Dance Dance Revolution Solo

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Dance Dance Revolution Solo
Dance Dance Revolution Solo 2000 arcade machine.jpg
Genres Music, Exercise
Developer(s) Konami
Publisher(s) Konami
Platform of origin Arcade
First release Dance Dance Revolution Solo Bass Mix
August 19, 1999
Latest release Dance Dance Revolution Solo 4thMix Plus
December 28, 2000

Dance Dance Revolution Solo is a short-lived series of games spun off of the main Dance Dance Revolution series. It consists of three arcade releases in Japan. The game mode was also adapted for use in a children's arcade version and two console releases (as a game mode).

Gameplay[edit]

Gameplay in the Solo series is nearly identical to that of the main Dance Dance Revolution series, but with a few differences to optimize the game for single-player mode. In addition to the four-panel mode offered in the main series, Solo adds a three-panel mode in its Bass Mix and 2000 releases, as well as a six-panel mode in all of its releases. Both modes add two new panels: up-left and up-right. The three-panel mode adds the down arrow to these, while the six-panel mode combines both the four traditional panels and the two new panels.

Games[edit]

Dance Dance Revolution Kids adapts elements from Solo for a younger audience.

Main series[edit]

Dance Dance Revolution Solo Bass Mix[edit]

  (ダンスダンスレボリューションソロベースミックス, Dansu Dansu Reboryūshon Soro Bēsu Mikkusu) is the first game in the series. It was released as an arcade game by Konami on August 19, 1999 in Japan. The game premiered 16 songs to the series and takes its name, as well as most of its soundtrack, from the Dancemania BASS albums. This is the first game that features a live-action intro.

Dance Dance Revolution Solo 2000[edit]

  (ダンスダンスレボリューションソロ2000, Dansu Dansu Reboryūshonsoro Tsū Sauzando) the second game in the series. It was released as an arcade game by Konami on December 16, 1999 in Japan. DDR Solo 2000 premiered 20 songs to the series and also featured all 16 songs from Bass Mix, for a total of 36 songs.

Dance Dance Revolution Solo 4thMix[edit]

This game 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.

Derivatives[edit]

While not Solo releases per se, these games offer a one-player mode inspired by Solo.

  • Dance Dance Revolution Extra Mix for the PlayStation in Japan featured a total of 50 songs: 33 of the 36 songs from Solo 2000, plus 11 songs that premiered in 4thMix Plus, four previews from 5thMix and two songs that later premiered in DDRMAX 6thMix. Of these, only the Solo 2000 and 4thMix Plus songs include Solo steps, though Edit Mode allows players to create custom Solo steps for any of the 50 songs.
  • Dance Dance Revolution Konamix for the PlayStation is the first release in North America to feature a Solo mode.
  • Dance Dance Revolution Kids   (ダンスダンスレボリューションキッズ, Dansu Dansu Reboryūshon Kizzu), sometimes abbreviated as DDR Kids (DDRキッズ, Dī Dī Ā Kizzu), is a game in the Dance Dance Revolution series aimed at a younger audience. Released in December 2000 by Konami for the Japanese arcade rooms,[1] DDR Kids is limited in comparison to the main series. Only one player can play at a time, the steps are very simplistic and it's easier to score a passing grade. The arcade machine is smaller than a typical DDR machine, designed for smaller players. The song selection is also limited with only a couple of tracks from the main series. The rest are mostly exclusive to this release and feature theme songs to children's shows that have aired in Japan.
  • Dancing Karaoke DKara was released on January 16, 2001. It combined the gameplay of Dance Dance Revolution with karaoke style singing. Konami had previously released two titles with similar gameplay in the past as very rare arcade machines.[2] The song selection was primarily download driven and features a unique set of music that has not been repeated in any other DDR game. The downloadable songs were sold for ¥150 a song[3] and released in packs of varying size a week or so apart from each other. As of August 9, 2001 the total number of songs available for DKara including the original game and downloadable content was 80, however an undetermined number of songs have been released since then. A newer release, Karaoke Revolution Party, features similar gameplay.

Music[edit]

Songs[edit]

All songs from Solo BASSMIX can also be played in Solo 2000.

