Dance Dance Revolution A
|Series||Dance Dance Revolution|
(see release history)
|Arcade system||Bemani PC Type 5 (Windows 7 Embedded Standard)|
DanceDanceRevolution A (pronounced Ace) (ダンスダンスレボリューションエース DansuDansuReboryūshon Ēsu) is a music video game, the 15th installment of the Dance Dance Revolution series, the sequel to 2013's Dance Dance Revolution. It was released on March 30, 2016 in Japan and Asia and on April 4, 2016 in Korea in dedicated cabinet form and as an update to 2013's Dance Dance Revolution . It was released in North America on July 6, 2016, and the first North American Dance Dance Revolution release to support e-Amusement. The game was also released in Europe on December 15, 2017, though the European version does not have e-Amusement support.
The game was first announced during the Grand Final of the Konami Arcade Championship (KAC) 2016, which was held on the final day of the Japanese Amusement Expo (JAEPO) 2016 event, February 20, 2016.
The game features a handful of overhauls to the existing system used by previous games. The most significant change is made towards the song selection screen. While the previous game, DDR 2014, still uses an interface that resembles the Cover Flow system introduced in DDR X2, DDR A changes it into a Sound Voltex-like pagelist giving the illusion of a touchable interface, although selection is still made using buttons below the monitor. Nine song choices, organized in three rows, are in clear view of the player at any time; scrolling past them will reveal additional row of songs, somewhat like the one used in DDR 4thMix. For the first time, selection can be done using the up and down buttons to skip a row of songs (in previous games, these buttons are exclusively used for e-Amusement services and certain modifiers). While highlighting a song is needed to display their detailed information, all of the visible song choices always display their song title and the current difficulty level selected, reducing the time needed to browse through them.
The Groove Radar, previously fixed for each chart, now behaves accordingly whether the player sets options that eliminate arrows (e.g. activating "Freeze: Off" causes the Freeze portion of the radar to disappear) or not. The grading system also includes "+" and "-" levels for all grades except for AAA and E (though D does not have a "-" level). There are also aesthetic changes. If the player's dance meter is depleted down to the red level, a "danger overlay" will be added behind the player's arrow zone and the DDR X's speakers will turn red. The in-game characters now have the dance routines of the Supernova era (which in turn are based on those from the Ultramix series), though premade routines are retained. Some options have also been removed or changed to fit better with the gameplay.
Due to failures related with Windows XP Embedded, all cabinets are replaced by DDR (2013) cabinets or have arcade boards changed from DDR (2013) cabinets. These cabinets have a new Bemani PC Type 5 that runs Windows 7 Embedded Standard.
The Extra Stage system retains the star requirement introduced in DDR X3 VS 2ndMix. The player is required to obtain 9 stars in a round to be allowed an extra song, the number of stars of which is determined by the player's grade. However, the game also introduces the concept of "Extra Level" which becomes an additional equation to the number of stars attainable. Once again, Extra Stages can only be obtained in Premium Mode, and for Japan only, PASELI users must choice PASELI-Premium instead of PASELI-Standard due to renewal pay method.
"Extra Level", introduced on June 13, 2016, rewards the player who plays the game multiple times with an increased chance to gain an extra stage. Each player starts at Level 1 at the start of a day. By completing three rounds, they are promoted to Level 2, which adds an additional 3 stars for every round the player completes afterward. Completing four more rounds promotes the player to Level 3, which nets the player a free access to Extra Stage for every round afterward. The promotion is applicable for a day, however; the level will be demoted back to 1 the next day. Before April 26, 2018, the level will also be demoted if the player selects "ENDYMION" as Extra Stage Level 3.
Before June 13, 2016, DDR A used the traditional Extra Stage system of previous games, which after the update was refitted into the Extra Exclusive folder. The exclusive song added during this period was "New Century".
