****************************************************************************** ______ ______ ______ ____________ _______ ___ ___ _____ | _ || _ || _ || _ _ || _ || |/ // __ | / // // // // // // // // // // / | //_/_/ _/ / // // // // Į _// // // // _Į / / | / / / // // // // /| | / // // // // / / /| | / /__ /_____/ /_____/ /__/ |_|/__//___//___//__//___/ /__/ |__/_______/ D A N C E D A N C E R E V O L U T I O N ****************************************************************************** DDRMAX2: Dance Dance Revolution (USA Version) A FAQ/Walkthrough by CyricZ Version 1.2 E-mail cyricz42 at yahoo.com ****************************************************************************** 1. Introduction 2. FAQ 3. Basics 3A. Controls 3B. Menus/Displays 3C. How to Dance 3D. Dancing Tips for the Beginner 3E. Dancing Tips for the Intermediate 3F. Dancing Tips for the Advanced 4. GREEN Songs (Open by default, new to this mix) 4A. A Little Bit of Ecstasy 4B. BREAK DOWN! 4C. Busy Child 4D. CONGA FEELING 4E. D2R 4F. Days Go By 4G. DESTINY 4H. DREAM A DREAM 4I. DRIFTING AWAY 4J. Get Down Tonight 4K. GHOSTS (VINCENT DE MOOR REMIX) 4L. Heaven 4M. i feel... 4N. IN THE NAVY '99 (XXL Disaster Remix) 4O. Keep On Liftin' 4P. LET'S GROOVE 4Q. LONG TRAIN RUNNIN' 4R. Love At First Sight 4S. LOVIN' YOU (ROB SEARLE CLUB MIX) 4T. rain of sorrow 4U. SO DEEP (PERFECT SPHERE REMIX) 4V. STILL IN MY HEART 4W. Take Me Away (into the night) (radio vocal) 4X. THE WHISTLE SONG (Blow My Whistle Baby) 4Y. TSUGARU 4Z. TWILIGHT ZONE (R-C Extended Club MIX) 4AA. Will I? 5. BLUE Songs (Open by default, appeared in previous mixes) 5A. AM-3P 5B. CELEBRATE NITE 5C. Do It Right 5D. Groove 5E. HYSTERIA 5F. I Was The One 5G. Jam&Marmalade 5H. Kind Lady 5I. Secret Rendez-vous 5J. Silent Hill 5K. Spin the disc 5L. SUPER STAR 5M. THE SHINING POLARIS 6. YELLOW Songs (Standard Unlockables) 6A. AFRONOVA 6B. Bad Routine 6C. Burning Heat! (3 Option Mix) 6D. CAN'T STOP FALLIN' IN LOVE 6E. DIVE (more deep & deeper style) 6F. Don't Stop! (AMD 2nd Mix) 6G. END OF THE CENTURY 6H. feeling of love 6I. Forever Sunshine 6J. I Need You 6K. more deep (ver.2.1) 6L. PARANOiA KCET (clean mix) 6M. PUT YOUR FAITH IN ME 6N. Radical Faith 6O. SP-TRIP MACHINE (JUNGLE MIX) 6P. think ya better D 6Q. Tomorrow Perfume 6R. Try 2 Luv. U 6S. VANITY ANGEL 6T. xenon 7. PURPLE Songs (Challenge Songs) 7A. AM-3P (AM East Mix) 7B. CELEBRATE NITE (EURO TRANCE STYLE) 7C. Do It Right (80's Electro Mix) 7D. HYSTERIA 2001 7E. Kind Lady (interlude) 7F. Silent Hill (3rd Christmas Mix) 7G. SUPER STAR (FROM NONSTOP MEGAMIX) 8. RED Songs (Extra Stage Songs) 8A. MAXX UNLIMITED 8B. KAKUMEI 9. Nonstop Mode 10. Other Modes 10A. Workout Mode 10B. Lesson Mode 10C. Training Mode 10D. Edit Mode 10E. Endless Mode 11. Secrets 12. Standard Guide Stuff 12A. Legal 12B. E-mail Guidelines 12C. Credits 12D. Version Updates 12E. The Final Word ****************************************************************************** 1. INTRODUCTION ****************************************************************************** Hi and Konnichi wa! Welcome to my FAQ for DDRMAX2 USA for the Playstation 2! I refer to this as a "FAQ/Walkthrough", but there's very little "walking through" to be done with this game. Anyone familiar with Konami's most famous member of the BEMANI series will know that there are few written tips that can be given for the Dance Dance Revolution series. You have to trust your own feet and your burning soul. However, I will, in this FAQ, give you the heads-up on what the songs are, where they come from, and a few tips to get you ready for tackling them... ****************************************************************************** 2. FAQ ****************************************************************************** Q: What is DDRMAX2? A: DDRMAX2 is Konami's latest foray into the DDR world as it gradually makes its way to American shores. Q: How does one play Dance Dance Revolution games? A: It's actually pretty simple. Your "controller" has four directions: left, down, up, and right, which are shown at the top of your play screen. You select a song. As the song plays, arrows will start scrolling up to your top line. When an arrow scrolling up reaches the line of arrows at the top, you must "step" on the direction matching that arrow's direction. If two arrows come up at once, you must press both at once. If a green "freeze" arrow appears, you must hold that step at the beginning until the freeze arrow ends. Q: Is this DDRMAX2 the DDR 7th Mix like in the arcades? A: Not at all. For licensing reasons, the fact that the USA has missed several old songs from previous mixes, and the introduction of brand new songs for the American audience, we're given a hodgepodge of DDR material in this mix from several different mixes, but mostly from DDRMAX and DDRMAX2 in the arcades. Q: Why isn't (insert song here) in this mix or any others? A: Usually, it's directly related to the fact that, despite Konami's usage of these songs for DDR, the songs are still owned by the songs' artists. This means that the contract the artists have with Konami only refers to the games they specify, which is generally the arcade mix, and (most of the time) the corresponding Japanese Playstation console port. Getting the songs over here is a whole other story, and I feel that we're lucky to get the songs that we do. Q: Does this mix have Oni Mode? A: Fortunately or unfortunately (depending on your preference), no. For whatever reason, Oni Mode was cut from this mix. The most probable reason is the astronomical difficulty of the mode, which could have been poorly received by the USA audience at large. (Wussies...) However, this mix does have the long-awaited return of Nonstop Mode and Endless Mode. Q: Just who is NAOKI? A: Naoki Maeda has been with Konami for many years. He is the leader of Konami AM Internal Sound Team, who are in charge of coming up with songs for each new DDR release. He's responsible for many songs throughout DDR-dom, under lots of artist names. He also has the support of other artists and vocalists, such as Paula Terry, Thomas Howard, and Aaron G. His artist names include, but are not limited to: Omega (the symbol), 1479, 180, 190, 190', 200, 270, 290, 8 bit, B3-PROJECT, BIG-O, BLUE DESTROYERS, Crystal Aliens, DANDY MINIERO, d-complex, DJ KAZU, DE-SIRE, DIVAS, DR. VIBE, FACTOR-X, FIXX, KTz, Luv UNLIMITED, mitsu-O!, MR. DOG, MUSTACHE MEN, N&S, N.M.R, NAOKI, NAOKI 190, NAOKI underground, NM, NO.9, NW260, RE-VENGE, RevenG, Stone Bros., TailBros, THE FINAL BAND, THE SURRENDERS, UZI-LAY, Z, ZZ. Some of these are not actually names for Naoki, but sometimes artists he's used for vocals in the songs. Q: What is beatmania? A: Developed almost concurrently with DDR, BM is a series of games where you use your fingers instead of your feet. You have a set of keys, like a piano, and you have to tap those to create the music (each key tap adds music to the playing score). Also, you have a turntable to "scratch", which also adds sound. The original beatmania had 5 keys, beatmania IIDX has 7 keys (and is the only one of the series still coming out with new mixes), and beatmania III has 5 keys and a foot pedal. Q: Hey, did you know that (insert song here) was in BeatMania first? A: Well, please, if I've made mistakes, let me know. I pride myself on a healthy knowledge of DDR and beyond, but no one's perfect. If something's wrong, tell me. Q: I think a genre you have listed is incorrect. A: Tell me what you think it should be, but present a good case, because I've asked a lot of people about this subject. However, if you're disputing a genre that has a star (*) after it, then I won't bother, because those are the official genres as Konami states. Q: What's the song that plays over the Credits? A: Kind Lady (Future Trance Mix) by OKUYATOS. No, you cannot unlock it. Sorry. Q: What's the song that plays on the Info screen? A: Midnite Blaze (SySF Mix) by U1 Jewel Style. No, you cannot unlock it. Sorry. Q: What are the songs that play in Lesson Mode? A: The first is Try 2 Luv. U by S.F.M.P., which you can unlock in this game. The second is A Stupid Barber by Sho-T, which is not available in this game, and the last is BABY BABY GIMME YOUR LOVE by DIVAS, which is not available in this game, but is available for play in DDRMAX and DDR Konamix. Q: How do I get "Dance Master" on the Info screen? A: You'll get a little info blurb saying you're a "Dance Master" if you get an "A" or better on all 69 songs on a specific mode (Single, Double), and a specific difficulty. Q: Who are those two characters that dance in Beginner mode? A: The two characters are Train (the guy) and Bus (the girl). ****************************************************************************** 3. BASICS ****************************************************************************** This covers most of the stuff you can find in the instruction booklet, but we all know how often people hang onto these... ============== 3A. Controls = ============== Directional Buttons: Moves your selection on all the menus or steps in that direction. Circle, X: Confirm selection Triangle, Select: Cancel selection Start: Start game Start and Select at the same time: Return to title screen If DANCE PLAY is ON on the Options Menu, the face buttons (Triangle, Square, Circle, X) will also step in that direction relative to its position on the face. ==================== 3B. Menus/Displays = ==================== Main Menu Game Mode: Select this to access the main game (see How To Dance for more info). Workout Mode: A more fitness-oriented way to play. Lesson Mode: Tutorial for total beginners. Training Mode: Practice any open song in any kind of situation. Edit Mode: Create your own step patterns for any open song. Options: Basic option stuff. Check below for more info. Records: View your high scores for Game Mode and Workout Mode. Information: Whenever you get new stuff, you'll see a big flashing NEW! next to this. Check to find out what you got. Endless Mode: This needs to be unlocked first. Set your options, pick your poison, and dance until you drop! --- Options Menu Sound Options: Sound: Select from Stereo or Monaural. Voice: Select to have All voices, No Booing, or no voices. Timing: Changes the sync between the steps and music. Controller Settings: Vibration: Allows you to set vibration to occur whenever you step, whenever you miss, or not at all. Double Play: If Vibration is on, allows you to set it for Double Mode or not. Double Mode Settings: Allows you to adjust the controls for Double Play if you use a controller Dance Play Settings: If set to "Off" for a controller, face buttons will not register steps. Turn Off if you have a pad. Save/Load: Save: Save system data. Load: Load system data. Auto Save: Will Auto Save whenever you change anything or do anything. Edit Folder Load: Will automatically load Edit Data at startup if On. Game Options: Game Level: If set to a harder difficulty, the Dance Meter will decrease more if you miss. Max Stage: Set how many stages to a play. Game Over: "Arcade" will stop immediately once you fail. "End of Music" will game over at the end of the tune if you fail. Event Mode: If set to On, then you cannot access the Extra Stage, and whenever you finish a play, you immediately go back to the Song Select screen. Also, you will not drop out at all if you fail. Default Difficulty: Allows you to set where the cursor will be at the "Select Difficulty" screen. Useful if you're impatient. Graphic Options: Movie: Toggle whether or not the background movie plays. Danger Display: "Blink" will flash the Danger Display during the song. "Still" will just have a constant Danger Display. "Off" will have none. BG Brightness: Set how bright the background is if it's distracting you. Step Mark Colors: Type1 is the default. Type2 has solid different colors to tell between 1/4 notes, 1/8 notes, etc. Screen Adjustment: Use to center the screen on your TV. Flicker Free: Adjusts for flickering on your TV. Workout Options: Measurement: If set on "Free", all steps will add to your Calorie Count. If set on "Regulation", only proper steps will be added. Calorie Display: Toggle between displaying your Calories Burned and your standard Score. Weight Unit: Toggle between pounds and kilograms. Dancer Options: *UNLOCK #3* (15 Points) Dancer Display: Toggles whether or not Dancers will be displayed. Additional Dancer: Puts more dancers on the field. The maximum you can have is three, so even if you set it on "2" and play a Vs. game, you'll still have only three dancers on screen. 1P Character: Sets the first player's character, which can be any specific character, a random male, random female, or anyone. 2P Character: Ditto for the second player's character. Extra Character: Ditto for the third character if you add Additional Dancers. ================== 3C. How To Dance = ================== Select Your Style Single Mode: This is a 1-player mode using the pad you used to start the game. Versus Mode: This is a 2-player mode where each player uses a pad. Double Mode: This is a 1-player mode where the player uses both pads. Every song has different steps for Double Mode than Single. --- Select Difficulty Beginner (BEG): Almost all songs are 1-footers. You also have an on-screen dancer stepping the steps along with you. Light (LGT): Most songs range from 2 to 5 feet. This is pretty simple if you're getting used to DDR. Standard (STD): Most songs range from 4 to 7 feet. Largely, you'll find that steps reflect how the music goes, as opposed to just being on the beat. Heavy (HVY): Most songs range from 6 to 10 feet. These are the tough ones where they focus on two things: matching the song's notes exactly, and/or kicking up the difficulty to give you pains. *Challenge (CHA)*: Not really a selectable difficulty, this is the solitary difficulty for Challenge Songs. Nonstop (NST): This is, technically, different from normal Game Mode. If one player selects this, the other must, too. Check the section on Nonstop Mode for more information. --- Select Music Use Left and Right to switch songs. Double tap Up or Down to change the difficulty. Press Start to change the sorting from the standard "by color, then alphabetical", to fully alphabetical, by BPM from slowest to fastest, and your "best", which is measured by the total score from all your plays of the song divided by the number of feet of the difficulty each time you played. Press Select to access Edit Data you've thrown together for that song. While your selection's on a song, you'll see a little graphic for the name. Above the picture, you'll see which song in your current play this one will be (1st, 2nd, Final, etc.) and the BPM for the song (which may be dynamic). Below the graphic are the foot rating for the song (the higher # of feet, the harder the song) and the Groove Radar. Groove Radar: This is a graphical representation of the difficulty of the song. It's broken down into five attributes: - Stream: More or less the overall number of steps. - Voltage: How many steps are sandwiched into how much time. Higher voltage means more steps in less time. - Air: The overall number of double steps (time spent in the air). - Freeze: The overall number and length of freeze arrows. - Chaos: The number of weird steps (not straight 1/4 and 1/8, or steps that force you turn as you step). If you can't figure out what song you want, you can select ROULETTE. This will start the song list rolling. Press X to stop it. It's tough to get it to stop on a song you want, though. Once your song's picked, you can still adjust the difficulty. If you haven't unlocked MAXX UNLIMITED, it will be thrown randomly into the songlist when you start the roulette going. --- Select Options Hold down X or Circle as you select your songs to bring up the Song Options menu: Speed: This is the speed of the arrows on the screen. It doesn't affect the speed of the song, just the arrows. Boost: If turned on, the arrows will gradually speed up as they move on the game screen. Appearance: "Visible" is the normal setting. If "Hidden" is on, the arrows will vanish about half-way. If "Sudden" is on, the arrows will appear about half-way. If "Stealth" is on, you won't see the arrows at all. Turn: "Off" is normal. "Mirror" rotates all arrows 180 degrees. "Left" rotates them 90 degrees to the left. "Right" in the other direction. "Shuffle" randomizes the steps. Other: "Off" changes nothing. "Little" will eliminate several steps to make it easier. "Flat" makes all arrows the same color, as opposed to the grading colors used to distinguish beats. "Solo" will change colors so that you can distinguish beats more easily. "Dark" will remove the "Step Zone" from the screen. Scroll: "Standard" is normal bottom to top scrolling. "Reverse" is, oddly enough, scrolling from top to bottom. Freeze Arrow: You can turn the Freeze Arrows off. Step: Yet another chance to change the difficulty of your song. --- Are You Ready? The main field consists of the arrows and the Step Zone, which is a line of arrows on the screen. As the song plays, arrows will begin scrolling along the screen. As the arrows reach the Step Zone, you need to step on those arrows. If you see a green Freeze Arrow, you need to step on that arrow and hold it until the Freeze Arrow ends (you don't need to remove your foot when it ends, just stay on it until it ends, and move your foot at your leisure). On the top of the screen is the Dance Meter. It starts about half full. As you step properly, it'll fill more. If you misstep, your Dance Meter will start emptying. If it empties completely, game over. On the bottom of the screen is the difficulty (in case you forgot), and your score as it tallies up. Also in the middle of the screen, you'll see words pop up as you step: PERFECT: You stepped precisely on the arrow. Combo continues, the dance meter increases, and you get the maximum possible score from that step. (2 Dance Points) GREAT: You just about stepped on the arrow. Combo continues, the dance meter increases, but you don't get the full score for the step. (1 Dance Point) GOOD: You're off on the step by a bit. Combo stops, but the dance meter doesn't change. (0 Dance Points) ALMOST: You're off on the step by quite a bit. Combo stops, and your dance meter decreases. (-4 Dance Points) BOO: You completely missed the step. Combo stops, and your dance meter decreases. (-8 Dance Points) OK!: You stepped on the whole Freeze Arrow. (6 Dance Points) NG: You stepped off the Freeze Arrow before it ended. Combo continues, but your Dance Meter will decrease. (0 Dance Points) Also marked on the screen is your combo, which is how many PERFECTS and GREATS you have in a row. The announcer will tell you when you hit 100 combo, 200, etc. --- Evaluation Once you complete the song, you'll see an Evaluation Screen. You'll receive a letter grade, a tally on how many of each step you got, a meter on how much of the Groove Radar you filled, your maximum combo, and your score. Your maximum possible score is 10 million times the number of feet in the song's difficulty. The letters are AAA, AA, A, B, C, D, and E. The letter grade is determined by tallying up the number of Dance Points you scored in the song (see above for how each step gives you Dance Points). E is a failing grade, and doesn't need to be calculated. D is given for Dance Point scores below 45% of the maximum. C is given for Dance Point scores of at least 45%. B is given for Dance Point scores of at least 65%. A is given for Dance Point scores of at least 80%. AA is given for Dance Point scores of at least 93% OR by achieving a full combo for the song (all GREATs or PERFECTs). AAA is given for 100% Dance Points (All PERFECTs and OKs on Freeze Arrows). --- Extra Stage! If you played your last song on Heavy or Challenge difficulty and got at least a AA on it, you'll access the Extra Stage. You'll be forced to play MAXX UNLIMITED on Heavy, with the options 1.5x, Reverse, and Dark on. In addition, you'll have a special No Recovery Dance Meter, which starts full, but cannot be replenished if you misstep. Odds are you'll fail, and (instead of Game Over), you'll get a time of how far you made it, as well as an Evaluation. --- Encore Extra Stage! If, by some extreme chance, you AA the Extra Stage, you'll access the Encore Extra Stage.