Dance Dance Revolution: Mario Mix (GameCube) Preview

By Adam Riley 16.06.2005 6

With so many games based around the portly Italian plumber, you would think that ideas are running a little bit dry. However, as part of an incentive for Konami to bring its lucrative Pro Evolution Soccer series to Nintendo, it seems that Mr Mario has been off-loaded into the world of groove, turning up in Dance Dance Revolution: Mario Mix. Do we really want to see the rotund hero 'shake his booty', though?

As soon as I walked into the Soho venue, I walked right past Zelda, round the corner and spotted the special dance mat on the floor. Raising my eyes to the screen above it, I was suddenly dazzled by a bright pastel coloured Mario smiling at me. Momentarily overwhelmed, and somewhat scared, by such happiness pouring forth from the monitor, I moved over to Pok

Screenshot for Dance Dance Revolution: Mario Mix on GameCube

When I originally agreed to cover this game for Cubed

Screenshot for Dance Dance Revolution: Mario Mix on GameCube

That put me off for most of the day and the only reason I came back towards the end of the day is because it was just that, the end of the day and I had had my fill of all the other games on show. But I was so glad to come back and try out DDR one more time and this time round it was much more fun. I was drawn to the game after playing on Zelda for an hour, so I did come to it with lower expectations than previously in the morning. Plus there was a little bit of alcohol pumping through my veins by this point, so wandering over to the dance mat was not quite as difficult as before. Also, I had Eddz from Club Skill and tempo accompanying me, which helped immensely.

Screenshot for Dance Dance Revolution: Mario Mix on GameCube

After seeing one of the testers playing earlier, it definitely looked like cranking up the difficulty level was the way to go. None of this 'Easy' stuff, time to bump up to 'Hard' and see how quickly I could move my feet left, right, up, down and in various combinations required of me. Just like Donkey Konga, you must stop the oncoming notes just as they go through the appropriate target at the top of the screen. Standing in the central circle on the mat most songs will start with a simple right step or forward tap at the correct time. But as the speed of the songs and difficulty levels are turned up, suddenly you will be faced with several different steps in quick succession. If you are not careful you could definitely get your legs in a tangle! Just because you may be adept with your hands on the bongos does not mean you are just as co-ordinated with you feet.

Screenshot for Dance Dance Revolution: Mario Mix on GameCube

Final Thoughts

My only grumble was that there were no really famous tunes thrown in, but since it is 'Mario Mix', rather than the main Dance Dance Revolution series, like the Euro Mix edition on the PSone, that is a pointless comment! But the range of tunes from the Mario world is mightily impressive and more than enough to keep gamers moving their feet to the beat. And hey, I managed to get a grade of 'B' after a few attempts, so I am definitely sold...and with all the extra modes yet to be seen, I see no reason why others will think differently.

Developer

Konami

Publisher

Nintendo

Genre

Dance

Players

4

C3 Score

Rated $score out of 10  8/10

Reader Score

Rated $score out of 10  9/10 (7 Votes)

European release date Q3 2005   North America release date Q3 2005   Japan release date 14.07.2005   Australian release date Q3 2005   

Comments

Watching Adam dance along to this was hilarious, I'll try and get the footage up for you all soon :-D

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Lovely feet on with the title Raz, good stuff!

Cubed3 Admin/Founder & Designer

Sounds great! :-D

DDR was always another factor why Playstaion was so popular and its easy to see why as they are great party games. Sounds oike this one is alos going to be humourosly fun as well. :D

Hopefully this will come out at a discounted price, or else it could get overlooked. Really enjoyed this and can't wait to get my hands on the final version for review! Smilie

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