Dance Dance Revolution 2ndMix

Dance Dance Revolution 2ndMix (ダンスダンスレボリューションセカンドミックス, Dansu Dansu Reboryūshon SekandoMikkusu), sometimes abbreviated as 2ndMix (セカンドミックス, SecandoMikkusu), is the second game in the Dance Dance Revolution series of music video games. It was released as an arcade game by Konami on January 29, 1999. The initial release has a total of 33 songs: 22 brand new songs, and 11 from its predecessor, Dance Dance Revolution (1998 video game).

Dance Dance Revolution 2ndMix
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Developer(s)Konami
Publisher(s)Konami
SeriesDance Dance Revolution
Platform(s)Arcade, PlayStation, Dreamcast
ReleaseArcade
  • JP: January 29, 1999
PlayStation
  • JP: August 26, 1999
Dreamcast
  • JP: February 17, 2000
Genre(s)Music, Exercise
Mode(s)Single-player, Multiplayer
Cabinetcustom
Arcade systemBemani System 573 Analog
CPUR3000A 32 bit RISC processor
SoundPlayStation SPU
Display29" CRT (Raster, 256x224)

GameplayEdit

The core gameplay and scoring system of 2ndMix is the same as the previous version of Dance Dance Revolution. The arrows in 2ndMix do not have different color-cycles based on their time signature. The "Vivid" arrow colors familiar to players of later mixes were not introduced until the club versions. All foot panel mods have been turned off and the difficulty and style of a song cannot be changed.

VariantsEdit

Best of Cool DancersEdit

Dance Dance Revolution: Best of Cool Dancers (ダンスダンスレボリューション ベストオブクールダンサーズ, Dansu Dansu Reboryūshon: Besuto obu Kūru Dansāzu) is a music video game by Konami. It was revealed on February 11, 1999 at select locations in Japan and was used solely for ranking Dance Dance Revolution players prior to a company-held tournament.[1] The game featured only four songs, all four of which are from previous releases and runs off of a Dance Dance Revolution 2ndMix machine. The four songs of Dance Dance Revolution Best of Cool Dancers each have a set level of difficulty and style of play. Each song is used for a specific round in the tournament qualifications.

No. Song Artist Notes From
1 "Let's Get Down" JT Playaz Preliminary stage, song only playable on Single/Basic. from Dancemania 9
2 "Butterfly" Smile.dk Quarter-final stage, song only playable on Double/Another. from Dancemania 10
3 "Little Bitch" The Specials Semi-final stage, song only playable on Single/Basic. from Dancemania SUMMERS
4 "Paranoia" 180 Tournament Final stage, song only playable on Single/Another. from Dance Dance Revolution (Konami Original)


Link VersionEdit

 
Dance Dance Revolution 2ndMix Dreamcast Edition for the Japanese Dreamcast

Dance Dance Revolution 2ndMix Link Version (ダンスダンスレボリューションセカンドミックスリンクバージョン, Dansu Dansu Reboryūshon SecandoMikkusu Rinku Bājon), released on April 21, 1999, introduced the ability for players to save high scores and play custom step edits using their PlayStation memory cards. A player would first need to format the memory card with "Link Data" using the home version of 2ndMix, and then insert the card into one of two slots on the front of the arcade cabinet. Link Version includes 5 new songs, in addition to the full 2ndMix song list. After the release of Link Version, Link Data features had been implemented in every future DDR version for the System 573. Dance Dance Revolution SuperNOVA originally planned to include PlayStation 2 memory card support, but the functionality was removed and replaced with e-Amusement instead, albeit only for Asia.

X3 vs. 2ndMIXEdit

2ndRemixEdit

Dance Dance Revolution 2ndReMix (ダンスダンスレボリューションセカンドリミックス, Dansu Dansu Reboryūshon SekandoRiMikkusu), the home version of 2ndMix, was released in Japan on September 30, 1999, for the Sony PlayStation. It includes 34 songs, seven of which are new to this version and are hidden and unlockable. Two of the hidden songs were previews of the next arcade version, Dance Dance Revolution 3rdMix and can only be played on Basic difficulty.

