Dance Dance Revolution: Mario Mix

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Dance Dance Revolution: Mario Mix
DDRMMboxartfront.jpg
Developer(s) Konami
Nintendo SPD Group No.2
Publisher(s) Nintendo
Platform(s) Nintendo GameCube
Release date Japan July 14, 2005
USA October 24, 2005
Europe October 28, 2005
Australia November 24, 2005 [1]
Genre Dancing
Rating(s)
ESRB:ESRB E.svg - Everyone
PEGI:PEGI 3.svg - Three years and older
CERO:CERO A.png - All ages
Mode(s) Single-Player, Versus
Media GameCube optical disc
Input
GameCube:
NGC Action Pad
"DDR" redirects here. For information about the location in Paper Mario, see Dry Dry Ruins.

Dance Dance Revolution: Mario Mix (known as Dance Dance Revolution with Mario in Japan and Dancing Stage: Mario Mix in Europe) is a Nintendo GameCube game based on the popular Dance Dance Revolution video game series, but with a Mario theme. Mario Mix utilizes an included Mario-themed dance mat. To play the game, players must step on the up, down, left, and right arrows when they line up with a bar on the screen. The player can choose to play with either Mario or Luigi in a number of modes and difficulty levels with nearly thirty songs.

Dance Dance Revolution: Mario Mix is the second dancing game to be released on the Nintendo GameCube. Mario Mix is not as intense as standard versions of Dance Dance Revolution; Super Hard difficulty is equivalent to "standard" difficulty in other Dance Dance Revolution games (though some later songs are considered "heavy" in the standard games, especially Bowser's Castle).

Story Mode[edit]

The game includes a Story Mode, which the player must clear in order to unlock all of the songs in the game. The playable characters are Mario and Luigi. The opening scene starts out with Waluigi stealing the Music Keys from Truffle Towers. This is trouble as the Music Keys are able to grant the wish of a character. However, when Waluigi opens the door to the room of the four Music Keys, they all scatter across the Mushroom Kingdom except for one that Waluigi gets to keep. Meanwhile, from afar, Toad watches this and rushes to tell Mario or Luigi, depending on which character the player chose.

Toad warns Mario (or Luigi) that Waluigi has stolen the Music Keys and explains he might wish for anything. Mario decides to go stop Waluigi and Toad decides to come with him to Truffle Towers. On a boat, the two cross a river, and after climbing a vine, reach Truffle Towers. However, once there, the two find the doors to Truffle Tower locked. Suddenly, Waluigi laughs an evil laugh, as he tosses a Bob-omb at the two. Mario is sent flying and he falls down a Warp Pipe which takes him down to an underground room filled with Goombas. Toad tells him not to worry-with the power of dancing he might be able to get out.

Mario dances and is able to make the large Mushroom platform he is standing on grow large enough to let him out of the underground area. Mario then rushes up to Toad, and they both visit a shop. A Lakitu welcomes them, and Toad spots something in the shop. A shining, bright key. He asks the Lakitu where he got that and if it's the key to Truffle Towers. Lakitu does not quite know but he tells Toad that it's not for sale-unless Mario and Toad are able to get rid of the young Koopas messing with his farm. If Mario gets rid of the Koopas messing with Lakitu's farms and carrots, he may give them the key.

After Mario stomps all the Koopa Troopas, while dancing a bit, Lakitu agrees to give Mario the key. After that, Mario and Toad rush to Truffle Towers again and are able to open the doors. Inside, Waluigi smiles at them; his wish is to become the best dancer in the whole world. Mario challenges Waluigi to a dance-off. The winner gets to keep the Music Keys. Waluigi accepts the challenge, and they both dance, until Mario is claimed the winner. Mario, as the winner, gets the Music Keys. However, once outside Truffle Towers, Toad informs Mario that they must now get the rest of the Music Keys. He brings the S.S. Brass, and Mario and Toad hop on it. They fly off looking for Music Keys. Their first stop is an island looking similar to Isle Delfino.

