Last updated : September 5th 2001 (Australian Time) --------------------------------------------------------------------- DC's Dance Dance Revolution 2nd (Re)Mix Guide v1.0 --------------------------------------------------------------------- [Insert cool ASCII Art Here] Legal Stuff This entire FAQ is copyright DC 2000-01. The only sites that can use this without asking are: If you want to use it on your site, please e-mail me at The latest version can always be found from Note, that if you've asked me for permission but don't see your site on the list above, don't worry about it, as it's a real pain to update each time everyone asks me to use this guide on their site. So as long as you've asked me, yes, you can put it up on your site. The sites above are the ones that don't have to ask to use them. DDR is copyright Konami 1998-2001?. Please do not leech any of this to make your own FAQ out of it. Unless you have MY permission DO NOT take anything at all from this guide. 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However I do hear the 3rd and 4th mixes calling my name... --------------------------------------------------------------------- Contents --------------------------------------------------------------------- 1)Introduction 2)Basic Info i) Introduction ii) How To play? iii) Songs and Difficulty iv) Playing at Home v) Menus (2nd [Re]Mix) [Need to Finish Edits,Paint] vi) Codes and Secrets 3)Techniques 4)Song Tips 5)Miscellaneous 6)Acknowledgements --------------------------------------------------------------------- 1)Introduction --------------------------------------------------------------------- Ah, the gloriously addictive DDR. Your life will never be the same again =) I decided to start this FAQ as no-one (bar Gurty) else's FAQ had really detailed tips on how to pass each song, so I'm gonna try my best to provide a FAQ that actually does! Happy reading. --------------------------------------------------------------------- 2)Basic Info --------------------------------------------------------------------- -==============- i)Introduction -==============- If you went to this FAQ by your own will you probably most certainly know what DDR is. If not then I'll have to explain to you. Ever been to the arcades and seen people dance around on some machine, most of the time looking like absolute gimps? That's what DDR is, no, don't run away yet. It may seem extremely weird at first but when you start playing it, sure as hell will you be addicted. The arcade DDR machines have one panel, with (usually) two sets of four arrows on it (Up, Down, Left, Right). This will be for most normal mixes, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, etc. If you're playing one player mode, you will be using only one set of the arrows. The other set is for another player, or for those people who want to play with all eight arrows. You might also see some machines with six arrows. These machines are of the Solo variety, either Solo Bass, Solo 2000, or 4th Mix (I don't know if there are 5th Solo Machines. Anyone?) -===============- ii)How To Play? -===============- The object of the game is to be the best dancer, and that can be achieved by hitting the arrows in accordance to what is shown on the screen. There are four greyish arrows at the top of the screen, and a whole lot of arrows will scroll up from the bottom. You have to hit the arrows on the panel at the same time in which the arrows that are scrolling up from the bottom go underneath the greyish arrows at the top. Doing it perfectly will result in a "Perfect" step, almost perfect will result in a "Great", just okay is a "Good", completely out of time is a "Boo", and missing it altogether results in a "Miss". At the end of the song, you will be judged from E-SSS, depending on how well you danced. The grading system changes in each mix. The 2nd (Re)Mix grading system works like this : SS : This means you max comboed the song, you only got Perfects and Greats. S : This means that you got Perfects and Greats but there were too many Greats. A : This means that you got did pretty well, but there were a few Goods/Boos/Misses here and there that prevented you from getting the S. B : This means that you did reasonably well on the song, but you couldn't keep your combos up (meaning that you got quite a few Goods and Boos/Misses) C : Average rating, meaning that you did enough to pass well (more Goods, Boos and Misses than the Perfects and Greats, I think) D : You just survived. E : You choked. Or failed. Blame it all on the little kids who were shadowin ya...oh wait, you were playing at home? Geez... There is a scoring system, but I have absolutely no clue to how it works. If anyone knows,, thanks =) -=======================- iii)Songs and Diffculty -=======================- There are tons of songs in DDR, and they are ranked in difficulty by feet. Yes, feet. On 2nd (Re)Mix, the number of feet that the song is ranked will appear at the bottom of the screen. This can range from the easy 1 footers to the crazy 9 footers (there's also some 10+ feet edit data, but no need to worry about that yet). Songs can also fall into one of three difficulty groups, Basic (which is what people will usually dance to, if they are beginning), Another/Trick (slightly harder), to Maniac/SSR (the experts). With the foot ratings, each different number of feet is given a different rating : 1 : Simple (e.g Let Them Move Basic) 2 : Moderate (e.g Boom Boom Dollar Basic) 3 : Ordinary (e.g Butterfly Basic) 4 : Superior (e.g Brilliant 2U Basic) 5 : Marvelous (e.g Boom Boom Dollar Another/Trick) 6 : Genuine (e.g Paranoia Basic) 7 : Paramount (e.g Trip Machine Another) 8 : Exorbitant (e.g Dub-I-Dub Maniac) 9 : Catastrophic (e.g Dead End SSR/Maniac [This is not in 2nd (Re)Mix though] Most of the songs in DDR are made by Konami's music studio people, so don't expect to be dancing to any of your chart favourites. There is a wide variety of songs though, ranging from (ugh) J/Euro Pop, to your usual dance music, and it dabbles in techno here and there (TaQ, yeah!). You can't add your own songs in, however you can make Edit Data, which is basically changing the steps that appear in the song. Usually it's used to make songs harder, or if you want to freestyle to a routine at the arcades, whack your edits onto a memory card, and slot it in your arcade machine to play. -==================- iv)Playing at home -==================- What else...lemme don't need to have the mat to play this, a controller will do but it's not as fun. I'd recommend playing with a controller every now and then to sharpen your skills on songs. If you're looking for a mat to buy, of course, Konami's are the best, but they can be 'expensive'. You can get cheap third-party mats from about AUS$10 and up (check places like Malaysia, and especially Hong Kong. If you know of a place near you where there's a lot of "Asian" stores, and electronic ones, check there. For those in Melbourne, Australia, I'd recommend going down to Box Hill, coz you can pick up a mat for around $20 and also have a shot on 5th Mix =) If you look around on the web you might also find hard panel mats, which are like the real stage, but they're not metal. The price (not to mention the importing part of it all) may be a bit hefty though. You may realize though, that with the third party mats, they will wear out quite quickly. And then you can't dance (the down arrow on my mat doesn't work, but by the time you read this, I'll hopefully have a new one). There are a couple of things you can do to a)prevent slidage, and b)prevent holes and rips in your mat. For an extra what, AUS$10-$30, you can modify your mat a little. Line the bottom with cardboard (thick preferably), and tape the mat down with duct tape, even masking tape would do. Or, you can splash out and get some nice, hard wood, wrap the mat in some sort of protective plastic, nail it down and tape it for good measure. How far you want to go to preserve your mat is up to you =) -=======- v)Menus -=======- 'Bout time I shut up and got onto the game itself. On first loading up the game you'll see a couple of options, Arcade Mode, Training, Edit, Records, Option, Information, Bonus Track and Disc Change. Later on you can unlock Event Mode, Endless, Non Stop Order, Non Stop Revolution, Paint Mode, and Extra Track. Details on how to unlock these will be in the 'Codes and Secrets' section. _____________________________________________________________________ The main beef of the game. If you're playing by yourself and Arcade : want to just play normal, select this like you would any Mode other menu, but if you want to play double mode, hold down O/X as you select it. If you're at the arcade then you'll have to hold down the left and right buttons on the machine, and then press 'start'. A menu will pop up and you can pick from Single, Versus, Double or Couple Mode. Note that you have three 'speakers' in