Dance Dance Revolution First Impressions

The icon arcade dance game is back again, and we got to check it out on the E3 2009 show floor.

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After numerous iterations, Dance Dance Revolution is back for yet another year. The biggest change to the series this time is a brand-new eight-way dance mat peripheral for the PlayStation 3. There's also good news for existing Xbox 360 DDR fans: their dance mats will also work in eight directions thanks to the existing pad's nine sensors. Like with other dance/rhythm games, the additional buttons will come into play only at the harder difficulty levels, so novices won't be overwhelmed at the beginning. For DDR pros, however, the addition of four more pads will certainly up the ante this year. Wii Fit owners will also be pleased to know that DDR is compatible with the Wii Balance Board.

While the eight-way dance pad will ultimately make the game more challenging, there are two new modes for casual fans: School mode and Relax mode. School mode is purely for practice, with no scoring whatsoever. Relax mode has some scoring, but the difficulty is described as "ultra easy," making the game more accessible to new or less coordinated dancers. Eight-way dancing will be limited to the new Octo-move mode, so purists can rest easy that the core gameplay remains unaffected.

The latest instalment boasts 30 full master tracks, including related video clips and artwork. An additional 20 songs were created by the Bemani development team, so there's sure to be a healthy dollop of cheesy j-pop along for the ride. We were told by a Konami rep that, for the first time, Latin America will also get a range of songs.

Dance Dance Revolution is coming to the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 2, and Nintendo Wii later this year. Visit e3.gamespot.com to check out GameSpot's full E3 2009 coverage.

Discussion

31 comments
nbba2
nbba2

I hope they offer a lot of anison for download via PSN.

Jaden_Arbiter
Jaden_Arbiter

Man, Konami need to get to releasing these on the mainstream consoles already, not on PS2 because Guitar Hero/Rock Band/DJ Hero are definitely controlling the genre right now.

colonialpikachu
colonialpikachu

Cool, I'm new to DDR, so this should make a good start.

red-drybones
red-drybones

How the heck is the Wii balance board gonna work out?? I just hope they sell the regular map too.

QWERTYCommander
QWERTYCommander

I've been waiting for an 8-way pad. I'm so getting this.

her0carn
her0carn

Hope they release it in AUS i don't think i have ever seen a DDR game down here for playstation ever

BLuFAlc0n
BLuFAlc0n

@ehsan8888 I'm sure you can, as the Wii dance mats connects to the GC Ports.

ehsan8888
ehsan8888

I hope you can use your Gamecube Dance Board.

Xdra
Xdra

hopefully I can look like a real tard doing this later this year! XD

Hanzoadam
Hanzoadam

I think this would be mega fun

chibi-acer
chibi-acer

I like DDR, and I like Wii Fit. I really don't see myself playing this with the Balance Board, though. Sheesh.

XO422
XO422

YES DDR IS BACK I LOVE DDR ITS ABOUT TIME IS COMING TO PS3 CAN'T WAIT

DaisukeNiwafan
DaisukeNiwafan

Why on earth has everyone been complaining about 8 steps? There have been programs where you can use 6 or 8 for quite awhile....

Neoyamaneko
Neoyamaneko

That's the problem with Konami's BEMANI series. They keep ramping the difficulty up so its too difficult for beginners to adopt. Mixes 1 - 5 were great for beginners to experts, but became "otaku" centered afterwards. Now an 8 way pad?

chamelean75
chamelean75

well, I don't look at the graphics when I play DDR. The arrows come so fast that I have NO time to look at graphics cause I am staring at the arrows. Those graphics look fine. No one buys DDR for the graphics, at least I don't. I hope the songs are good.

the_danny
the_danny

oh my god how bad :O sketchup looks better :O

Rod90
Rod90

You can't jump on the balance board... how are they going to use it?

gmax
gmax

They should have an option for the WBB where you can shift your "weight" in the opposite direction to hit your steps (if that's not already in there somehow). It would make it funnier to watch.

StSk8ter29
StSk8ter29

Quite honestly i'm tired of J-pop in these games. I would much rather want to hear something western like Junkie XL or MDFMK.

VirtualTofu
VirtualTofu

Um.... Why? Who wants a really old DDR game remade with 30 songs? I hope it's a downloadable title for $15. Then again, I got DDR Max 2 for $8 new and DDR Extreme 1 & 2 used for $9 each.

magix2k
magix2k

Looks promising. Can't wait for the official songlist ;)

konradak
konradak

I always wanted to try these games out... Maybe I finally will put out some money for em :D

JIT93
JIT93

Sweet! Now I can play this in my PS3, But this looks really similar to DDRX, I wonder if the PS3 version will get the Planet songs, I loved those :(

Nuoi
Nuoi

Wii Balance Board? :) Now that's weird. Isn't WBB just... too small?

TristanH12
TristanH12

Wow that sounds like a nice offering. I wonder if there will also be DLC. This year PS3 gets it too!