On their way however, a Tweester suddenly appears and makes the S.S. Brass spin. The S.S. Brass spins around a hotel and somehow, turns it into a corkscrew. Toadette, owner of the hotel, comes out and yells at Mario for ruining her hotel. Mario then calms her down and decides to dance to fix it. After Toadette and all the guests at the hotel dance, the hotel is turned back into its normal shape. Mario and Toad hop back in the S.S. Brass to leave the island. However, the boat hits a whirlpool and is thrown off course. Luckily, there is a shop up ahead and the owner of the shop, Pirate Lakitu, tells them he has a part that can make the ship go underwater. He agrees to help them if they beat him in a dance off. Mario dances and is able to beat the Lakitu in a dance off. After a short dancing competition, Lakitu gives them the part for the ship.

With their ship repaired, Toad explains that whoever has the Music Key must be wishing for all these storms to happen. Mario and Toad hop in the S.S. Brass, thank the Lakitu, and ride into the water as if it were a submarine. They travel down into a temple, where they see a large Blooper holding a Music Key. After Mario has another "dance off" against him, Blooper hands him the Music Key and then leaves. Mario and Toad get into their ship and go back to the surface and take off to their next destination, Mushroom Park. They arrive at the entrance, which is blocked by two Hammer Bros. who won't let Mario and Toad through unless they are able to beat them in a dance-off. Toad complains that his legs are too short and he can't dance so he leaves Mario to do the dancing. Mario and the Hammer Bro. dance off and in the end, Mario is able to beat the Hammer Bro.

The Hammer Bros. let Mario and Toad enter the park. Once inside, they see the one who currently has the second Music Key - Wario. Wario soon hops on a roller coaster, while Mario follows. Eventually, Wario stops in front of a ferris wheel and turns to Mario and announces that with the Music Key, he will wish to get his own game: DDR: Wario Mix. Wario hops on the ferris wheel and challenges Mario to a dance-off. However, he loses the dance-off and Mario gets to keep the Music Key.

Toad and Mario hop inside the S.S. Brass and take off to Freeze Mountain. Toad tries climbing up the large, icy mountain, but are unable to do so. Mario and Toad spot a Warp Pipe, and decide that maybe there's another way to climb the mountain. They both enter and end up on an ice floe with Cheep Cheeps surrounding them. Several Mr. Blizzards and Penguins looking down at Mario and Toad. Mario smiles and start dancing to "entertain" them. As he dances, the ice floe floats closer and closer to another Warp Pipe that Mario and Toad can use to get to the top of the mountain.

They soon find a log cabin that Mario and Toad eagerly enter. After they warm up, Mario and Toad keep going up the mountain. At the very top of the mountain is a large Freezie holding the Music Key Using fire and a little bit of dancing, Mario melts the Freezie and claims the key. To return to the bottom of the mountain, Mario and Toad luckily find some sleds that they get in to. Mario and Toad sled down the large mountain while avoiding obstacles along the way.

Mario and Toad soon return to Truffle Towers and return the Music Keys to their original place. Soon after, Bowser, in his Koopa Clown Car, steals the keys. Mario and Toad follow in the S.S. Brass, dodging Bullet Bills along the way. They finally enter Bowser's Castle, and recapture the Music Keys.

Bowser challenges Mario to a dance-off, during which Mario activates a large rocket that whacks Bowser into the sky. Bowser admits he wanted the Music Keys to cure his tone-deafness. Mario turns Bowser's castle into a large field, which Bowser is shocked by. Mario, Toad, and Bowser suddenly get a strange feeling inside of them. They then start dancing happily. The Music Keys are returned to Truffle Towers, and Mario finally goes home.

Characters[edit]

Playable[edit]

Non-Playable[edit]

The Action Pad[edit]

Dance Mat v1
Dance Mat v2

Included with the game is a dance mat (or as Konami calls it, an action pad) which plugs into a controller socket on the GameCube. Then, standing in the center of the mat, the player can simply step on an arrow when it reaches the top of the screen: left, right, up or down. Of course, as the difficulty rises, moves such as jumps to step on two arrows at the same time are required, when they must move around the mat quickly.