= You'll be forced to play KAKUMEI on Challenge, with the options 3x, Reverse, and Dark on. In addition, you're in "Sudden Death". Make one misstep, and you fail. You'll get an evaluation like the first Extra Stage regardless if you pass or not. =================================== 3D. Dancing Tips for the Beginner = =================================== KEEP PRACTICING! So, you've just got into DDR, eh? Good for you! You've become a part of a cult sensation that still holds tons of respect in arcades across the country! This game will probably seem quite overwhelming to you at first, especially if you watch people play it and watch them do 9-footers. Don't sweat it. You CAN be as good as them with the proper practice and effort. If you really want to get into this, definitely use the Official DDR Pad. There's no PS2 controller to use in the arcades, so learn the pad nice and early. Most game stores have a few of these tucked away (possibly more, if Konami's hyping this game like they should). If you're truly a beginner, you may just want to start with a nice cheap pad. That way, if you find it's not for you, you're not out a huge investment. So, to begin, use the Lesson Mode the game provides you. It will walk you through the basics and coach you to be a better dancer. Despite the Lesson Mode, here are some tips I can give you as a beginner: 1. Get a good feeling for the beat. People who have performed with music have an advantage. People in marching band have a serious advantage. ~_^ You'll be stepping to the beat in these early stages, so get used to it now. 2. Now that you have the beat, you must "find the arrows". Yeah, sure. I know they're right there in front of you, to your sides, and behind you, but can you hit them without looking? Early on, you'll find that's your biggest problem: taking a step and not landing on the arrow. If you have to look, look, but that tactic won't last forever, so before a song takes off, take some cursory steps to make sure you're hitting arrows. 3. Keep your center. Especially on cheap pads with no definition, you'll find yourself often taking leave of the center of the pad as you continue stepping. If there's a break in the song, look down to make sure you're in the center. 4. Use the balls of your feet. You may notice, after some days of a lot of playing, that your ankles will start hurting. That's normal, and it's happened to most everyone I know that DDRs. This is your feet telling you to not step with your heels, but with the front of the foot. Get into that habit. 5. Now that you have these basics, and the Lesson Mode (largely) completed, head into Beginner Mode and start tackling songs. In particular, get used to the speed of the songs, as well as the speeding-up, slowing-down, and stopping some songs do. When that just gets too easy, take a deep breath and head into the real DDR world with Light Mode. Try to keep your songs at three feet or below, but don't be afraid to venture out into the great unknown. ======================================= 3E. Dancing Tips for the Intermediate = ======================================= KEEP PRACTICING! Well, you're definitely not a n00b anymore (pardon my French). You're at the point where you wouldn't completely humiliate yourself at the arcades, but you probably won't impress many people there. In fact, you may just bore them with your simple steps. It's time to go to the next level. At this point in your career, it's time to consider a new pad. For me, this meant going to redoctane.com and ordering their standard soft pad. This pad has a soft bottom which won't slip or bunch up as much. It's still not a serious pad, but you could do worse with fifty bucks... So, first tip is to KNOW THE SONGS. You don't necessarily need to memorize the steps, but have a basic understanding of the song before you go into it. Even memorize the music itself, the lyrics, etc. so you can whistle along. Know where the tempo changes may occur, where stops are. Most importantly, know where the songs musical notes occur in the melody, because these will be mostly what you step. Now that we're heading into dangerous territory, there is one big rule that I have to stress right away: Remember how in the last part I told you to "find your center"? Well, you've found it by now, so now it's time to GET OFF IT. That's a crutch that's let you into the game, but it will hold you back later on. What you have to learn is to return your feet to the center as rarely as possible, if at all. Move your feet from one arrow to the next, and don't move them unless you have an arrow to go to. This is probably the hardest thing you'll ever have to learn as a DDR player. Once you've relinquished your grip on the center, you only stand to improve up to the highest reaches of DDR-dom. This actually leads to the other major point of going intermediate: Eighth notes. Those are those off-colored ones. You'll have to deal with a lot of them, so learn to love them now. This is actually a good first step to leaving the center, because you are absolutely required to step three or more arrows in succession, and you'll have no time to return to the center at all. Use groups of three eighth notes to figure how to properly move between arrows; combinations such as up-left-down, where your right foot goes on up, left foot goes on left, and your right foot is already carrying back towards the down arrow, for example. Once you get strings of three down, you'll be ready to tackle longer strings, of four, five, seven, even nine if they're not too tangly... So, for this end, you'll want to go for songs of four to six feet in difficulty, as well as treading into the pink pink waters of Standard Mode. Just about all songs of this difficulty have at least several eighth notes to give you practice. Take these opportunities to develop your step combinations for your own style, so you'll be ready to use them when they appear again in harder songs. Also, it may behoove you to get into Workout Mode or Endless Mode and repeatedly hammer some songs, particularly those of a brisk pace. This is a good first step to building up all-important stamina. =================================== 3F. Dancing Tips for the Advanced = =================================== KEEP PRACTICING! All right. You're through messing around, and through getting condescending looks from your peers at the arcade. It's time to show them what you can really do and kick it up a notch or three. If you're really serious now, it's once again time for a new pad. Although 7, 8, and even some 9-footers are possible on a soft, flimsy pad, you just won't get the high scores you cherish. For this, I turned to RedOctane's Ignition 2.0. It's also a soft pad, but the thick foam insert, soft gripping bottom, and raised step platforms make it a good pad for aspiring champions, all for a paltry 100 clams. Of course, if you have the money to blow (approximately $200), you may want to take it even further and buy the Cobalt Flux pad, which is a custom-made hard metal pad. It's VERY resilient, and much like pads you'll see in the arcades. Anyway, pads aside, it's time to get down to business: First, you better have mastered the stuff from the previous sections. I want to be able to yell out a song title and for you to hum it right there so you know what it sounds like. I don't wanna see your feet touch that center, soldier, or you'll drop and give me fifty. At this point, you should also have quick enough eye-foot coordination so that matching arrows on the screen with proper steps is second-nature. Now, for some new tactics: Chaos. You'll soon find as you reach the higher levels, that not all arrows are quarter notes and eighth notes. You'll find sixteenths, twelfths, and thirty-second notes thrown in to mess you up. Very rarely will they be in random. Almost always, they'll match up with how the song goes, so you'll at least have that going for you. So, a thorough knowledge of the songs will allow you to surmount this hurdle with little difficulty. Gallops. This is the popular name for a series of steps that has two sixteenth note steps together, then two sixteen notes of dead space, then two note steps together, and so on. When you step these notes, you'll feel like a horse gallopping, which derives the name. Oftentimes, these notes will be strung so that the last note in one gallop is the first note of the next gallop. To properly step these, leave your last-stepping foot in place, so it'll be ready to step the next gallop while your other foot moves to the next note. This leads to the final tactic. Axis of Rotation. Contrary to popular belief, you do not have to have your upper body directly facing the screen at all times. A very important tactic for the toughest songs is turning your body so that making truly difficult steps becomes easier. Using alternating feet on long series' of eighth notes is far less taxing than taking two or more eighth notes with one foot. The best way to start turning your body is with left-down-right eighth note combos. Left foot on the left arrow, right foot on the down, and turn so that your left foot hits the right arrow. It'll be very disorienting at first, but the hard songs will really take it out of you if you don't learn. After learning a basic turn, learn to maintain your body at a 90 degree angle to the screen for extended periods of time, and then taking it further by rotating 180 degrees, or even 270 and 360, if you're brave enough to take your eyes off the screen. Finally, it's important to be in relatively good shape for this. You have to have the proper stamina and leg strength to pull off the toughest ones, because rather dexterous and tiring feats will be required of you, so keep pounding at it, do hard songs repeatedly to build up strength, and push yourself harder and harder to go all the way up to the great green Heavy Mode. And lastly, never tackle 10-footers without a good insurance plan backing you up... ^_^ ****************************************************************************** 4. GREEN SONGS ****************************************************************************** These songs are available to you by default, and they are brand new to the American DDR scene (ie. they've not been in DDR USA, DDR Konamix, or DDRMAX USA). ============================= 4A. A Little Bit Of Ecstasy = ============================= Artist: Jocelyn Enriquez Genre: House BPM: 65-136 Difficulty: Sgl Dbl BEG: 1 LGT: 4 2 STD: 5 5 HVY: 7 7 Play Notes: A deceptively difficult song for beginners, mostly because of the tempo changes, which are not immediate, but gradual. At the third "I'll be your dream", the tempo begins to slow down, and after the "Ooo, Ooo", it settles into the 65 BPM, and it finally speeds back up to the original tempo right at the end. Heavy Notes: The main rhythm to listen to here is the bass synthesized notes that are roughly triplets. Those are your steps. At the "Tell me that you want me", there are the more traditional eighth notes, with doubles at the beginning of the short streams. After which, it goes back to following the synthesizer, then there's the freeze note. Once it hits the groovy slow BPM, you'll have to deal with sixteenths, but they shouldn't be hard at that speed for a seasoned player. Then, a final freeze as it speeds back up to the last three steps. --- Lyrics: A little bit of ecstasy A little bit of you and me A little bit of set you free A little bit of ecstasy A little bit of ecstasy A little bit of you and me A little bit of set you free A little bit of ecstasy Tell me that you want me Tell me that you need me Tell me that want me Tell me that you love me I'll be your dream you be my fantasy I'll be your dream you be my fantasy I'll be your dream I'll be your dream I'll be your dream you be my fantasy Oh oh yeah A little bit of ecstasy --- Song Type: License First Appearance: BRAND NEW Artist Notes: Jocelyn Enriquez is a Filipino-American who was discovered in 1993. Since then, she has put out a small number of albums. This song is part of her 1997 album "Jocelyn". Misc. Notes: Another DDR song by her is a collaboration with THUNDERPUSS called SO FABULOUS SO FIERCE (FREAK OUT). ================= 4B. BREAK DOWN! = ================= Artist: Be For U Genre: J-Pop BPM: 190 Difficulty: Sgl Dbl BEG: 2 LGT: 4 4 STD: 6 6 HVY: 9 9 Heavy Notes: An intermediate-level nine-footer, I'd say. You'll be facing just quarters and eighths, so don't expect weird rhythms at all. What you should expect, once the lyrics start, is a series of turns that go all the way around the arrows. For the first half of the song, you'll see three-note streams, and seven-note streams, mostly, all of which start either on the measure or halfway into the measure. There are a couple of four-note streams that don't start on the beat, but they match the guitars, so they're easy to predict. Once you hit the bridge (with the spoken lyrics), you'll find the most painful part of the song. You have to stay on a freeze note for two measures while your other foot matches up the guitar hits. After that, it's a series of "double step, then five-note turning stream", then back to what you've seen before with seven-note streams. --- Lyrics: (English words are capitalized) 1! 2! 1,2,3,4! chikagoro sorosoro genkai Rules nanka ga kankeinai konna hibi burikitte imasugu tobidasou nani mo kamo yurusarenai jiyuu ni datte naritai katachi nante kodawanai kowashitatte kamawanai itsudatte tsuyoku hageshiku omoi ha tada hitotsu owari nante shinjinai hontou no ashita sagashita tokomade Break Down bakuon de Love Music takanaru Tension tooku made tobashimakure Engine zenkai kono kaze ni tobinotte ikari mo kanashimi mo zenbu nokorazu nage tobase (sono saa tsumanai hanashi ni tsuki atteru hima nanka atashi ni ha nain dayo nee Level hikuin ja nai no?) Let's Go bakuhatsu shichau gurai nani mo kikoenai kurai mune no oku tsuki susumu Let's Go zenkai mukai kaze ni datte makeru koto nante nai tatakai tsudzukero English Translation: 1! 2! 1, 2, 3, 4! These days you've crossed the line, Who cares 'bout rules you have in mind- I'm gonna break out of this world And fly high to the skies! You can never forgive anything I do Don't you see I wanna be free too Us together is nothing you need Let's just crash this party! Be always there strong and fierce For I can only think of you Won't believe there's an end- For the distance let's find a true tomorrow! Break Down! Blasting what I love: music! Heightening tension, send it all to outer space! Engine maxxed out, gonna jump on this jet stream Every bit of anger and sorrow- get it all out of my life! [Hey girl! Your sad story is tiring me out I don't need it- you've gotta be like low-level?] Let's go! Until I'm about to explode- Until I can't hear a word, gonna cut through to your heart Let's go! I'm maxxed out- You can never fight me- Cuz I'll never lose! Cuz I just want to be yours! --- Song Type: Konami Original First Appearance: DDRMAX2: DDR 7th Mix (Arcade) American Appearances: DDR Ultramix 3 Artist Notes: Be For U is Noria Shiraishi, Riyu Kosaka, Yoma Komatsu, and Shiyuna Maehara. Since DDR 5th Mix, this J-Pop band has put together a whole bunch of songs for DDR and other Konami rhythm games. They're most well-known, in addition to this song, for the "DIVE" series, "Firefly", and "GRADUATION". Also, Riyu Kosaka and Yoma Komatsu have done their own solo acts for certain songs, such as "true..." and "ever snow". ================ 4C. Busy Child = ================ Artist: The Crystal Method Genre: Acid Breakbeats BPM: 125 Difficulty: Sgl Dbl BEG: 1 LGT: 5 3 STD: 7 6 HVY: 7 8 Heavy Notes: It's tough to describe the first sixteen measures. Expect short freezes and having to come off those freezes onto eighth notes. After the percussion stops, you'll have to deal with three sixteenth-notes at several points, which cover only two arrows, so they don't try to hurt you. The rest of the song can be just considered more of the same. Sometimes they link multiple freeze notes with three eighth-notes, and there's an eleven eighth-note stream where the lyrics run together. After that, it's pretty smooth sailing, so long as you can balance your freezes and eighths properly. --- Lyrics: I guess I didn't know I guess I didn't know Get Busy Child Get Busy Child Get Busy Child Get Busy Child Get Busy Child Get Busy Child Get Busy Child Get Busy Child I guess I didn't know Get Busy Child Get Busy... I guess I didn't know Get Busy... (I guess I didn't, Get Busy, etc.) I guess I didn't know I guess I didn't know Get Busy Child I guess I didn't know I guess I didn't know Get Busy Child I guess I didn't know I guess I didn't know --- Song Type: License First Appearance: BRAND NEW Artist Notes: The Crystal Method is Ken Jordan and Scott Kirkland. They're an American group based in techno and electronica, a previously Europe-dominated genre in the 90's. This song is from the single album of the same name, released in 1997. =================== 4D. CONGA FEELING = =================== Artist: VIVIAN Genre: Latin Pop BPM: 130 Difficulty: Sgl Dbl BEG: 1 LGT: 3 4 STD: 5 7 HVY: 8 8 Play Notes: Nothing serious to note here. Just expect arrows to move more when the beat moves across all the difficulties. Heavy Notes: For an eight-footer, it's about middle of the road. There are some decent tough spots, which would probably require a play-through before you can pick them up. It starts with three measures of "quarter-quarter- three-sixteenths-quarter". Then it goes into streams of fifteen steps long. Then it gets tricky. You'll have a quarter, then an eighth note and five sixteenths after that, then another eighth note, for a while. Then it gets to quarter, eighth, and seven sixteenth notes, and those are not on just two arrows, so it gets painful. When you get to the "ritmo de amor" part, you'll have gallops that start on the beat. Two sets of gallops, then three eighth notes for four measures. After that, gallops starting on the beat for the rest of the song. --- Lyrics: baila la conga al ritmo nuevo oooooh, ooooh, ooooooooh... y es para ti. esta es la conga de la alegrŪa, y trata de ser feliz, esta es la conga de la alegrŪa, y es para ti. esta es la conga de la alegrŪa, y trata de ser feliz, esta es la conga de la alegrŪa, y es para ti. esta es la conga de la alegrŪa, y trata de ser feliz, esta es la conga de la alegrŪa, y es para ti. esta es la conga de la alegrŪa, y trata de ser feliz, esta es la conga de la alegrŪa, y es para ti. baila la conga al ritmo nuevo oooooh, ooooh, ooooooooh... al ritmo de amor, al ritmo de amor, al ritmo de amor... English Translation: Dance the conga in the new rhythm! Oooooh, ooooh, oooooooh... And it's for you. This is the joyfulness conga, and talks about being happy This is the joyfulness conga, and it's for you. etc. In the rhythm of love, in the rhythm of love, in the rhythm of love... --- Song Type: