Dance Dance Revolution 3rdMix

Dance Dance Revolution 3rdMix
Dance Dance Revolution 3rdMix for the Japanese PlayStation
Cover art for the PlayStation port of Dance Dance Revolution 3rdMix
Developer(s) Konami Computer Entertainment Tokyo
Publisher(s) KCET
Distributor(s) KCET
Designer(s) KCET
Series Dance Dance Revolution & Bemani
Engine 3rdMix & 3rdMix PlayStation
Platform(s) Arcade & Sony PlayStation
Release date(s) Arcade:

(DDR 3rd Mix)

  • JP October 30, 1999

(DDR 3rd Mix Plus)

  • JP June 21, 2000

PlayStation:

  • JP June 1, 2000
Genre(s) Music & Exercise
Mode(s) Single-player & Multiplayer
Rating(s) CERO: A (PlayStation)
Media/distribution CD-ROM
Cabinet Custom
Arcade system Bemani System 573 Digital
CPU R3000A 32 bit RISC processor
Sound PlayStation SPU
Display 29" CRT (Raster, 256x224 & 740x480)

Dance Dance Revolution 3rdMix, or 3rdMix, is the 3rd game in the Dance Dance Revolution series of music video games. It was released in the arcades by Konami on October 30, 1999. Although only officially released in Japan, units exist worldwide. It has a total of 68 songs, 35 of which were new to Dance Dance Revolution.

Contents

Gameplay

3rd Mix also introduced other changes to the gameplay UI, including an updated lifebar, and on-screen lyrics.

The core gameplay of 3rdMix is the same as the previous Dance Dance Revolution games. 3rdMix featured a brand new scoring system, instead of being heavily combo-based like the last two mixes, combos are of virtually no importance. The maximum score for each song is 10,000,000 (all Perfects). Perfects are worth twice as many points as Greats, and steps toward the end are worth progressively higher points than steps toward the beginning. In nonstop mode, a 2x, 3x and 4x multiplier apply to the 2nd, 3rd and 4th songs respectively, making a perfect nonstop worth 100,000,000 points.

3rdMix was also the first version of DDR where different beats (compared to a 4-beat register) alternate different colors, making 1/4, 1/6, 1/8, 1/12 and 1/16 steps look different and making it easier for the player to recognize changing rhythms. This color scheme is called "vivid" mode, whereby the old scheme of all arrows being the same color is henceforth referred to as "flat" mode. Flat appears as an option and modifier in later versions of DDR.

This release marked the first time lyrics were displayed during gameplay for every song. This can be turned on or off by the arcade operator. This feature was later dropped from future arcade mixes, although some home versions contain this as an option, and most European Dancing Stage versions contain this on by default.

3rdMix also allowed to choose characters, and while their purpose is for the most part aesthetical, the chosen character affects which beatmania remix song can be played at one playthorugh.

Link data

Some machines have the ports to insert PlayStation memory cards. Such memory cards have to be PlayStation memory cards with Link Data from the home version of 3rdMix. It can exchange data with 3rdMix or 2ndMix. It can also use Edit Data, custom steps made on the home version.

Modes

The player can choose which mode they want to play after putting in their coins, but before pressing Start.

Dance Dance Revolution 3rdMix This is the default mode. In this mode, the 35 new songs are all available in addition to three carry-overs from 2ndMix, for a total of 38. When selecting difficulty, only Basic and Another are available. Nonstop Mode is a new feature available in 3rdMix mode, selectable when selecting single or double play. It allows the player to play one of several set courses without stopping. The only times that it stops is after each song and the new song's name appear.

Dance Dance Revolution 2ndMix By pressing the yellow arrows in the pattern (Left, Left, Right, Right) before pressing start, the player enters 2ndMix mode. In this mode, Nonstop is not available, but the can select all the songs available in 2ndMix. All three difficulties—Basic, Another and Maniac—are available. Unlike SSR, "vivid" mode is on by default in 2ndMix mode.

Step Step Revolution By pressing the yellow arrows in the pattern (Left, Left, Left, Right, Right, Right, Left, Right) before pressing start, the player enters SSR mode. This mode is identical to 3rdMix, but only Maniac (SSR) difficulty is available. For the first time, the Maniac (SSR) difficulty for Double-Play is available (previous versions only has Basic and Another available for Double). "Vivid" mode is turned off by default, although it can be turned on with a code.

Dance Dance Revolution 3rdReMix (available only in the home version) Using the 2ndMix code after unlocking SSR mode will unlock ReMix mode. In this mode, more characters and more songs are selectable, and all three difficulties (Basic, Another, and SSR) are selectable. You also have the option to exit or continue after each stage.(acts like a Event Mode)

Regional and alternate versions

Different versions based on 3rdMix were also made for specific regions in Asia, Europe, and North America.

Asia

A version of Dance Dance Revolution 3rdMix was released elsewhere in the Orient, except for South Korea. It is missing a few songs, and has a bug when trying to enter the step code for the Shuffle modification.