Incidentally, the game can be sold by itself without a dance mat. The regular controller then uses the Control stick or the Control pad and the face buttons for directional input, with X button for up, A button for Down, B button for left and Y button for right.

Dance Meter[edit]

At the start of each song, a dance meter appears in the upper left corner (and upper right corner for 2 players and Boss Battles/Dance Offs). It consists of ten stars, with each song starting with five (this can be varied with items). As the players get Perfects and Greats, the meter rises. When they miss, it decreases. In the Options menu, the player can set how much a miss decreases their dance meter, and in Story Mode, the higher the difficulty, the more they lose. The meter will flash if the player is under two and a half stars, and when the dance meter runs out of stars, the song will end automatically and they will get an F for the song and a 'Failed' message. In Story Mode, the player will lose a life.

Grades for the Song[edit]

When the player keeps their dance meter filled and get a Cleared! message at the end of the song, these are the possible grades:

  • A - Can I call you a dancing master? Top grade. A couple, if any missteps.
  • B - You're a fantastic dancer! You should dance one more time! A very good grade with very few missteps.
  • C - Bravo! A fair grade with some missteps.
  • D - Excellent! A significant amount of missteps.
  • F - Wha-wha what? A ton of missteps leads to this dreaded grade, even if the player clears the song.

Two major factors decide the grade for a song: number of missteps in relation to the song length and total points. As the difficulty rises, more missteps can still mean a better grade (B), but the A still requires barely any missteps.

Grades for Each Step[edit]

Each step the player makes gets a grade that affects the players overall score, by giving points per step:

  • Perfect: The player hit the step right on the mark. In actuality, there is a margin of error for this step. If they hit the step exactly, the arrow will flash white; if they miss it slightly, it will flash yellow. The white-flash is also known as Marvelous. Either way, max points for step.
  • Great: Also known as Super. The player almost got it! Half the max points for step.
  • Early/Late: The player missed by a bit. No points, dance meter stays the same.
  • Miss: The player didn't step on the arrow at all! No points, dance meter decreases.

Getting Perfects and Greats not only increases the players dance meter, it adds a combo on-screen. When the player gets a 100 combo, the announcer comments and arrows flash differently when players step on them. A combo stops if the player does a misstep (Early, Late or Miss). As with all Dance Dance Revolution games, the announcer comments on the player's dancing skill and grade along the way. This can be turned off in the Options menu. If the player's dance meter empties, an option can allow the player to finish the song right away, but the player still gets an F grade.

Difficulties[edit]

An example of Super Hard difficulty.

Easy: only includes left and right arrows. Perhaps the easiest level in any Dance Dance Revolution game.
Normal: basic steps.
Hard: steps get near 200 at times. Common patterns appear in step sequences.
Very Hard: number of steps from 125 to over 200 in some spots. Complicated patterns occur that require shuffling of feet and moving off the center.
Super Hard: over 200 steps in each song. Bowser's Castle (song) has 339 steps. Offbeat steps require careful timing.

In Story Mode, the player can choose every difficulty except Super Hard at the beginning of the adventure and it stays permanent throughout all the songs. It can only be changed by a Music Wand.

Dance-Offs[edit]

Two players, one as Mario and the other as Luigi, can face off in any song, at any difficulty like Free Mode. However the initial package comes with one dance mat. A second one must be ordered online at Nintendo's official website.

