Dance Dance Revolution (1998 video game)

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Dance Dance Revolution
DDR 1stMIX flyer.jpg
American flyer for Dance Dance Revolution
Developer(s) Konami
Publisher(s) Konami
Series Dance Dance Revolution
Engine Custom
Platform(s) Arcade, PlayStation
Release Arcade
  • JP: September 1998
  • JP: November 18, 1998 (Internet Ranking Version)
  • NA: March 1999
Genre(s) Music, Exercise
Mode(s) Single-player, Multiplayer
Cabinet Custom
Arcade system Bemani System 573 Analog[3]
CPU R3000A 32 bit RISC processor (33.8 MHz)[3]
Sound PlayStation SPU[3]
Display 29" CRT (Raster, 256x224 & 740x480)[3]

Dance Dance Revolution (ダンスダンスレボリューション, Dansu Dansu Reboryūshon), abbreviated DDR, is a game that was released in arcades by Konami on November 21, 1998 in Japan. Dance Dance Revolution is a unique music video game involving dance and rhythm that defined the genre. The game involves timing and balance by having players use their feet instead of their hands like typical video games. In March 1999, the game was released to the North American arcade audiences. It was also released to the European arcade audience under the name Dancing Stage. Players and game critics were caught off-guard by the game's addictive qualities winning the new franchise many merits to its design.

On April 10, 1999, Dance Dance Revolution was released on the Japanese PlayStation, adding new music and gameplay elements. A console release was not made for any other region. Despite the global popularity of DDR, the series remained obscure outside Japan and few official additional arcade releases of DDR were made elsewhere until the multi-regional release of Dance Dance Revolution SuperNova in 2006.

In order to differentiate this arcade edition from the other arcade edition wherein both of them uses the same title, this will be referred to as DDR 1st, while the other one will be referred to as DDR (2013 or 2014 edition). There are also video game console editions using the same title; they will be referred to as DDR 1st for the original PlayStation edition and DDR (2010) for the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and Wii edition.


The objective of Dance Dance Revolution is to move one's feet to a set pattern. One player can play using one dance pad (Single mode), two players can play using one dance pad each (Versus mode), or one player can play using both dance pads (Doubles mode).

Players must step to the beat, matching their beat to the arrows presented to them on screen by stepping on arrows on a dance stage. A judgment is displayed for each step, depending on the player's timing; Perfect!!, Great!, Good, Boo or Miss.... An on-screen life meter, known as the Dance Gauge, begins halfway full at the start of each song. Perfect and Great steps slowly fill the Gauge, while Boo and Miss steps quickly deplete it. Good steps have no effect either way. If a player accumulates too many Boos or Misses, and the Dance Gauge becomes empty, the song fails and the game ends.

Players 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, players see their accumulated points, bonus points, and how many of each kind of step they made. They also get a letter grade that is dependent on the judgments received during play, ranging from SS, all steps Perfect, to E, failure, which is only seen in Versus mode when the other player passes. If players manage to pass all their songs a cumulative results screen is given, totaling the stats from all played stages.

Interface and graphics[edit]

The song selection interface of Dance Dance Revolution is a jukebox-like menu of CDs that represent the available songs. On this screen, various step codes can be entered on the dance stage to modify the arrangement and appearance of arrows during gameplay. On the arcade version of Dance Dance Revolution step codes must be entered to switch between difficulty levels.

During gameplay, 3D dancing characters appear in the background of each song. Different characters can be selected at the main title screen by standing on either the left or right arrow panels while pressing the select button.

Home Version[edit]

The home version was released in Japan on April 10, 1999 for Sony PlayStation. It includes all 11 songs from the original arcade version along with 5 new songs, three of which are from the arcade version of Dance Dance Revolution 2ndMIX and the rest being console-exclusive songs (which would be added in DDR 2ndMIX Link Version) for a total of 16 songs. It also includes Edit Mode (for editing stepcharts) and Arrange Mode (a mode where if the player step on direction the arrows not meant to appear, they will get a miss).[4][5][6]


All songs from the original Dance Dance Revolution game return in 2ndMix and are available for purchase with the 2ndMix soundtrack.