Introduced on June 13, 2016, Extra Savior allows the player to unlock hidden songs by playing them in Extra Stage. These not only include new additions for this game, but also some hidden songs yet to be unlocked for the general public from previous games. Extra Level impacts the unlock system; if the player is in Level 1 or 2, they must clear the song to unlock them, while being in Level 3 unlocks them regardless if the player clears the stage or not. Also, unlocking a song's difficulty automatically unlocks all difficulties below them, e.g. unlocking the song's Difficult stepchart unlocks the Beginner and Basic difficulties as well.
On October 6, 2016, six Extra Savior songs were added which have an additional unlock requirement before the player can access them in the folder called New Generation Natsu no Ryuusei Festa 2016 (New Generation 夏の流星フェスタ2016). The player needs to play a round of either of the following three Bemani games: beatmania IIDX 23 copula, jubeat Qubell, or SOUND VOLTEX III GRAVITY WARS. As promotion, clearing one of the songs added, "Triple Counter", unlocks an alternate skin for one of three characters depending on the chart completed. Clearing its Basic chart unlocks "Emi (JOMANDA)", Difficult nets "Alice (VALLIS-NERIA)", and Expert unlocks "Rinon (Lisa-RICCIA)". However, New Generation 夏の流星フェスタ2016 was not available in the North American release of the game until December 1, 2016.
Introduced also on June 13, 2016, this folder is essentially a replacement for the traditional Extra Stage system of the previous games: the songs in this folder can only be played in Extra Stage. The player's current Extra Level determines the number of songs available inside the folder. Some of them have recently been made available in Final Stage, allowing those without Premium Mode to access them. There are 14 songs in this folder.
Encore Extra Stage
If the player manages to score AA or higher in "ENDYMION" on Basic or higher difficulty as Extra Stage, the player is granted access to the Encore Extra Stage, "ACE FOR ACES". A special Risky dance meter is applied, in which scoring Great or lower immediately ends the game. No time is allowed to change options, as the song immediately starts upon completing the previous stage.
Baby-Lon's and Rinon's Adventures
Started on August 8, 2016, Baby-Lon's Adventure event is centered on the character Baby-Lon. At the end of each stage, the player will be given a short cinematic of Baby-Lon climbing stairs, the number of which depends on the player's grade. Once reaching a certain number, the player earns a new song, after which Baby-Lon is sent back down again for another climb. Steps gained are not cumulative as each climb is done separately (gaining 10 steps when the player only needs 2 more means that the remaining 8 steps are lost). There are a total of 5 songs available for unlock in this event.
One variant after any player completes this event, started on April 27, 2017, is Rinon's Adventure, but the steps can only be obtained in Extra Stage. There are all 10 Extra Exclusive songs and their Challenge charts available for unlock in this event. Unlocking them all additionally allows the player to access "ENDYMION" as an Extra Exclusive song by reaching Extra Stage Level 1 (Initially Level 3) and "ACE FOR ACES" as an Extra Exclusive song by reaching Extra Stage Level 2 (Initially Encore Extra).
Dance Dance Revolution A was released on July 6, 2016 in the United States. As of July 2018, the game is available in 57 locations in the United States: 34 Dave & Buster's locations, and 23 Round1 locations. Of these, ten Round1 locations are each equipped with two Dance Dance Revolution A machines, instead of just one.
In Canada, Dance Dance Revolution A launched on December 5, 2016, during the grand opening of the Dave & Buster's in Oakville, Ontario. As of July 2018, this is the sole venue in Canada to feature this game. This is the first Dance Dance Revolution release in the country after Dance Dance Revolution X in 2009 and the import of Dance Dance Revolution X2 in 2011.
Currently, there are 112 new songs of 764 total. 3 of them were available for play within a limited time period in Dance Dance Revolution 2014 as promotion. The promotional teaser for the game confirmed the following artists who composed the game's music: U1-ASAMi, Captain KING, DJ TOTTO, Musical Cosmology, Sota F., L.E.D.-G, Zodiac Fall, TAG, Nekomata Master, and CLUB SPICE. All Dancemania licenses have been removed due to their licenses expiring, making Dance Dance Revolution A the first core arcade Dance Dance Revolution title to have no traditional Dancemania licenses in it.
