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- Shake your thing to over 25 dance-flavored songs, from classic Nintendo themes to familiar favorites
- Five difficulty levels -- dancers of all abilities will be able to get into the groove
- Grab a friend and throw your own dance party -- see who's got the best moves
- Have fun while getting in shape! The special Workout feature tracks the calories burned while playing
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One of the biggest complaints I read is that the game is too easy. I don't think the game is too easy. The easy level is great for first time DDR players. Also, what I'm sure many people don't realize is that there is a "Super Hard" level above the "Very Hard" level. However to be able to play a song in "Super Hard," you have to play the corresponding "Very Hard" level in Free Mode and get a decent score to be able to unlock the "Super Hard" mode for that song.
Another complaint that I read is that you have to unlock all of the songs. It's very easy to unlock all of the songs, even for a new player. All you have to do is play through the entire story mode once (it can be in easy mode), and also get 4 extra songs at the in-game shops (this can also be done easily in easy mode if you keep repeating the mini games to get a lot of coins).
One thing I do not like is the Mush Mode items (however, you can turn Mush Mode off when playing in Free Mode). Mush Mode makes strange Mario related items come up on the screen, and you have to press the corresponding arrow. I don't like this because sometimes the items are hard to notice against the constant moving background. I also don't like how they force you to read through the story and watch the animation to be able to move on to the next level (in Story Mode). This isn't that big of a deal though. I also wish it was easier and cheaper to get a second action pad. Overall, this is a great game, and I would purchase a sequel if they came out with one.
Anyway DDR Mario Mix is a great game the whole family can enjoy. Even my mom and dad who dislike video games were playing it. Now to the overview.
Graphics-4/5- The graphics in dance mode are like the rest of the DDR games. Out of dance mode they're a little better than the Mario Party games, not bad but not good.
Sound-5/5- It's DDR of course it sounds good. The songs range from remixes of the origianal Mario theme song to this song that sounds like a combination of Mozart and the Hampster Dance.
Story 2/5- The magic music keys have been released and chaos will fall on the Mushroom Kingdom. Apparently there's a rhyme in the M.K that says if you dance you will create magic. Throughout the game you'll have to dance to get out of holes, fix hotels, cross rivers,etc.
Gameplay-5/5- Basically the only gameplay is dancing but this is beautiful. The pads always work and you'll never blame them for anything.
Difficulty-4/5- this is the spot that ultimately hurt this game. When it says easy it means easy. Normal is still pretty easy and hard is just a little hard. Very hard is pretty hard. However there is a huge difficulty jump between very hard and the unlockable super hard. Super hard really is hard. Even my friend whos been playing DDRMAX for the last year had trouble on Super Hard. This game also has a thing called mush mode where rockets can fly onto the screen and steps can change,etc. This makes it REALLY HARD. However really really good players will probably find this too easy so other than that this game is for everyone.
This game will be great for any beginning DDR players, or big Mario fans who'd like a little more than just stepping to the music in their DDR title.
Serious DDR players hoping for a challenge will be disappointed that even the hardest difficulty is still extremely easy to pass.
Read on for the longer, more detailed review:
To start off this review, I should say that I am a huge DDR fan. I've got most of the games for the Xbox, PS2 and older systems. When I heard DDR Mario Mix was coming, I was very excited. I couldn't wait to try out all the classic Nintendo songs.
I bought the game on launch day and drove home to play. Right away, I was disappointed that you have to beat the little "Story mode" in order to unlock the songs, even if you just want to go into workout mode or "free play". I'm used to a few unlockable songs in every DDR title, but having to unlock EVERY song was frustrating.
Still, the minigames are cool. It's fun to have a goal besides just hitting the arrows at the right times. There's a trampoline game that's pretty fun, as well as trying to jump to the top of a flag pole by "running". For old school gamers, some of the minigames will remind you of the Nintendo Power Pad titles.
Overall, this isn't a great DDR game and I'd rate it near the bottom of the series. That being said, it's a still good game for the Game Cube and worth picking up. I already bought a copy to give to my niece who enjoys trying to play DDR with me but usually can't keep up with the songs on Xbox's Ultramix or PS2's Extreme. I think she's going to love this game, and I think if you've got kids...they'll love it too.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Classical whimsy & gameplay Nintendo is known for. Great game got me back up on my feet. Would recommend it to everyone, but does come WITHOUT DANCEMAT which is necessary to play... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Nikolas
I love this game. It's so silly and fun. The story mode is a good time, but once is really enough. I lost 30 pounds playing this in high school, but lost my copy over the years. Read morePublished 18 months ago by dimbles
I love Mario, I love DDR. Though my DDR days are long passed now, I really enjoyed this game. It is a great mixture of which I never had the opportunity of playing on my Gamecube... Read morePublished 21 months ago by Mashuu
The game disc was received as described. Some obvious use of the disc but nothing that interfered with the game play. Read morePublished on May 11, 2014 by K
Purchased this long time ago ~ Surprised that it is still requesting a review ... We found this enjoyable. Read morePublished on March 12, 2014 by Kitty Lover
this really is fun game w00t! I like to dance with my wife. it is pretty easy compared to other gamesPublished on January 5, 2014 by Joshua
This was a gift for my granddaughter and she says that she has gotten many hours of enjoyment from it.Published on December 23, 2013 by Kenneth Edwards