Review by gprstick2tcr
"You'd be foolish not to try it."
So about ten or so mixes in, Nintendo wised up and jumped on the Dance Dance Revolution bandwagon. Better late than never.
Game Play: 10/10.
The game comes with a dance pad (it is referred to as an "action pad" by Nintendo) that, for soft pads, is very good. Now, to the game. The main premise to dance, obviously. To "dance", you must hit the four directional arrows (up, down, left, and right) to match the arrows on the screen as they flow onto the Step Zone. The steps are rated depending on your timing. If they fall close or perfectly enough into the Step Zone, you get a perfect/great rating for that step. Stepping on the arrow late and early gives you a "late/early" rating. Missing the step completely warrants a "miss" rating and gives lowers your dance bar. If your dance bar empties, you lose the level. The entire game is set up very nicely.
The Story Mode is simple and corny, as they have lately become, especially with the Mario Party series. Free Mode allows you to dance to all the songs you have unlocked in the game. To unlock more than the default song, you must play Story Mode. DDR:MM also features Mini-Games, which the other mixes of DDR do not (excluding Eye Toy games). As another new feature, Mush Mode is available on most songs Normal difficulty and up. This brings Mario baddies into the step chart, and depending on the instruction given prior to the song, you must step/not step on the baddies. The baddies also give coins in Story Mode. Coins help buy items, which can range from refilling the dance meter to bringing the difficulty down a level.
There are five difficulty levels: Beginner, Normal, Hard, Very Hard, and Super Hard. Super Hard can only be unlocked when you beat a song on Very Hard. If you're new to DDR, start with the Beginner level, and if you're ready to take on a challenge, kick it up a notch or two with Super Hard.
The story is simple. Four music keys have been stolen by Waluigi from Truffle Towers. However, they have split apart since then and are located on 4 worlds. You, playing as Mario or Luigi, must recover them before chaos is unleashed on all humanity as we know it.
DDR:MM has easily ousted the other previous mixes in graphics. All the characters are beautifully rendered, especially when they are dancing. The backgrounds are excellent as well, usually matching the mission in Story Mode.
On other mixes, there are some songs that are just downright crap. Not here. Every single song is remixed and catchy. There are old Mario tunes, like the Over-world theme to the Dr. Mario theme. It's almost impossible to be unable to enjoy the song list they have here. The downside is the mix is small: 29 songs. However, the fact that there is not one "bad" song on the entire mix makes up for this:
So it took Nintendo a little longer than others to realize the hit sensation of DDR was something to cash in on. There are some lacking points, such as no groove radar or foot rating system. There is also no editing mode, nor course mode. And the story mode is very linear. It stays within the selected difficulty. There are also no AA and AAA ratings in this, just A's. However, it's Nintendo 's first crack at this. Cut them some slack. This game is geared for beginners, and is a great starter if you're new to Dance Dance. Veterans, I wouldn't say no to buying it, just because you're missing out on some great tunes.
Let's all just cross our fingers and hope a DDR:MM2 comes out.
Reviewer's Score: 9/10 | Originally Posted: 06/07/06
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