This is the first arcade appearance of Billboard Hot 100 songs since DanceDanceRevolution X2. This game also continues the previous licensing partnerships with EXIT TUNES and Team Shanghai Alice. There are 24 songs that are absent in the North American and European releases of the game, which include 16 licenses from Dance Dance Revolution A, "ミライプリズム" from Dance Dance Revolution 2014, "ずっとみつめていて (Ryu☆Remix)" from Dance Dance Revolution 2013, and all licenses from Dance Dance Revolution X3 VS 2ndMix.
|Licensed songs (34 total)|
|ナユタン星人||from jubeat Qubell|
from the album 百鬼夜行
(Ama no Jyaku)
|164||from SOUND VOLTEX BOOTH|
from the album THEORY -164 feat.GUMI-
|"Believe"||Chaos Featuring CeCe Peniston||from Chaos' single Believe|
|"Break Free"||Ariana Grande feat. Zedd||from the album My Everything|
(Cirno no Perfect Sansuu Kyoushitsu)
|ARM+夕野ヨシミ feat.miko||from SOUND VOLTEX BOOTH|
from the album 東方氷雪歌集
|"Determination"||柊木りお||from jubeat saucer fulfill|
from the album 輪廻の恋
|"Grip & Break down !!"||SOUND HOLIC feat. Nana Takahashi||from SOUND VOLTEX BOOTH|
from the album 紅 -KURENAI-
|"Happy"||Pharrell Williams||from the Despicable Me 2 Original Motion Picture Soundtrack|
|EasyPop||from jubeat plus|
from EXIT TUNES PRESENTS Vocalonation feat. 初音ミク
(Hatsune Miku no Shoushitsu)
|cosMo@暴走P feat. 初音ミク||from SOUND VOLTEX III GRAVITY WARS|
from the album 初音ミクの消失
|"Help me, ERINNNNNN!!"||ビートまりお (COOL&CREATE)||from BeatStream|
from the album とうほう☆あまねりお
|"Hillbilly Shoes"||Montgomery Gentry||from the album Tattoos & Scars|
|ARM・まろん (IOSYS) × ランコ・パプリカ (豚乙女)||from REFLEC BEAT 悠久のリフレシア|
from the album 東方氷雪大感謝 ─チルノのパーフェクトさんすう教室⑨周年記念コンピレーションアルバム─
|Last Note.||from SOUND VOLTEX II -infinite infection-|
from EXIT TUNES PRESENTS Vocalosensation feat. 初音ミク
|"I Want You To Know"||Zedd feat. Selena Gomez||from the album True Colors|
(Iro wa Nioedo Chirinuru wo)
|幽閉サテライト(Arranged:Iceon) feat. senya||from SOUND VOLTEX BOOTH|
from the album 色は匂へど散りぬるを
(Kunshi Ayauku mo Chikou Yore)
|A応P||Osomatsu-san anime opening|
(Lost One no Gōukoku)
|Neru||from SOUND VOLTEX II -infinite infection-|
from the album 世界征服
(Marisa wa Taihen na Mono wo Nusunde Ikimashita)
|ARM(IOSYS)||from SOUND VOLTEX BOOTH|
from the album 東方乙女囃子
|"More One Night"||チト(CV：水瀬いのり)、ユーリ(CV：久保ユリカ)||Shoujo Shuumatsu Ryokou anime ending|
(Night of Knights)
|ビートまりお (COOL&CREATE)||from SOUND VOLTEX BOOTH|