Song Artist
Dance Dance Revolution Solo Bass Dancemania Licenses (12 total)
"LOVE MACHINE" PONY TOWN BOYZ
"FREAKY" DE LITE & MC YOUNG
"Club Tropicana" Cydney D
"KUNG FU FIGHTING (MIAMI BOOTY MIX)" BUS STOP featuring CARL DOUGLAS
"SAMBA DE JANEIRO" BASS FIST! feat. BOOGIE GIRL
"DON'T CLOCK ME" POPULA DEMAND feat. THE GET FRESH GIRLS
"GET OFF dagger" WIZZZZARD
"THAT'S THE WAY '98 dagger" DJ BASS feat. MC DIXIE
"I'M ALIVE" UNCLE 36 SEC feat. MC TAIWAN
"TOGETHER & FOREVER dagger" NINEBALL feat. ATOMIC GUN & JULIA
"MY BABY MAMA" ANQUETTE
"GET UP'N MOVE" S & K
Dance Dance Revolution Solo Bass Konami Originals (4 total)
"PARANOIA EVOLUTION" 200
"HYSTERIA" 200
"Let the beat hit em!" Stone Bros.
"SUPER STARS" D.J.RICH feat. Tail Bros.
Dance Dance Revolution Solo 2000 Dancemania Licenses (11 total)
"I'M ALIVE" CUT 'N' MOVE
"HIGH ENERGY (John '00' Fleming Remix)" SLIP & SHUFFLE featuring LEON
"SKY HIGH" DJ MIKO
"TEMPLE OF LOVE" E-ROTIC
"DRILL INSTRUCTOR (C-Jah Happy Mix)" CAPTAIN JACK
"KISS ME (KCP REMIX)" E-ROTIC
"DREAM A DREAM (MIAMI BOOTY MIX)" CAPTAIN JACK
"I DON'T WANT TO MISS A THING (Planet Lution Mix)" DEJA VU featuring TASMIN
"TOGETHER & FOREVER" dagger CAPTAIN JACK
"Typical Tropical" BAMBEE
"STRUT YOUR FUNKY STUFF" DIAMOND
Dance Dance Revolution Solo 2000 Konami Originals (9 total)
"think ya better D" sAmi
"CAN'T STOP FALLIN' IN LOVE" NAOKI
"CELEBRATE NITE" N.M.R
"WILD RUSH" FACTOR-X
"SEXY PLANET" Crystal Aliens
"LOVE THIS FEELIN'" Chang Ma
"TRIP MACHINE ~luv mix~" 2MB
"DROP OUT" NW260
"Let the beat hit em! (BM IIDX version)" Stone Bros.
dagger indicates a song exclusive to Japan, unavailable in the USA location test and the rest of Asia.[4]

Dance Dance Revolution Kids

  • アンパンマンマーチ (♪)
  • ウルトラマンガイア (♪)
  • おどるポンポコリン (♪♪)
  • ターゲット~赤い衝撃~(♪♪♪)
  • ダメダメのうた (♪♪)
  • プラチナ (♪♪♪♪)
  • めざせ! ポケモンマスター (♪)
  • SHAKE (♪♪♪♪)
  • 全部抱きしめて (♪♪)
  • LOVEマシーン (♪♪♪)
  • WAになっておどろう (♪♪)

Dancing Karaoke DKara

Courses[edit]

Nonstop Songs
NONSTOP A 1. "GET UP'N MOVE"
2. "SAMBA DE JANEIRO"
3. "DON'T CLOCK ME"
NONSTOP B dagger 1. "THAT'S THE WAY '98"
2. "GET OFF"
3. "TOGETHER & FOREVER"
NONSTOP C 1. "BRILLIANT 2U"
2. "SP-TRIP MACHINE"
3. "PARANOIA EVOLUTION"
NONSTOP D 1. "CLUB TROPICANA"
2. "KUNG FU FIGHTING (MIAMI BOOTY MIX)"
3. "FREAKY"
NONSTOP E 1. "I'M ALIVE"
2. "MY BABY MAMA"
3. "LOVE MACHINE"
NONSTOP F 1. "Let the beat hit em!"
2. "SUPER STAR"
3. "HYSTERIA"
NONSTOP G ‡ 1. "DYNAMITE RAVE"
2. "CELEBRATE NITE"
3. "CAN'T STOP FALLIN' IN LOVE"
NONSTOP H ‡ 1. "think ya better D"
2. "TRIP MACHINE ~luv mix~"
3. "LOVE THIS FEELIN'"
NONSTOP I ‡ 1. "AFRONOVA"
2. "WILD RUSH"
3. "DROP OUT"
dagger indicates a course exclusive to Japan.[4]
‡ indicates courses that are exclusive to Solo 2000.

Soundtrack[edit]

A combined soundtrack for both DDR Solo mixes was released by Toshiba-EMI under their Dancemania dance music brand. It contains 35 tracks from the game and all 9 megamixes.

Controversy[edit]

In 2002, a bowling alley in San Diego, California removed a Solo 2000 machine after Jennifer Stoefen and several members of a local group, known as Youth Advocacy Coalition (YAC), complained that the background movies of selected songs contained images that could promote substance abuse, such as a scantily clad nurse and pills in "I'm Alive" and alcoholic drinks appearing in "Club Tropicana".

The alley opted to replace the Solo 2000 machine with a DDRMAX Dance Dance Revolution 6thMix machine, which removes the nurse theme and alcohol references, but includes profanity. Konami responded by warning arcades that such machines are illegally imported. Using the DDR Freak fan site, the YAC located other Solo 2000 machines and considered contacting the operators, asking for the games to be removed or replaced.[6] In response, DDR Freak published a statement that denied the allegations of Dance Dance Revolution promoting substance abuse, pointing out that Solo 2000 had a medical theme instead. Videos of related TV news report uploaded on DDR Freak contain the text: "F***IN IDIOT NEWS REPORTERS".

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "KONAMI GSAN1基板情報(DanceDanceRevolution Kids)" (in Japanese). Retrieved May 13, 2012. 
  2. ^ "BEMANI KARAOKE HARDWARE". Retrieved 10 September 2016. 
  3. ^ "Dancing Karaoke DKara general information" (in Japanese). Retrieved 10 September 2016. 
  4. ^ a b "FAQs - DDR Solo 2000". DDR Freak. 2005. Retrieved April 29, 2017. 
  5. ^ "Dancing Karaoke DKara song list" (in Japanese). Retrieved 10 September 2016. 
  6. ^ Clark, Brian (June 21, 2002). "Teens get mad over video; it's removed". Archived from the original on February 11, 2004. Retrieved 2008-01-20.