and six female characters for the right-side player (Janet, Emi, Charmy, Princess-Zukin, Maho and Alice). Legendary Konami and DDR Music Producer Naoki Maeda was inserted as one of two hidden dancing characters including Naoki, a female cowgirl (on the left-side player) and N.M.R., a male bouncer (on the right-side player), making them fourteen playable characters (both hidden dancers are highlighted in Yellow and the icon for the hidden ones are brighter).

Nonstop Mode[edit]

Unlike DDR 3rd Mix and DDR 4th Mix before it, Nonstop Mode, which allowed the player to play one of several set courses without stopping, is not available in DDR 5th Mix.

Long version[edit]

Four songs--B4U glorious style, DYNAMITE RAVE Long ver., HOT LIMIT and Oops, I Did It again (Fired Up Mix)--are long version songs, songs that run twice as long as a standard DDR song. Whereas the standard DDR dance routine is around 90 seconds, a long version runs for around three minutes. Such songs took up the play of two songs, and are only selectable as the second-to-last song in the round. In order to play long songs is to have both stages available. Songs of this length first appear in DDR 5th Mix, and the concept was discarded for further releases. While Dance Dance Revolution X brings back songs longer than typical length, these songs are however only themed mixes of several songs.

Link data[edit]

Some machines have the ports to insert PlayStation memory cards. Such memory cards have to be PlayStation 1 memory cards with Link Data from the home version of DDR 5th Mix or earlier. It can exchange data with DDR 5thMIX, as well as any earlier version that has songs that are in 5th Mix. It can also use Edit Data, custom steps made on the home version.

Home version[edit]

The home version of DDR 5th Mix was released in Japan on September 22, 2001, for the Sony PlayStation video game console. It contains 47 songs, 9 unlockables, plus seven extra hidden songs that appear as a preview to the next arcade version, DDRMAX, for a total of 16 unlockable songs. The mix also contained song edits contributed by players.[2][3]

During the summer of 2004, a number of members of the DDR fan site Aaron In Japan made an effort to export the thousands of edits from the game into a format recognizable by popular DDR simulators. The results are available on and through links from Super Wailing Bonus

Music[edit]

Yellow songs means they are hidden. Green songs means songs are current. Blue songs means songs available from previous games

Soundtrack[edit]

The Original Soundtrack for DDR 5th Mix is a two-disc album produced by Toshiba-EMI under their Dancemania dance music brand. It is only available on compact disc The first disc contains all 31 readily-available new tracks from the arcade version, the 12 new songs introduced in DDR 4th Mix Plus. It also has a second disc that has a Nonstop Megamix of all the songs on the first disc, and two bonus tracks from DDRMAX. It was released on September 19, 2001.

Promotions[edit]

A contest in Japan, the DDR 5th Mix Musicmanship Trial Contest, was held in 2000 with the grand prize being the winner's song appearing in DDR 5th Mix. The winning song was PARANOiA ETERNAL, produced by an artist named Matsumoto, who uses the pseudonym STM 200. Strangely enough, the soundtrack booklet refers to the composer of "PARANOiA ETERNAL" as either Takeshi Matsumoto or Mitsugu Matsumoto.

Naoki Maeda also held a talent search to create a new all-girl J-Pop band. He selected Shiyuna Maehara, Noria Shiraishi, Riyu Kosaka and Yoma Komatsu. The band they formed was named BeForU, and their first single, DIVE, is featured on DDR 5thMIX.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Aaron in Japan - DDR Scoring System Page (5th Mix)". Retrieved 2006-08-09. 
  2. ^ Dance Dance Revolution 5th Mix Playstation Video 1
  3. ^ Dance Dance Revolution 5th Mix Playstation Video 1
  4. ^ Neko Neko. "Dance Dance Revolution 5th MIX for Arcade" (in Japanese). Retrieved 1 September 2009. 
  5. ^ Konami. "DanceDanceRevolution 5thMIX" (in Japanese). arcade. Konami. Level/area: Song select screen. 
  6. ^ Japan's AC Ver. DDR 5thMIX
  7. ^ Neko Neko. "Dance Dance Revolution 5th MIX for Play Station" (in Japanese). Retrieved 1 September 2009. 
  8. ^ Konami. "DanceDanceRevolution 5thMIX" (in Japanese). PlayStation. Konami. Level/area: Song select screen. 

Dance Dance Revolution 5thMix (2000 Video Game) Year Active : 5 October 2000 s/d 20 September 2001

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Preceded by
Dance Dance Revolution 4thMix
Dance Dance Revolution 5thMix
2001
Succeeded by
DDRMAX Dance Dance Revolution 6thMix