front of you, Easy, Normal and Hard. Picking Easy lets you have 1 song and you can't fail. However, they are all under 3 feet so it's kinda pointless. Normal lets you play normally, where you get 3 songs (or whatever the default is) and every round there are different, harder songs to choose from. Same for Hard Mode but it's harder to survive. Note the four or five arrows on top of the Hard Mode speaker. If you keep pressing right on the panels on the dance stage, you'll unlock all music mode when the arrows are no longer. This just means that you can select any song you want instead of waiting for it to come up in rounds. There is no step battle/roulette yet, you have to unlock them. One more thing before you select your song; you can choose your difficulty level by using the arrows on the dance stage. If you want to play in Basic mode, leave it as is, if you want to play Another mode, press down twice, and if you want to play Maniac mode, press down another two times. You'll see what difficulty you're on coz it's indicated on the gauge thingy. Once into your preferred mode, spin the wheel and pick a song, it's dead easy mate. There is one more menu you can fiddle around with though, on the arcades, it's not so much of a menu but some code inputting, and on the PS, you press Select to bring up the "effects" menu in which you enter your code. These codes can be found in the 'Codes and Secrets' section, but I'll detail what each one does: Basic/Another/Maniac - Your difficulty rating, of course. Left/ These affect the steps. Left turns all the steps in the Right/ - song 90 degrees left, Right turns all the steps in the song Shuffle 90 degrees right, and Shuffle randomizes the step positions. I'm not too clear on just exactly Shuffle works but I think it just changes e.g all lefts into ups, all downs into rights, etc. Correct me if I'm wrong, please. Little - Gets rid of all offbeat steps (halves, quarters, eighths). Good to 'recover' stamina, but don't cheat yourself by thinking that you can pass an eight-footer when you're really doing a three-footer. That's about it for Arcade Mode. _____________________________________________________________________ Just about the same as Arcade Mode but it's All Music Mode, Event : and after every song you have the opporunity to continue or Mode exit. Oh, and you can't fail. Very handy for party situations or if you're not too good at the harder songs. _____________________________________________________________________ Pick your options, Single/Double, level of difficulty, any Endless : effects that you want turned on, the brightness, and away Mode you go. The songs don't stop until you stop dancing, that is, fail a song. You do get the chance for a break every five songs, and it can be up to five minutes. The songs here are looped, they start on one song and then go around, not coming back to the first song again until every other song has been played. Note that you can get some 999+ combos here, and your score can go into the gazillions =) If you want to see proof of a real psycho dancer, go to and click on the screenshots section. _____________________________________________________________________ Very useful, for my FAQ work anyway. You can play songs in Training : here as usual, but you can't fail, there's no fancy backgrounds, and you can do some analysis on your dancing. First, choose your song, then difficulty and effects, then the speed you want to dance at (5 is normal, 1 is slow), what bar you want to start at, and what bar you want to finish on. Then you go and dance, and after you finish you'll get a little menu with Check/Again/Menu. Check shows you how well you did on each arrow by making each a different colour (Perfects are yellow, Greats are Green, Goods are Blue, Boos are pink, and Misses are red. If you're smart you'll also know that these are the colours that the words are in, when you play normally). Scroll down and check out your skills. Again lets you dance again, and Menu takes you back to the menu. _____________________________________________________________________ The mode to keep you busy once all the songs are finished. Edit : This mode lets you create your own steps for your own songs. Ideally it should be used to make songs more of a challenge but it is also used to make a routine to freestyle to, not to make songs easier! There's a lot of instructions in Japanese, so let me tell you what each button does. If you want to create New Data, go to New Data. If you want to edit edit data saved on your memory card, go to Memory Card and load it through there. When you've picked New Data, choose the song that you want to edit steps for. Then pick the mode (Single/Double/Couple) you want to make steps for, and then you'll get some Japanese asking you if you want to build your data on the steps that already existed. If you choose Yes, then pick the difficulty rating of the steps you want to use as a base. I suggest using Another or Basic so that you can get your steps to blend in with the music. You'll get to the edit screen. There's some controls down the side that are pretty easy to work out. But the actual editing controls might take you a while. Up/Down - Move up or down Square/Circle/Triangle/X - Place an arrow, Square is Left, Triangle is up, etc. Press it again to remove it L1 - Keep pressing this to change from on beat steps (red), half beat steps (blue), and quarter beat steps (yellow) L2 - Highlight an area R1 - Move up and down bars by holding this and using up and down R2 - Delete whole line Select - ? Start - Edit area (L2) Those are the basics, I'll get more info on this section later. [FINISH THIS SECTION] _____________________________________________________________________ All I know is that you can make your own icons to replace Paint : arrows. More on this later when I actually bother to figure it out. _____________________________________________________________________ This mode is used to create Nonstop Data for the Non Stop Order : Nonstop Revolution section. Nonstop Data is just a list of songs (3-5 of them), with difficulty and effects so that you can play them literally nonstop in NSR mode. If you have some Edit Data that you'd like to use in Nonstop mode, you can do that too. You can also edit Nonstop Data to be used on 3rd Mix machines at the arcades. _____________________________________________________________________ Make use of your Nonstop Orders. You'll pick Non Stop Revolution : your play mode, and then select which Nonstop 'course' you want to dance to. If you want to dance the full five stages though, remember to go to the Options Menu and change the Nonstop song setting to 5. _____________________________________________________________________ Records : View your records on all the songs. _____________________________________________________________________ Plenty of options to customize DDR to the way that you want Option : to play it. Some options may take you into new menus, otherwise, you can change options using the left and right buttons. Changed options are in green, defaults are in white. You can choose: Sound - Stereo or Mono Vibration - Button (When pressed)/Miss (If you miss a step)/No Use Double Play (If you want it on during Double Mode) Key Config - Double Mode (Set how you want to play Double Mode, either with 2 controllers or by the L1/R1/L2/R2 buttons) Dance Play Setting (If you want to be able to use the O,X,Square and Triangle buttons on the mat. It makes it harder as you might be accidentally holding one down, making it impossible to press one of the arrows) Memory Card - Save Load Auto Save (Saves after you get any records or unlock anything, it saves on the black screen before the title screen) Edit Play (Enables you to play Edit Data) User Support (Unlocks all the stuff in the original Dance Dance Revolution. You will need a DDR memory card file to do it) Game Level - 1-8 (How harshly missing a step is judged) Max Stage - Easy Normal (How many stages you play in one of these modes Hard before being returned to the title screen) Nonstop Time Limit - Whether or not you have a time limit for choosing songs. Game Over - Arcade or 2nd ReMIX (Arcade, if you fail, the song will stop. 2nd ReMix, the song will finish even though you've failed) BG Effect - Whether backgrounds are on or not. Some may make you trippy, so you might want to turn them off =) Ending - The screen you get if you finish the game. Character - Pick one of four Models. More on this later in 'Codes and Secrets'. _____________________________________________________________________ Here you can play one of two 'Trial' songs that Konami Bonus Track : will put (and have put) in 3rd Mix. They are the first two songs to appear by Captain Jack, who are all over 4th Mix, unfortunately. They're The Race and In The Navy. There's only one difficulty level as it is just a trial. _____________________________________________________________________ You get to play the song that comes up once you've Extra Track : beaten Arcade Mode. It's not very hard but it's kinda cool nonetheless. I don't know what it's called though, but if you do, e-mail me. I bet it's just one of the lyrics from the song. _____________________________________________________________________ Here you get to view information on the different Information : modes, what you've unlocked, etc. Good luck if you can't read Japanese though, which is probably why you're reading this FAQ. _____________________________________________________________________ Switch to other versions of DDR. Never tried it and Disc Change : never will, coz there's not much point in my eyes. If you can prove me wrong, just e-mail me. -====================- vi)Codes and Secrets -====================- *************** Unlocking Stuff *************** If you have a copy of DDR 3rd ReMix on PS, then you can go to Options > User Support to unlock everything. Much better than having to beat 200 songs! Extra Songs ----------- 20, November, DDR Version - Beat Arcade Mode once Keep On Movin' - Beat Arcade Mode (Hard?) five times Think Ya Better D - Beat any 50 songs Trip Machine ~Luv Mix~ - Beat any 100 songs Love This Feelin' - Beat any 200 songs Step Battle in All Music Mode - Beat Step Battle 10 times Roulette in All Music Mode - Beat Roulette 20 times Extra Modes ----------- Get all the Extra Songs (basically, beat 200 songs), Endless Mode - get Event Mode (choose All Music Mode 15 times), and get the Nonstop modes (clear Normal 50 times or Hard 200 times). Event Mode - Clear All Music Mode 15 times. Go to Options and set the ending as '2nd ReMix'. Then Extra Track - beat Arcade Mode and you'll get to dance to a song during the credits. SS this song and you'll be able to play it in the Extra Track from now on. To access Extra Track, push SELECT on the title screen and it will replace Bonus Track mode. I don't know, but I used the 'User Support' option in Paint Mode - 3rd ReMix to unlock it. To access Paint Mode, push SELECT on the title screen and it will replace Edit mode. Other Options and Codes ----------------------- Unlock Ending - The '2nd ReMix' ending can only be accessed once the song 'Think Ya Better D' is unlocked. Unlock Models - Models 3 and 4 can only be accessed once Event Mode is unlocked. Effect codes - These codes have to be entered in the Effects menu on the song select screen. The codes are : Hidden : Up, Down, Up, Down, Up, Down, Up, Down Left : Left, Left, Left, Left, Left, Left, Left, Left, Little : Left, Down, Right, Down, Left, Down, Right, Down, Up Mirror : Left, Right, Left, Right, Left, Right, Left, Right Right : Right, Right, Right, Right, Right, Right, Right, Right, Shuffle : Up, Down, Left, Right, Down, Up, Right, Left You may have heard me rambling on about Models, and what Models - they are in the end are the characters that represent your on-screen dancing. You can make one of these characters your default or they can be chosen before each mode, by holding down either left or right (on the dance pad) as they select the mode. Experiment around as there are 4 sets of Models, and in each set there are 2 for both players ie. Player 1 won't have the same model as Player 2. --------------------------------------------------------------------- 3)Techniques --------------------------------------------------------------------- There are many ways to play DDR, and many techniques that you can use to pass songs. While I'm not saying that the techniques that I use are the correct ones needed to play properly, it's just a guide to help beginners get started. ------ Anchor ------ The first thing all beginners should learn to do. From what I've noticed (by observing not only others, but myself as well) is that beginners tend to think that the centre panel in the middle of the four arrows is a haven. After every step, I'd return my feet to the centre square. LEARN NOT TO DO THIS! It's a habit that you'll kick quite quickly though. Instead of keeping your feet on the centre panel, try leaving it on the left or right arrow. For example, take Let Them Move Basic. For the parts where it goes U,R,D,L, place a foot on the left arrow (this is your anchor), then tap U,R,D with your right foot, and then hit L with your left foot (start to lift it as soon as you hit down with your right foot). Another good example of anchoring, this time with two feet, is on everyone's favourite song, Boom Boom Dollar =) This time anchor left foot on left and right foot on right. This way, when the L-R steps arrive, all you need to do is lift a foot up and back down again, almost like you're doing a sumo stomp. Not with the same amount of force though, because you'd possibly end up screwing the arrows and have the other DDR players chase after you. ----- Spins ----- Once you can do the anchor pretty well, it's time to move on to the spin. Take the same set of steps, U,R,D,L. You'll have probably guessed by now that by spinning, you'll turn a full circle while hitting all of the steps. Do this by facing left, then hit U with your right foot, R with your left, turn and face away from the machine, hit D with your right, and turn back to face the screen and hit L with your left. That's it. Don't do it too many times otherwise you'll end up quite dizzzy =) Remember that not all spins have to consist of U,R,D,L, they can go in reverse (U,L,D,R), or start on a different arrow (D,L,U,R). Good in performance routines =) Try this on Let Them Move, then Think Ya Better D, and see how you goon Stomp to My Beat. --------------- Flowing/Roaming --------------- This is what you should start doing once you get up to the harder songs. Basically you don't have a designated anchor foot, you just flow with the steps. The main idea is never use the same foot to hit two different arrows, e.g L-U, use left foot on L and right foot on U. This way you're less likely to get caught out in the long step sequences of Trip Machine Maniac and Dub-I-Dub Maniac, etc. There is an exception to that rule, of course, if they are really slow steps and there's nothing before/after them, by all means do whatever you want. Same goes with spins, I don't think it's quite safe to spin on fast songs, especially if the spin is made up of half-beat steps. What I suggest to do if you can't spin it, is to go U - left foot, R - right foot, D - right foot, and L - left foot. That's the easiest way to attempt it without being dizzy. One more thing - turn your body with the steps. In some cases you may not need to but it will help you a lot with harder songs in the future (for you 3rd Mix players, Dead End and End Of The Century SSR stick out in mind). ---------------- Dragging/Sliding ---------------- Like roaming/flowing, but this applies to most triple half-beaters. Take for example L-D-R. The safest way to attempt this would be to turn left and go L - right foot, D - left foot, R - right foot. However there are many situations where doing this would leave you in a precarious position to complete the next step(s), and this is where dragging/sliding comes in handy. Instead of turning left, face the screen and hit L with your left foot, D with your right, and drag/slide your right foot across quickly and hit R. This can be hard to pull off in some cases but once you have it mastered it will prove invaluable. If you can, practice keeping your foot flat on the ground and try to slide it over without it leaving the ground (or you can lift your heel to add a touch of Michael Jackson. Good luck with that comeback =). It looks pretty cool and it takes skill to execute properly (sometimes the step won't register). Any tips you want to send in? Want to correct or add to mine? The address is --------------------------------------------------------------------- 4)Song Tips --------------------------------------------------------------------- I am not the world's greatest DDRer but I'll try my best to help. If you've got a helpful suggestion, e-mail me at, and I'll probably put it in the guide. --------------------------------------------------------------------- Boom Boom Dollar by King Kong and D.Jungle Girls --------------------------------------------------------------------- Ratings -===================- |Basic : // | |Another : ///// | |Maniac : ////// | -===================- Basic : Mostly singles but the the thing that beginners will need to learn is the L-R stomp/step thing, which happens a lot in this song. To get these parts easily, place one foot on L and one foot on R, and lift and press when needed. No need to return to the centre! Another : Adds some half-beat sequences such as U-L-D-R-D-L-U. The trick here is not to use the same foot in a row for two different arrows, unless you're either really good or looking to try and impress. Turning your body with the steps helps as well. Watch out for the ending, because you might get