Music[edit]

Title (English) Stage Game Original Music Original Composer Japanese Name
Here We Go! 1-1 Super Mario Bros. Main Theme Koji Kondo ヒア・ウィ・ゴー (Hia Wi Gō)
Underground Mozart* 1-2 Mario Bros. Eine Kleine Nachtmusik Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart 土管の中のモーツァルト (Dokan no Naka no Mōtsaruto)
Pipe Pop 1-2EX Turkish March Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart パペットダンス (Papetto Dansu)
Garden Boogie 1-3 Carmen Georges Bizet パラパラカルメン (Parapara Pesc mmocc by CICCIANO (NA) ITALY)
Destruction Dance 1-4 Wrecking Crew Bonus Stage Hirokazu Tanaka 月夜にぶちこわせ (Tsukiyo ni Buchikowase)
Jump! Jump! Jump! 2-1 Super Mario Bros. 3 Athletic Theme Koji Kondo ジャンプ!ジャンプ!ジャンプ! (Janpu! Janpu! Janpu!)
Fishing Frenzy* 2-2 Yoshi's Cookie Csikos Post Hermann Necke みんなでパーティタイム (Minna de Pāti Taimu)
Pirate Dance 2-2EX Super Mario World Athletic Theme Koji Kondo 転がるコインのように (Korogaru Koin no Yō ni)
In the Whirlpool* 2-3 Pomp and Circumstance Edward Elgar 風のかなたに (Kaze no Kanata ni)
Step by Step 2-3EX Super Mario World Bonus/Switch Palace Level Theme Koji Kondo ステップ・バイ・ステップ (Suteppu Bai Suteppu)
Blooper Bop 2-4 Super Mario Bros. Underwater Koji Kondo 泳げ四分音符 (Oyoge Shibun Onpu)
Hammer Dance 3-1 Super Mario Bros. 3 Main Theme Koji Kondo クエ・テ・バヤ・マリオ (Kue Te Baya Mario)
Rollercoasting 3-2 Mario Kart: Double Dash!! Mario/Luigi/Yoshi Circuit Theme Shinobu Tanaka スーパーマシーン (Sūpā Mashīn)
Boo Boogie* 3-3 Super Mario Bros. 2 Main Theme Koji Kondo ほっぴンちょっぴン (Hoppin Choppin)
Moustache, Barrel, and Gorilla 3-3EX Donkey Kong (game) Various Shigeru Miyamoto ヒゲとタルとゴリラ (Hige to Taru to Gorira)
Starring Wario! 3-4 Wario World Greenhorn Forest Minako Hamano オレ様がスターだ! (Ore-sama ga Sutā da!)
Frozen Pipes 4-1 Old Folks at Home Stephen Collins Foster 気分はハイ・ホー (Kibun wa Hai Hō)
Cabin Fever* 4-2 Mario Party 5 Toy Dream Theme Aya Tanaka マリオのカーニバル (Mario no Kānibaru)
Ms. Mowz's Song 4-2EX Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door Theme of Ms. Mowz; X-Naut Fortress Theme Yuka Tsujiyoko チューチューテクノ (Chū Chū Tekuno)
Deep Freeze 4-3 Dr. Mario (game) Fever Hirokazu "Hip" Tanaka ハッピーハッピーダンス (Happī Happī Dansu)
Rendezvous on Ice* 4-4 Les Pâtineurs Emile Waldteufel 氷の上でランデブー (Kōri no Ue de Randebū)
Midnight Drive 4-4EX Mario Kart 64 Introduction Kenta Nagata 真夜中のドライブ (Mayonaka no Doraibu)
Always Smiling 5-1 Tritsch-Tratsch-Polka Johann Strauss II きっと笑顔がイチバンさ (Kitto Egao ga Ichiban sa)
Bowser's Castle 5-2 Mario Kart: Double Dash!! Bowser's Castle Kenta Nagata ワガハイはボスである! (Wagahai wa Bosu de Aru!)
Up, Down, Left, Right Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star ゼン・ゴ・サ・ユウ (Zen Go Sa Yū)
Choir on the Green Ah, Lovely Meadow Anonymous 緑の上の大合唱 (Midori no Ue no Daigasshō)
Hop, Mario! Super Mario World Opening Koji Kondo ホップステップマリオ (Hoppu Suteppu Mario)
Where's the Exit? Super Mario Bros. Underground Koji Kondo 出口はどこだ!? (Deguchi wa Doko da!?)
Piroli Famicom Disk System Bios ピ・ロ・リ (Pi Ro Ri)