License First Appearance: DDR 4th Mix Plus (Arcade) Artist Notes: Vivian Muysondt is an El Salvadorian of Belgian descent. Her style of music is largely derived from Latin America. Misc. Notes: This song has a music video as a background, which will negate any characters. ========= 4E. D2R = ========= Artist: NAOKI Genre: Hyper Rock Beat* BPM: 160 Difficulty: Sgl Dbl BEG: 1 LGT: 3 3 STD: 5 5 HVY: 7 7 Heavy Notes: They throw a little bit of everything at you in this song, but just a little bit. You get some freezes at the beginning, then we get into turns, then a long fifteen-step stream, then some sixteenths when Paula's lyrics kick back up. Halfway through the chorus, the steps will match the lyrics. During the bridge, the steps will generally match the synthesizer. Careful, as the rhythm will syncopate. After that, it's much of the same you've already seen: a few turns, some long streams, sixteenths thrown in with a bit of warning, and a few freezes near the end. --- Lyrics: Everyone dance with me, everyone (Get on the dance floor now!) And this is your last chance for a dance tonight (Aaaaaahhhhhhh, yeah!) Ready, set, go - c'mon take a chance Move away 'till forever, dance There's plenty more, what we've got in store But this jam don't start until we hit the floor So c'mon everybody, from left to right D2R is here, it's party night If you want romance, forget this show On the floor, party now, forevermore! Everybody dance with me Let the music move your feet (c'mon c'mon c'mon) Everybody dance with me Dance with me, let the music move your feet for me C'mon, baby Work that body We're gonna dance, dance, dance All day, all night, ooohh right I'm gonna come back With a rhyming fit Below the deck Here's another hit Quicker to the steps As high as I can see Let your body jack 'Till you feel the beat All I wanna say is on the count of three Put your hands in the air where my eyes can see 9 to 5, bring it to the floor So c'mon, make me run up and move! Listen to the DJ play Jams to make you wanna sway So c'mon baby, take my hand, make some plan Feel that romance is here to stay Throw your hands up in the air Wave them like you haven't got a care I want you to romance with me, dance with me Help the music set your body free D2R! --- Song Type: Konami Original First Appearance: DDRMAX2: DDR 7th Mix (Arcade) Artist Notes: Info on Naoki can be found in the FAQ. The vocalists for this tune are Aundrea Hopkins and Londell "Taz" Hicks. Misc. Notes: The name D2R can be translated as "D2" meaning "DD", so you get "DDR". Technically, this song came out on beatmania IIDX 7th Style first, but since DDRMAX2 came out a few weeks later, it's more or less considered a simultaneous release, and since the composer is Naoki, he would like you to consider it a new DDR song first. ================ 4F. Days Go By = ================ Artist: Dirty Vegas Genre: House BPM: 127 Difficulty: Sgl Dbl BEG: 1 LGT: 4 2 STD: 5 5 HVY: 6 6 Heavy Notes: There's actually very little to point out here. Normally, even six-footer Heavys have some kind of trick, but not this one. You'll get a few short eighth note streams into freezes, and there's a couple of seven-step streams, and one turn, but it's actually pretty simple. Good Heavy for people wanting to get further into them. --- Lyrics: You are still a whisper on my lips A feeling at my fingertips That's pulling at my skin You leave me when I'm at my worst Feeling as if I've been cursed Bitter cold within Days go by and still I think of you Days when I couldn't live my life without you Without you Without you --- Song Type: License First Appearance: BRAND NEW Artist Notes: A house trio from England; Days Go By was Dirty Vegas' first hit, at a time when tracks with vocals weren't deemed of much value in the clubs. ============= 4G. DESTINY = ============= Artist: NAOKI feat. PAULA TERRY Genre: Hyper Euro Beat* BPM: 155 Difficulty: Sgl Dbl BEG: 1 LGT: 2 2 STD: 5 6 HVY: 7 8 Heavy Notes: The beginning is pretty basic. Once you hit "I just knew deep down in my heart", it starts playing with you, throwing in some offbeat doubles. The main chorus has some turns, and a freeze that you have to hold for a while, while your other foot steps. Once the lyrics cut for a bit, you have to follow the piano rhythm. Soon afterwards, you'll hit some on- the-beat gallops mixed in with doubles. Right before the second chorus, you hit those doubles right with the big synth hits. You also step with the synth hits at the end. --- Lyrics: Falling, my whole world is falling Without you in my life so hard to keep from dying When your eyes met mine Everything seemed fine Always making love with you (with you) You said that you loved me Always be with me Forever and ever But on that day When I awoke And I found I was alone I just knew deep down in my heart No more me and you You were my destiny (my destiny) That's how it's supposed to be That's the way it's really meant to be I knew I just had to set you free I could keep on following you Never letting you go (ohhhh...) Following you and losing all my pride (yeah...) Calling you and never letting you go (ohhhh...) Following you But you'd run You, you were my destiny (my destiny) I was planning for eternity Something came and took you away from me Baby you (baby you), you were my destiny You were the only man in this world for me (ohhhh...) Meant to be But now you've run away, destiny --- Song Type: Konami Original First Appearance: DDRMAX2: DDR 7th Mix (Arcade) Artist Notes: Australian Paula Terry, in addition to being the female vocals for most of Naoki's songs, also has a modest singing career of her own. Check the FAQ for info on NAOKI. =================== 4H. DREAM A DREAM = =================== Artist: CAPTAIN JACK Genre: Euro Dance BPM: 141 Difficulty: Sgl Dbl BEG: 1 LGT: 4 4 STD: 6 6 HVY: 7 7 Heavy Notes: You follow the female lyrics, and you follow the Mountian King melody. That's about it. The melody can produce some long streams (up to thirteen eighth notes), so just stay sharp. There are no turns or complicated steps at all. --- Lyrics: Dream a dream, lover, take me in your dream Take me anywhere you please, boy, you're making me scream Dream a dream, lover, love is just a dream If you wanna set me free, boy, you're making me scream Ooh la la di la da da You've gotta dream a little dream Ho! One more time, I'm back with a new rhyme Hey! Here we go again Ha! Turn it up my friend No! We don't stop Ha! We rock the spot No! We don't quit Get ready, oh, this is it! Do you like to dream? Hey! I like to dream, baby Do you like to dream? Ho! I like to dream, mama Do you like to scream? Hey! I like to scream, baby Do you like to scream? Ho! So scream it out Dream a dream, lover, take me in your dream Take me anywhere you please, boy, you're making me scream Dream a dream, lover, love is just a dream If you wanna set me free, boy, you're making me scream Ooh la da di la da da You've gotta dream a little dream --- Song Type: License First Appearance: DDR 4th Mix (Arcade) Artist Notes: Captain Jack is a band led by Franky Gee, an American who has done his time in the military. After leaving the service, he decided to leave the country that seemed so pro-war to him, so he settled in Germany, where he eventually picked up his music career. Most of his songs are militaristic, but he's sure to place his anti-war and pro-unity messages in many of his songs. Misc. Notes: This particular song is modeled after "In the Hall of the Mountain King", by Edvard Grieg. This song has a music video as a background, which will negate any characters. The "Miami Booty Mix" of this song appears in DDR Ultramix 2. =================== 4I. DRIFTING AWAY = =================== Artist: LANGE feat. SKYE Genre: Euro Trance BPM: 136 Difficulty: Sgl Dbl BEG: 1 LGT: 2 2 STD: 5 5 HVY: 8 8 Heavy Notes: Not an easy eight-footer. It starts simple enough, and once you hit "point of no return", you gallop following the cymbal taps, which start on the offbeat. Then, you'll hit gallops on the beat, along with double steps, then some clusters of three sixteenths. Once you hit "Drifting Away", you'll get freezes. After "I wanna stay right here tonight", the steps get ugly, following the rhythm of the synthesizer, which is not a basic rhythm. It stays that way all to the end. --- Lyrics: Every time I lose my self-control It feels like I can't let you go I'm at the point of no return Don't ever wanna come back down I'm up so high above the ground This feeling I will always yearn Drifting away I'm flying I'm gonna head for paradise Nothing to say I'm climbing I wanna stay right here tonight Drifting away Drifting away Drifting away --- Song Type: License First Appearance: DDRMAX2: DDR 7th Mix (Arcade) Artist Notes: LANGE is Stuart Langelaan, a producer/remixer from the UK who began his career in 1997. This song, released in 2002, is a project with vocalist SKYE. ====================== 4J. Get Down Tonight = ====================== Artist: KC & The Sunshine Band Genre: Disco BPM: 106-120 Difficulty: Sgl Dbl BEG: 1 LGT: 3 2 STD: 5 5 HVY: 6 6 Play Notes: The tempo change is almost not noticable. The song is 106 at the beginning, then slowly speeds up to 120 once the lyrics start. Heavy Notes: Not too difficult. Most of your potential problems arise from small streams leading into freezes, or ending on double steps. There are a few turns near the end. --- Lyrics: Baby, let's get together Honey hush, me and you And do the things Ah, do the things That we like to do Oh... Do a little dance, make a little love Get down tonight, get down tonight Ba-by I'll meet you Same place, same time Where we get, oh... We get together And please our mind Oh... Do a little dance, make a little love Get down tonight, get down tonight Get down, get down, get down, get down Get down tonight, baby Ooh-hoo-hoo-hoo Get down, get down, get down, get down Get down tonight, baby Now now now... Get down, get down, get down, get down Get down tonight, baby Ooh-hoo-hoo-hoo... --- Song Type: License First Appearance: BRAND NEW Artist Notes: Well, what's to say. Formed in 1973, KC & The Sunshine Band is celebrating their 30th anniversary of music, and is one of the only groups, alongside the Beatles and the Jackson Five, to have four #1 hits in one year as a new group. Misc. Notes: Two of their three most famous songs, "THAT'S THE WAY", and "SHAKE YOUR BOOTY", are already established DDR songs, and now the third, this song, has entered the annals of DDR-dom. ==================================== 4K. GHOSTS (VINCENT DE MOOR REMIX) = ==================================== Artist: TENTH PLANET Genre: Epic Trance BPM: 138 Difficulty: Sgl Dbl BEG: 1 LGT: 3 3 STD: 6 5 HVY: 8 8 Heavy Notes: This can be pretty tough, but it doesn't change much. It starts with a few sixteenths leading into freeze notes. Then, once the rhythm starts, you follow the exact rhythm for eight measures. The good news is that they don't make you do any complicated turns during that time, so if you can follow arrows and know the tune, you'll find it's not too bad. After those eight measures, you'll go to a simplified version of the rhythm, involving a freeze note over the measure and steps on the high notes. That goes for four, then it gets a little more complicated with two seperate freeze notes. Then, once the rhythm stops, you'll get just freeze notes for four measures, then six clusters of five sixteenths, followed by one big cluster of fifteen sixteenths that changes from up-down to left-right halfway through. After that, you'll do the same thing you did the first time through the main rhythm up to the end. --- Lyrics: Just when I think on my own When I've broken every door The ghosts of my life Are louder than before Just when I thought I could not be stopped When my chance came true The ghosts of my life They bring up memories All my time, all my tears --- Song Type: License First Appearance: DDRMAX: DDR 6th Mix (Arcade) Artist Notes: TENTH PLANET is Gez Dewar and Nick Hale. This is their main, and probably only, hit. Misc. Notes: This song is a remix of the hit by the group, Japan, led by David Sylvain, who specialized in new-age-type music. ============ 4L. Heaven = ============ Artist: DJ Sammy & Yanou featuring DO Genre: Euro Trance BPM: 138 Difficulty: Sgl Dbl BEG: 1 LGT: 4 3 STD: 6 6 HVY: 7 7 Heavy Notes: This isn't too bad for a seven-footer. Just small streams of eighth notes and regularly thrown in freezes. There are a few points where the steps follow the synthesizer, but it's an easy rhythm. --- Lyrics: Baby you're all that I want When you're lying here in my arms I'm finding it hard to believe We're in heaven Oh, thinkin about our younger years There was only you and me We were young and wild and free Now nothing can take you away from me We've been down that road before But thats over now You keep me coming back for more Baby you're all that I want When you're lying here in my arms I'm finding it hard to believe (believe) We're in heaven And love is all that I need And I found it there in your heart It isn't too hard to see (to see) We're in heaven We're in heaven --- Song Type: License First Appearance: BRAND NEW Artist Notes: One of the most well-known DJs in Spain, he's been a DJ since 1984 and has worked on several pieces since 1995. Heaven, which, as you can see from the artist, is a project he worked on in 2001 with Yanou and the female singer DO, a remake of the song originally by Bryan Adams. =============== 4M. i feel... = =============== Artist: AKIRA YAMAOKA Genre: Trance* BPM: 141 Difficulty: Sgl Dbl BEG: 1 LGT: 3 2 STD: 6 5 HVY: 9 9 Heavy Notes: For a nine-footer, this isn't too bad. Your main problem comes from knowing the steps, which don't always follow the rhythm of the song. In the beginning, it follows the rhythm all right, but about halfway through, you start getting gallops. The steps change so much that trying to go through all of them would make these notes really long. Suffice to say that it'll probably take a few plays through to get sharp enough to pick up when you get eighth notes and when you get sixteenths. There are no turns to deal with, though, and no tiring step runs. --- Lyrics: ("ai fiiri" is kana for "i feel") ai fiiri... ai fiiiiiiiri... ai fiiri... ai fiiiiiiiri... (Japanese lyrics, which, I'm told, are impossible to decipher due to the effects) ai fiiri... ai fiiiiiiiri... ai fiiri... ai fiiiiiiiri... ai fiiri... ai fiiiiiiiri... ai fiiri... ai fiiiiiiiri... --- Song Type: Konami Original First Appearance: beatmania IIDX 7th Style DDR Debut: DDRMAX2: DDR 7th Mix (Arcade) American Appearances: DDR Extreme USA Artist Notes: In this country, at least, Akira Yamaoka is best known for his work on Konami's Silent Hill series (the game, not the song :-P). This song doesn't have its roots there, but it is a very haunting trance, and the background video could seem reminiscent of the graininess that is SH. Misc. Notes: Other mixes are the "T.O.Y. Remix" in DDR Ultramix 2, and the "Junk Circuit Mix" in DDR Ultramix 2 (Song Pack 7). ========================================== 4N. IN THE NAVY '99 (XXL Disaster Remix) = ========================================== Artist: CAPTAIN JACK Genre: Euro Dance BPM: 135 Difficulty: Sgl Dbl BEG: 1 LGT: 4 4 STD: 6 5 HVY: 8 8 Heavy Notes: Gallop City. If you're looking to practice gallops, this is the place. Whenever they're in the "In the Navy" chorus, you'll be stepping gallops that end on the beat. In the "We want you, we want you" section, you'll get three eighth notes that are all double steps several times, so beware. That's all she wrote for this one... --- Lyrics: In the Navy We want you In the Navy We want you as a captain's crew In the Navy Yes you can sail the seven seas In the Navy Yes you can put your mind at ease In the Navy Come on people and make a stand In the Navy, in the Navy We want you, we want you, We want you as a captain's crew We want you, we want you, We want you as a captain's crew Where can you find pleasure Search the world for treasure Learn science technology Where can you begin to make your dreams all come true On the land or on the sea Where can you learn to fly, Play in sports or skindive Study oceanography Sign up for the big band or sit in the grandstand When your team and others meet In the Navy Yes you can sail the seven seas In the Navy Yes you can put your mind at ease In the Navy Come on now people make a stand In the Navy, in the Navy In the Navy Come on protect your motherland In the Navy Come on and join your fellow man In the Navy Come on people and make a stand In the Navy, in the Navy --- Song Type: License First Appearance: DDR 3rd Mix (Arcade) Artist Notes: See DREAM A DREAM Misc. Notes: This song has a music video as a background, which will negate any characters. Officially, this song was first in DDR 2nd ReMix for the Japanese PS1, but only as a preview song with the Light difficulty (or its equivalent at that point). ===================== 4O. Keep On Liftin' = ===================== Artist: dj nagureo Genre: Jazz Hip Hop* BPM: 100 Difficulty: Sgl Dbl BEG: 1 LGT: 3 3 STD: 5 5 HVY: 5 6 Heavy Notes: Nice and slow, so you'll have plenty of time to read the notes as they come up. Mostly, this is just eighth notes and freezes. There are some tricky spots, where you'll get a sixteenth note right before the first beat of the measure. Keep watch for them. --- Lyrics: Getting lifted to the touch of jazz Staying true to the game Real love When I say your name Lingerie, candlelight, wine and dine Punch line Nonstop dedication Rock the nation 24-7 It feels like heaven Can't you see the chemistry? Words, rhymes, melody, poetry You know me Hard times long gone Let's get it on For what you did for me, I'm so grateful You lifted what was low, now I'm free You took the blinders off, I see clearer Created peace where the confusion had overtaken my soul You keep on liftin' me You keep on liftin' me up, and You keep on liftin' me Now I wanna say I'm feelin' better You keep on liftin' me You keep on liftin' me up, and You keep on liftin' me Now I wanna say I'm feelin' better Standing in the dark When you walked in I take my time to drop the right line 'Cause you so fine Your shine Now you're mine It's meant to be Together forever baby We are the dream team True love, it don't stop Like jazz and hip hop The mixture of body and soul Our future goal Making dreams come true Coming strong, baby boo Just me and you Yeah, you know how we do Come on, lift me Lift me up Ohhhh --- Song Type: Konami Original First Appearance: beatmania III DDR Debut: BRAND NEW Artist Notes: Reo Nagumo is the composer to use the name "dj nagureo". He's also known as "Tiger Yamato", and has composed quite a few songs for beatmania. All his songs that appear in DDR were originally beatmania tunes, including "LUV TO ME" and "R3" from Konamix, and "DEEP IN YOU" from MAX USA. The vocalists for this tune are Robbie Danzie and DJ cash. ================== 4P. LET'S GROOVE = ================== Artist: TIPS & TRICKS VS WISDOME Genre: Disco BPM: 65-130 Difficulty: Sgl Dbl BEG: 1 LGT: 2 3 STD: 5 4 HVY: 6 7 Song Notes: After you hear your first "Whoo-oh", be ready for the tempo to cut to half time. After you hear "Stand up all night", it'll get back to the original tempo. Heavy Notes: The hardest part is a thirty-seven step long stream of eighth notes, when you get the repeated "down, down, down". Be careful when the tempo drops, because you'll be stepping a few sixteenth notes, which will be just the same as normal eighth notes, naturally. That's all to look out for here. --- Lyrics: [It moved me downtown, the beat It moved