those half-beats confused with jumps... Maniac : Longer half-beat patterns, it's the above pattern repeated twice. Nasty if you're a Maniac novice. You'll know how to do it but most likely you'll either trip over yourself or get tired =) Towards the end there are triple half-beats with jumps beginning, after, and in between! e.g D-DR-D, L-DL-L. If you're having trouble with getting the jump, why not treat it as a triple half-beat jump? Sounds easier to me. --------------------------------------------------------------------- Bad Girls by Juliet Roberts --------------------------------------------------------------------- Ratings -===================- |Basic : // | |Another : //// | |Maniac : ///// | -===================- Basic : Seems quite easy (for beginners) for the first half of the song. Then double steps kick in the part where the trumpet thingy plays, and there are a few spins if you look hard. Watch out at the end for the spins that end in jumps, otherwise, it's mainly all basic single steps. Good to practice on. Another : Quite harder than Basic, it starts with parts like D, D+L. To avoid getting mixed up, identify these parts early. With the trumpet parts in the middle, the two halfbeat steps are on different arrows, so get ready for them. Has a few tricky sequences towards the end (L-L,U-U,R-D+R), so just be careful. Maniac : As usual, harder compared to the two earlier version. Starts with triple halfbeat sequences with jumps after/preceded by halfbeat steps. One sequence in the middle of the song is all half-beaters, and to get them all, just remember that you shouldn't be using the same foot to hit two arrows in a row (what I like to call roaming). There's spins a plenty. --------------------------------------------------------------------- Boys, by --------------------------------------------------------------------- Ratings -===================- |Basic : /// | |Another : //// | |Maniac : /////// | -===================- Basic : It's your basic Basic song for beginners. A few jumps here and there, and a few spins here and there. Another : Just adds a few more jumps to the Basic steps, and there's quite a few diagonal jumps here and there. Also adds in some double half-beat taps. Maniac : Quite good for getting introduced to Maniac mode. Contains lots of triple half-beat stpes followed by jumps, some off-beat steps, and lots of rapid step sequences. They usually go from one diagonal to another (e.g R-DR-D-L-DL). Good for practising to get those steps that just come out of nowhere after jumps. --------------------------------------------------------------------- Put Your Faith In Me, by Uzi-Lay (Konami Original Remix) --------------------------------------------------------------------- Ratings -===================- |Basic : /// | |Another : //// | |Maniac : ////// | -===================- Basic : Introduces some half-beat triple step sequences, but beginners should be able to deal with the speed of them. Not a bad song to develop a routine to as there are spins, reverse spins and lots of diagonal jumps. Another : Just a larger dose of what Basic presents. There's more half-beat triples, diagonals, and a few more spins. The jumping is more frequent though. Maniac : Steps are much more constant, most being half-beaters, so essentially the song is twice as fast. There are tons of annoying sequences like (U-D-R-D-L-D-D), in which you'll have to turn 90 degrees to hit the D-R-D-L-D parts (keep one foot on down and move the other back and forth to hit R and L). There's a nice diagonal jumping section tucked away in there as well. --------------------------------------------------------------------- Put Your Faith In Me ~Jazzy Groove~, by Uzi Lay (Konami Original Remix) --------------------------------------------------------------------- Ratings -===================- |Basic : //// | |Another : ///// | |Maniac : ////// | -===================- Basic : It's a lot like Put Your Faith In Me Another, the triples are more constant but there's no diagonal jumps. Another : Steps are faster and furiouser, if there's such a word. Has jumping sequences that will lead you around the place (UD,UR,LR). Also features long sequences of half-beat steps (U-R-D-R-U-D-L-U-L-D-L). Just remember to roam and you'll be fine. Not a bad song to practice jumping around and also to get these flowing steps downpat. Maniac : Lots of annoying sequences in this song. There's plenty of halfbeats for you to play around with, including the sort that precede jumps and that come out of almost nowhere after jumps. Lots of sliding is recommended for those step sequences, but it's not necessary. Just remember, don't use two feet in a row for two different arrows and you'll be fine. --------------------------------------------------------------------- Brilliant 2U, by Naoki (Konami Original Remix) --------------------------------------------------------------------- Ratings -===================- |Basic : //// | |Another : ///// | |Maniac : ////// | -===================- Basic : Rather easy, there's a few jumps thrown in amongst mostly single steps. There are a few half-beat triples in there, but it's the easy sort. There's many rapid R steps at the end, if you're having trouble, remember that they are all halfbeat steps, so don't just lash out at them. Rapid toe tapping seems the way to go. If you're having trouble, this is the ideal song to practice for like sequences in say, Paranoia, Dead End SSR, etc. Another : Throws in a lot of jumps, mostly diagonals that are followed by triple half-beaters to annoy you. Good song for learning quick diagonal jumps. The rapid steps at the end have changed so that they're on different notes, L-D-L-U-L-R. Use your left foot on L and your right foot for anything else. Maniac : Much harder, as you'd probably expect. Triple half-beat steps and diagonals are much more constant, including triple half-beat jumps (DL-DR-DL). You can do this by pretending you're doing a slalom (DL - left foot, right foot, DR- right foot, left foot, DL - left foot, right foot), or if it's more convienent, put one foot on down and just move the other left or right. Or if you want to be fancy you can do a funky little spin. Up to you. Also watch out for more more tricky sequences, such as U-D-U-L-R-D, and R-L-R-L-D-R. These parts are right in the middle and they follow the instrument solo. Not all of the steps are half-beats, there is a quarter step thrown in there somewhere. Just remember to roam. The last section has changed as well, it is now U-D-D-L-U-L-R. Start with your left foot on U, right foot on D, then right on D again, left on L, right on U, left on L and right on R. Simple. --------------------------------------------------------------------- Brilliant 2U ~Orchestra Groove~, by Naoki (Konami Original Remix) --------------------------------------------------------------------- Ratings -===================- |Basic : ///// | |Another : ////// | |Maniac : /////// | -===================- Basic : Kinda easy, just a harder version of Brilliant 2U. Has your usual triple half-beats and diagonal jumps. Other than that it's more of the same, nothing you couldn't do if you've passed other songs on this difficulty, and also Brilliant 2U Basic. The rapid step section at the end is altered a tiny bit, there's a left arrow thrown in so that you can't weight yourself all the way over to the right. Stick to rapid toe taps. Another : Just a lot more jumping and a few more not-too-confusing rapid step sequences in here. If you can do Brilliant 2U Another, this is passable. Maniac : Fast and furious. The whole song is basically all triple half-beat steps with diagonal jumps scattered here and there to confuse you. Watch out for the long step sequences (L-D-R-D-U-R-D-LD). Just turn your body with the steps and you'll be fine. Once again, the end section has changed, this time to U-R-D-L-U-D. You can incorparate these moves into a spin and maybe kneedrop the D arrow if you're fast enough, and if you're out to try and impress. --------------------------------------------------------------------- Smoke, by Mr.Ed Jumps The Gun --------------------------------------------------------------------- Ratings -===================- |Basic : /// | |Another : //// | |Maniac : ////// | -===================- Basic : Could be challenging for beginners. First section of the song pretty much follows the lyrics, so you should be safe if you know the song. Overloads on the triple half-beats and jumps for beginners though (don't recommend this as an "easy" song for beginners, I told my friend so and he failed quite miserably). Another : The jumping in this song is more constant. Much more very constant =). There is some triple steps thrown around in here but the jumps outnumber them. Maniac : Lots more jumping in this song but this time you've also got rapid step sequences to deal with. There's one part that goes U-DR-L-D-L-L, you just have to be alert