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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).
Waluigi steals the Music Keys from Truffle Towers.
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 breaking into Truffle Towers. This is trouble as the Music Keys are able to grant any wish. 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, Toad, having seen this, rushes to tell Mario or Luigi, depending on which character the player chose.
Mario agrees to retrieve the Music Keys.
Toad warns Mario (or Luigi) that someone has stolen the Music Keys and explains the trouble that this causes. 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. Waluigi then laughs and tosses a Bob-omb at them, knocking Mario down a nearby Warp Pipe and into a cavern filled with Goombas, though Mario is able to get out by dancing, causing the mushroom he is standing on to grow. After escaping the cavern Mario and Toad enter a shop run by a Lakitu, who has the key to Truffle Towers. He agrees to give it to them only if Mario is able to get rid of the Koopa Troopas playing in his farm. After getting rid of the Koopas, Lakitu gives them the key and they enter Truffle Tower. Inside the tower is Waluigi with one of the Music Keys; he refuses to return it unless he is beaten in a dance off. After beating him Waluigi is gone and the Music Key is recovered. Mario and Toad set off to recover the other keys on a ship, the S.S. Brass.
Toadette confronting the two protagonists.
On their way to investigating a seaside area, a Tweester suddenly appears and causes the S.S. Brass to spin out, turning a nearby hotel into a corkskrew. Toadette, the owner of the hotel, comes out and yells at Mario for ruining her hotel. Mario, however, decides to dance to fix the hotel, and after the hotel is fixed they set out to sea, only to get caught in a whirlpool. Mario and Toad escape the whirlpool and sail to a nearby island to rest. Here, they find a shop run by a pirate Lakitu who has a device called the "Boogie Booster", which will allow their ship to travel through the whirlpool. Lakitu refuses to give it to them, though afterward decides that they duel to decide who can have the part. After beating Lakitu, he installs the part onto their ship, allowing them to get through the whirlpool Toad notes that the Music Keys have something to do with the storms, and the S.S. Brass sails into the whirlpool and down to an underwater temple, where a Music Key is being guarded by a giant Blooper. After defeating the Blooper in a dance off, Mario and Toad retrieve the second Music Key.
Mario and Toad confront Wario.
Mario and Toad head to their next destination, Wario's Carnival. They arrive at the entrance, which is blocked by two Hammer Bros. who will not let Mario and Toad through unless they are able to beat them in a dance-off. After Mario beats them the Hammer Bros. allow them to enter the park. Inside, they see Wario riding a roller coaster carrying a Music Key. Mario and Toad chase after him on the roller coaster and on foot until finally cornering him in front of a ferris wheel, where he states that he plans to use the Music Key to wish for his own game: DDR: Wario Mix. Wario then challenges Mario to a dance off on the ferris wheel, though when he loses he gives Mario the Music Key.
Mario and Toad in the underground tunnel of the mountain.
Mario and Toad's next destination is a a snow-covered mountain, where they notice the final Music Key inside a Freezie at the top. After failing to climb up the slippery path, they instead enter a nearby Warp Pipe leading to an underground tunnel which ends up taking them higher up on the mountain. After warming up in a nearby log cabin they reach the top of the mountain and try to claim the Music Key, though the Freezie does not give it up. Toad suggests melting it, and after using Fire Flowers on it the Freezie melts and the two claim the key. The two then sled down the mountain, though an avalanche follows them; after avoiding the avalanche the two set off back to Truffle Towers.
Bowser appears and steals the keys.
Mario and Toad return the Music Keys to their original place, though soon after Bowser appears and steals the keys again. Mario and Toad sail to Bowser's Castle in the S.S. Brass, and after dodging oncoming Bullet Bills arrive at the castle. Bowser is about to use the Music Keys when he finds that they are gone, Mario and Toad having stolen them back. Bowser then challenges Mario to a dance off, and after knocking Bowser away with a rocket he is defeated. Afterward, Bowser admits that he was going to use the keys to fix his tone deafness. Mario then uses the keys to turn the area surrounding Bowser's castle into a green field, and they suddenly feel strange and start to dance.
The Action Pad
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 or the and the face buttons for directional input, with for up, for Down, for left and for right.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
*This only appears in the regular Story Mode. In Story Mode EX, it is replaced by the song immediately below
- 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 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 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.