The original soundtrack for 2ndMix was produced by Toshiba EMI under their Dancemania dance music brand. It featured 32 of the songs in the game. It also came with a second disk that featured a "Nonstop Megamix" with the various songs mixed together in succession. It was released on April 28, 1999. Toshiba EMI also announced that it re-released the original soundtrack to promote the release of Dance Dance Revolution X3 VS 2ndMIX (in which the game include DDR 2ndMix) on November 30, 2011.


Dance Dance Revolution 2ndMix[edit]

Dance Dance Revolution 2ndMix (ダンスダンスレボリューションセカンドミックス, Dansu Dansu Reboryūshon SekandoMikkusu), sometimes abbreviated as 2ndMix (セカンドミックス, SecandoMikkusu), is the second game in the Dance Dance Revolution series of music video games. It was released as an arcade game by Konami in Japan on January 29, 1999. It has a total of 32 songs: ten from the original Dance Dance Revolution arcade game and 26 all-new songs. An updated version, Dance Dance Revolution 2ndMix Link Version, was released to Japanese arcades on April 21, 1999. This version came with a PlayStation memory card reader, installed in the middle of the arcade cabinet. It supports cards that have Link Data from the home version of Dance Dance Revolution, allowing each player to save high scores and play custom step edits. 2ndMix Link Version adds five new songs to the game, two from the home version and three new licenses, for a total of 37 songs. Future Dance Dance Revolution releases in Japan, up to and including Dance Dance Revolution Extreme, integrated Link Data functionality in-game. However, these required different home games to produce different Link Data formats: 3rdMix, 4thMix, 4thMix Plus, 5thMix and New Version.

Dance Dance Revolution 2ndMix Dreamcast Edition for the Japanese Dreamcast

Dance Dance Revolution 2ndReMix (ダンスダンスレボリューションセカンドリミックス, Dansu Dansu Reboryūshon SekandoRiMikkusu), the home version of 2ndMix, was released in Japan on September 30, 1999, for the Sony PlayStation. It includes 34 songs, seven of which are new to this version and are hidden and unlockable. Two of the hidden songs were previews of the next arcade version, Dance Dance Revolution 3rdMix and can only be played on Basic difficulty. The home version has the ability to Disc Change to 1st and Append Club Version. It also allows to unlock features in previous mixes such as the Nonstop Ranking from 3rd Mix. The interface is still the same as the one used in 2ndMix.[7][8][9]

On February 17, 2000, Konami released a version of Dance Dance Revolution 2ndMix for the Dreamcast console. It features 43 songs, seven of which are hidden and unlockable. The song list includes seven songs from Dance Dance Revolution 3rdMix.[10]

Most of the new songs in 2ndMix (with the exception of "BAD GIRLS", "BOYS", "HERO", "stomp to my beat", and the So-REAL Mix of "MAKE IT BETTER") were included in the North American version of Dance Dance Revolution for the PlayStation.[11]

Dance Dance Revolution 3rdMix[edit]

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, is the third game in the Dance Dance Revolution series of music video games. It was released in Japanese arcades by Konami on October 30, 1999. It has a total of 72 songs, 35 of which are new to the arcade series. The game offers a 2ndMix mode, which only includes the 37 songs available in 2ndMix Link. 3rdMix was reissued as Dance Dance Revolution 3rdMix Plus on June 21, 2000. This title, exclusive to Japan, adds 17 songs: three new DanceMania licenses, seven K-Pop tracks from VER.KOREA and seven Konami Originals.[12] Two of these Konami Originals made their arcade premiere in Dancing Stage EuroMix. 3rdMix Plus removes SSR mode and adds Maniac difficulty in 3rdMix mode.