for the U-DR part as it sometimes can be awkward, so try to read ahead if possible. There are quite a few spins and opportunities for performance moves in this song if you know where to look =) --------------------------------------------------------------------- Make It Better, by Mitsu-O! (Konami Original Remix) --------------------------------------------------------------------- Ratings -===================- |Basic : //// | |Another : ///// | |Maniac : /////// | -===================- Basic : Nice and slow...but you've got to be careful of your timing. Usually going from speed songs to slow songs will screw up your timing a little, so the less I say about Jam Jam Reggae the better! Consists of jumping, which is usually from one corner to another (UL, UR, DL) and some triple half-beaters, but with the song being slow there shouldn't be too much trouble with them. Sometimes the halfbeat steps come out of nowhere (watch out when you've got that fat down arrow sequence) but usually they just follow the jumping. Another : More of the same but there are lots of really big and confusing half-beat step sequences (e.g U-R-R-U-R-R-D-L-D- R-D-L-R-D-D-LR). Turning your body with the steps helps quite a bit. There's also tons of sequences where you have about six or seven half-beat steps all on the same arrow, remember that toe tapping is the best thing for it. Maniac : This is quite hard. Wherever they can, the steps follow the trumpety thing in the background or they follow the words (this applies to the start of the song). There's lots of half-beats leading to jumps and things like that, and you really have to read if you want to get all of the steps. There's things at the end like (L-DL-D-DR-R-UR-UL-DL-D-D- LR). It's times like these that you wish you had Vivid mode, so if you're not playing in 3rd Mix mode this song can be a real biatch. Also at the end is a whole lot of jumps involving the left arrow, I believe. --------------------------------------------------------------------- Make It Better ~So Real Mix~, by Mitsu-O! Summer (Konami Original Remix) --------------------------------------------------------------------- Ratings -===================- |Basic : ///// | |Another : ////// | |Maniac : //////// | -===================- Basic : This is just Make It Better Basic with different jump sequences and just a few more half-beat triples. The jumps like to take you on a holiday (UL, UD, DR). Otherwise, no real struggle, even for beginners. Another : Basic mode with more relatively incomplex rapid step sequences. Watch out once you get to those jumping sequences in the middle, because some of the steps there aren't even jumps! Mwahaha, sometimes if you don't look closely you'll still think they're jumps, especially if you're playing on Flat mode. They've just changed to half- beat steps, all of them. Maniac : Possibly the hardest song in 2nd ReMIX? I'd say so myself as I have only just passed it after going at it since February 2001 =) Well, I don't pick it often, because when I started out playing Maniac mode I thought this would be nice and arse... There's some triple half-beat diagonal jumps, and just more jumping sequences in all. The end is what will kill most people here. There's two sections, the lead-up and the true end. The lead up (all half-beats) goes a little something like (LR-R-DR-D-UD-U- UL) which can be a pain to read so quickly. Those arrows make me dizzzy, egh. Then the ending is a psychotic (LR-L- UL-U-UD-D-DR-UL-DL-UL-DL-UR-UD-LR). Lots of jumping, lots of quick fire reading. This one will test your skills if you haven't played it before. --------------------------------------------------------------------- If You Were Here, by Jennifer --------------------------------------------------------------------- Ratings -===================- |Basic : ///// | |Another : ////// | |Maniac : /////// | -===================- Basic : Pretty easy, mainly just single steps and jumps until you start nearing the end. Some triple half-beat sequences come in and then it starts going step-jump-triple half-beat, and it matches the music kinda closely. Another : Just more triple half-beaters thrown in. Nothing truly special. Maniac : Plenty of rapid half-beat steps everywhere, but all you have to do is learn to read them early and then start to flow with them. Watch out for half-beats preceding jumps, and the like where the jumps are followed by half-beats as they can really get you off guard. It's very easy for its rating, I believe. --------------------------------------------------------------------- Dub-I-Dub, by Me and My --------------------------------------------------------------------- Ratings -===================- |Basic : //// | |Another : ////// | |Maniac : //////// | -===================- Basic : Dead easy, only single steps and a few jumps. Towards the middle, you'll get some half-beats that match the "Dub-I-Dub" vocal parts, and there is a longish jumping sequence as well. Another : Much harder than Basic. It's basically all rapid steps plus the now mandatory jumping sequences...To get the hard sequences at the start, use your left foot on the left arrow and right foor for everything else, and then when the arrows switch, switch yourself (!) as well so that your right foot hits the right arrow and your left foot hits everything else. In the parts after the chorus, you'll get steps like U-L-U, L-D-L, all half-beats. These steps do go in circles and back again, and possibly the only way you'll get them without falling over your own feet is to memorize the direction of these and then spin all of them, e.g left foot on left, right on up, U-L-U, then turn away from the screen, left foot on left, right foot on down, L-D-L, etc. It may make you dizzzy but I believe it's the most effective way to get the steps. Maniac : Quite hard, but a good challenge. Has lots of sequences that have half-beats immediately before a jump (e.g D-R-DR). Also has more of the rapid step sequences but this time the steps are all kinda random, but if you turn your body with the steps you should have no troubles. Look carefully at the long jumping sequences as some do hide so half-beaters in between, like the sequences at the end, so just read ahead and be careful. --------------------------------------------------------------------- Stomp to My Beat, by JS16 --------------------------------------------------------------------- Ratings -===================- |Basic : ///// | |Another : ////// | |Maniac : /////// | -===================- Just a thought, but how cool would it be to have the JS16 mix of Uprockin' Beats by the Bomfunk MCs on DDR? I reckon it'd be a great song to freestyle to =) Basic : Good song to perform to if you know how to look for the spins and whatnot. Mostly single steps and jumps, with some triple half-beaters thrown around here and there, no real big deal. Another : Lots more jumping (mostly in the diagonal sense) and in the middle there is quite a fat rapid step section. Spins are still scattered around, but probably nothing you can't handle if you've passed other songs at the same difficulty level. Maniac : Does the old halfbeat-jump trick again. Plenty of half-beaters to keep you busy, with jumps stuck in between. The rapid step sequences mostly go back and forth, e.g L-D-U-R-R-U-D-L. Once again, a decent song to perform on if you know how to. --------------------------------------------------------------------- Hero, by Papaya --------------------------------------------------------------------- Ratings -===================- |Basic : //// | |Another : ///// | |Maniac : ////// | -===================- Basic : Fast-ish song that's made up of single steps and somewhat confusing jumping sequences for the average beginner. They go from diagonal to opposite diagonal, you'll see what I mean. Couple of spins if you look, but a good song for beginners to lead them into Another or Maniac mode. Another : Much the same until the chorus, we a few L-L-L triple half-beaters kick in, as well as DL-D-D, which has the half-beats coming straight after the jumps now. When you get to the "la-da-di-da-da, you are my hero" vocal section, there's a sequence of 5 steps which match the syllables exactly. Quite easy to get if you just flow with the steps. Maniac : The main problem in this version of the song is trying to recognize what are jumps and what is a step-gap-quarter beat step! Look closely and read ahead. You can pretend that they are jumps and land with one foot later than the other, but I prefer just to "step" them like normal. Other than that there shouldn't be many other tricky factors. --------------------------------------------------------------------- Get Up 'N Move, by S&K --------------------------------------------------------------------- Ratings -===================- |Basic : ///// | |Another : /////// | |Maniac : //////// | -===================- Basic : Nice and easy triple half-beat steps litter