from the album 花詠束 -HANATABA-
(Nou Shou Sakuretsu Girl)
|れるりり||from the album 脳漿炸裂ガール|
|"プレインエイジア -PHQ remix-"
(Plain Asia -PHQ remix-)
|PHQUASE||from BEMANI×Tōuhōu Project Ultimate MasterPieces|
|まふまふ||from the album 明日色ワールドエンド|
(Rokuchounen to Ichiya Monogatari)
|kemu feat. IA||from SOUND VOLTEX BOOTH|
from the album PANDORA VOXX
|そらまふうらさか||from jubeat clan|
|iroha||from SOUND VOLTEX BOOTH|
from EXIT TUNES PRESENTS Vocalostar feat. 初音ミク
(Sennen no Kotowari)
|猫叉Master||from BEMANI×Tōuhōu Project Ultimate MasterPieces|
(Shiawase ni Nareru Kakushi Command ga Arurashii)
|うたたP feat. 結月ゆかり||from SOUND VOLTEX III GRAVITY WARS|
from the album みんな幸せにな～れ！
|"Shut Up and Dance"||Walk The Moon||from the album Talking Is Hard|
|"Time Of Our Lives"||Pitbull||from the album Globalization|
|"Wake Me Up"||Avicii||from the album True|
|みきとP||from jubeat plus|
from EXIT TUNES PRESENTS Vocalosensation feat. 初音ミク
(Youkoso Japari Park e)
|どうぶつビスケッツ×PPP||from jubeat clan|
Kemono Friends anime opening
|Konami Original songs (6 total)|
|"DANCE ALL NIGHT (DDR EDITION)"||Sota Fujimori||New Konami Original|
|"HANDS UP IN THE AIR"||U1||New Konami Original|
|"Hopeful"||柊木りお featured by SOTAG||New Konami Original|
(Juuniseiza no Seiiki)
|Zodiac Fall||New Konami Original|
|"siberite"||Captain KING||New Konami Original|
|"Yeah! Yeah!"||CLUB SPICE||New Konami Original|
|From Console Version (3 total)|
|"CHOCOLATE PHILOSOPHY"||常盤ゆう||from Dance Dance Revolution Ultramix 4|
from GuitarFreak 8thMix & DrumMania 7thMix
|"High School Love"||DJ YOSHITAKA feat.DWP||from Dance Dance Revolution Winx Club|
from pop'n music 14 FEVER!
|"Lesson by DJ"||U.T.D. & Friends||from Dance Dance Revolution Hottest Party|
|BEMANI Crossover songs (7 total)|
|"ALL MY HEART -この恋に、私の全てを賭ける-"
(ALL MY HEART -Kono Koi ni, Watashi no Subete wo Kakeru)
|SUPER HEROINE 彩香-AYAKA-||from jubeat knit|
|ヒゲドライバー join. SELEN||from REFLEC BEAT groovin'!!|
|"Fly far bounce"||猫叉Master||from ノスタルジア|
|"Ha・lle・lu・jah"||SOUND HOLIC feat. Nana Takahashi||from SOUND VOLTEX BOOTH|
|HHH×MM×ST||from pop'n music 20 fantasia|
|"SHION"||DJ YOSHITAKA||from pop'n music 19 TUNE STREET|
|"Star Trail" (BG)||Nhato||from beatmania IIDX 19 Lincle|
|HinaBitter songs (7 total)|
(Kurokami Midareshi Shura to Narite ~Rin edition~)
|"魔法のたまご ～心菜 ELECTRO POP edition～"
(Mahou no Tamago ~Cocona ELECTRO POP edition~)
|東雲心菜(from ここなつ)||from HinaBitter|
(Ronron e Rairairai!)