Different versions of Dance Dance Revolution 3rdMix were released for other countries in Asia.[13] The first release in 1999 removed four new songs, made "Strictly Business" unavailable outside of 2ndMix mode and had a bug when trying to enter the Shuffle modification.[14] Two versions of the game were later released exclusively in South Korea: VER.KOREA on April 1, 2000 and VER.KOREA2 on May 1, 2000. VER.KOREA features the same song changes found in the Asia version, but fixes the Shuffle bug and adds seven new Korean pop songs in 3rdMix and SSR modes.[15] VER.KOREA2 is identical to VER.KOREA, but adds 9 more K-Pop songs.[16]

International variants include Dancing Stage EuroMix and Dance Dance Revolution USA. EuroMix was released in European arcades on May 4, 1999. It has a reduced song list of 28 songs, half which are Konami Originals and half which are licenses. Of the licenses, eight are from Universal Music Group and are only available in this arcade release. Six Konami Originals can be added by activating Internet Ranking, for a total of 34 songs. USA was released in North American arcades in October 2000. It has a reduced song list of 26 songs: six licenses and 20 Konami Originals. EuroMix with Internet Ranking and USA share four licenses and 15 Konami Originals in common, including two 3rdMix Plus tracks: "Love This Feelin'" and "TRIP MACHINE ~luv mix~".

Dance Dance Revolution 4thMix[edit]

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. 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.

Dance Dance Revolution 5thMix[edit]

DDRMAX, DDRMAX2 and DDR Extreme[edit]



Review scores
Publication Score
Famitsu 31/40 (PlayStation)
30/40 (Dreamcast)[17]
GameSpot 8.1/10[18]
IGN 8.0/10[19]

On release, Famitsu magazine scored the PlayStation version of the game a 31 out of 40,[17] and the Dreamcast version a 30 out of 40.[20]



On release, Famitsu magazine scored the game a 34 out of 40.[21] The successful DDR series began with the 1998/1999 release of this game, and its popularity can be attributed to the innovative connection between a dancing stage and the need for the player to move their body to match the instructions on the screen.


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  4. ^ Dance Dance Revolution PS Version
  5. ^ Japan's AC Ver. DDR 1st INTERNET RANKING Ver.
  6. ^ Dance Dance Revolution Asia Arcade
  7. ^ Japan's PS Ver. "DDR" (2ndReMIX DISC CHANGE)
  8. ^ Japan's PS Ver. "DDR 2ndReMIX APPEND CLUB VERSiON vol.1"
  9. ^ Japan's PS Ver. "DDR 2ndReMIX APPEND CLUB VERSiON vol.2"
  10. ^ DDR 2nd Mix: Dreamcast Edition
  11. ^ DDR USA: Playstation Version
  12. ^ DDR 3rd Mix Plus Arcade Version
  13. ^ Konami. Dance Dance Revolution 3rdMIX. System 573. Konami. Level/area: Warning screen. This game is for sale and use only in Korea, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, China, Macao, Malaysia, Philippines and Indonesia. 
  14. ^ DDR 3rd Mix: Arcade Version Asia
  15. ^ DDR 3rd Mix Korean Arcade Version 1
  16. ^ DDR 3rd Mix Korean Arcade Version 2
  17. ^ a b プレイステーション - Dance Dance Revolution 2nd ReMIX. Weekly Famitsu. No.915 Pt.2. Pg.21. 30 June 2006.
  18. ^ Gerstmann, Jeff (March 15, 2000). "Dance Dance Revolution 2nd Mix Dreamcast Edition (Import) Review". GameSpot. Retrieved October 26, 2014. 
  19. ^ "Dance Dance Revolution 2nd Mix (Import)". IGN. February 24, 2000. Retrieved October 26, 2014. 
  20. ^ ドリームキャスト - Dance Dance Revolution 2nd MIX Dreamcast Edition. Weekly Famitsu. No.915 Pt.2. Pg.51. 30 June 2006.
  21. ^ プレイステーション - Dance Dance Revolution. Weekly Famitsu. No.915 Pt.2. Pg.8. 30 June 2006.

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Preceded by
Dance Dance Revolution
Succeeded by
Dance Dance Revolution 2ndMix