this song. Not too many jumps but there are a few stepping sequences that go UD-L-D, which can be tricky if you attempt the jump with the wrong feet. When the guy doing the vocals says "Get Up 'N Move!" the steps kinda follow the drum beat. Another : As with above, the steps follow the drum beat a bit more closely (R-L-U-L-D, with the first L being an quarter step in between the R and U). The rest is mainly just some off-beat steps that follow a section of the music. Maniac : Toasty. A good warmup for AM-3P Maniac and the like. Steps basically don't stop, so just keep turning your body so that you don't get caught out. Don't use the same foot for two different arrows and you'll be safe as well. Watch out for halfbeats follow up by jumps, and if you're having trouble getting a sequence such as R-LR, treat it as LR-LR and you might find it easier. Plenty of half-beat spins as well =) Try it and you'll get really dizzzy! --------------------------------------------------------------------- I Believe in Miracles, by Hi-Rise --------------------------------------------------------------------- Ratings -===================- |Basic : ///// | |Another : ////// | |Maniac : //////// | -===================- Basic : The steps follow the easily recognizable instrument that's prominent throughout most of the song. Maybe it's not an instrument, just a sample repeated over and over again. Anyway, rest of the song is easy single steps that you can shuffle, spin, headbutt, etc. Another : Just more jumping. There's about two full bars of jumps near the end. Maniac : Ow. Half-beats are much more constant. There's rapid sequences everywhere, and you don't really get a chance to stop until the long succession of left arrows halfway through. Once you get past the second section of that sound blaring, the pattern for the steps is step-step- step, step-step-step, until the next instalment of the sound arrives. From there on it's rapid steps, and after the big lot of left arrows, you'll get sequences like L-D-R-D-L-D-R etc. To get these you'll have to turn 90 degrees, use one foot on down and move the other back and forth to get the left and right arrows. After this section it's a fat lot of right arrows but this time they've thrown in some left arrows here and there, and there are good stomping times to be had! Not. I'm pretty sure it goes L-R-LR-L-R-LR. And for the final display, the steps totally match the pattern of the sound that's trumpeting through. It goes stepstepstepstepstep-stepstep-step-step. Hope it helps, otherwise, just stomp your way through it =) --------------------------------------------------------------------- AM-3P, by kTz (Konami Original Remix) --------------------------------------------------------------------- Ratings -===================- |Basic : ///// | |Another : ////// | |Maniac : //////// | -===================- Basic : Very funky song if you ask me. Simple stuff if you're ready fot this level, you've got a few jumps and steps at the start, and then a few off beat steps that match the song after the initial jumping section. Apart from the abundance of jumps (I sure hope that means that there are a lot of them =), you have a couple of spins and reverse spins. Lovely for performance the robot! Another : Less jumps but more half-beat steps. There's also half-beats followed by jumps and some halfbeat sequences that are pretty easy to get, just turn your body and learn to flow with the steps. Maniac : Great fun! You'll probably think that the steps at the start are undanceable, but believe me, I've seen a few who get past the first part but conk out on the rest of the song, which IMHO is quite harder as it's not all in a "pattern". All you have to remember for the first section is that they are all halfbeats and you shouldn't need to use the same foot for two different arrows in succession, unless you're playing with only one foot. Pretend you're "jogging" the steps, but just be careful when the patterns change. After the halfbeat section (it will seem like ages) you'll be lead into a world of offbeat steps and more weirdo step patterns. It mainly follows the music and the digitized voice, I think. There's a few quick spins in there as well. Watch out for the ending, there's two half-beat jumps (thanks to GurtyGurt for this tip, because before I was just stomping them as if they were quarter steps =) --------------------------------------------------------------------- Trip Machine, by De-Sire (Konami Original Remix) --------------------------------------------------------------------- Ratings -===================- |Basic : ////// | |Another : /////// | |Maniac : //////// | -===================- Basic : Pretty simple, a few jumps and triple half-beat steps, and that's it. You shouldn't have much trouble with this at all. At the end, the steps follow the drum beat. Another : This just throws more half-beat sequences and jumps your way. The section at the end still follows the beat but the steps have changed so that they're on different arrows. You can try and spin this section if you want. Maniac : Your reading skills will have to very sharp if you're planning to hit all of the steps here. Half-beats aplenty, and they can be quite hard to get if you're not prepared for them. What I'd do, and usually do, is just turn my body with the steps and I don't get stranded too often. Look closely for jumps as well, and some quick spins if you're really opportunistic. --------------------------------------------------------------------- SP-Trip Machine ~Jungle Mix~, by De-Sire (Konami Original Remix) --------------------------------------------------------------------- Ratings -===================- |Basic : ////// | |Another : /////// | |Maniac : //////// | -===================- Basic : Pretty simple if you've passed the original Trip Machine. It's almost the same, just a different song. Another : Once again, almost the same, just that the sequences are longer. Maniac : Almost like Trip Machine Maniac but the rapid sequences are harder and there is more jumping. --------------------------------------------------------------------- Paranoia, by 180 (Konami Original Remix) --------------------------------------------------------------------- Ratings -===================- |Basic : ////// | |Another : /////// | |Maniac : //////// | -===================- Basic : Aah, good ol' Paranoia. The 'gateway' to becoming a real DDRer. This song contains all the moves you'll need to be able to pull off to get anywhere further, spins, jumps, triples, etc. Most of the steps follow the music, like the LR, UD, L, D-D-D parts. Then you have a part that goes L,D,R,D,L,D,R etc. For these parts you can either turn 90 degrees and deal with them that way, or you can do what's known as the shuffle (thanks GG). Hit L with your left foot, D with the right, R with the right, D with the left, L with the left, and repeat. Basically hit two arrows in a row with each foot and you'll be doing a little shuffle. Not a big crowd pleaser, but it does get some of them. Listen for when the music stops and the trademark bass section hits, as it features in all Paranoias. After this section is a more rapid shuffle section, then there's your rapid R-R-R and L-L-L steps which I've seen some beginners fail on because they try too hard to get the steps. Take it easy, toe tapping is cool. The last 2 bars can be spun if you wish. Another : If you can beat Paranoia Basic safely then this shouldn't be much trouble. There's more jumps thrown in, plus more half-beat steps. The first shuffle section has been 'changed' to the up arrow (it uses the up arrow instead of down). With the rapid L and R steps near the end, the second time around it will be nonstop (6 half-beats in a row). Whether this makes it harder or easier all depends on you, some may prefer the break, others may like it non- stop. Maniac : Pretty chaotic. Half-beats are more plentiful and furious. Just flow with the steps and you'll be fine. Watch out after the bass part in the music because that's where the steps really start getting crazy. Oh, and watch out for those jumps! =) --------------------------------------------------------------------- Paranoia MAX ~Dirty Mix~ (Red Banner) by 190 (Konami Original Remix) --------------------------------------------------------------------- Ratings -===================- |Basic : ////// | |Another : //////// | |Maniac : //////// | -===================- Basic : Fast. You shouldn't have much trouble if you can pass Paranoia Basic relatively easily. The steps themselves are basically a hybrid of most steps for other songs, e.g Dub-I-Dub's jumping section, Hero's diagonal jumping, Boom Boom Dollar's L-R stomping, etc. Watch out for the steps at the end, if you don't turn your body with them the half-beats will win. Another : Ouch, this song once again recycles the steps used in previous Another mode songs. The main thing here is the jumping, and learning