|"さよならトリップ ～夏陽 EDM edition～"
(Sayonara Trip ~Natsuhi EDM edition~)
|東雲夏陽(from ここなつ)||from HinaBitter|
|Tokimeki Idol songs (10 total)|
|"DREAMING-ING!!"||ときめきアイドル project||from Tokimeki Idol|
|ときめきアイドル project||from Tokimeki Idol|
|"invisible rain"||ときめきアイドル project 月島美奈都||from Tokimeki Idol|
|"Jewelry days"||ときめきアイドル project||from Tokimeki Idol|
(Koi no Puzzle Magic)
|ときめきアイドル project Rhythmixxx||from Tokimeki Idol|
|ときめきアイドル project||from Tokimeki Idol|
|ときめきアイドル project 結城秋葉||from Tokimeki Idol|
|"Strawberry Chu♡Chu♡"||ときめきアイドル project クッキーパラダイス||from Tokimeki Idol|
(Tatakae! Dadandarn V)
|ときめきアイドル project||from Tokimeki Idol|
|"Twin memories W"||ときめきアイドル project||from Tokimeki Idol|
|Christmas Special song (1 total)|
|"Thank You Merry Christmas"||VENUS||Christmas Special Song|
|Konami Arcade Championship songs (2 total)|
|"Be a Hero!"||中島由貴||BEMANI Collaboration|
The 7th Konami Arcade Championship Exclusive
|"Reach The Sky, Without you"||nc ft.NRGFactory||New Konami Original|
The 7th Konami Arcade Championship Exclusive
|Baby-Lon's Adventure songs (5 total)|
(Happy☆Koi Lovely Time!!)
|DJ TOTTO feat.anporin||from REFLEC BEAT groovin'!!|
Baby-Lon's Adventure Song#1
|"Special One"||kors k feat. Suzuyo Miyamoto||from jubeat|
Baby-Lon's Adventure Song#2
|"Towards the TOWER"||SHAMDEL||from jubeat prop|
Baby-Lon's Adventure Song#3
|かめりあ feat. ななひら||from beatmania IIDX 22 PENDUAL|
Baby-Lon's Adventure Song#4
|"Dancer in the flare"||猫叉Master||New Konami Original|
Baby-Lon's Adventure Song#5
|Extra Savior songs (17 total)|
|"Boss Rush"||USAO||from jubeat Qubell|
|"Chronos (walk with you remix)"||BEMANI Sound Team "TAG"||New Konami Original|
|"Cytokinesis"||Hommarju||from REFLEC BEAT groovin'!!|
|"Electric Dance System Music"||U1 overground||New Konami Original|
|"Far east nightbird"||猫叉Master||from jubeat knit|
|"Far east nightbird kors k Remix -DDR edit ver-"||猫叉Master||New Konami Original|
|"Illegal Function Call"||U1-ASAMi||from beatmania IIDX 20 tricoro|
|Prim||from beatmania IIDX 19 Lincle|
|"朧 (dj TAKA Remix)"
(Oboro (dj TAKA Remix))
|HHH×MM×ST||New Konami Original|
|NU-KO||from pop'n music 20 fantasia|
|"Sakura Reflection"||Ryu☆||from REFLEC BEAT|
(Shunpuu Blowing Wind)
|TAG||from pop'n music ラピストリア|
|"S!ck"||Eagle||from beatmania IIDX 20 tricoro|
(Sora e no Katamichi Kippu)
|Musical Cosmology||New Konami Original|
|"STERLING SILVER"||TAG||from jubeat saucer fulfill|
|"STERLING SILVER (U1 overground mix)"||TAG||New Konami Original|
|"TECH-NOID"||Sota F.||New Konami Original|
|New Generation Natsu no Ryuusei Festa 2016 songs (6 total)|
|"Angelic Jelly"||t+pazolite||New Generation 夏の流星フェスタ2016 Song#1|
|"Grand Chariot"||xi||New Generation 夏の流星フェスタ2016 Song#2|
|"Sephirot"||SHIKI||New Generation 夏の流星フェスタ2016 Song#3|
|"StrayedCatz"||削除||New Generation 夏の流星フェスタ2016 Song#4|
|"ZEPHYRANTES"||TAG||New Generation 夏の流星フェスタ2016 Song#5|
|"Triple Counter"||DJ YOSHITAKA meets dj TAKA||New Generation 夏の流星フェスタ2016 Song#6|
|Extra Exclusive songs (14 total)|