- 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)
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.
- Main article: List of Dance Dance Revolution: Mario Mix staff
References to other games
- 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
- 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.
- Main article: List of quotes in Dance Dance Revolution: Mario Mix
Name in other languages
||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
||Dancing Stage Mario Mix
||Dancing Stage Mario Mix
||댄스댄스레볼루션 ｗｉｔｈ 마리오
Daenseu Daenseu Lebollusyeon wijeu Malio
|Same title like the Japanese's.
- 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.
- ^ Date info of the game from TMK, retrieved 5-10-08
||Super Mario series
||Super Mario Bros. (1985, NES) • Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels (1986, FDS) • Super Mario Bros. 2 (1988, NES) • Super Mario Bros. 3 (1988, NES) • Super Mario World (1990, SNES) • New Super Mario Bros. (2006, NDS) • New Super Mario Bros. Wii (2009, Wii) • New Super Mario Bros. 2 (2012, 3DS) • New Super Mario Bros. U (2012, Wii U)
||Super Mario 64 (1996, N64) • Super Mario Sunshine (2002, GCN) • Super Mario Galaxy (2007, Wii) • Super Mario Galaxy 2 (2010, Wii) • Super Mario 3D Land (2011, 3DS) • Super Mario 3D World (2013, Wii U)
|Mario vs. Donkey Kong series
||Mario vs. Donkey Kong (2004, GBA) • Mario vs. Donkey Kong 2: March of the Minis (2006, DS) • Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Minis March Again! (2009, DSiWare) • Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Mini-Land Mayhem! (2010, DS) • Mario and Donkey Kong: Minis on the Move (2013, 3DS) • Mario vs. Donkey Kong (tentative title) (2015, Wii U)
||Donkey Kong (1981) • Mario Bros. (1983) • Mario's Cement Factory (1983, G&W) • Mario's Bombs Away (1983, G&W) • Mario Bros. Special (1984, PC88) • Punch Ball Mario Bros. (1984, PC88) • Wrecking Crew (1985, NES) • Super Mario Bros. Special (1986, PC88) • Super Mario Land (1989, GB) • Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins (1992, GB) • Hotel Mario (1994, Philips CD-i) • Donkey Kong (1994, Game Boy) • Mario Clash (1995, VB) • Wrecking Crew '98 (1998, SFC)
|Ports and remakes
||Donkey Kong (1982, G&W) • Mario Bros. (1983, G&W) • Vs. Super Mario Bros. (1986, Arcade) • All Night Nippon Super Mario Bros. (1986, FDS) • Super Mario Bros. (1987, G&W) • Super Mario All-Stars (1993, SNES) • Super Mario All-Stars + Super Mario World (1994, SNES) • BS Super Mario USA (1997, SNES) • Super Mario Bros. Deluxe (1999, GBC) • Super Mario Advance (2001, GBA) • Super Mario World: Super Mario Advance 2 (2002, GBA) • Super Mario Advance 4: Super Mario Bros. 3 (2003, GBA) • Famicom Mini Series (2004, GBA) • Classic NES Series (2004-2005, GBA) • Super Mario 64 DS (2004, NDS) • Virtual Console (2006-current, Wii) • Super Mario All-Stars Limited Edition (2010, Wii) • Virtual Console (2011-current, 3DS) • New Super Luigi U (2013, Wii U) • Luigi Bros. (2013, Wii U)
||Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars (1996, SNES) • Paper Mario (2000, N64) • Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga (2003, GBA) • Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door (2004, GCN) • Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time (2005, NDS) • Super Paper Mario (2007, Wii) • Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story (2009, NDS) • Paper Mario: Sticker Star (2012, 3DS) • Mario & Luigi: Dream Team (2013, 3DS)
| Mario Kart series
