Review by gameboyhippo

"Great Introduction to DDR"

Konami's Dance Dance Revolution series is one of those rare franchises that has appealed to a diverse audience. It only makes sense that they should combine forces with a game icon that appeals to men and women, old and young alike.

The game comes equipped with a Konami brand DDR mat. Unfortunately, the mat does not feel as slip resistant as the Playstation counterpart. For $50 for a game with mat, one cannot complain too much. It is just doesn't feel as safe.

The gameplay is classic DDR. You tap your feet to the appropriate arrows as they fly up from the bottom of the screen to the top. This game has a few twists, however. In modes that they refer to as “Mush Mode” baddies will rise with the arrows. Each kind of baddies offers a different and unique twist to the normal DDR game. Even with the added twists, the game feels too easy. In “Easy” mode, you are limited to the left and right arrows. For DDR veterans, this may be a turn off. For people who are new to DDR or not yet experts, this game is a perfect warm up.

The Story Mode is kinda hokey. This isn't necessarily a bad thing. It just wouldn't be Mario if the story was serious. Unfortunately, one must complete the story in “Easy” or “Normal” before being able to play it in a more challenging mode. In addition to that, one must complete songs in story mode before they are allowed to play them in free mode.

Players will enjoy the variety of mini games. This is similar to the mini games found in the party mode on DDR Extreme. Mini games include everything from “Wack-a-Goomba” to running and jumping on a flagpole.

The graphics are standard Mario graphics. They don't put you in awe, but they don't feel cheap either. This is because Nintendo uses the same models for all their Mario games.

Where the game really impresses is in the music. The game has over twenty five remixes of classic Mario music. Players will feel nostalgic as they listen to remixed tunes from Mario Bros., Super Mario Bros. 3, and more. Admittedly there are far fewer songs in this game compared to standard DDR games, but the fun remixes make up for it.

Overall the game is great. The only improvement that would have made it better would be to add a more difficult mode. The “Very Hard” mode is about as hard as Standard mode on other DDR titles. Gamers who enjoy visiting the Mushroom Kingdom, dancing, and just having a great time will love DDR: Mario Mix.

Reviewer's Rating:   4.0 - Great

Originally Posted: 10/26/05

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