me downtown, the beat It moved me, it moved me It moved me, down, down....] Let's groove tonight Share the spice of life Baby slice it right We're gonna groove tonight Let's groove tonight Share the spice of life Baby slice it right We're gonna groove tonight Whoo-oh.. Let this groove... alright... whoo-oh Let this groove... stand up... (up, up, up..) (stand up all night) Let this groove, light up your fuse It's alright, alright, alright... whoo-oh Let this groove, set in your shoes Stand up, alright, alright whoo-oh --- Song Type: License First Appearance: DDRMAX: DDR 6th Mix (Arcade) Artist Notes: Well, to be perfectly honest, all I can find out about "TIPS & TRICKS VS WISDOME" is that they've done this song, which is an adaptation of the original, which was done by Earth, Wind & Fire. Wisdome, I'm told, is Luca Moretti and Ricky Romanini. ======================== 4Q. LONG TRAIN RUNNIN' = ======================== Artist: BUS STOP Genre: House BPM: 127 Difficulty: Sgl Dbl BEG: 1 LGT: 2 3 STD: 5 5 HVY: 7 7 Heavy Notes: This one's a pain, for a seven-footer. The rhythm guitar has this little sixteenth note pattern leading into a measure, and oftentimes, you'll step those sixteenths, so always be ready for that. Also, you'll step the main vocal part at certain parts, and you'll be holding freeze notes while stepping with the other foot in various uncomfortable places. It'll take a few tries to pull this off well... --- Lyrics: DJ, bring the beats on And here we go Down around the corner A half a mile from here You see them old trains runnin' And you watch them disappear Without love Where would you be now Without love.... Ooooh, where would you be right now Finesse, and the lyrical master Scream if you wanna go faster Takin' a train to tha, the next station On the dance floor rockin' the nation The sound is comin' out now So DJ, play the song loud Dancin', I'll make your body rock Long train runnin' and it won't stop Like a piston, I keep on churnin' Like a fire, I keep on burnin' Dance around in the place Let my DJ rock the place Well, pistons keep on turnin' And the wheels go round and round And the steel rail bed holdin' hard And the miles that they go down Without love, without love Where would you be right now, where would you be right now Without love.... Here we go --- Song Type: License First Appearance: DDRMAX2: DDR 7th Mix (Arcade) Artist Notes: BUS STOP is a UK rap group famous for giving classic songs their treatment, and several of their songs have appeared in the realm of DDR, including KUNG FU FIGHTING, NA-NA, SWING IT, and KICK THE CAN. This, their latest contribution to DDR, is a variation on the song originally performed by The Doobie Brothers. ========================= 4R. Love At First Sight = ========================= Artist: Kylie Minogue Genre: Club Pop BPM: 125 Difficulty: Sgl Dbl BEG: 1 LGT: 4 2 STD: 5 4 HVY: 7 6 Heavy Notes: A decent challenge for a US licensed song, which surprised me, but it's still nothing big. They play a few games with freeze arrows here, such as having them pop up off the beat, or having you make a few complicated steps while holding. There are also a few turns to contend with. --- Lyrics: Thought that I was going crazy Just having one of those days, yeah Didn't know what to do Then there was you And everything went from wrong to right And the stars came out and filled up the sky The music you were playing really blew my mind It was love at first sight 'Cause baby when I heard you For the first time I knew We were meant to be as one 'Cause baby when I heard you For the first time I knew We were meant to be as one --- Song Type: License First Appearance: Dancing Stage Megamix (EU PS2) Artist Notes: This artist should be no stranger to American audiences. The Australian pop princess started as an 80's footnote artist, and suddenly sprung back after a 15 year absence with her catch hit "Can't Get You Out of My Head", which served its time on DDR's Dancing Stage Party Edition. This particular song is part of Kylie's 2002 album, "Fever". Misc. Notes: This song has a music video as a background, which will negate any characters. ====================================== 4S. LOVIN' YOU (ROB SEARLE CLUB MIX) = ====================================== Artist: VINYL BABY Genre: Trance BPM: 139 Difficulty: Sgl Dbl BEG: 1 LGT: 2 3 STD: 6 5 HVY: 8 8 Heavy Notes: Be very careful, because you'll find that your steps will NOT precisely match the rhythm. Focus more on the rhythm itself than the music, and you won't be tempted to screw up. You'll also find clusters of five sixteenth notes here, as well as a whole bunch of clusters of three sixteenth notes at the end. --- Lyrics: La-la-la-la-la La-la-la-la-la La-la-la-la-la-la-la-la-laaah Doo-doo-doo-doo-doo... Ohhhhhhh! --- Song Type: License First Appearance: DDRMAX: DDR 6th Mix (Arcade) Artist Notes: Well, I couldn't find much info about VINYL BABY, but Lovin' You is originally the work of Minnie Riperton, a famous soul artist of the 1970's. Rob Searle is another noted DJ from the UK, and is also credited with the production of this song. ==================== 4T. rain of sorrow = ==================== Artist: NM feat. Ebony Fay Genre: Euro Trance BPM: 140 Difficulty: Sgl Dbl BEG: 1 LGT: 2 2 STD: 5 5 HVY: 9 8 Heavy Notes: Even for a nine-footer, this song can be a real pain. Lots of lousy rhythms, and just when you think you've found a pattern to the song, they'll throw it out and give you a new pattern to play with. There are spots in the middle where your steps will match the piano, so be glad you get a little rest. Just play this one over and over until you get the rhythm down, as it's useless to explain it here, because you won't remember it all. --- Lyrics: Ooh (Can you look at me?) Ooh Ooh Ooh Ee-Yeah Yeah Ee-Yeah Yeah Look at me Can't you see these tears are cried for you If you should ever need I'll be here with nothing else to do But to think of the creed That we live in the greed All the love so careless and free Make the moment last Don't relive our past Just remember we had in and taught you Got to hold on, got to keep it strong You see always thinkin' we can do Got to keep the love a lot Or leave, so strong I'm not It's the least that you and I can do Look into my eyes See the temper rise My love is waiting here for you If you reach up on my hand I'm sure you'll understand You'll see how we can make our dreams come true Ooh --- Song Type: Konami Original First Appearance: DDRMAX2: DDR 7th Mix (Arcade) Artist Notes: NM is obviously short for Naoki Maeda. Check the FAQ for info on him. Ebony Fay is a singer, and she's done other DDR songs, such as the "Do It Right" series. Beyond that, I got nothin'. ==================================== 4U. SO DEEP (PERFECT SPHERE REMIX) = ==================================== Artist: SILVERTEAR Genre: Epic Trance BPM: 140 Difficulty: Sgl Dbl BEG: 1 LGT: 3 2 STD: 5 6 HVY: 9 9 Heavy Notes: The second hardest Heavy in the game, after MAXX UNLIMITED. The ONLY good news is that the song follows the background rhythm almost precisely. Listen to it. Hear that mess? That's what you're stepping. There are times when it will seem to not follow the rhythm, and you'll be stepping clusters of sixteenths, so keep your eyes glued to the arrows, and good luck. --- Song Type: License First Appearance: DDRMAX: DDR 6th Mix (Arcade) Artist Notes: Silvertear is Pascal Schutters, Jonas Steur, Christophe Chantzis, and Erik Vanspauwen (aka Ian Van Dahl, you may notice that name later). This is currently their only song as a collaboration. ======================= 4V. STILL IN MY HEART = ======================= Artist: NAOKI Genre: Hyper Euro Beat* BPM: 150 Difficulty: Sgl Dbl BEG: 1 LGT: 4 4 STD: 6 5 HVY: 7 7 Heavy Notes: There's little to point out in this song. There are streams of eighth notes that'll range from three to about nine steps long, a few turns, and a couple of double steps in the streams. It breaks off the beat and follows the synth hits at the end. --- Lyrics: Still, still in my heart Here in my heart Oh~! Still in my heart Deep in my heart Why? Why did you have to go away Always hard to stay Kiss before going over, over you Tell me, was this really true romance Or just a fantasy? I can't believe what we've been through You're hanging out with someone new Still, you're in my heart Baby, in my heart Always in my heart You'll never leave my heart Still, still you're in my heart Deep down in my heart Fill me with ecstasy Oh~! (Exactly, in my heart) Oh, baby! No, baby! Can't let you go. Or was it just a fantasy Of what I thought could be reality? Oh baby, can't you just see That I can't go on Never without you? Still, still you're in my heart Never leave my heart Now and forever more Still, still you're in my heart Always in my heart When will I ever break free? --- Song Type: Konami Original First Appearance: DDR 5th Mix (Arcade) Artist Notes: Check my FAQ for info about Naoki Maeda. The vocals here are done by Paula Terry. ================================================= 4W. Take Me Away (into the night) (radio vocal) = ================================================= Artist: 4 STRINGS Genre: Trance BPM: 138 Difficulty: Sgl Dbl BEG: 1 LGT: 4 2 STD: 6 5 HVY: 7 7 Heavy Notes: This is a little tricky, because there are gallops (all ending off the beat) and eighth notes regularly interspersed in this step pattern. The ending has long series of either eighth notes or gallops, with freeze arrows thrown in for good measure. --- Lyrics: Shining light Another day turns into rain Eternal fight I waited all my life Take me away Million miles away from here Take me away Find the place for you and me You've taken me higher Highest I could be You take me away Forever you and me Take me away Take me away Milion miles away from here Take me away Find the place for you and me You've taken me higher Highest I could be You take me away Forever you and me Take me away --- Song Type: License First Appearance: BRAND NEW Artist Notes: 4 Strings is the psuedonym of Carlos Resoort, a Dutch DJ-producer. He specializes in trance music. This song has a music video as a background, which will negate any characters. ============================================= 4X. THE WHISTLE SONG (Blow My Whistle Baby) = ============================================= Artist: DJ ALIGATOR PROJECT Genre: Anthem Trance BPM: 140 Difficulty: Sgl Dbl BEG: 1 LGT: 3 3 STD: 4 4 HVY: 7 7 Play Notes: There are two stops in this song. Right after "Open up and put it in", and after "I said louder!" Heavy Notes: If there's ever a whistle blowing, you're stepping the blows. After "Blow it like you mean it, blow" you'll end up stepping the synthesizer rhythms, which have a sixteenth pickup. The "woo-woo" part is the hardest, because you'll be stepping the rhythm behind the lyrics, which goes offbeat a lot. --- Lyrics: Blow my whistle baby Blow my whistle baby Open up and put it in Let's begin Blow it like you mean it, blow Let me hear ya say (woo-woo) Louder (woo-woo) Let me hear ya say (woo-woo) Louder (woo-woo) Is that what you call loud? C'mon, let me hear ya say (woo-woo) Let me hear ya say (woo-woo) Louder (woo-woo) I said louder! You need to bring the beat back Blow my whistle baby --- Song Type: License First Appearance: DDRMAX2: DDR 7th Mix (Arcade) Artist Notes: Ali Movasat was a Danish DJ working the clubs, when one day he noticed several of the club's guests had brought whistles to the dance floor, for some variety. Something snaps in his head, and the rest, as they say, is history. Misc. Notes: The song's original subtitle in that mix was actually "Blow My Whistle Bitch", but exposure to such words can severly damage young minds, so Konami of America changed it, bless them... ¨_¨ This song has a music video as a background, which will negate any characters. ============= 4Y. TSUGARU = ============= Artist: RevenG vs. DE-SIRE Genre: Oedo Techno BPM: 70-165 Difficulty: Sgl Dbl BEG: 1 LGT: 3 4 STD: 6 7 HVY: 9 9 Play Notes: Just before the steps begin is a stop in the music. Once you get to the end, the music will slow down gradually, so be sure to watch for it. Heavy Notes: In the beginning, you'll be stepping the strings, then a long freeze, then a whole bunch of gallops. After the gallops, you'll think you're hitting a gallop, then a double step, but YOU'RE NOT. What looks like a double step is two THIRTY-SECOND notes, matching up to the music, so stay sharp there. In the section with background synthesizers, you'll be facing eighths with double steps in the streams, and one long stream that goes more than four measures, and which will require you to turn several times. After that, mroe gallops and eighth notes, then, finally, the slowdown, which follows the music exactly. A good easy-to-moderate nine-footer. --- Song Type: Konami Original First Appearance: DDRMAX2: DDR 7th Mix (Arcade) American Appearances: DDR Ultramix, DDR Extreme USA Artist Notes: It's kinda weird to be "vs" yourself, but both of these artists are Naoki psuedonyms. RevenG (formerly known as RE-VENGE) is the name Naoki uses for his traditional ethnic style music for tunes such as "AFRONOVA", "ORION.78", and "exotic ethnic". DE-SIRE is the name Naoki uses for the "TRIP MACHINE" and "Healing Vision" series. Misc. Notes: The Challenge Remix of this song (APPLE MIX) is in DDR Extreme USA. =========================================== 4Z. TWILIGHT ZONE (R-C Extended Club MIX) = =========================================== Artist: 2 UNLIMITED Genre: Club Rave BPM: 138 Difficulty: Sgl Dbl BEG: 1 LGT: 3 3 STD: 5 5 HVY: 9 8 Heavy Notes: Oh yes, you're stepping the music. It start easy left-right, up-down, then it gets ugly, throwing different arrows and turns into the mix. You don't step the music the WHOLE time, though. There's also some nice playing around with freeze arrows, which cause you to contort yourself in many shapes. The worst of that is the actual "verse", where you're holding a freeze, stepping some eighths, then switching to another freeze quickly. Then, at the end, is just more of the main music. --- Lyrics: (Into the twilight) You got it! Whoo! Quick with the bass Quick with the bass Quick with the, quick with the bass Quick with the bass yeah Quick with the bass Quick with the bass Quick with the... twilight zone Whoo! Whoo! Whoo! This is a twilight zone one you're not on your own and take you to the twilight zone It is a twilight zone and better shake your bones and come on to the twilight zone You got it! Whoo! Whoo! Whoo! Whoo! --- Song Type: License First Appearance: DDRMAX: DDR 6th Mix (Arcade) Artist Notes: This is one of the classics of the "old" 2 Unlimited: Ray Slijngaard and Anita Doth, released in 1992. This was one of their biggest singles, along with "Get Ready For This" (you may have heard of it). Famous in sports arenas across the globe. Misc. Notes: No, this is NOT the Mortal Kombat movie theme (aka Techno Syndrome) by The Immortals. The two are somewhat similar sounding, I admit. If you want a direct comparison, go to "Ishkur's Guide to Electronic Music" online, go to the "House" heading, then go to "Anthem House". The two are compared right next to each other. You'll actually be hearing the original Twilight Zone there. ============== 4AA. Will I? = ============== Artist: Ian Van Dahl Genre: Trance BPM: 140 Difficulty: Sgl Dbl BEG: 1 LGT: 3 3 STD: 6 5 HVY: 7 7 Heavy Notes: Pretty standard stuff: eighth notes and freezes. No big turns. There are points in the middle of the song (before the "Will I, will I, will I?" parts), where you have some freeze notes that are on the offbeat, and steps on the beat, so stay awake. --- Lyrics: Will I ever love you again? Will we be together again? Thought the love We had was strong Tell me what's on Where did we go wrong? Will I, will I, will I? Will I, will I, will I? Will I ever love you again? Will we be together again? Thought the love We had was strong Tell me what's on Where did we go wrong? --- Song Type: License First Appearance: BRAND NEW Artist Notes: Ian Van Dahl is not exactly a person, but an act. The producers of the act are Cristophe Chantzis and Erik Vanspauwen, with the face and vocals provided by Annemie Coenen, who co-writes most of the songs. This song is first featured on their first American album, "ACE". ****************************************************************************** 5. BLUE SONGS ****************************************************************************** These songs are available to you by default, and they have appeared in previous American mixes (DDR USA, DDR Konamix, and/or DDRMAX USA). =========== 5A. AM-3P = =========== Artist: KTz Genre: Tech House BPM: 130 Difficulty: Sgl Dbl BEG: 1 LGT: 5 5 STD: 6 6 HVY: 8 7 Heavy Notes: Well, the first problem is the eighty-step long stream at the very beginning. Be sure to keep your foot on the arrow you step every other note, and be ready to switch when it does. After that, you'll follow the rhythm (in the "Kanto steppu" section), and at the end of that section are four gallops that start on the beat. After that, it's pretty simple, except for a few small streams that have double steps in them. --- Lyrics: Start the revolution! D-D-R D-D-R A-woha! (I want to see your body shake) A-woha! A-woha! (I want to see your body shake) Kanto steppu Kansai steppu Nagoya steppu Kyushu steppu The revolution! (uh-huh) The revolution! (uh-huh) Move your body Move your body Move your body (Thanks to Gene Dreyband for setting me straight on these lyrics) --- Song Type: Konami Original First Appearance: DDR 2nd Mix (Arcade) American Appearances: DDR USA, DDRMAX USA Artist Notes: KTz is yet another Naoki psuedonym, and is specifically used for AM-3P and its remixes. Misc. Notes: The (303 BASS MIX) of this song is availble in DDR Konamix and DDR Ultramix (Song Pack 4). ==================== 5B. CELEBRATE NITE = ==================== Artist: N.M.R Genre: Euro Groove* BPM: 144 Difficulty: Sgl Dbl BEG: 1 LGT: 4 4 STD: 6 6 HVY: 7 7 Heavy Notes: Several difficulties in this song. There are small eighth note streams with double steps. There are small clusters of clearly visible sixteenth notes in the song. The biggest problem is that several streams go all the way around the pad, making you spin around if you want to alternate your feet (which you probably don't want to do). --- Lyrics: Gotta get down with my sound Give you the run around, like run you right outa' All alone am I, I put my nose to the grindstone From my mind, to pen to the paper Back to the mind, M-m-m-m-mind This beat is hard as crack, Without tact, it's a mismatch Come on baby, it's party time (I like it, I like it) Come on baby, it's party time (Come on and have a party) Celebrate the night (Give me one more night) Won't somebody please, save my life tonight? Gotta get down with my sound Give you the run around, like run you right outa' All alone am I, I put my nose to the grindstone From my mind, to pen to the paper Back to the mind, M-m-m-m-mind This beat is hard as crack, Without tact, it's a mismatch Come on baby, it's party time (I like it, I like it) Let's get together, come on and have a party Who do you think you are? (Give me one more night) Won't somebody please, save my life tonight? --- Song Type: Konami Original First Appearance: Dancing Stage feat. True Kiss Destination (Arcade) American Appearances: DDR Konamix Artist Notes: I don't have much information on N.M.R, despite the fact that it's another psuedonym for Naoki Maeda (see the FAQ for more details). ================= 5C. Do It Right = ================= Artist: SOTA feat. Ebony Fay Genre: House BPM: 135 Difficulty: Sgl Dbl BEG: 