*This only appears in the regular Story Mode. In Story Mode EX, it is replaced by the song immediately below

Modes[edit]

Luigi against Wario
  • Story Mode: Waluigi has stolen the Music Keys from Truffle Towers. Toad will accompany the brother of the player's choice in this adventure.
  • Free Mode: All the songs played in Story Mode are unlocked in this mode, where the player can play any desired song at any difficulty, Mush Mode on or off.
  • Minigames: These will unlock themselves while playing Story Mode. A list of these can be found later in the article.
  • Workout: When the players enter their name and weight, the number of calories burned will be kept on record. Before starting Story or Free Mode, Z has to be pressed to set whose record will be updated.

Mush Mode[edit]

Mush Mode is the Mario twist to the standard series genre. Common Mario enemies and items replace steps on the screen and must either be stepped on or avoided. Others cover the screen when missing steps, giving the brothers less time to react. Initially, Mush Mode is enforced in Story Mode, but it can be turned off in options. Mush Mode is optional in Free Mode. On the hardest difficulties, two Mush Mode effects is not uncommon.

Help screens come up before the song for each Mush Mode effect.
  • Goombas - Just like regular arrows, squash them.
  • Koopa Troopas - Step on it once to put it in its shell, then once more to either a) destroy it or b) send it down the screen to destroy a step. For the latter to occur, the player must get a white-flash "Perfect" step (see "Grades For Each Step" above)
  • Bob-ombs - Podoboos replace steps and when a brother misses one, it hits a bomb, greatly decreasing his dance meter! In dance offs, Podoboos are passed off to the other player and timed back in with the song.
  • Cheep-Cheeps - This time around, these fish will curve into the screen, giving the player less time to see where to step. Work in the same way as Podoboos in dance offs.
  • Spinies - Step on their spikes and a brother's dance meter will decrease. In the harder levels, they're trickily timed with real steps, making one misstep a big mistake. Some move faster than others.
  • Mini-Bloopers and Blooper Tentacle - When a brother misses a mini-Blooper (works as a regular step), ink covers the bottom of the screen, and he cannot see arrows coming up. The Big Blooper will move a tentacle up the screen: look at the targeting circle at the tentacle's top to get a "Perfect!" step. In harder difficulties, two tentacles may move up at once.
  • Hammer - Only appears in Hammer Dance. Same as Podoboos in single and dance-off mode. If a brother misses a hammer, it will explode, decreasing his dance meter.
  • Coin Switch - More useful in Story Mode than Free Mode. When a brother steps on a Coin Switch (which moves faster than regular arrows usually) will turn all arrows into coins for a few seconds. Some of them curve in like Cheep Cheeps and move fast. The better the step grade (Perfect to Early/Late), the longer the arrows remain coins.
Mario and the Boo gimmick.
  • Boos and Giant Boo - A giant Boo sits on the bottom of the screen, and as the player miss steps, it moves up, blocking more of the incoming arrows (creating, in essence, the effect of the "Sudden" modifier on other Dance Dance Revolution games). Stepping on normal Boos push him back down.
  • Arrow Cheeps - Appear only in Frozen Pipes, but they are the most annoying enemy. These guys will pop up and change a step's direction halfway up the screen, sometimes even later. In harder difficulties, two may come up at the same time.
  • Freezie and Fire Flowers - Just like the Boos and Giant Boo, except a big Freezie covers the screen and when a brother steps on a fire flower fire will move down the screen into the Freezie.
  • Ice Spinies - Just like regular Spinies.
  • Bullet Bill - Found only in Always Smiling. Bill Blasters line up at the bottom of the screen and occasionally shoot Bullet Bills timed as steps. Step on them to redirect the Bullet Bills back to the Bill Blasters. Hit a Bill Blaster thrice to destroy it.
  • Rockets - Exclusive to Bowser's Castle (song). Rocket parts replaces some of the steps during the song, step on these to build a rocket to the right side. Three consecutive parts fires a rocket at Bowser. Missing a part will decrease a brother's dance meter. Note that if a brother cannot shoot enough rockets at Bowser (and the fireworks sequence does not play), he fails the song.