The home version has the ability to disc change to 1st and Append Club version. It also allows to unlock features in previous mixes such as the nonstop ranking from 3rd Mix. The interface is still the same as the one used in 2ndMix.[2][3][4]

DreamcastEdit

On February 17, 2000, Konami released a version of Dance Dance Revolution 2ndMix for the Dreamcast console. It features 43 songs, seven of which are hidden and unlockable. The song list includes seven songs from Dance Dance Revolution 3rdMix.[5]

Dance Dance Revolution (2001)Edit

Most of the songs in 2ndMix (with the exception of "BAD GIRLS", "BOYS", "HERO", "stomp to my beat", and "MAKE IT BETTER (So-REAL Mix)") were included in the North American version of Dance Dance Revolution for the PlayStation.[6]

Music and SoundtrackEdit

The original soundtrack for 2ndMix was produced by Toshiba EMI under their Dancemania dance music brand. It featured 32 of the songs in the game. It also came with a second disk that featured a "Nonstop Megamix" with the various songs mixed together in succession. It was released on April 28, 1999. Toshiba EMI re-released the original soundtrack to promote the release of Dance Dance Revolution X3 VS 2ndMIX (in which the game included DDR 2ndMIX) on November 30, 2011.

ReceptionEdit

Reception
Review scores
PublicationScore
Famitsu31/40 (PlayStation)
30/40 (Dreamcast)[7]
GameSpot8.1/10[8]
IGN8.0/10[9]

On release, Famitsu magazine scored the PlayStation version of the game a 31 out of 40,[7] and the Dreamcast version a 30 out of 40.[10]

TournamentEdit

Between February 11 and February 28, 1999, Konami held qualifiers for the King of Freestyle Dancers tournament in association with Toshiba Emi, Intercord Japan, Japan Airlines, Japan Travel Bureau, Pioneer, Puma and others sponsors in order to build public awareness of Dance Dance Revolution and attract customers to the sponsors' products.[1]

The tournament itself was held on September 26, 1999 in the Zepp Tokyo music hall in Japan. In addition to the competition between the finalists, Konami had a freestyle dance troupe called Konamix perform alongside Captain Jack, whose musical performance also served to announce music for the upcoming Dance Dance Revolution 3rdMix. The winner of the tournament received autographed memorabilia, various products from the tournament sponsors and a trip for two to Okinawa.[11]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "「DDR Best Of Cool Dancers」開催決定" (in Japanese). Konami. Archived from the original on 20 February 2008. Retrieved 18 September 2009.
  2. ^ Japan's PS Ver. "DDR" (2ndReMIX DISC CHANGE); YouTube
  3. ^ Japan's PS Ver. "DDR 2ndReMIX APPEND CLUB VERSiON vol.1"; YouTube
  4. ^ Japan's PS Ver. "DDR 2ndReMIX APPEND CLUB VERSiON vol.2"; YouTube
  5. ^ DDR 2nd Mix: Dreamcast Edition; YouTube
  6. ^ DDR USA: Playstation Version; YouTube
  7. ^ a b プレイステーション - Dance Dance Revolution 2nd ReMIX. Weekly Famitsu. No.915 Pt.2. Pg.21. 30 June 2006.
  8. ^ Gerstmann, Jeff (March 15, 2000). "Dance Dance Revolution 2nd Mix Dreamcast Edition (Import) Review". GameSpot. Retrieved October 26, 2014.
  9. ^ "Dance Dance Revolution 2nd Mix (Import)". IGN. February 24, 2000. Retrieved October 26, 2014.
  10. ^ ドリームキャスト - Dance Dance Revolution 2nd MIX Dreamcast Edition. Weekly Famitsu. No.915 Pt.2. Pg.51. 30 June 2006.
  11. ^ "D.D.R. King of Freestyle Dancers/大会レポート" (in Japanese). Konami. Retrieved 18 September 2009.

External linksEdit

Preceded by
Dance Dance Revolution
Dance Dance Revolution 2ndMix
1999
Succeeded by
Dance Dance Revolution 3rdMix