to recognize when it's actually some half-beat sequence. This song does it a lot, especially after the part where the bass kicks in. Watch out for Dub-I-Dub Another's rapid step sequence, because here, it's much faster. Maniac : Very, very, nasty. Tons of rapid step sequences, possibly too many? The real killer here is after the part where the bass hits. The steps are nonstop and will grab you by the nuts. Turn your body with the steps, flow with them and you should be safe. This is great for improving fast reading. --------------------------------------------------------------------- Paranoia MAX ~Dirty Mix~ (Brown Banner, Roulette Version) by 190 (Konami Original Remix) --------------------------------------------------------------------- Ratings -===================- |Basic : ////// | |Another : /////// | |Maniac : //////// | -===================- Basic : See Paranoia Basic tips, just faster. Another : Paranoia Another, just faster. Maniac : Paranoia Maniac, just faster. --------------------------------------------------------------------- Make A Jam!, by U1 (Konami Original Remix) --------------------------------------------------------------------- Ratings -===================- |Basic : /// | |Another : ///// | |Maniac : /////// | -===================- Basic : Slow song that has a few half-beats that follow the music. The most prominent of these is probably the L-R-L-R part. Your Boom Boom Dollar skills will come in handy here =) A couple of jumps and the rest of the song is single steps. Another : As with most other Another songs, there's just more half-beats and jumps. There are quite a few spins to be found in this song, even in the disguise of U-U-R, D-D-L. It's a "delayed" spin. Maniac : Once again, more half-beat steps and the jumping is more rapid and furious. There's some parts in this song that are likely to trick you into thinking that the half-beat steps are actually jumps, so read ahead and be careful. --------------------------------------------------------------------- Paranoia ~KCET Clean Mix~, by 2MB (Konami Original Remix) --------------------------------------------------------------------- Ratings -===================- |Basic : ////// | |Another : /////// | |Maniac : //////// | -===================- Basic : Watch out because this song starts off almost immediately. Consists of fast singles and jumps. The speed will probably be the only thing that you'll be a bit iffy on. This song also borrows from other Basic mode steps, and you'll need to be careful when the Dub-I-Dub spin kicks in, because it's fast and it will either make you dizzzy or trip over yourself. Try not to do either otherwise you'll be stuffed for the rest of the song =) The spin (U-L-U, L-D-L, D-R-D, R-U-R) appears in each difficulty level of this song. Another : Not that much harder than the Basic version. As usual, more half-beats and jumps but nothing that will catch you completely unaware. Maniac : Ouch. Hardest song along with Paranoia MAX and Make It Better ~So Real Mix~? Lots of long half-beat sequences that are not made easier by the speed of the song. Turn your body with the steps and you'll survive...if you're fast enough. Watch out for the extremely evil set of steps of about 6 or 7 in a row that are all on the same arrow (a la Dead End SSR, or Paranoia Another). These can really finish you off if you're tired. --------------------------------------------------------------------- Tubthumping, by Chumbawamba --------------------------------------------------------------------- Ratings -===================- |Basic : //// | |Another : ///// | |Maniac : ////// | -===================- Basic : Slow slow song that shouldn't pose any problems. Mainly jumps and there are some double half-beat steps in there, but like I said, shouldn't pose a problem if you've beaten songs like Boys and Bad Girls and the like. Another : Easy, slow steps, there are some jumps and triple halfbeats nearing the end of the song. Maniac : The triples and jumps are more constant here, you'll be on your toes a lot more than you would have in Basic or Another mode. Still very easy. --------------------------------------------------------------------- Love, by Sonic Dream --------------------------------------------------------------------- Ratings -===================- |Basic : /// | |Another : ///// | |Maniac : /////// | -===================- Basic : Very easy song with singles, some jumps and spins. There are quite long breaks in between some steps, so you can have a good nap. Another : Some more jumps and some steps that match the music. Maniac : More constant jumping, and the steps match the music much more closely. A good introduction to Maniac mode. --------------------------------------------------------------------- El Ritmo Tropical, by the Dixie Gang --------------------------------------------------------------------- Ratings -===================- |Basic : // | |Another : ////// | |Maniac : /////// | -===================- Basic : Quite a few jumps and spins, and there is some L-R stepping a la Boom Boom Dollar style. Another : Some wacky sequences of half-beats that follow the music (the dun-dundun, dun-dundun parts) and more jumps. Maniac : Steps follow the dun-dundun part, and they are quite quick. Some sequences in here so look ahead, and turn with the steps. --------------------------------------------------------------------- Keep On Movin, by N.M.R (Konami Original Remix) --------------------------------------------------------------------- Ratings -===================- |Basic : /// | |Another : //// | |Maniac : ///// | -===================- Basic : Mainly single steps, some spins, a jump or two, it's beginners' stuff. There are a few half-beat steps but they match the music so it's easy to follow. Another : More half-beats steps and jumps, nothing drastic. Maniac : More of the same. Has half-beats following jumps and preceding jumps, and some half-beat sequences but they shouldn't pose much of a problem if you can deal with 5 footers. --------------------------------------------------------------------- Let Them Move, by N.M.R (Konami Original Remix) --------------------------------------------------------------------- Ratings -===================- |Basic : / | |Another : // | |Maniac : //// | -===================- Basic : One foot? Oh this must be hard =) The real beginner's song. Consists of everything a beginner should know, single steps, left-right steps, spins, and uh, that's it. Have fun. Another : More spins and single steps. I think there might be a jump or two. Maniac : Much harder! More jumps and there's even some triple half-beat steps. They appear around the chorus (that awful lady singing "Let them move") but that's it, it's more of the same stuff everywhere else. --------------------------------------------------------------------- 20, November, DDR Version, by N.M.R feat. DJ Naguero (Konami Original Remix) --------------------------------------------------------------------- Ratings -===================- |Basic : / | |Another : /// | |Maniac : //// | -===================- Basic : Another real beginner's song. This one introduces you to half-beat triple steps, albeit being all on the same arrow. Other than that, easy single steps. Another : Spins can be found wherever you look, well, almost. There's more half-beats as well. Maniac : I think this is a little harsh four a four foot rating. More than a few hard sequences if you're not up on this level yet, half-beats followed by and preceding jumps, etc. If you haven't done a song yet with rapid half-beat sequences, turn your body with the steps and you'll be good. --------------------------------------------------------------------- Think Ya Better D, by sAmi (Konami Original Remix) --------------------------------------------------------------------- Ratings -===================- |Basic : /// | |Another : //// | |Maniac : ///// | -===================- Basic : Just single steps and jumps, and there are some half-beats that follow the music. There's plenty of spins in the song as well, and watch out as it the steps start right away. Another : More half-beat steps, jumps and spins. In the chorusy part, where the music goes dun-dun, dun-dun, dun-dun, dun-dun - etc. the parts are spinnable (U-R, R-D, D-L), if a bit delayed. Since the steps match the music they should be easy to memorize though. Maniac : More of the usualy, but there are longer half-beat sections that can be quite tricky. The steps follow the music pretty closely though, and if you flow and turn your body with the steps you'll have no trouble. --------------------------------------------------------------------- Trip Machine Luv Mix, by 2MB (Konami Original Remix) --------------------------------------------------------------------- Ratings -===================- |Basic : ////// | |Another : /////// | |Maniac : //////// | -===================- Basic : Pretty easy for a six footer if you ask