Korea

Two versions of Dance Dance Revolution 3rdMix were released in South Korea in March 2000. It is exactly like the original version of 3rd Mix, except that it fixes the Shuffle bug and adds seven Korean pop songs and one from the original to 3rdMix and SSR modes. An update to this version, Dance Dance Revolution 3rdMix verKorea2 was also released in South Korea in March 2000, adding 9 more K-Pop songs. The songs missing in the Asian version is still absent in this game, however. The exclusive songs from the first Korean version would be added to the Japanese version with the 3rdMix Plus update.

3rdMix Plus

Dance Dance Revolution 3rdMix Plus is a re-issue of 3rdMix released on June 21, 2000. It does away with SSR mode and allows the player to select Maniac difficulty in 3rdMix mode. It also adds 23 songs: 14 brand-new songs, the seven new songs added to verKorea1, and two more carryovers from 2ndMix. With few songs from DDR Solo 2000.

Home version

The home version of Dance Dance Revolution 3rdMix was released in Japan on June 1, 2000, for the Sony PlayStation video game console. It contained 60 songs, 25 of which were hidden and unlockable, including most of the new songs from 3rdMix and several selections from 2ndMix and other new songs that would later appear in 3rdMix Plus, including two preview bonus songs from 4thMix "Bumble Bee" and "Gimme Gimme Gimme", which in this version can only be played in Basic difficulty. It does not contain any Korean pop songs.

The home version has the ability to Disc Change to 1st, 2ndReMix and Append Club Version. It also allows to unlock features in previous mixes such as the Nonstop Ranking. The interface is still the same as the one used in 3rdMix but the background effects are disabled.

"Xanadu", "Follow the Sun (90 in the Shade Mix)", and "It Only Takes a Minute (Extended Mix)" did not appear on the 3rdMix home versions. These songs are featured in the Home Version of Dance Dance Revolution 4thMix.

Music

Dance Dance Revolution 3rdMix:
Song Title Artist
XANADU The Olivia Project
IT ONLY TAKES A MINUTE (Extended Remix) Tavares
FOLLOW THE SUN (90 IN THE SHADE MIX) Triple J
GET UP AND DANCE Freedom
Silent Hill Thomas Howard
AFRONOVA Re-Venge
BOOM BOOM DOLLAR (K.O.G G3 MIX) King Kong & D. Jungle Girls
BUTTERFLY (UPSWING MIX) smile.dk
CAPTAIN JACK (GRANDALE REMIX) Captain Jack
DAM DARIRAM Joga
DEAD END N&S
DO IT ALL NIGHT E-Rotic
DYNAMITE RAVE Naoki
END OF THE CENTURY No. 9
FLASHDANCE (WHAT A FEELING) Magika
gentle stress (AMD SEXUAL MIX) Mr. Dog feat. DJ Swan
GET UP (BEFORE THE NIGHT IS OVER) Technotronic feat. Ya Kid K
GRADIUSIC CYBER (AMD G5 MIX) Big-O feat. Taka
HOLIDAY Who's That Girl!
IF YOU CAN SAY GOODBYE Kate Project
IN THE NAVY '99 (XXL Disaster Remix) Captain Jack
Jam Jam Reggae (AMD SWING MIX) Rice. C feat. Jam master '73
La Senorita Captain. T
LUV TO ME (AMD MIX) DJ Kazu feat. Yamato
MR. WONDERFUL smile.dk
OH NICK PLEASE NOT SO QUICK E-Rotic
OPERATOR (Two Gees Mix) Papaya
PARANOiA Rebirth 190'
ROCK BEAT Loud Force
SO MANY MEN Me & My
THE RACE Captain Jack
TURN ME ON (HEAVENLY MIX) E-Rotic
UPSIDE DOWN Coo Coo
VOL. 4 Ravers Choice
WONDERLAND (UKS MIX) X-Treme
Dance Dance Revolution 3rdMix Plus
Song Title Artist
AFTER THE GAME OF LOVE NPD3
BA KKWO Lee Jung Hyun
BU DAM Baek Ji-Young
BUMBLE BEE Bambee
BYUL TEAM
CUTIE CHASER Club Spice
DROP THE BOMB Scotty D.
FACE N.R.G
GIMME GIMME GIMME E-Rotic
HERO (KCP DISCOTIQUE MIX) Papaya
La Señorita Virtua NAOKI feat. RE-VENGE
LOVE THIS FEELIN' Chang Ma
SUNG SUK / MATURITY Space A
TELL ME TELL ME S#ARP
think ya better D sAmi (appears on Dance Dance Revolution 2ndMix)
SP-TRIP MACHINE ~luv mix~ NAOKI vs. DE-SIRE
WA Lee Jung Hyun

Soundtrack

The original soundtrack for 3rdMix was produced by Toshiba EMI under their Dancemania dance music brand.

References

External links

Preceded by
Dance Dance Revolution 2ndMix
Dance Dance Revolution 3rdMix
1999
Succeeded by
Dance Dance Revolution 4thMix

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