|"New Century"||Sota F.||New Konami Original|
EXTRA EXCLUSIVE LEVEL 1
|"RISING FIRE HAWK"||L.E.D.-G||New Konami Original|
EXTRA EXCLUSIVE LEVEL 2
|"Astrogazer"||DJ TOTTO||New Konami Original|
EXTRA EXCLUSIVE LEVEL 3
|"Come to Life"||ARM (IOSYS) feat. Nicole Curry||New Konami Original|
EXTRA EXCLUSIVE LEVEL 4
|"Emera"||PON||New Konami Original|
EXTRA EXCLUSIVE LEVEL 5
|"Start a New Day"||Sota F.||New Konami Original|
EXTRA EXCLUSIVE LEVEL 6
|"Ishtar"||劇団レコード||New Konami Original|
EXTRA EXCLUSIVE LEVEL 7
|"out of focus"||Qrispy Joybox||New Konami Original|
EXTRA EXCLUSIVE LEVEL 8
|"Neutrino"||HuΣeR||New Konami Original|
EXTRA EXCLUSIVE LEVEL 9
|"Cosy Catastrophe"||SYUNN||New Konami Original|
EXTRA EXCLUSIVE LEVEL 10
|"IN BETWEEN"||BEMANI Sound Team "L.E.D.-G" feat. Mayumi Morinaga||New Konami Original|
EXTRA EXCLUSIVE LEVEL 11
|"Love You More"||BEMANI Sound Team "Sota F."||New Konami Original|
EXTRA EXCLUSIVE LEVEL 12
|"ENDYMION" (BG)||fallen shepherd ft. RabbiTon Strings||New Konami Original|
EXTRA EXCLUSIVE LEVEL A
|"ACE FOR ACES"||TAG×U1||New Konami Original|
ENCORE EXTRA STAGE
|Newly Revived song (1 total)|
|"MAKE A JAM!"||U1||from Dance Dance Revolution 2ndMix|
|Removed songs (20 total)|
|"Strobe Girl"||colate||from Dance Dance Revolution (2014)|
|"Burst The Gravity"||ALTIMA||from Dance Dance Revolution (2013)|
|"Choo Choo TRAIN"||EXILE||from Dance Dance Revolution (2013)|
|きゃりーぱみゅぱみゅ||from Dance Dance Revolution (2013)|
(JoJo ~Sono Chi no Sadame~)
|(no artist)||from Dance Dance Revolution (2013)|
|"LOVE & JOY -Risk Junk MIX-"||Risk Junk||from Dance Dance Revolution (2013)|
|"Mickey Mouse March (Eurobeat Version)"||Domino||from Dance Dance Revolution (2013)|
|高取ヒデアキ||from Dance Dance Revolution (2013)|
|"future gazer"||fripSide||from Dance Dance Revolution X3 VS 2ndMix|
|"LOVE & JOY"||木村由姫||from Dance Dance Revolution X3 VS 2ndMix|
|ゴールデンボンバー||from Dance Dance Revolution X3 VS 2ndMix|
|"STRAIGHT JET"||栗林みな実||from Dance Dance Revolution X3 VS 2ndMix|
|"IF YOU WERE HERE"||JENNIFER||from Dance Dance Revolution X2|
|"IF YOU WERE HERE(L.E.D.-G STYLE REMIX)"||JENNIFER||from Dance Dance Revolution X2|
|Pink Lemonade||from Dance Dance Revolution X|
|"Trickster"||水樹奈々||from Dance Dance Revolution X|
|"BAD GIRLS"||Juliet Roberts||from Dance Dance Revolution 2ndMix|
|"Boom Boom Dollar (Red Monster Mix)"||King Kong & D.Jungle Girls||from Dance Dance Revolution 2ndMix|
|"stomp to my beat"||JS16||from Dance Dance Revolution 2ndMix|
|"KUNG FU FIGHTING"||BUS STOP ft CARL DOUGLAS||from Dance Dance Revolution|
- mark indicates that this song has a music video which is played full-screen.
- (BG) mark indicates that this song has a music video which is played in an in-game background dance stage.
- mark indicates that this song must be unlocked.
- mark indicates that this song is not available in the North American and European releases of DDR games due to licensing issues.
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