Minigames[edit]

Minigames are unlocked when the players play them in Story Mode. In Story Mode, they provide coins so that the brothers can buy items. The last two games can only be found in Minigame mode.

Luigi whacking Goombas.
  • Whack-a-Goomba - The brothers stomp Goombas as they come out of the pipes!
  • Flagpole Leap - Mash the left and right arrows to move and press up when crossing the line. (Coins: score divided by 100)
  • Banana Storm - The brothers catch bananas from crazy monkeys. (Coins: number of bananas)
  • Punch Up - The brothers punch Koopas for coins. (Coins: score divided by 10)
  • Chain-Chomp Chase - The black menace is back! The brothers must avoid it. (Coins: 100 if successful, lose 100 if a brother fails)
  • Avalanche! - The brothers dodge incoming snowballs. (Coins: 100 if successful, lose 100 if a brother fails)
  • Hidden Treasure - One chest contains one coin. The other contains 100 coins or a 1-Up Mushroom Can the brothers choose the right one? (Coins: Varies)
  • Block Treasure - The brothers hit blocks to gain coins and/or items. (Coins: Varies)
  • Coin Collection - The brothers jump and duck to...collect coins. (Coins: up to 20)
  • Whee! - The brothers jump high into the air for coins. (Coins: up to 100 with perfect release)
  • Note Pickup - (Coins: N/A)
  • Fire Up the SS Brass - Presumed to be how the brothers entered Bowser's Castle. (Coins: N/A)

Items[edit]

Lakitu returns as the store manager.

Items can be bought from a store in each world from Lakitu after the player completes Stage 1-3. The classic 1-Up Mushroom can also be won in certain minigames. Sometimes bonus songs are available. All items except the 1-up mushroom had to be triggered before a stage for the player to feel its effects. The player can only carry three of these items at a time. The player may access the store if they visit it during their progress or before any stage after 1-3, by pressing the Z button.

Staff[edit]

Main article: List of Dance Dance Revolution: Mario Mix staff

References to Other Games[edit]

  • Many Mario games - Most songs have been based off music from many different Mario games.
  • Mario Party series - Many poses are reused from this series.

References in Later Games[edit]

  • Mario Kart DS - The pose Mario uses in the box art is reused as his artwork with the B Dasher.
  • Super Smash Bros. Brawl - Bowser's artwork from this game reappears as a sticker.
  • Mario Kart Wii - Mario and Luigi's artwork have been reused from this game while Baby Mario and Baby Luigi's artwork have been based off Mario and Luigi's artwork. Their artwork was also reused in Mario Super Sluggers.

Gallery[edit]

Quotes[edit]

Main article: List of quotes in Dance Dance Revolution: Mario Mix

Name in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ダンスダンスレボリューション ウィズ マリオ
Dansu Dansu Reboryūshon wizu MARIO
Dance Dance Revolution with Mario
French Dancing Stage Mario Mix
Dutch Dancing Stage Mario Mix
Korean 댄스댄스레볼루션 with 마리오
Daenseu Daenseu Lebollusyeon wijeu Malio
Same title like the Japanese's.

Trivia[edit]

  • As shown in this article, there are two Mario dance-mats. Sometime at the end of 2005 the v2 mat replaced the v1 mat in game bundles.
  • The highest score for a song is 100,000,000, achieved by Perfect-ing all 339 steps on Bowser's Castle on Super Hard difficulty.
  • This game answers the age old question, "Why do people jump on flag poles?" The answer: "Why not?"
  • This game has no Hold Arrows (Freeze Arrows) that is seen in other DDR games.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Date info of the game from TMK, retrieved 5-10-08