me. The half-beat steps are quite easy to get if you've done five footers and the like, there's not too many jumps, but you have just be careful of those steps that follow the beat but don't really seem to match anything. Maybe it's just me but just be careful. Another : There are more half-beats in this song, and there's even a triple quarter step in the middle (around the parts where the steps die off and the voice goes "5,4,5,4,3,2,1") that goes L-R-L, gotta be quick for that one! There's also some half-beat spins that will make you very dizzzy if attempted. Maniac : Yowch. Forget what I said about Paranoia Clean and Max being the hardest bar Make It Better ~So Real Mix~, this might just beat them both. This is one song where the "don't use the same foot for two different arrows in a row" doesn't apply... From the start you get what appear to be easy triple half-beaters, but once you hit the first one (using the DUTSFFTDAIAR method [if you don't get that acronym, look in the inverted commas above]), you'll be stuck when it comes to hitting the next triple half-beat sequence, as you'll either have to a)hit them all with the same foot, b)use your hands, or c)break your legs. So what I recommend is the "sliding/dragging" technique, where you hit the first arrow with one foot, and then the next two with your other foot. It may kill but it saves you from spinning around and possibly off the stage. The steps will lead you everywhere so be careful. The killer part is at the end, where the steps will go everywhere. They have some sort of pattern which involves the L,U and R arrows, and in between every step section is a halfbeat spin (which is when that de-duh-de-duh-duh sound is played) and that is the thing that will most likely throw you off balance. You can either spin it (it'll be tough, and you'll probably have to memorize what's coming up after the spin as well) or you can try to slide it, which is what I do. Just keep going at it and you'll get through it eventually. This is a great song to get you onto the 9 footers of 3rd Mix and up. --------------------------------------------------------------------- Love This Feelin', by Chang Ma (Konami Original Remix) --------------------------------------------------------------------- Ratings -===================- |Basic : ////// | |Another : /////// | |Maniac : //////// | -===================- Basic : Starts off very very slow. Bloody slow. However that doesn't mean the steps are slow...there's plenty to keep you company. A few spins as well, but they're mainly offbeat steps. The L-R-L-R-L-R steps are not jumps, but Boom Boom Dollar like steps,only faster. After the U-D steps, you'll have a break for a few bars, in which the song speeds up like almost Drop Out like crazy... There's lots of spins but they're a bit too fast to attempt. It's mainly single steps, some offbeats and a few jumps. The speed will take getting used to =) Another : More or less the same, just more jumps and spins. Add some half-beats to the list as well. Speaking about jumps, there's a fat jumping sequence in the middle that goes from corner to corner and back again. Same with the spins, they usually go back and forth. Maniac : Ouch. The start has changed, and while the "steps" themselves are the same, the "arrows" that they are on are different, if you get my drift. Then there's more halfbeat steps in the faster section of the song and a few more jumps I think. --------------------------------------------------------------------- Trial Songs --------------------------------------------------------------------- These songs can be found under the 'Bonus Track' menu. They only have one difficulty level. Get used to seeing these Trial songs. If "successful" they will be released in the next Arcade version of DDR (e.g these songs were released in 3rd Mix, 3rd Mix trials in 4th and so on). --------------------------------------------------------------------- The Race, by Captain Jack --------------------------------------------------------------------- Ratings -===================- |Trial : /// | -===================- Trial : Too easy, even for a three footer. Some spins and jumps amongst the single steps. --------------------------------------------------------------------- In The Navy, by Captain Jack --------------------------------------------------------------------- Ratings -===================- |Trial : //// | -===================- Trial : Kinda hard for a four footer, in contrast to The Race. There are more than a few triple half-beats but they're not hard, just there's lots of them for a four footer. Some jumps, and that's it. --------------------------------------------------------------------- 5)Song Difficulties --------------------------------------------------------------------- Difficulty Chart ------------------------------------------------------------------- |Song Title | Basic | Another | Maniac | |----------------------------------|---------|-----------|----------| |Boom Boom Dollar | 2 | 5 | 6 | |Bad Girls | 2 | 4 | 5 | |Boys | 3 | 4 | 7 | |Put Your Faith In Me | 3 | 4 | 6 | |Put Your Faith In Me | 4 | 5 | 6 | | ~Jazzy Groove~ |---------|-----------|----------| |Brilliant 2U | 4 | 5 | 6 | |Brilliant 2U | 5 | 6 | 7 | | ~Orchestra Groove~ |---------|-----------|----------| |Smoke | 3 | 4 | 6 | |Make It Better | 4 | 5 | 7 | |Make It Better ~So Real Mix~ | 5 | 6 | 8 | |If You Were Here | 5 | 6 | 7 | |Dub-I-Dub | 4 | 6 | 8 | |Stomp To My Beat | 5 | 6 | 7 | |Hero | 4 | 5 | 6 | |Get Up 'N Move | 5 | 7 | 8 | |I Believe In Miracles | 5 | 6 | 8 | |AM-3P | 5 | 6 | 8 | |Trip Machine | 6 | 7 | 8 | |SP-Trip Machine ~Jungle Mix~ | 6 | 7 | 8 | |Paranoia | 6 | 7 | 8 | |Paranoia MAX ~Dirty Mix~ | 6 | 8 | 8 | |Paranoia MAX ~Dirty Mix~ | 6 | 7 | 8 | | (Roulette Version) |---------|-----------|----------| |Make A Jam! | 3 | 5 | 7 | |Paranoia ~KCET Clean Mix~ | 6 | 7 | 8 | |Tubthumping | 4 | 5 | 6 | |Love | 3 | 5 | 7 | |El Ritmo Tropical | 2 | 6 | 7 | |Keep On Movin | 3 | 4 | 5 | |Let Them Move | 1 | 2 | 4 | |20, November | 1 | 3 | 4 | |Think Ya Better D | 3 | 4 | 5 | |Trip Machine ~Luv Mix~ | 6 | 7 | 8 | |Love This Feelin' | 6 | 7 | 8 | |-------------------------------------------------------------------| |The Race ******TRIAL****** | 3 | |In The Navy ******TRIAL****** | 4 | ------------------------------------------------------------------- --------------------------------------------------------------------- 5)Miscellaneous --------------------------------------------------------------------- Err...anyone got any suggestions for this section? I reckon some freestylin' tips wouldn't be too shabby. Um, if I find any wacky info I'll dump it all in here. Oh hey, what about my profile? That might fit (idea stolen from GG once again, haha)! Name : DC (meet me in person and I'll tell you mah real name) D.O.B : 06/06/86 Been playing DDR for how long? : Since Feb 2001 Fav. Songs : 2nd [Re]Mix - Brilliant 2U OG, Strictly Business, Trip Machine ~Luv Mix~, AM-3P 3rd [Re]Mix - Wonderland, Dead End, Follow The Sun. Dynamite Rave, Luv To Me ~AMD Mix~ 4th Mix - Holic, .59, Era ~nostalmix~, Leading Cyber, Trip Machine Climax, Furuhata's Theme 5th Mix - Ecstacy, iNSERTiON, Electro Tuned (Note that I can't any 9 footers bar Hypnotic Crisis, heh. The songs are still cool to listen to) Hates : Any Eurotrash/J-Pop/most Captain Jack stuff. That's why I don't like 4th Mix PS awfully too much, however, the presence of Taka and TaQ make up for it. Playing Level? : Can pass any 8 footer bar Drop Out Maniac, and End of The Century Maniac, I think =) Only 9 footer completed is Hypnotic Crisis but I am working on Dead End, ouch. How often? : I don't play DDR much at home coz my mat's stuffed. Usually play at the local arcade twice a month (I know, not often at all), coz I don't have a part-time job and therefore not much money. I'm only in secondary school, and all these places that are supposedly "hiring" youths are not when I hand in an application form. Bleah. So, wish to contribute anything, it'll go here. --------------------------------------------------------------------- 6)Acknowledgements --------------------------------------------------------------------- Konami - Why else? Ken - For being one of the only people I know that's game enough to play DDR with me! And you're good at it too, bonus! Matrix walks anyone? =) GurtyGurt - For being a "mentor" of some sort. I just like to annoy him. Planet Earth - Forest Hill Chase, Forest Hill, 3rd Floor, Melbourne, Victoria - One of the best damn arcades around, and with 3rd Mix Korean at $3 for 10 songs, you can't get any better. Coming soon... *Double Mode will feature soon, don't you worry! *Freestyling tips? Anyone? *Songs that were in DDR but not in 2nd Remix? Strictly Business, Butterfly, My Fire...Let me find a copy. *ASCII Art? *Reader contributions? *Gameshark codes? *Other than that, a 4th Mix FAQ is on the way. Or is that a 3rd? Let me ask myself.