1 LGT: 4 4 STD: 5 5 HVY: 7 8 Heavy Notes: The seasoned veteran should have few troubles with this song. There are some medium-length streams, a few turns, a few doubles sandwiched in the streams, and a few times when you have to match Ebony's lyrics. That's it. --- Lyrics: Know what you wanna do, get into the groove Well you just gotta move And soon you'll know just what you really gotta do So take it easy now, I can show you how Just feel the beat inside, let the rhythm take hold and do it right You can't give up, you can't give in When things are looking like your world is tumbling down, you fight You make the cut, you play to win It's guaranteed to be alright Just do your best, just give your all Dance to your rhythm, you can make forever start tonight Don't let it rest, you'll never fall Believe me Know what you do Ain't nobody holdin' the future back Gotta go 'cause you know you'll leave it in your tracks And when all is said and done, and looking back now Is it all how you dreamed it would be way back then? Love is just a game Play to see if we can get it right God above sends his love to those who see his light Even if you don't know, he's been there for you too Did you think you'd get this far without his love? I tell you what Know what you wanna do, get into the groove Well you just got to move And then you'll know just what to do So take it easy now, I can show you how Just feel the love inside Let the rhythm take hold and do it right, yeah --- Song Type: Konami Original First Appearance: DDR 5th Mix (JP PS1) American Appearances: DDR Konamix Artist Notes: Sota Fujimori is the SOTA half. He's an in-house Konami artist and is responsible for this song series, as well as anything by "System S.F.", which includes the "Look To The Sky" series. Ebony Fay is a singer who's very hard to find info on, but she performs this song, as well as "rain of sorrow". ============ 5D. Groove = ============ Artist: Sho-T feat. Brenda Genre: Garage BPM: 130 Difficulty: Sgl Dbl BEG: 1 LGT: 4 3 STD: 6 6 HVY: 8 8 Heavy Notes: You'll find streams and a few turns here, but the biggest issue is the fact that double steps are regularly thrown into the streams, making for some big jumping feats as you bounce around. Also, watch out at the end, as there are three sixteenths leading to the last double step. --- Lyrics: The night is hot I think Iím going to have some fun Itís 12 oíclock But it looks like the partyís just begun Walked in the club Tonight Iím gonna make my move When I saw you I knew exactly what to do I go up, I go down Spins my head all around Itís your eyes, itís your style I wanna make you mine! Thereís one thing I must know On the floor this will show Baby So feel the rhythm and let it flow! Groove! Boy Groove! Canít all that booty be all yours! Move! Letís move! Evíbody get down on the floor! Dance! Letís dance! Canít all that booty be all yours! Move! Letís move! So boogie some more! Groove! Boy Groove! Canít all that booty be all yours! Move! Letís move! Evíbody get down on the floor! Dance! Letís dance! Canít all that booty be all yours! Move! Letís move! So boogie some more! Baby, letís groove! --- Song Type: Konami Original First Appearance: DDR 4th Mix (JP PS1) American Appearances: DDR Konamix Artist Notes: Shoichiro Hirata is another Konami in-house musician. His credits include the Groove series and "Share My Love". Misc. Notes: The remix of this song, "Groove 2001" is in DDRMAX USA. ============== 5E. HYSTERIA = ============== Artist: NAOKI 190 Genre: R&B BPM: 190 Difficulty: Sgl Dbl BEG: 2 LGT: 4 3 STD: 6 5 HVY: 8 7 Heavy Notes: The tempo is definitely your biggest enemy. Besides the great speed, there isn't much to point out, besides the common occurence of the step pattern "left-right, up, down, left-right", which you'll learn to do quite well. --- Lyrics: I was the teacher and I made you learn I was the flame, and you just got burnt By me the one and only, Chaos is here To preach havoc and destruction and to strike fear Demolishin' my foes just like that I see the fools and they want to combat So I pull out the same rhyme, don't waste no time Brushin' them off with the freshest of lines So we could see who is the better of the best Well I've won but they've flunked the test Stoppin' for no one just like the shogun My blade is my rhymes, usin' it, then I'm done Picture me, I'm on top of my world now Picture me, I'm ahead of my game Never stop, not for anyone, not now Gonna take you up all the same (ah, on top of, ahhh I'm on top, oh on top of the world oh world) Picture me, I'm on top of my world now Picture me, I'm ahead of my game Never stop, not for anyone, not now Gonna take you up all the same Picture me, I'm on top of my world now Picture me, I'm ahead of my game Never stop, not for anyone, not now Gonna take you up all the same all the same all the same --- Song Type: Konami Original First Appearance: DDR Solo Bass Mix (Arcade) American Appearances: DDR Konamix, DDR Ultramix Artist Notes: See the FAQ for info on Naoki Maeda. The 190 is simply a reference to the BPM this song clips along at. =================== 5F. I Was The One = =================== Artist: good-cool Genre: Italo House* BPM: 125 Difficulty: Sgl Dbl BEG: 1 LGT: 3 3 STD: 5 5 HVY: 7 6 Heavy Notes: More or less an unsurprising seven-footer. Streams of varying length, a few doubles in the streams, and some turns. Watch out for repeating patterns, such as "left, left, down, down, up, up, right, right". --- Lyrics: Who said that you should walk out Who said that love was over Who said that you could walk out Who said that love was gone Who said that you should walk out Who said that love was over Who said that you could walk out Who said that love was gone Hold on, and wait one minute Think you need reminding I was the one who Never let you be without all you needed Love was me About what you'll me missing, you know You should make, a permanent dream Together we can fix it, forever long love is worth saving I was the one who helped you, to find your place in life (I was the one) And when nobody loved you, my heart kept you warm at night (I was the one) I was the warm September, each day and every night (I was the one) And when you needed someone, I held your hand in mine I was the one (yeah..) I was the one (One baby, I was the one) I was the one I was the one (I was the one) --- Song Type: Konami Original First Appearance: beatmania IIDX 3rd Style DDR Debut: DDR 5th Mix (Arcade) American Appearances: DDRMAX USA Artist Notes: Tatsuya Furukawa, also known as "good-cool", is a noted Bemani artist, specializing in house and R&B. He's also done "never let you down" and "Spin the disc". Robbie Danzie is the vocalist for this tune. =================== 5G. Jam&Marmalade = =================== Artist: Final Offset Genre: Warp House* BPM: 145 Difficulty: Sgl Dbl BEG: 1 LGT: 3 4 STD: 5 6 HVY: 8 7 Heavy Notes: Pretty simple for the first half. You'll hit some sixteenths at the female vocal hits. Watch for some off notes as the steps match up with the "guitar" rhythm. --- Song Type: Konami Original First Appearance: beatmania III DDR Debut: DDRMAX USA Artist Notes: Hideyaki Sugaya is Final Offset. This song may have had its roots in an old Konami game as well (Gradius is my guess, but don't quote me on it). =============== 5H. Kind Lady = =============== Artist: OKUYATOS Genre: Disco House BPM: 135 Difficulty: Sgl Dbl BEG: 1 LGT: 4 4 STD: 6 5 HVY: 7 8 Heavy Notes: First of all, the steps have oh-so-slightly changed since MAX USA. There used to be meaningless eighth-note-long freezes near the end. Those are just regular steps now. Anyway, this is a pretty standard seven- footer. There are very few turns, not-too-long streams, and some rhythm following near the beginning and in the vocals. --- Lyrics: A fool for love He knew that his heart was healing He'd been hurt too much to try again But when she caught his eye Ain't no man could fight the feeling He knew he had to try to let love in Smile to let her know She was in the mood for talking So then he began to play the game Before he knew it He had told her how much he'd been hurting How he was hoping she was not the same Could you be The kind of lady that I'm seeking? After all of this time Could this be true love? And she said, Boy you don't have to look no more I'll give the love you need 'til you holler enough, guaranteed Not like the rest, boy, I'm a kind lady You've been hurt but be sure boy I am the cure And when you wake up late thinking it's a dream Just touch me boy you know, you can count on me Believe me Baby This lady You know what you've found in me Is a lady Kind o'lady That can give you what you need Baby A kind lady That will never leave you lonely and Just maybe This lady Finally you've found me, oh Kind lady --- Song Type: Konami Original First Appearance: DDRMAX: DDR 6th Mix (JP PS2) American Appearances: DDRMAX USA, DDR Ultramix Artist Notes: This is a psuedonym for Sota Fujimori, who did the popular "Look To The Sky" and "Do It Right" series. ======================== 5I. Secret Rendez-vous = ======================== Artist: DIVAS Genre: R&B BPM: 98 Difficulty: Sgl Dbl BEG: 1 LGT: 2 2 STD: 5 5 HVY: 7 7 Heavy Notes: Yucky, partially because it's so slow, but mostly because you expect the steps to follow the music, and they don't, all the time. Look very carefully at the positioning of the arrows, because what you may think is a group of eight sixteenth notes could be two groups of four sixteenth notes separated by an eighth note or something. --- Lyrics: (Baby, you know what? I've been waiting a loooooooong time....) Late at night when you're all alone (all alone) Heart would say, pick up the phone (pick up the phone) But he belongs to someone else You wanna keep his number for yourself You keep your feelings deep inside (deep inside) The kind of love that's so hard to find (so hard to find) Gotta keep it all for myself Don't wanna share it with somebody else Nobody knows what goes on when we are all alone I know what I feel, it's oh so real We are secret lovers Hope no one discovers (no one discovers) See you every day Secret hideaway Just around the way (Don't you know....) Feels so good to me 'cause (...feels so good) No one's ever seen us What we have, taboo A secret rendez-vous (I'm in love, you feel good to me Baby don'tcha know I need you Don'tcha know I need your love so....) Sneakin' with my baby (come to me baby) Weekend, don't say maybe (please him day or night) We throw away the key It's our fantasy Only you and me (I know you want me here) I hope no one discovers That we are undercover lovers What we have, taboo A secret rendez-vous, yeah (Ohh ohh ohh ohh.....) --- Song Type: Konami Original First Appearance: DDRMAX2: DDR 7th Mix (Arcade) American Appearances: DDRMAX USA, DDR Ultramix Artist Notes: Another artist name for Naoki Maeda (see FAQ for info on him), which generally focuses around slow R&B, with vocals by Robbie Danzie. Also by this name is "BABY BABY GIMME YOUR LOVE". ================= 5J. Silent Hill = ================= Artist: THOMAS HOWARD Genre: Xmas Ballad BPM: 125 Difficulty: Sgl Dbl BEG: 1 LGT: 2 4 STD: 6 5 HVY: 7 7 Heavy Notes: Big thing you'll pick up on is the two separate thirty-two step long streams in the verse. After that, it's just some medium-length streams and a few double steps within those streams. --- Lyrics: Ooooohhhhhh Ooooohhhhhh Lights on the avenue All seem so far away I'm up here drinking a toast to you On such a special day Tonight is the night for I love you's Wish we could have this feeling Throughout the year Christmas is here Christmas is here Ooooohhhhhh Tonight is the night for I love you's And if you hold me near you You'll feel my heart Beating for two Tonight is the night for I love you's (Lights on the avenue, all seem so far away) Up above the snow is falling And stars disappear My heart is calling Christmas is here --- Song Type: Konami Original First Appearance: DDR 3rd Mix (Arcade) American Appearances: DDRMAX USA, DDR Ultramix 2 (Song Pack 7) Artist Notes: More famous for his work on the Konami rhythm games Drum Mania and Guitar Freaks, Thomas Howard Lichtenstein is, nonetheless, popular for this old Christmas standby. =================== 5K. Spin the disc = =================== Artist: good-cool Genre: House* BPM: 130 Difficulty: Sgl Dbl BEG: 1 LGT: 2 2 STD: 5 5 HVY: 8 8 Heavy Notes: This is rather simple for an eight-footer. There are a few parts with sixteenths, but they follow the music. The only hard part would be some pretty long streams near the end, one which goes for nine measures, (72 steps) and another which goes for eight measures (65 steps). --- Lyrics: Someday, somehow, somewhere We're gonna have magic in the air Someday, somehow, somewhere We're gonna have magic in the a-a-a-air --- Song Type: Konami Original First Appearance: beatmania IIDX 5th Style DDR Debut: DDRMAX2: DDR 7th Mix (Arcade) American Appearances: DDRMAX USA, DDR Ultramix 3 (SP13) Artist Notes: See "I Was The One" ================ 5L. SUPER STAR = ================ Artist: D.J.RICH feat. TailBros. Genre: Rap BPM: 128 Difficulty: Sgl Dbl BEG: 1 LGT: 5 4 STD: 6 6 HVY: 8 8 Play Notes: It's probably worth mentioning that ALL difficulties (except Beginner) have eighth note steps on the record scratches. Heavy Notes: I love doing this one on Heavy. It's not all that fast, so you can pick it up pretty well. There are a few small streams with double steps in the early parts, then the record scratches, then a really large 79 step stream in the middle which leads into the second scratch section. At the end of that section are 18 sixteenth notes sandwiched together (but they're just alternating up and left). In the last area are some more long streams and three clusters of five sixteenth notes. --- Lyrics: DDR Bass! (Revolution) DDR Bass! DDR Bass! (Revolution) DDR Bass! I am here, and my name is Chaos Rap is to me like music is to Amadeus Wolfgang, the famous composer When I stepped in I told him to move over I am the new kid on the block And the mission - to make your body rock And to all the fools that think they're tough You'll never beat me, cuz I'm just too rough For my nature, my habitat, and even my environment Don't try me now, just go into retirement And think about what you have done You got beat, cuz you tried to move on You meet your fate when your lines ain't straight They're in your lyrical debatin' when your styles ain't great You got boogie-old rhymes to the point of no return You switch, you discern, but when will you learn That my rhymes burn, my brain waves melt Who gives a damn how you fall, overturned black belts I show you no remorse, I break off, I get divorced Could I be the source of this regenerative force Rejuvinated, I escalate it, you're underrated Now you're underrated cuz your homeboys played it Your weak appearances are only doing me the favor While I'm kickin' butt and flavor showin' off on your behavior Brother be beefing like a source that's protecting all people Put your hands up in the pulpit, coz it is drippin' like water From a leaky faucet Hand me the mic and I would rock it To you, sometimes you got to stop it - To make it rhyme It will earn full work and yo the final jam Is the freakin' bad bone, man take much and stand it And, yo, to beat us right now is the chance So everybody, yo, get on the floor I wanna see your dance --- Song Type: Konami Original First Appearance: DDR Solo Bass Mix (Arcade) American Appearances: DDR Konamix Artist Notes: DJ Rich provides the vocals for this tune, and Tailbros is an alias for Naoki Maeda (see the FAQ for more info on him). ========================= 5M. THE SHINING POLARIS = ========================= Artist: L.E.D. feat. Sana Genre: Epic Trance* BPM: 147 Difficulty: Sgl Dbl BEG: 1 LGT: 3 3 STD: 5 5 HVY: 7 7 Heavy Notes: The only distinguishing mark of this song from your standard seven-footer is a large number of freeze arrows, but that makes it seem like quarters, so it's actually quite easy. --- Lyrics: A North Star ray in the dark The saving There same on the wail 'Cause never see got shining polestar I never cross mile on the way A few shining lighten star in the earth Ray me by own radiant light The shining star light (shining star light) A North Star ray in the dark The saving There same on the wail 'Cause never see got shining polestar I never cross mile on the way A few shining lighten star in the earth Ray me by own radiant light --- Song Type: Konami Original First Appearance: beatmania IIDX 4th Style (JP PS2) DDR Debut: DDRMAX USA Artist Notes: Toshiyuki Kakuta is L.E.D., and started his Konami career in beatmania. He's written several songs for Konami's rhythm games, including "OVERBLAST!!", which featured in DDRMAX USA, and "GENOM SCREAMS", which featured in DDR Konamix. Sana is a popular vocalist, who's done several Konami projects. ****************************************************************************** 6. YELLOW SONGS ****************************************************************************** These songs need to be unlocked by earning points. They're in alphabetical order, not order of unlocked. If you want to see them arranged in unlock order, go to the "Secrets" section. ============== 6A. AFRONOVA = ============== UNLOCK #28 (180 Points) Artist: RE-VENGE Genre: Tribal BPM: 200 Difficulty: Sgl Dbl BEG: 2 LGT: 5 6 STD: 7 7 HVY: 9 9 Play Notes: It's worth pointing out that all difficulties but Beginner have seven simple quarter notes on each of the "Jawa obalabala" parts, and they're all the same pattern. Also, you always step the percussion hits at the end of the song. Heavy Notes: A tough nine-footer. The big problem is at the first "Hey, vibe" part, where you have a long stream of changing alternating steps, and then a series of "left, up, right, left, down, right", using turns you've become used to, only these are all in the same stream. Be sure to use alternating feet for that and practice those steps. After that, it's actually relatively smooth sailing. Once you get to the second half, you'll run into a recurring stream that keeps one foot on the up arrow, and at the end, the percussion hits are all double steps. --- Lyrics: (I've written the lyrics phonetically, if it's actually in Swahili or another African language, PLEASE set me straight...) LupalupalupalupalupaLAAAA! Jeeerah! Hey, vibe! Hey, hey, vibe! Ha! Brrrrah! Hey, vibe! (Heyleypolay!) Hey, hey, vibe! Ha! Brr... Jawa obalabala shomoba HEY! Jawa obalabala shomoba HEY! (Brrrrah!) Jawa obalabala shomoba HEY! Jawa obalabala shomoba HEY! Eylay, ohlay, ohlay, ohlay LupalupalupalupalupaLAAAA! Jeeerah! Ha! Brrrrah! Heyleypolay! --- Song Type: Konami Original First Appearance: DDR 3rd Mix (Arcade) American Appearances: DDR USA Artist Notes: The first track by Naoki under his RE-VENGE moniker, which is dedicated to producing tunes from song styles all over the world. Misc. Notes: The remix of this song, "AFRONOVA PRIMEVAL" is in DDR Konamix, DDR Ultramix (Song Pack 2), and DDR Extreme 2. There is a "FROM NONSTOP MEGAMIX" version of this song in DDR Extreme 2. ================= 6B. Bad Routine = ================= UNLOCK #25 (150 Points) Artist: D.J. Spugna Genre: Filter House* BPM: 130 Difficulty: Sgl Dbl BEG: 1 LGT: 4 3 STD: 5 6 HVY: 6 7 Play Notes: There are a couple of stops in this song, right before the first run of the chorus and right before the last run of the chorus, and it happens as the drums stop. There aren't any weird steps put there, so even if you don't find the stops as they come, you'd be able to pick it back up. Heavy Notes: Little serious stuff to note here. The "I'm movin', I'm movin'" parts in the first and third time through the chorus are all followed by the steps. Watch for steps coming in on the offbeats, and the same with the freeze arrows. There's a little bit of chaos in the middle as you hit two gallops, but they're easy to see. --- Lyrics: Yeah! I'm movin', I'm movin', I'm movin, aw yeah! Let's all get together! Yeah! Yeah! I'm movin', I'm movin', I'm movin, aw yeah! Yeah! I'm movin', I'm movin', I'm movin, aw yeah! Let's all get together! Yeah! Yeah! I'm movin', I'm movin', I'm movin, aw yeah! Yeah! I'm movin', I'm movin', I'm movin, aw yeah! Let's all get together! Yeah! Yeah! I'm movin', I'm movin', I'm movin, aw yeah! --- Song Type: Konami Original First Appearance: beatmania IIDX 7th Style DDR Debut: BRAND NEW American Appearances: DDR Extreme USA Artist Notes: See "Groove" for my small amount of info on Shochihiro Hirata, also known as "Sho-T". ================================== 6C. Burning Heat! (3 Option Mix) = ================================== UNLOCK #12 (60 Points) Artist: Mr. T with Motoaki.F Genre: 12 Beat* (Konamix) BPM: 166 Difficulty: Sgl Dbl BEG: 1 LGT: 2 2 STD: 5 6 HVY: 9 9 Play Notes: Two stops here; at the beginning after several steps, and at the end, just before the last two notes. Heavy Notes: Definitely a hard nine-footer, probably the third hardest Heavy song. First off, there are almost no eighth notes in this song, per se. Almost every time you see streams, they'll be too off to be eighth notes, but they're not quite gallops, either. They're actually triplets, with one note in the tri-puh-let series removed. Also, once the main melody begins, you'll find that the steps follow it very closely, and all the notes are triplets. It's basically the same throughout the whole song. If you know how the song sounds, you'll find it easier, but there are still some nasty turns that the song throws at you to keep you honest. --- Song Type: Konami Original First Appearance: beatmania IIDX 7th Style DDR Debut: DDRMAX2: DDR 7th Mix (Arcade) American Appearances: DDR Ultramix (Song Pack 1) Artist Notes: Mr. T is Tomoyuki Uchida, a Konami Original artist, and Motoaki Furukawa is the original composer of this, which is a classic tune from Gradius II, from the level of the same name. The original beatmania version was the "Full Option Mix" and is slightly longer. ================================ 6D. CAN'T STOP FALLIN' IN LOVE = ================================ UNLOCK #6 (30 Points) Artist: NAOKI Genre: Hyper Euro Beat* BPM: 155 Difficulty: Sgl Dbl BEG: 1 LGT: 3 3 STD: 5 4 HVY: 8 8 Heavy Notes: The hardest part of this song is the beginning and end, where you gallop along with the rhythm and the synthesizer hits. The main part of the song is just some streams, with a long 40-step stream at the key change. Be sure to watch for the song to switch to offbeats at certain points. --- Lyrics: My life meant nothing to me then a guy like you came along Everything is moving so fast, I gotta get my feet on the ground Unhappy days are over 'cause I can always be with you Lying in your arms day by day, makes me feel Ohh... so brand new Can't stop fallin' in love Tell me you will be true (forever baby) I just can't stop dreaming of you everyday (every way) Say you love me baby Say you will always be mine You'll never break my heart I just can't stop fallin' in love Baby you became Makin' love with you is all I wanna do, (wanna do) Can't stop fallin' in love Give your heart and soul Stay with me this time and we'll make history, (you and me) --- Song Type: Konami Original First Appearance: DDR Solo 2000 (Arcade) American Appearances: DDR Konamix Artist Notes: See the FAQ for info on Naoki Maeda. The vocalist is Paula Terry. Misc. Notes: The SPEED MIX for this song is in DDR Ultramix and DDR Extreme USA. ==================================== 6E. DIVE (more deep & deeper style = ==================================== UNLOCK #5 (25 Points) Artist: Be For U Genre: J-Pop BPM: 155 Difficulty: Sgl Dbl BEG: 1 LGT: 3 2 STD: 5 5 HVY: 7 6 Heavy Notes: Similar to other seven-footers. You'll find several points where streams begin with double steps, some streams of a couple measures length, and a few turns. --- Lyrics: (English words are capitalized) sekai o tomete... o tomete... tomete... kakushi kirenai afureru kono omoi mou himitsu ni ha dekinai hitomi sorasenai dakishimeru omoi no Tension anata e to Reflect suhada o terasu Passion mo sono mama Evolution sekai o tomete mou watashi ga tomaranai kono yoru ni tobikonde yuku Dive To The Night jikan o tomete dakedo ai ha tomaranai kono umi ni tobikonde yuku takaku anata ni ima Keep On Lovin'. Can't Stop My Heart mou watashi ga tomaranai kono ai ni tobikonde yuku Dive To The Night Dive To The Night English Translation: Stop the World.... Every city is overflowing with these feelings A secret can't be kept by unwavering eyes Embracing this feeling of tension..you reflect Naked, shining passion just as we are...evolution stop the world again I won't stop This night is jumping....Dive to the night Time stops but love won't stop This jumping ocean is now fighting with you Keep on Lovin..Can't stop my heart, I won't stop This love is jumping...Dive to the night Dive to the night --- Song Type: Konami Original First Appearance: DDR 5th Mix (JP PS1) Artist Notes: See BREAK DOWN! Misc. Notes: The original DIVE is in DDR Konamix, DDR Ultramix, and DDR Extreme 2. =============================== 6F. Don't Stop! (AMD 2nd Mix) = =============================== UNLOCK #9 (45 Points) Artist: Dr. VIBE feat. JP miles Genre: House Handbag BPM: 130 Difficulty: Sgl Dbl BEG: 1 LGT: 4 3 STD: 5 4 HVY: 7 6 Heavy Notes: Most of the first half of the song follows the piano hits, then it settles into your average seven-footer, with modest streams, some turns, and offbeat steps. --- Lyrics: Don't ever stop, don't ever quit Don't ever Don't ever Don't ever Don't Don't Don't ever, ever, ever, ever Yes, if I win Then you are my friend You are the best thing that ever happened to me Don't ever Don't ever Don't Don't Don't ever, ever, ever Yes, if I win Win, win Win, win Win, win Don't ever stop, don't ever quit Don't ever quit your love for me Yes, if I win Then you are my friend You are the best thing that ever happened to me No one could ever come between you and me, baby Because we know what friends should be Don't ever stop, don't ever quit Don't ever quit your love on me Yes, if I win Then you are my friend You are the best thing that ever happened to me --- Song Type: Konami Original First Appearance: DDR 4th Mix (Arcade) American Appearances: DDR Konamix Artist Notes: DR. VIBE is Naoki, who remixed this song from its original beatmania version, written by dj TAKA (see Tomorrow Perfume). JP miles is the vocalist. ======================== 6G. END OF THE CENTURY = ======================== UNLOCK #14 (70 Points) Artist: NO. 9 Genre: Dance Speed* BPM: 170 Difficulty: Sgl Dbl BEG: 1 LGT: 4 5 STD: 7 6 HVY: 9 9 Heavy Notes: This was originally an eight-footer, but they bumped it up recently. It probably deserves it, too. The hardest parts are during the rap lyrics, that involves streams that aren't too long, but are very tough to step, with multiple turns, and then those streams start throwing in double steps, which requires you to make some quick leaps at this speed. During the chorus, it's a little bit easier, with double steps on quarters and some small streams. --- Lyrics: End of the century Misery, can it be chaos who's the boss Suffer a great loss Man woman child No longer exist Only the good ones will be missed Life, love, cherish it all Who will be left to conquer it all The end is coming Don't start running There's nowhere to run Don't grab a gun All over the land hear this roar No one know what's in store Look for the star, he's on his way No one knows what to do today Love your self and all around In a blink of an eye You won't hear a sound Your heart is pounding at rapid speed Man will always feel the need for greed Let's go for it Now you can't miss Al-though-this-was-the-be-ginning Beware because the end is here The sky is falling Eyes are bawling You had your chance To make your stance Love is a must Life don't lust Not time to fuss People start to cuss Cry out who's going to care Have no doubt have no fear Believe in me I'll show you the way Some people think the year 2G is so scary Let's wait and see The world will shot down most won't admit People go crazy People catch fits Fire breaks out One way to stop Play hip hop, non-stop-stop Remember these words And what I said You just might wake up brain dead The feeling (feeling) Is amazing (amazing) Oh boy, I want you (come on and get me) Some just say the world is changing Many people will agree Many changes we are seeing I just say... It's the end... It's the end... It's the end of the century End of the century! --- Song Type: Konami Original First Appearance: DDR 3rd Mix (Arcade) American Appearances: DDR Konamix, DDR Ultramix 2 (Song Pack 7) Artist Notes: NO. 9 is yet another psuedonym for Naoki Maeda. Both Paula Terry and Argie Phine supply the lyrics. Misc. Notes: The artist name is a reference to Beethoven's Ninth Symphony, and the song's tune is based off Beethoven's "Ode to Joy". ===================== 6H. feeling of love = ===================== UNLOCK #30 (200 Points) Artist: youhei shimizu Genre: House* BPM: 136 Difficulty: Sgl Dbl BEG: 1 LGT: 4 4 STD: 5 5 HVY: 7 7 Heavy Notes: Kinda rough for a seven-footer. You'll find lots of double steps thrown into streams that suddenly go triplet with the music, then quickly back to eighth notes. Naturally, there are parts that go with the keyboard syncopations, as well. --- Lyrics: Right now baby, here is the deal This love that you feel, it's got to be real I keep seeing these days going by It's time for no more lies But I'm so lucky to finally meet A man who makes my heart skip a beat I just want this feeling never to end Maybe if you see That no more time can pass us by It's got to be just you and me No more time for all these lies It's true this feeling - Is a feeling of love A wonderful thing, like the heavens above Sometimes it's crazy, the way that I feel A thing - I can't explain I get so happy From the smile on your face Your twinkling eyes It makes me so high Try to describe it It's a won-derful feeling of love --- Song Type: Konami Original First Appearance: beatmania III DDR Debut: DDR Extreme (Arcade) Artist Notes: Youhei Shimizu is a Konami in-house artist with a modest amount of songs for the beatmania series. He's mostly known for his work on the Para Para Paradise series. Argie Phine is the vocalist for this tune. ====================== 6I. Forever Sunshine = ====================== UNLOCK #29 (190 Points) Artist: Chel Y. Genre: Show Ballad BPM: 128 Difficulty: Sgl Dbl BEG: 1 LGT: 3 2 STD: 5 5 HVY: 5 6 Heavy Notes: Not to difficult. You'll have some steps in the middle of freezes, and a few streams, but the only remotely tough part is at the end, when you have to follow the syncopated rhythms of the last "La-da-da-da". --- Lyrics: When your day is bright As sun shines on through the night That's when, when you know you've been Been kissed by the sun Sitting on the beach As sand tickles your feet That's when, when you know you've been Kissed by forever sunshine Brightest forever sunshine Kindest forever sunshine Rich forever sunshine And you smile just because You can lay in the sunshine Life is fun in the sunshine This is forever sunshine La-da-la-da-da-da-da La-da-la-da-da-da-da La-da-da-da-la-da-da-la-da-da-la-da-daaaa Yessss... --- Song Type: Konami Original First Appearance: BRAND NEW Artist Notes: Chel Y. is a truncation of the name Michiru Yamane, the composer of this song, along with Sota Fujimori. Erica Ash is the vocalist for the song. ================ 6J. I Need You = ================ UNLOCK #20 (100 Points) Artist: Supa Fova feat. Jenny F. Genre: Jazz Pop BPM: 114 Difficulty: Sgl Dbl BEG: 1 LGT: 3 3 STD: 4 5 HVY: 5 6 Heavy Notes: Really simple. There are very few surprises in this song. Small streams, some freezes, and some minor turns, all at a slow tempo. --- Lyrics: Ooooooh oh oh yeah yeah... Ooooooh... The promise of love turns to happiness I lose myself, whenever I'm with you The prince that I've waited for all of my life And that tells me we're gonna do it I need you, need you There ain't no doubt in my mind, oh... Believe that our love will last Forever 'til the end of time Ohhhhh... Believe, believe, believe, believe, believe, yeah... Doot-doo-doo-doo-doo... (etc.) --- Song Type: Konami Original First Appearance: BRAND NEW Artist Notes: Supa Fova's initials, SF, also stand for Sota Fujimori, who's become REALLY active lately in DDR. Misc. Notes: The "Insideout Door Mix" of this song is in DDR Extreme 2. ========================= 6K. more deep (ver.2.1) = ========================= UNLOCK #16 (80 Points) Artist: Togo Project feat. Sana Genre: Two Step* BPM: 133 Difficulty: Sgl Dbl BEG: 1 LGT: 3 2 STD: 5 5 HVY: 6 6 Heavy Notes: For all the offbeat steps, you'll find yourself following the music, which makes it easier. The only really tough parts are some sixteenths thrown into the verse. There's a group of three that cover a piano hit, and a whole bunch of syncopated ones soon after that. --- Lyrics: Don't stop (the) sweet soul music Keep on free soul music (unintelligible Japanese words) Why don't we play it your way (more deep) The night is short to waste Into the moody starlight We disappear Fly away to fantasy Feeling love in so deep Until we reach eternity Don't stop Don't stop (the) sweet soul music Keep on free... --- Song Type: Konami Original First Appearance: beatmania IIDX 5th Style (JP PS2) DDR Debut: BRAND NEW American Appearances: DDR Ultramix 2 (SP8) Artist Notes: Hiroyuki Togo is another in-house Konami artist. He's also done "SANA MOLLETE NE ENTE" which was in DDRMAX USA. Sana is a vocalist who also did "THE SHINING POLARIS", which is in this mix. =============================== 6L. PARANOiA KCET (clean mix) = =============================== UNLOCK #24 (140 Points) Artist: 2MB Genre: Jungle BPM: 180 Difficulty: Sgl Dbl BEG: 1 LGT: 5 5 STD: 7 7 HVY: 9 9 Heavy Notes: So NOT a nine-footer. I consider this an eight-footer, and barely one, at that. If you've played PARANOiAs before, you have an inkling of what to expect. A series of small streams that sometimes are off the beat, and sometimes require turning, as well as a few times when you have to tap one arrow multiple times. That's about it, really... --- Song Type: Konami Original First Appearance: DDR 2nd Mix Link Version (Arcade) American Appearances: DDR USA Artist Notes: 2MB is a psuedonym for U1-ASAMI, another popular Konami in-house artist, responsible for plenty of remixes, including La SeŮorita Virtual, Healing Vision (Angelic Mix), TRIP MACHINE (luv mix), and the brand new song, "MAX." featured in DDR Extreme for the Japanese PS2. Misc. Notes: In addition to the one in this game, we also have: - PARANOiA on DDR USA, DDR Konamix, and DDR Extreme 2 - PARANOiA MAX (DIRTY MIX) on DDR USA and DDR Extreme USA - PARANOiA MAX (DIRTY MIX) (Club Version Another) on DDRMAX USA - PARANOiA Rebirth on DDR Konamix and DDR Ultramix - PARANOIA EVOLUTION on DDRMAX USA - PARANOiA ETERNAL on DDR Ultramix and DDR Extreme USA - PARANOIA survivor on DDR Extreme 2 - PARANOIA survivor MAX on DDR Extreme 2 ========================== 6M. PUT YOUR FAITH IN ME = ========================== UNLOCK #2 (10 Points) Artist: UZI-LAY Genre: Jazz Funk* BPM: 120 Difficulty: Sgl Dbl BEG: 1 LGT: 4 4 STD: 5 5 HVY: 6 6 Heavy Notes: The only thing to look out for here is a series of streams that sometimes turn. That's it. No double steps in the streams. No sixteenths. Times were simpler in 2nd Mix, weren't they? --- Lyrics: Put your faith in me, and I'll show you (Listen to my heart, it's crying) You bring the reason to doubt it all (Like I knew, yeah!) Put your faith in me, and I'll show you (I just wanna DRIVE you crazy) You bring the reason to doubt it all Causing much mayhem, dropping drama Radical rebel with the need to bomb ya Fake MCs and I'll hang them higher The mic is my time, to pay the piper Crime is blind going off, as I kick them You and the beat, portrayed as the victim Maniac, as the cuts, denounces Supreme, with the war and challenges Graceful... Born and raised in Chicago Crook County, Mike is the only raised Hell like Damian Pushed through your chest, like the creature in Alien Pray, like a phantom, on the loose Hold still while I get the noose I got your brain in my scope The plans I hold, so dope, you can't cope Deadly... Put your faith in me, and I'll show you (Listen to my heart, it's crying) You bring the reason to doubt it all (Like I knew, yeah!) Put your faith in me, and I'll show you (I just wanna DRIVE you crazy) You bring the reason to doubt it all --- Song Type: Konami Original First Appearance: DDR 2nd Mix (Arcade) American Appearances: DDR USA Artist Notes: UZI-LAY is a Naoki psuedonym, and was used solely for this song and its remixes. Misc. Notes: DDR USA also has the "Jazzy Groove" remix of this song, and DDR Ultramix has the "Saturday Night Mix" of this song. =================== 6N. Radical Faith = =================== UNLOCK #26 (160 Points) Artist: TaQ Genre: Big Beat* BPM: 114 Difficulty: Sgl Dbl BEG: 1 LGT: 4 3 STD: 6 6 HVY: 8 8 Heavy Notes: The only thing you've got going for you in this song is the slow tempo. TaQ is famous for complicated step patterns, and this song is no exception. You'll find singular gallops and clusters of sixteenths regularly in this song, and plenty of times when you'll have to turn. Watch carefully. --- Song Type: Konami Original First Appearance: beatmania IIDX 5th Style DDR Debut: DDR 5th Mix (Arcade) Artist Notes: TaQ Sakihabara is a popular Konami in-house artist. He's done lots of other work for DDR and beatmania, which include "Holic", "DXY!", "era (nostalmix)", and "Electro Tuned (The SubS Mix)". ================================== 6O. SP-TRIP MACHINE (JUNGLE MIX) = ================================== UNLOCK #19 (95 Points) Artist: DE-SIRE Genre: Jungle* BPM: 160 Difficulty: Sgl Dbl BEG: 1 LGT: 6 7 STD: 7 8 HVY: 8 8 Heavy Notes: If you've done TRIP MACHINEs, you know what to expect. The steps tend to follow the song, with mostly just streams that require turning, and some that start on the offbeat. It's not super hard, but there are a lot of them. --- Lyrics: (Give it to me good) 5, 4, 3, 2, 1! Let's start! Do it right now! (do you love me) Do-do-do it right now! (do you love me) (Do you love me) DDR! (Do you love me) D-D-D-DDR! (Do you love me) DDR! (Do you love me) Let's start! 