We need a proper Arcade experience DDR for NextGen consoles

#1
I remember when I bought the DDR extreme bundle for PS2 at gamestop. I became a vet in a matter of a month! It took a lot of failing at extreme mode but thats how I got better. When I went to arcades, the crowds would gather, it was a great feeling. I miss the arcade golden days.
As far as consoles, the dance games on theme always sucked. The song selection was a joke comapred to the Japanese versions. With blueray there is no excuse. We need a proper next-gen version of DDR, ITG and Pump. What do you all think?
 
#2
This is going to sound strange but the best D.D.R. game I think I have played on consoles would be Mario D.D.R. It gives you that old time feel with newer (at the time) fresher ideas. The songs were ones you've known and loved since the beginning, with some great additions. The game was actually really hard on the highest difficulty. I also bought the PS2 bundle and did not seem to play it quite as much.

Here is some gameplay on Mario D.D.R.

 
#3
This is going to sound strange but the best D.D.R. game I think I have played on consoles would be Mario D.D.R. It gives you that old time feel with newer (at the time) fresher ideas. The songs were ones you've known and loved since the beginning, with some great additions. The game was actually really hard on the highest difficulty. I also bought the PS2 bundle and did not seem to play it quite as much.

Here is some gameplay on Mario D.D.R.

Nice, the gameplay and transitions are pretty unique. What kind of pad did you have? Was it a soft or hard mat? Or did you end of modding yours like I did with a trip to Home Depot? If you ever play in or want to have a neat side project soon I recommend trying a DIY DDR hard-mat mod. It makes the home experience much closer to the arcade without spending too much money. I didn't try to do the mod with lights though, just wanted a quick fix.
 

Nikole

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#4
This thread made me so incredibly nostalgic for my old DDR mats and games I think a tear may have almost welled up in my eye. One of my biggest regrets was leaving my very nice mats behind when I moved because I couldn't fit them in my car. What was I thinking?! Anyways, I agree that they need to get some good next-gen DDR going on. It seems like everyone has gravitated towards the "Just Dance" type games instead, which while fun, just are not the same. In the meantime, have you tried Stepmania on PC? I've heard great things, and the song selection is endless. P.S., I will always have a dream of owning a true arcade version in my home! :cool:
 
#5
Huh, this reminded me that I still have my DDR mat tucked away in my attic... I haven't bought any of the new dance games, though they're wildly different from classics like DDR. I had lots of fun playing DDR when I was younger though! I actually made a record, of playing DDR non stop for 2 hours straight. I literally fell down and didn't move for half an hour when I was done. I never played DDR at the arcades though, since the arcades by me are only open in the summer and always in a spot with pretty much no a/c, so it would always be at least 90 degrees inside, and the last thing you wanna do is start wildly jumping around when it's that freaking hot.
 
#6
This thread made me so incredibly nostalgic for my old DDR mats and games I think a tear may have almost welled up in my eye. One of my biggest regrets was leaving my very nice mats behind when I moved because I couldn't fit them in my car. What was I thinking?! Anyways, I agree that they need to get some good next-gen DDR going on. It seems like everyone has gravitated towards the "Just Dance" type games instead, which while fun, just are not the same. In the meantime, have you tried Stepmania on PC? I've heard great things, and the song selection is endless. P.S., I will always have a dream of owning a true arcade version in my home! :cool:
Yes, my next step is to simply get the PS2 plug adapter and play it on my PC (Now hooked to a TV). I did manage to make a custom ITG PS2 disc with custom songs but it was buggy. The disc making process was a bit tedious but interesting! I'll have to download Stepmania again after I fix my Hard-mat mod. I was owning it so hard that the edge where I drilled the plexiglass in broke off.
 
#7
Huh, this reminded me that I still have my DDR mat tucked away in my attic... I haven't bought any of the new dance games, though they're wildly different from classics like DDR. I had lots of fun playing DDR when I was younger though! I actually made a record, of playing DDR non stop for 2 hours straight. I literally fell down and didn't move for half an hour when I was done. I never played DDR at the arcades though, since the arcades by me are only open in the summer and always in a spot with pretty much no a/c, so it would always be at least 90 degrees inside, and the last thing you wanna do is start wildly jumping around when it's that freaking hot.
If you play those certain extreme songs you sweat anyway, haha. If you haven't played DDR at an arcade you must hurry before it possibly becomes a thing of the past! Experience it if you can, but try to find a place that has someone of a scene. Maybe on your next vacation if you happen to find a popular area that has a machine, you might like it. If not, you can always view some nostalgic videos on Youtube. You actually just jogged my memory about this video, so thanks Kitty!

 
#8
I really haven't played any of the DDR games, mainly the Just Dance games. But at the same time, I have a tendency to make my house want to cave in when I hop around so I don't really know if DDR would be a good option for me (poor floor support and giants don't mix). But I would like to try! I prefer dancing with my feet over my arms any day of the week.

But you are so right about song selection in these newer games. I haven't bought many of the Just Dance games due to the poor song selection. The ones I do play--I have like 10 songs on each game that I actually play.
 
#9
I really haven't played any of the DDR games, mainly the Just Dance games. But at the same time, I have a tendency to make my house want to cave in when I hop around so I don't really know if DDR would be a good option for me (poor floor support and giants don't mix). But I would like to try! I prefer dancing with my feet over my arms any day of the week.

But you are so right about song selection in these newer games. I haven't bought many of the Just Dance games due to the poor song selection. The ones I do play--I have like 10 songs on each game that I actually play.
I think the lack of song selection is due to a number of reasons. Licensing issues are one of the reasons. A Games budget is also factored in but other than that I do think somewhere they are holding out just to milk the game. This gives them more profit. Imagine a game allowing you to put your own songs in. It most likely wouldn't happen because of DLC. I don't own Just Dance but I just remembered they have a browser version.
 
#10
That is a good point Sackboy9000, but I do feel that there are enough upcoming songs that a poor song selection should not be an issue. But at the same time, what may seem like a poor song selection to me may not be so poor to others. I am sure that licensing has also been an issue.

But what do you mean by "browser version?"