||Super Mario Kart (1992, SNES) • Mario Kart 64 (1996, N64) • Mario Kart: Super Circuit (2001, GBA) • Mario Kart: Double Dash!! (2003, GCN) • Mario Kart Arcade GP (2005, Arcade) • Mario Kart DS (2005, NDS) • Mario Kart Arcade GP 2 (2007, Arcade) • Mario Kart Wii (2008, Wii) • Mario Kart 7 (2011, 3DS) • Mario Kart Arcade GP DX (2013, Arcade) • Mario Kart 8 (2014, Wii U)
| Mario Party series
||Mario Party (1998, N64) • Mario Party 2 (1999, N64) • Mario Party 3 (2000, N64) • Mario Party 4 (2002, GCN) • Mario Party-e (2003, GBA) • Mario Party 5 (2003, GCN) • Super Mario Fushigi no Korokoro Party (2004, Arcade) • Mario Party 6 (2004, GCN) • Mario Party Advance (2005, GBA) • Super Mario Fushigi no Korokoro Party 2 (2005, Arcade) • Mario Party 7(2006, GCN) • Mario Party 8 (2007, Wii) • Mario Party DS (2007, NDS) • Mario Party Fushigi no Korokoro Catcher (2009, Arcade) • Mario Party 9 (2012, Wii) • Mario Party: Island Tour (2013, 3DS) • Mario Party 10 (2015, Wii U)
||Mario Baseball series
||Mario Superstar Baseball (2005, GCN) • Mario Super Sluggers (2008, Wii)
| Mario Golf series
||Golf (1984) • NES Open Tournament Golf (1991, NES) • Mario Golf (1999, N64) • Mario Golf (1999, GBC) • Mobile Golf (2001, GBC) • Mario Golf: Toadstool Tour (2003, GCN) • Mario Golf: Advance Tour (2004, GBA) • Mario Golf: World Tour (2014, 3DS)
|Mario Strikers series
||Super Mario Strikers (2005, GCN) • Mario Strikers Charged (2007, Wii)
|Mario Tennis series
|| Mario's Tennis (1995, VB) • Mario Tennis 64 (2000, N64) • Mario Tennis (2000, GBC) • Mario Power Tennis (2004, GCN) • Mario Tennis: Power Tour (2005, GBA) • Mario Tennis Open (2012, 3DS)
||NBA Street V3 (2005, GCN) • SSX on Tour (2005, GCN) • Mario Hoops 3-on-3 (2006, NDS) • Mario Sports Mix (2010, Wii)
|| Mario & Sonic series
||Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games (2007, Wii) • Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games (2007, NDS) • Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games (2009, Wii) • Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games (2009, NDS) • Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games (2011, Wii) • Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games (2012, 3DS) • Mario & Sonic at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games (2013, Wii U)
| Super Smash Bros. series
|| Super Smash Bros. (1999, N64) • Super Smash Bros. Melee (2001, GCN) • Super Smash Bros. Brawl (2008, Wii) • Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U (2014)
||Mario Teaches Typing (1991, MS-DOS) • Super Mario Bros. & Friends: When I Grow Up (1991, MS-DOS) • Mario is Missing! (1993) • Mario's Time Machine (1993) • Mario's Early Years! Fun with Letters (1993) • Mario's Early Years! Fun with Numbers (1994) • Mario's Early Years! Preschool Fun (1994) • Mario Teaches Typing 2 (1996, MS-DOS)
||Super Mario Bros. Print World (1991, MS-DOS) • Mario Paint (1992, SNES) • Mario no Photopi (1998, N64) • Mario Artist: Paint Studio (1999, N64DD) • Mario Artist: Talent Studio (2000, N64DD) • Mario Artist: Communication Kit (2000, N64DD) • Mario Artist: Polygon Studio (2000, N64DD)
||Mario & Wario (1993, SNES) • Yoshi's Safari (1993, SNES) • Undake30 Same Game (1995, SFC) • Mario's Game Gallery (1995, MS-DOS) • Mario's Picross (1995, GB) • Mario's Super Picross (1995, SFC) • Picross 2 (1996, GB) • Excitebike: Bun Bun Mario Battle Stadium (1997, Satellaview) • Mario's FUNdamentals (1998, MS-DOS) • Mario Pinball Land (2004, GBA) • Super Mario Fushigi no Janjan Land (2003, Arcade) • Yakuman DS (2005, NDS) • Dance Dance Revolution: Mario Mix (2005, GCN) • Itadaki Street DS (2007, NDS) • Fortune Street (2011, Wii) • Nintendo Land (2012, Wii U) • Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker (2014, Wii U) • Mario Maker (2015, Wii U)