1, 2, 1, 2, 3, 4! DDR! D-D-D-D-R! --- Song Type: Konami Original First Appearance: DDR 2nd Mix (Arcade) American Appearances: DDR USA Artist Notes: The name DE-SIRE is another psuedonym for Naoki Maeda, which he uses for the TRIP MACHINE and Healing Vision series. Misc. Notes: The original TRIP MACHINE is in DDR USA and DDR Extreme USA. The "luv mix" is in DDR Konamix and DDR Ultramix, TRIP MACHINE CLIMAX is in DDRMAX USA, and TRIP MACHINE Survivor is in DDR Extreme USA. ======================= 6P. think ya better D = ======================= UNLOCK #4 (20 Points) Artist: sAmi Genre: House BPM: 136 Difficulty: Sgl Dbl BEG: 1 LGT: 3 3 STD: 4 4 HVY: 5 7 Heavy Notes: Probably the easiest Heavy in the game. There are some lengthy streams, but very few that require you to turn, and you get plenty of rest in between the potentially nasty stuff. --- Lyrics: Peace and equality Letís be together, letís live in harmony Lookiní to the sky, keep your head on the rise Think things on rockiní so well Come on, girl, let me ring your bell Feeliní the fire with burning desire All alone and Iím bad to the bone You gotta feel the pain, if you wanna gain Dance with the funk and get loose Now hit the floor directly through the roof You can jump when the beat gets rough Dance burniní like the rising sun Cool kick the nation with the groove Till we rock the place when the biz gets moved Roll from the head top case education while we say Grace Yeah a magical mystery theme Check it out, yeah hit the house scene Time the new astrology Magical things combine history This one, the house transmission Everybody write your decision Time the new astrology Magical things combine history Listen up, sister Come on, baby wonít ya be my girl Come on, girl let me rock your world Come on, baby wonít ya be my girl Come on, girl let me rock your world Look around, look around, look around now Jump up, jump up, and get down Peace and equality Letís be together, letís live in harmony Lookiní to the sky, keep your head on the rise Think things on rockiní so well Come on, girl, let me ring your bell Feeliní the fire with burning desire All alone and Iím bad to the bone You gotta feel the pain if you wanna gain Work that body, work that body Make sure you donít hurt nobody Girl, be my lady Come on, girl, I wanna rock your baby Yeah get up off of that thing Dancing letís swing! --- Song Type: Konami Original First Appearance: DDR 2nd Mix (JP PS1) American Appearances: DDR Konamix Artist Notes: sAmi is short for U1-ASAMI, another noted Konami Original artist. ====================== 6Q. Tomorrow Perfume = ====================== UNLOCK #10 (50 Points) Artist: dj TAKA Genre: Trance* BPM: 144 Difficulty: Sgl Dbl BEG: 1 LGT: 3 2 STD: 5 4 HVY: 7 6 Heavy Notes: A standard seven-footer with streams that lead to and out of freezes. Watch in the beginning for some freezes that jump after a sixteenth note. It follows the music, so it should be easy to pick up. --- Song Type: Konami Original First Appearance: beatmania IIDX 7th Style DDR Debut: BRAND NEW Artist Notes: dj TAKA should be no stranger to Bemani fans. Often considered to be just as popular (if not moreso) than Naoki, Takayuki Ishikawa has been with Konami since beatmania IIDX. He's done many DDR and beatmania tunes, including ".59", "ABSOLUTE", "Abyss", and "LOGICAL DASH". Misc. Notes: The song was playable in IIDX 7th, but was the theme for IIDX 6th Style. ================== 6R. Try 2 Luv. U = ================== UNLOCK #1 (5 Points) Artist: S.F.M.P. Genre: Happy R&B BPM: 115 Difficulty: Sgl Dbl BEG: 1 LGT: 3 3 STD: 4 6 HVY: 5 7 Heavy Notes: Kind of a decent challenge for a five-footer. It's slow, but there are small streams that lead into freezes, and a couple of sixteenths that hit with the synthesizer. --- Lyrics: Here's another funky vote From the funky one you know Comin' like the bass real low Trip the crack, t-t-trip the cracker cracker wheat Crackle, snap, spackle, spectator, get jammin' Give it here You can't move me, baby It's my world There ain't nothin' like a funky sister girl To motivate you, get you, hit you where it hurts Expert, with the words, till your body hurts Come on, mister mentor Try to love you Whoa, whoa, whoa baby Why don't you show me Try to love you Whoa, whoa, whoa baby --- Song Type: Konami Original First Appearance: BRAND NEW Artist Notes: The general consensus is that the S.F. in the artist's name stands for Sota Fujimori, artist of "Look To The Sky" and "Kind Lady". ================== 6S. VANITY ANGEL = ================== UNLOCK #17 (85 Points) Artist: FIXX Genre: Euro Trance BPM: 140 Difficulty: Sgl Dbl BEG: 1 LGT: 3 3 STD: 6 5 HVY: 8 8 Heavy Notes: This song is pretty nasty, step-wise. Lots of sixteenth syncopation. The beginning follows the piano well, but then it switches to the synthesizer, which goes nuts with fancy rhythms. It'll probably take several tries to get the rhythm down on this song. --- Song Type: Konami Original First Appearance: Dancing Stage Euromix 2 (EU Arcade) Artist Notes: FIXX is a collaboration between Naoki and TaQ (see Radical Faith). =========== 6T. xenon = =========== UNLOCK #33 (230 Points) Artist: Mr. T Genre: Electroshock* BPM: 158 Difficulty: Sgl Dbl BEG: 1 LGT: 4 5 STD: 6 6 HVY: 9 9 Heavy Notes: Worthy of the title "nine-footer". The rhythms in this song get more hairier than even VANITY ANGEL. Expect to follow the main synthesizer throughout most of this song. After that, you're on your own. The rhythms are just too complicated to map out. --- Song Type: Konami Original First Appearance: beatmania IIDX 8th Style DDR Debut: DDR Extreme (Arcade) Artist Notes: See "Burning Heat!" for info on Mr. T. ****************************************************************************** 7. PURPLE SONGS ****************************************************************************** These songs have only one difficulty: Challenge. They must be unlocked through points like the others. ========================= 7A. AM-3P (AM EAST Mix) = ========================= UNLOCK #13 (65 Points) Artist: KTz Genre: Euro Trance BPM: 130 Difficulty: Sgl Dbl CHA: 7 7 Challenge Notes: Somewhat similar to AM-3P on Heavy, but it follows the song's rhythm a lot more closely. At the end of a "Kanto steppu" section, there are four gallops that start on the beat. Be ready for them. --- Lyrics: Start the revolution! Start the revolution! D-D-R D-D-R Kanto steppu Kansai steppu Nagoya steppu Kyushu steppu The revolution! The revolution! Kanto steppu Kansai steppu Nagoya steppu Kyushu steppu (thanks to Gene Dreyband for setting me straight on the lyrics) --- Song Type: Konami Original First Appearance: DDRMAX2: DDR 7th Mix (Arcade) Misc. Notes: This song was only accessible through Oni Mode in the original. ======================================== 7B. CELEBRATE NITE (EURO TRANCE STYLE) = ======================================== UNLOCK #32 (220 Points) Artist: N.M.R Genre: Euro Trance BPM: 144 Difficulty: Sgl Dbl CHA: 8 8 Challenge Notes: Definitely harder than CELEBRATE NITE on Heavy. Lots of streams that require turning, and some tough sixteenth stuff after the first chorus. --- Lyrics: Come on baby, it's party time (I like it, I like it) Come on baby, it's party time (Come on and have a party) Celebrate the night (Give me one more night) Won't somebody please, save my life tonight? Gotta get down with my sound Give you the run around, like run you right outa' All alone am I, I put my nose to the grindstone From my mind, to pen to the paper Back to the mind, M-m-m-m-mind This beat is hard as crack, Without tact, it's a mismatch Come on baby, it's party time (I like it, I like it) Come on baby, it's party time (Come on and have a party) Celebrate the night (Give me one more night) Won't somebody please, save my life tonight? --- Song Type: Konami Original First Appearance: DDRMAX2: DDR 7th Mix (Arcade) American Appearances: DDR Ultramix 3 (with a full set of stepcharts) Misc. Notes: This song was only accessible through Oni Mode in the original. ==================================== 7C. Do It Right (80's Electro Mix) = ==================================== UNLOCK #18 (90 Points) Artist: SOTA feat. Ebony Fay Genre: 80's Electro BPM: 135 Difficulty: Sgl Dbl CHA: 7 7 Challenge Notes: Three big things here. The first is the obvious long streams you'll find at the beginning and end. They don't require turning, but they're long all the same. The second thing involves moving around on a freeze arrow, specifically arrows that are up or down, requiring you to turn to step. The last thing involves sixteenths that show up a couple of times to match Ebony's quick lyrics. --- Lyrics: Know what you wanna do, get into the groove Well you just gotta move And soon you'll know just what you really gotta do So take it easy now, I can show you how Just feel the beat inside, let the rhythm take hold and do it right You can't give up, you can't give in When things are looking like your world is tumbling down, you fight You make the cut, you play to win It's guaranteed to be alright Just do your best, just give your all Dance to your rhythm, you can make forever start tonight Don't let it rest, you'll never fall Believe me Know what you do Ain't nobody holdin' the future back Gotta go 'cause you know you'll leave it in your tracks And when all is said and done, and looking back now Is it all how you dreamed it would be way back then? Love is just a game Play to see if we can get it right God above sends his love to those who see his light Even if you don't know, he's been there for you too Did you think you'd get this far without his love? I tell you what Know what you wanna do, get into the groove Well you just got to move And then you'll know just what to do So take it easy now, I can show you how Just feel the love inside Let the rhythm take hold and do it right, yeah --- Song Type: Konami Original First Appearance: DDRMAX2: DDR 7th Mix (JP PS2) =================== 7D. HYSTERIA 2001 = =================== UNLOCK #27 (170 Points) Artist: NM Genre: R&B* BPM: 190 Difficulty: Sgl Dbl CHA: 7 7 Challenge Notes: Tough for a seven-footer. Lots of freeze arrows with steps in-between, and plenty of quick streams that are tough to pull off at this tempo. --- Lyrics: Picture me, I'm on top of my world now Never stop, not for anyone, not now I was the teacher and I made you learn I was the flame, and you just got burnt By me the one and only, Chaos is here To preach havoc and destruction and to strike fear Demolishin' my foes just like that I see the fools and they want to combat So I pull out the same rhyme, don't waste no time Brushin' them off with the freshest of lines Picture me, I'm on top of my world now Picture me, I'm ahead of my game Never stop, not for anyone, not now Gonna take you up all the same (ah, on top of, ahhh I'm on top) Who is the better of the best Well I've won but they've flunked the test Stoppin' for no one just like the shogun My blade is my rhymes, usin' it, then I'm done (oh on top of the world oh world) Picture me, I'm on top of my world now Picture me, I'm ahead of my game. Never stop, not for anyone, not now Gonna take you up all the same Picture me, I'm on top of my world now Picture me, I'm ahead of my game Never stop, not for anyone, not now Gonna take you up all the same all the same all the same --- Song Type: Konami Original First Appearance: beatmania 6th Mix DDR Debut: DDRMAX2: DDR 7th Mix (Arcade) Artist Notes: NM is short for Naoki Maeda. Misc. Notes: This song was only accessible through Oni Mode in the original. =========================== 7E. Kind Lady (interlude) = =========================== UNLOCK #11 (55 Points) Artist: OKUYATOS Genre: Disco House BPM: 135 Difficulty: Sgl Dbl CHA: 8 8 Challenge Notes: Not that hard for an eight-footer. Some long streams that involve some turning, but those aren't very frequent. Knowing Kind Lady helps in a big way, too. --- Lyrics: Could you be, could you be... etc. Kind Lady Could you be The kind of lady that I'm seeking? After all of this time Could this be true love? And she said, Boy you don't have to look no more I'll give the love you need 'til you holler enough, guaranteed Not like the rest, boy, I'm a kind lady You've been hurt but be sure boy I am the cure And when you wake up late thinking it's a dream Just touch me boy you know, you can count on me Believe me Baby This lady You know what you've found in me Is a lady Kind o'lady That can give you what you need Baby A kind lady That will never leave you lonely and Just maybe This lady Finally you've found me, oh Kind lady --- Song Type: Konami Original First Appearance: DDRMAX2: DDR 7th Mix (JP PS2) American Appearances: DDR Ultramix 2 (SP8) (with L/S/H steps) ===================================== 7F. Silent Hill (3rd Christmas Mix) = ===================================== UNLOCK #8 (40 Points) Artist: THOMAS HOWARD Genre: Xmas Ballad BPM: 125 Difficulty: Sgl Dbl CHA: 7 7 Challenge Notes: Much like the original Silent Hill on Heavy. There are several lengthy streams, most which involves turning. Also, there are plenty of freeze arrows, and you'll have to do some fancy turning if you want to hit all of them. --- Lyrics: (Silent...) Ooooohhhhhh Ooooohhhhhh Lights on the avenue All seem so far away I'm up here drinking a toast to you On such a special day Tonight is the night for I love you's Wish we could have this feeling Throughout the year Christmas is here Christmas is here Ooooohhhhhh Tonight is the night for I love you's And if you hold me near you You'll feel my heart Beating for two Tonight is the night for I love you's (Lights on the avenue, all seem so far away) Up above the snow is falling And stars disappear My heart is calling Christmas is here --- Song Type: Konami Original First Appearance: DDRMAX2: DDR 7th Mix (Arcade) Misc. Notes: This song was only accessible through Oni Mode in the original. ======================================= 7G. SUPER STAR (FROM NONSTOP MEGAMIX) = ======================================= UNLOCK #23 (130 Points) Artist: D.J.Rich feat. TailBros. Genre: Rap BPM: 128 Difficulty: Sgl Dbl CHA: 7 7 Challenge Notes: It'd be a little bit easier than the original on Heavy, if it weren't for the sixteenths. Watch for them, as they follow the rhythm. Nothing of true import to mention here, otherwise. --- Lyrics: DDR Bass! DDR Bass! DDR Bass! DDR Bass! Dance Dance! I am here, and my name is Chaos Rap is to me like music is to Amadeus Wolfgang, the famous composer When I stepped in I told him to move over I am the new kid on the block And the mission - to make your body rock And to all the fools that think they're tough You'll never beat me, cuz I'm just too rough For my nature, my habitat, and even my environment Don't try me now, just go into retirement And think about what you have done You got beat, cuz you tried to move on Dance Dance! You meet your fate when your lines ain't straight They're in your lyrical debatin' when your styles ain't great You got boogie-old rhymes to the point of no return You switch, you discern, but when will you learn That my rhymes burn, my brain waves melt Who gives a damn how you fall, overturned black belts I show you no remorse, I break off, I get divorced Could I be the source of this regenerative force Rejuvinated, I escalate it, you're underrated Now you're underrated cuz your homeboys played it Your weak appearances are only doing me the favor While I'm kickin' butt and flavor showin' off on your behavior DDR Bass! DDR Bass! Brother be beefing like a source that's protecting all people Put your hands up in the pulpit, coz it is drippin' like water From a leaky faucet Hand me the mic and I would rock it To you, sometimes you got to stop it - To make it rhyme It will earn full work and yo the final jam Is the freakin' bad bone, man take much and stand it And, yo, to beat us right now is the chance So everybody, yo, get on the floor I wanna see your dance --- Song Type: Konami Original First Appearance: DDRMAX2: DDR 7th Mix (Arcade) Misc. Notes: This song was only accessible through Oni Mode in the original. A "Nonstop Megamix" is found in every DDR soundtrack. They're hour-plus long continuous tracks that showcase all the music in the current DDR mix. For instance, this version of SUPER STAR is found in the Nonstop Megamix of the DDR Solo Soundtrack. ****************************************************************************** 8. RED SONGS ****************************************************************************** These are the Extra songs. The first is the EXTRA STAGE, and the second is the ENCORE EXTRA STAGE. They can also be unlocked through points. To access the first stage, play your last song on Heavy and get a AA. You'll play it on Heavy, with the options 1.5x, Reverse, and Dark turned on. They also use a special Extra Stage Dance Meter. This meter starts up completely full, and decreases as you miss, but will not refill. To access the second stage, get a AA on the Extra Stage. You'll play KAKUMEI on Challenge with the 3x, Reverse, and Dark options turned on. Also, you're on "Sudden Death". One misstep and you fail. Once you unlock these songs normally, you can play them however and whenever you want. ==================== 8A. MAXX UNLIMITED = ==================== UNLOCK #21 (105 Points) Artist: Z Genre: Hardcore Techno/Trance BPM: 150-320 Difficulty: Sgl Dbl BEG: 3 LGT: 6 6 STD: 8 8 HVY: 10 10 Play Notes: The ultimate song of this mix is not for wimps. It begins at a "standard" 300 clip, and carries that way for much of the song. When you hear the sustained synthesizer hits, you'll have dropped slightly to 280. You may not even notice it, and then back to 300 once the percussion kicks back in. Once you reach the soft part, you'll have dropped to 150, only to kick back up to 300 when the percussion starts again. Then, you'll get another soft part which will slow down to 140, then a freeze arrow that will slow to a halt. Count five beats after the arrows stop and finish the song at a brisk 320. Standard Notes: The only song I'm supplying them for. These steps actually follow the music pretty closely. The biggest problem that makes this a real tough Standard is that there's a LOT of Air (double steps), and I mean a LOT. So, try to follow the music. They don't really try to trick you too much here. Heavy Notes: Your only course for victory here is to memorize it. There is absolutely no way you'll fudge through this song. It's far too stacked against you. To build up your knowledge of the song, run it in Training Mode with the metronome and handclap. Other than that, there's very little more I can teach you at this point, because if you desire this song, you'll have to have all the skills you've built up to this point, and one hell of an amount of leg endurance. One spot to point out, though. The 150 spot is on with the music, but the slowdown to a stop part is NOT. You need to memorize that. After that, remember not to over-exert yourself if you do not need to. Flow with the song, don't fight it. It doesn't matter how hard you hit the steps. It just matters that you hit them. Good luck, and don't hurt yourself. --- Song Type: Konami Original First Appearance: DDRMAX2: DDR 7th Mix (Arcade) American Appearances: DDR Ultramix 2 Artist Notes: Z is another psuedonym for Naoki Maeda. Misc. Notes: Other MAX songs include MAX 300 in DDRMAX USA and DDR Ultramix, The legend of MAX in DDR Extreme USA and DDR Ultramix 3, MAXIMIZER in DDR Extreme USA, and MAX 300 (Super-Max-Me Mix) in DDR Ultramix 2. ============= 8B. KAKUMEI = ============= UNLOCK #34 (240 Points) Artist: dj TAKA with NAOKI Genre: Orchestral* BPM: 148 Difficulty: Sgl Dbl BEG: 1 LGT: 4 3 STD: 6 5 HVY: 9 9 CHA: 8 8 Play Notes: Although I put the tempo as static, it actually slows down at the beginning before getting back up to speed. The only place this is really an issue is on Heavy. Heavy Notes: Plenty of gallops that follow the piano hits. That'd be easy if it weren't for the fact that eighth notes are regularly mixed in with them, making it tough to read. There are also a few sixteenth clusters thrown in, as well as a long stream shortly after the middle (with gallops thrown in). Challenge Notes: Really, Challenge can just be considered an easier Heavy. They have very simliar steps, it's just that Challenge has less of them. --- Song Type: Konami Original First Appearance: beatmania IIDX 7th Style DDR Debut: DDRMAX2: DDR 7th Mix (Arcade) American Appearances: DDR Ultramix (Song Pack 5) Artist Notes: See the FAQ for info on Naoki, and Tomorrow Perfume for info on dj TAKA. Misc. Notes: This song is based off Frederic Chopin's work entitled "Revolutionary Etude", which is his tenth opus, number 12. Kakumei is taken from the kanji "kaku", meaning "change", and "mei", meaning "order", which together make the word "revolution". ****************************************************************************** 9. NONSTOP MODE ****************************************************************************** The basic gist of Nonstop Mode is that you select a course of songs, which can be anywhere from three to twelve songs. Each song in the course has a specified difficulty. Each course has two difficulties: "Normal", which will involve songs with Light, Standard, and Challenge difficulty, and "Difficult", which will boost Light songs to Standard, and Standard songs to Heavy. To change difficulty, simply double tap Up or Down (just like in Game Mode). Also available is a "Create Your Own Nonstop". You may create three Nonstop courses of your own using the "ORDER" slots. Although each song appears to be different for Light, Standard, and Heavy, you can customize the order any way you wish. The courses are played just like normal songs, only you'll immediately jump to the next song after completing one. The only major difference is that as you get further in the course, you'll get penalized more severely in your Dance Meter if you miss, and it'll take longer to fill back up. Scoring is handled using each song's individual score as you play them. The maximum score is the sum total of all the songs' maximum scores. The only courses that this doesn't apply to are the Player's Best and Random courses. For those courses, the first song's max is ten million, then the next is twenty million, and so on up. (Note: The #'s listed are for Single Play. Double Play has all the same difficulties, but not necessarily the same # of feet.) --- Nonstop Courses * #1 Light Naoki * This selection has three songs by Naoki himself. Normal Difficult 1. STILL IN MY HEART LGT(4) STD(6) 2. CAN'T STOP FALLIN' IN LOVE LGT(3) STD(6) 3. D2R LGT(3) STD(5) * #2 Hit Station * Three songs you may have heard on the radio before. Normal Difficult 1. Heaven LGT(3) STD(6) 2. Busy Child LGT(5) STD(7) 3. Will I? STD(6) HVY(7) * #3 Feel Emotion * Three homestyle songs about love and feelings. Normal Difficult 1. Days Go By LGT(4) STD(5) 2. Take Me Away LGT(4) STD(6) 3. Love At First Sight LGT(4) STD(5) * #4 In Motion * Four songs that have cool music videos to accompany the steps. Normal Difficult 1. CONGA FEELING LGT(3) STD(5) 2. IN THE NAVY LGT(4) STD(6) 3. DREAM A DREAM STD(6) HVY(7) 4. THE WHISTLE SONG STD(4) HVY(7) * #5 Say Yeah! * Four songs that encourage singing along, or shouting out, or something... Normal Difficult 1. GHOSTS LGT(3) STD(6) 2. LONG TRAIN RUNNIN' LGT(2) STD(5) 3. DRIFTING AWAY STD(5) HVY(8) 4. TWILIGHT ZONE STD(5) HVY(9) * #6 Globetrotting * Five songs taken from styles around the world. Normal Difficult 1. CONGA FEELING LGT(3) STD(5) 2. AFRONOVA LGT(5) STD(7) 3. BREAK DOWN! LGT(4) STD(6) 4. TSUGARU STD(6) HVY(9) 5. more deep STD(5) HVY(6) * #7 RMX of LOVE * UNLOCK #7 (35 Points) Six songs. First, three popular DDR songs, then their respective Challenge mixes. Normal Difficult 1. Do It Right STD(5) HVY(7) 2. Silent Hill STD(6) HVY(7) 3. Kind Lady STD(6) HVY(7) 4. Do It Right (8EM) CHA(7) CHA(7) 5. Silent Hill (3CM) CHA(7) CHA(7) 6. Kind Lady (interlude) CHA(8) CHA(8) * #8 DJ Battle * Six club-style songs, pitting popular European and DDR DJs against one another (as in, they all have "DJ" in their artist names). Normal Difficult 1. THE WHISTLE SONG STD(4) HVY(7) 2. Heaven STD(6) HVY(7) 3. SUPER STAR (FNSMM) CHA(7) CHA(7) 4. Bad Routine STD(5) HVY(6) 5. Tommorow Perfume STD(5) HVY(7) 6. Keep On Liftin' STD(5) HVY(5) * #9 RMX of TRUTH * UNLOCK #22 (120 Points) Just like RMX of LOVE, only with eight songs instead of six. Normal Difficult 1. AM-3P STD(6) HVY(8) 2. AM-3P (AMEM) CHA(7) CHA(7) 3. CELEBRATE NITE STD(6) HVY(7) 4. CELEBRATE NITE (ETS) CHA(8) CHA(8) 5. HYSTERIA STD(6) HVY(8) 6. HYSTERIA 2001 CHA(7) CHA(7) 7. SUPER STAR STD(6) HVY(8) 8. SUPER STAR (FNSMM) CHA(7) CHA(7) * #10 Mega Dance Hits * Eight dance tunes. Not really much else to say. Normal Difficult 1. Heaven STD(6) HVY(7) 2. Days Go By STD(5) HVY(6) 3. Love At First Sight STD(5) HVY(7) 4. TWILIGHT ZONE STD(5) HVY(9) 5. Take Me Away STD(6) HVY(7) 6. DRIFTING AWAY STD(5) HVY(8) 7. GHOSTS STD(6) HVY(8) 8. Will I? STD(6) HVY(7) * #11 Boogie Down * Eight super disco or jazz tunes. Normal Difficult 1. Groove STD(6) HVY(8) 2. Get Down Tonight STD(5) HVY(6) 3. LET'S GROOVE LGT(2) STD(5) 4. Do It Right STD(5) HVY(7) 5. Kind Lady STD(6) HVY(7) 6. Spin the disc LGT(2) STD(5) 7. LONG TRAIN RUNNIN' STD(5) HVY(7) 8. IN THE NAVY STD(6) HVY(8) * #12 Rap Mania * Nine tunes with rap lyrics. Normal Difficult 1. LONG TRAIN RUNNIN' LGT(2) STD(5) 2. D2R LGT(3) STD(5) 3. SUPER STAR (FNSMM) CHA(7) CHA(7) 4. Keep On Liftin' STD(5) HVY(5) 5. Try 2 Luv. U STD(4) HVY(5) 6. HYSTERIA 2001 CHA(7) CHA(7) 7. think ya better D LGT(3) STD(4) 8. END OF THE CENTURY LGT(4) STD(7) 9. DREAM A DREAM STD(6) HVY(7) * #13 Trancendence * Ten trance songs. I knew there were a lot in MAX2, but geez... Normal Difficult 1. i feel... LGT(3) STD(6) 2. Tomorrow Perfume STD(5) HVY(7) 3. THE SHINING POLARIS STD(5) HVY(7) 4. Will I? STD(6) HVY(7) 5. Heaven STD(6) HVY(7) 6. GHOSTS LGT(3) STD(6) 7. DRIFTING AWAY LGT(2) STD(5) 8. Take Me Away STD(6) HVY(7) 9. SO DEEP LGT(3) STD(5) 10. LOVIN' YOU LGT(2) STD(6) * #14 House Nights * Nine funky house tunes. Normal Difficult 1. LET'S GROOVE LGT(2) STD(5) 2. Spin the disc LGT(2) STD(5) 3. Kind Lady (interlude) CHA(8) CHA(8) 4. think ya better D STD(4) HVY(5) 5. Don't Stop! LGT(4) STD(5) 6. Bad Routine STD(5) HVY(6) 7. AM-3P LGT(5) STD(6) 8. I Was The One LGT(3) STD(5) 9. Days Go By STD(5) HVY(7) * #15 Ultimate 12 * UNLOCK #32 (220 Points) A whopping twelve tunes engineered for utter PAIN. If that weren't enough, KAKUMEI and MAXX UNLIMITED have some options on. Good freakin' luck... Normal Difficult Options 1. Radical Faith STD(6) HVY(8) 2. VANITY ANGEL STD(6) HVY(8) 3. SP-TRIP MACHINE STD(7) HVY(8) 4. TSUGARU STD(6) HVY(9) 5. AFRONOVA STD(7) HVY(9) 6. PARANOiA KCET STD(7) HVY(9) 7. KAKUMEI CHA(8) HVY(9) Reverse, Dark 8. HYSTERIA STD(6) HVY(8) 9. i feel... STD(6) HVY(9) 10. Burning Heat! STD(5) HVY(9) 11. xenon STD(6) HVY(9) 12. MAXX UNLIMITED STD(8) HVY(10) Reverse, Dark --- Player's Best Courses These three courses are based on your "best". To figure out what's your "best", take each time you play a song (not just your record), and divide each score by the # of feet. Now, add up all those scores and that's how they relate to your "best". Also, if any songs in your best are purple songs, you'll override the difficulty listed below and just play on Challenge. * #16 PLAYER'S BEST 1-4 * Your top four songs. Normal Difficult 1. #1 Song LGT(?) STD(?) 2. #2 Song LGT(?) STD(?) 3. #3 Song STD(?) HVY(?) 4. #4 Song STD(?) HVY(?) * #17 PLAYER'S BEST 5-8 * Your next four songs. Normal Difficult 1. #5 Song LGT(?) STD(?) 2. #6 Song LGT(?) STD(?) 3. #7 Song STD(?) HVY(?) 4. #8 Song STD(?) HVY(?) * #18 PLAYER'S BEST LONG * UNLOCK #15 (75 Points) Your top eight songs all at once. Normal Difficult 1. #8 Song LGT(?) STD(?) 2. #7 Song LGT(?) STD(?) 3. #6 Song STD(?) HVY(?) 4. #5 Song STD(?) HVY(?) 5. #4 Song LGT(?) STD(?) 6. #3 Song LGT(?) STD(?) 7. #2 Song STD(?) HVY(?) 8. #1 Song STD(?) HVY(?) --- Random Courses * #19 Random CAPRICE * Four completely random songs, which change every time you access the Nonstop screen. You can see what they are before you play, though. Normal Difficult 1. RANDOM LGT(?) STD(?) 2. RANDOM LGT(?) STD(?) 3. RANDOM STD(?) HVY(?) 4. RANDOM STD(?) HVY(?) * #20 Random * Six completely random songs that you won't know what they are until you get to them. The difficulties are also random, and can be STD, HVY, or CHA. Oh, and random song options can be set to them without your forewarning. This course only has one difficulty setting. ****************************************************************************** 10. OTHER MODES ****************************************************************************** Here are the rest of the game modes: =================== 10A. Workout Mode = =================== This mode allows you to observe the calories melting away as you dance. --- Workout Setting Weight: Set this and the amount of calories burned will be slightly changed to reflect your weight. Menu: Set to "Play Time" to play a specific amount of time. Set to "Calories Burned" and you'll play until you reach that number of calories. Set to "Program" and you can set your own workout course (like a Nonstop). "No Setting" will let you have no restrictions. Goal: Set to minutes if "Play Time" is on Menu, and to a calorie amount if "Calories Burned is on Menu. Workout Step: Turn on and all steps will be "Little". Date: Use to keep track of your workouts. --- Workout Results After every song (or at the end of your program), you'll see a Workout Results screen where you can see your calorie-related results. Press Circle to see them charted in relation to other day's workouts. ================== 10B. Lesson Mode = ================== Select this to learn basic lessons about DDR. The CPU will perform for you, and you'll have to match what it's doing. You'll have an onscreen character to guide you, as well. Lesson 1 is largely basic steps. Lesson 2 will throw in some different kinds of movements. Lesson 3 will throw eighth notes into the mix as well as some fancy moves. ==================== 10C. Training Mode = ==================== Select this to pick songs and tackle them on your own terms. You may select the song, the mode (Single, Versus, Double), its difficulty, any song options you want (as detailed in the How To Dance section far above), and you may put in any Edit Data you wish. In addition (unlike other modes of gameplay), you can set Assist, which allows you to play with any combination of the music, a metronome (which marks standard quarter note beats), and a handclap (which claps whenever there's an arrow). Also, you can set the song's speed. Unlike the song option called Speed, this actually changes how fast the song goes. It's good for taking fast songs at speeds you can manage. Finally, you can set what measure the song begins and ends. The "Start" function below it will allow you to quickly change between the measures you select and the whole song. ================ 10D. Edit Mode = ================ Well, I'm not gonna go through all the possibilities that Edit Mode offers here. Honestly, if you're serious about Editing, you'll probably know to read the instructions on this one. Seriously, there's too much info about it for me to justify making a section for it. =================== 10E. Endless Mode = =================== Ah... Endless Mode. This is meant for the "h4rdc0r3" DDR types. On the Endless Mode Options screen, you'll be able to set yourself up on how you wish to die: Regulation: If set to ON, all you can change are Player and Level. You'll play the mode in the basic Endless setup: no song options, the full song list being fair game, and a break every five songs. Player: This is either SINGLE or DOUBLE. The mode can only be played with one player. Level: You can set this to RANDOM, BEGINNER, LIGHT, STANDARD, HEAVY, or CHALLENGE. If selecting a specific difficulty, you'll only play songs from that difficulty. Speed, Boost, Appearance, Turn, Other, Scroll, Freeze Arrow are all the same song options as offered in Game Mode. You can only change these if Regulation is set to OFF. Break Stage: Set to OFF, or any number between 1 and 10. After the specified number of songs, you'll see a little screen and a prompt to press START. You have all the time in the world to get a drink, go potty, or let the dog out. Music Order: Normally, it's OFF, but if it's ON, it'll only use the songs you specify in the Music Program. Music Program: This sends you to a separate screen where you can pick and choose which songs and which difficulties you want. Okay, so when you set up all your options, get to playing. Like Nonstop Mode, you're more heavily penalized on your Dance Meter the further you go. Unlike Nonstop Mode, you don't immediately go into the next song, but you get about a three second break as it flips to the next song. You'll like that it's there as you get further into it. Scoring is not based on your song's normal total, but rather you earn more points on a step based on the quality of your step, and what step in the combo it was. Watch your score skyrocket as you get into the multiple hundreds. Once you finally die, or just give up, you'll get your final score. Scores are ranked not based on difficulty, but just on Player (Single or Double). You'll retain your top three scores for each Player mode. Oh, and unlike in other modes, where the announcer counts up to 500 and then says "Perfect Combo!" thereafter, in this mode, the announcer will count all the way up to 1000 combo for you. ****************************************************************************** 11. SECRETS ****************************************************************************** As you play, you'll earn "points". Each song you attempt gives you one point. Even if you fail the song, or it's an Extra Stage, you'll get a point. If you play a Nonstop course, you'll get a point for each song you play. When you get all the points necessary, you'll activate an unlock. Unlock #1 (5 Points): New Song: Try 2 Luv. U by S.F.M.P. Unlock #2 (10 Points): New Song: PUT YOUR FAITH IN ME by UZI-LAY Unlock #3 (15 Points): Dancing characters are available. For your benefit, I'll tell you the characters are: From DDR USA (3rd Mix and below): Astro, Charmy, Disco, Disk:A, Disk:B, Dread, Emi, Janet, Jenny, Johnny, Konsento:01, Lady, Oshare-Zukin, Rage From DDR Konamix (4th Mix): Akira, Boldo, Evil-Zukin, Izam, Maid-Zukin, Ni-Na, Robo2000, Tracy, Yuni Never seen (5th Mix): Alice, Baby-Lon, Maho, Naoki, Princess Zukin, Spike, U1 Unlock #4 (20 Points): New Song: think ya better D by sAmi Unlock #5 (25 Points): New Song: DIVE (more deep & deeper style) by Be For U Unlock #6 (30 Points): New Song: CAN'T STOP FALLIN' IN LOVE by NAOKI Unlock #7 (35 Points): New Nonstop Course: #7, RMX of LOVE Unlock #8 (40 Points): New Song: Silent Hill (3rd Christmas Mix) by THOMAS HOWARD Unlock #9 (45 Points): New Song: Don't Stop! (AMD 2nd Mix) by Dr. VIBE feat. JP miles Unlock #10 (50 Points): New Song: Tomorrow Perfume by dj TAKA Unlock #11 (55 Points): New Song: Kind Lady (interlude) by OKUYATOS Unlock #12 (60 Points): New Song: Burning Heat! (3 Option Mix) by Mr.T with Motoaki.F Unlock #13 (65 Points): New Song: AM-3P (AM EAST Mix) by KTz Unlock #14 (70 Points): New Song: END OF THE CENTURY by NO. 9 Unlock #15 (75 Points): New Nonstop Course: #18, PLAYER'S BEST LONG Unlock #16 (80 Points): New Song: more deep (ver.2.1) by Togo Project feat. Sana Unlock #17 (85 Points): New Song: VANITY ANGEL by FIXX Unlock #18 (90 Points): New Song: Do It Right (80's Electro Mix) by SOTA feat. Ebony Fay Unlock #19 (95 Points): New Song: SP-TRIP MACHINE (JUNGLE MIX) by DE-SIRE Unlock #20 (100 Points): New Song: I Need You by Supa Fova feat. Jenny F. Unlock #21 (105 Points): New Song: MAXX UNLIMITED by Z Unlock #22 (120 Points): New Nonstop Course: #9, RMX of TRUTH Unlock #23 (130 Points): New Song: SUPER STAR (FROM NONSTOP MEGAMIX) by D.J.Rich feat. TailBros. Unlock #24 (140 Points): New Song: PARANOiA KCET (clean mix) by 2MB Unlock #25 (150 Points): New Song: Bad Routine by D.J. Spugna Unlock #26 (160 Points): New Song: Radical Faith by TaQ Unlock #27 (170 Points): New Song: HYSTERIA 2001 by NM Unlock #28 (180 Points): New Song: AFRONOVA by RE-VENGE Unlock #29 (190 Points): New Song: Forever Sunshine by Chel Y. Unlock #30 (200 Points): New Song: feeling of love by youhei shimizu Unlock #31 (210 Points): New Song: CELEBRATE NITE (EURO TRANCE STYLE) by N.M.R Unlock #32 (220 Points): New Nonstop Course: #15, Ultimate 12 Unlock #33 (230 Points): New Song: xenon by Mr. T Unlock #34 (240 Points): New Song: KAKUMEI by dj TAKA with NAOKI Unlock #35 (250 Points): New Mode: Endless Mode ****************************************************************************** 12. STANDARD GUIDE STUFF ****************************************************************************** ============ 12A. Legal = ============ This FAQ was made 100% by me, and is Copyright © 2003 Scott "CyricZ" Zdankiewicz. You may not take it in whole or in part and claim it as your own. You may not alter it in any way, even if you ask me first, and that includes putting it in HTML format. Please donít post this on your site unless you have express consent by me. Iíve put a lot of time into this. Give me some credit... All songs and their lyrics are copyright their respective owners. DDR is Copyright © 1998-2003 Konami Computer Entertainment Tokyo. Currently, the following sites have permission to post my FAQ: www.gamefaqs.com www.gamewinners.com www.ign.com www.cheatcc.com I'm not going to allow people with small personal sites to post this FAQ. They may post the link on GameFAQs with all the DDRMAX2 guides, but, trying to keep updates, well, updated, I'll only allow large committed sites that I trust. ======================== 12B. E-mail Guidelines = ======================== If you wish to e-mail me, be sure to follow these guidelines... - Make ABSOLUTELY sure I haven't already answered your question in the guide. - Make sure it has something to do with DDRMAX2. I don't want spam, chain letters, offers for friendship. Don't bother me with info on other DDR games, really. I keep my ear pretty close to the ground about such things, and I'll probably know about it before you. Compliment me on the FAQ all you want, though... - Make sure you say "DDRMAX2" at one point in your e-mail. I have more than one FAQ, and I can't always figure the question out without specifying what game you're asking about. - Asking how to beat a song will result in a deletion. There really are no tips to offer for DDR'ing besides what I have in my section. It has to come from your own skill and desire to pass. - Spell correctly and use proper grammar, please. If I can't understand your e-mail, it'll go to the junk pile... ============== 12C. Credits = ============== CJayC and Al Amaloo for having this on their sites. Thunderbird for the nitpicky info that I always desire to keep straight. John Rax for some artist info. www.animelyrics.com, for compiling, catalouging, and translating tons of lyrics, including those in the DDR games. The GameFAQs B&RA board for all their help with genres. Konami and the Bemani studio, for their effort in bringing a superb game to the States. ====================== 12D. Version Updates = ====================== Version 0.5 - 09/27/03 - As much information as I could muster regarding the 40 normal songs and some unlocks. Version 0.8 - 10/02/03 - Information on all 69 songs. Next will come tips on Heavy and Challenge Modes for each song, as well as info on Endless Mode. Version 1.0 - 10/20/03 - Well, that oughtta do it. Added the aforementioned tips. Version 1.1 - 9/24/04 - Added genres. Version 1.2 - 12/5/04 - Ultramix 2 info added. ===================== 12E. The Final Word = ===================== First FAQ I ever wrote where I sweated off several pounds... Well, this DDR mix had several surprises. Music videos, the return of the characters, and the confirmation of CAPTAIN JACK to the "fair game" list of artists. Also, this is the first DDR USA mix that had no DYNAMITE RAVE and no DROP THE BOMB... Freaky...