DDR Ultramix: Dance Dance Revolution FAQ v1.4 - Michael Kelehan
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DDR Ultramix: Dance Dance Revolution FAQ

by Michael Kelehan   Updated to v1.4 on
This walkthrough was originally written for DDR Ultramix: Dance Dance Revolution on the Xbox, but the walkthrough is still applicable to the PS2 version of the game.
Dance Dance Revolution Ultramix
for Microsoft Xbox
FAQ v.1.4 by Michael Kelehan
mkfaqs2 at hotmail dot com
Mike Kelehan on Xbox Live
February 26, 2004

Table of Contents

I.    Introduction
II.   Game Modes
      a. Game Mode
      b. Battle Mode
          i.  Score Battle
          ii. Point Battle
      c. Workout Mode
      d. Challenge Mode
      e. Training Mode
      f. Edit Mode
      g. Records
      h. Options
III.  Xbox Live
      a. How to Play
      b. Live Features
          i.   Friends List
          ii.  Players List
          iii. Voice Options
          iv.  Player Options
          v.   Player Rankings
          vi.  Download New Content
      c. Etiquette
IV.   Songs
      a. Initial Songs
      b. Hidden Songs
      c. Download Songs
          i.   Song Pack 1
          ii.  Song Pack 2
          iii. Song Pack 3
V.    DDR Strategy
      a. Health Tips
      b. Feel the Beat
      c. Stay Off the Center!
      d. Tricky Step Patterns
          i.   Triples
          ii.  Crossovers
          iii. Gallops
          iv.  Streams
VI.   Dance Pads
      a. Mat Options
          i.   Xbox Mats
          ii.  PlayStation Soft Mats
          iii. PlayStation Hard Platforms
      b. Mat Modification
VIII. DDR Terminology
IX.   Version History
X.    Closing

I. Introduction

Welcome to the Dance Dance Revolution Ultramix FAQ.  Every mix of DDR except
for this one has a FAQ, so it's high time one gets made, I say.

First, I'll talk to the audience new to the game. Dance Dance Revolution is a
very simple game: arrows scroll to the top of the screen, and when one hits the
top, you press the corresponding button on your dance pad. If the arrow is
longer than usual, you hold it down until it's off the screen. If you miss, you
lose life; if you hit it at the right time, you gain life. Run out of life,
you're done, but make it to the end of the song and you pass. That's it. It's
easy to learn, but as you might imagine, it can get crazy later on... and
horribly fun.

DDR is a member of Konami's Bemani series, which consists of rhythm games that
use special controllers.  You CAN play the game with a normal Xbox controller,
but that's just nowhere near as fun as moving your body to play.  This FAQ will
assume that you're using a dance pad.

What makes this mix different from the numerous mixes on the PS1 and PS2?  New
to DDR are Battle Mode, for 1-4 players, and Xbox Live internet play.  New to
the US is Challenge Mode.  All of these modes will be explained in the next

What do other mixes have that this doesn't?  Beginner and Lesson mode for the
new players, Oni and Nonstop modes for the experts.  Also, this has only two
background dancers... but then, DDRMAX had zero.

II. Game Modes

This is the meat of the game, for one or two players.  First you pick the type
of game: Single, for one player; Versus, for two players; or Double, for one
player on two dance pads.  If you have the means for Double, I highly
recommend trying it.

Next, you pick your difficulty, either Light, Standard, or Heavy.  Every song
has three different sets of steps, one for each of these settings.  Light steps
are easier than Standard steps for the same song, which are in turn easier than
Heavy steps.  However, all difficulties have a wide range; Max 300 on Light is
harder than After the Game of Love on Heavy.

Okay, now we get to the song selection.  Use left and right to pick your song.
If you want to change difficulties, press up twice to go easier and down twice
to go harder.  To resort the songs, press Start.  Doing so switches between
normal song order, sort by speed, sort alphabetically, and sort by how often
it's been played.  Under the song's banner on the left of the screen is a
number of feet, from one to ten.  The more feet, the harder the song.  There's
also the Groove Radar, which requires a Ph.D. to read.  Air is how many jumps
are in the song, Freeze is how many freeze arrows you'll see, and the other
three just tell you how tired you'll be afterwards.  To be more specific, it's
widely believed that Stream is the overall density of the steps, Voltage is
the peak density of the steps, and Chaos is the irregularity of the steps, but
Konami hasn't ever (to my knowledge) gone on the record with exactly what they
mean, so I wouldn't worry about them.  Generally, the higher the
area of the radar, the harder the song... but it's easier to just go by feet.

Press A to select your song, or B to go back a screen.  If you hold A, you can
change options, like the speed of the arrows (turning this up can make slower
songs easier to read), the time you get to see the arrows (make them disappear
halfway or just appear halfway), or change the difficulty if you forgot to
earlier.  New to the Xbox version are Help Arrows, which flash yellow.  If you
turn this option on, successfully hitting a Help Arrow will give you back a
good deal of life.

Now, we're playing.  Step accurately to get a high score.  Don't fail.  The
less on your mind now, the better.

When an arrow reaches the top, it gives you one of these five words telling
you how well you hit it:

Perfect: Timing was spot-on.  You get life back, a good amount of points, and
        your combo counter increases by one.  Combos mean nothing aside from
        personal glory, being able to tell your friends, "I got a 200 combo!"
Great:   You hit it pretty well.  You'll get a little life back, a few points,
        and your combo goes up one.
Good:    Timing was so-so.  Your life won't be affected, but you won't get any
        points.  This or any worse ranking will reset your combo to zero.
Almost:  Timing could be a lot better.  You'll lose life.
Boo:     You were way off, or didn't hit it at all.  You'll lose a good amount
        of life.

Once you're done, you'll get a grade based on how well you did, ranging from E
(failed) to AAA (got all Perfects).  Ready to play again?

Here, you can compete against friends to see who's the best dancer.  If you
want, you can even play against computer players... although why you'd want to
escapes me.

i. Score Battle

For two to four players.  Pick a song and a difficulty setting, and play until
the song is over.  Whoever gets the most points wins.  It's like the regular
Game Mode, except all players must be on the same difficulty level.

ii. Point Battle

This one's more interesting.  It's only for two players.  Each player gets 16
points, and every time a player makes a step worse than the other, they lose
a point.  For instance, if player 1 gets a Great while player 2 gets a Perfect,
player 1 loses a point.  The game ends when one player reaches zero.  If that
never happens, whoever has the most points at the end of a song wins.  It's a
great way to determine who's better at a hard song without playing through the
whole thing and killing yourself.

Are you fat?  Do you want to stop being fat?  Play this mode to track how many
calories you burn while playing the game.

Back in the day, the Japanese DDR 4th Mix and Extra Mix had this mode, where
you have to meet strange challenges to pass stages.  These might be to get all
Goods on a song, or dance to one song while another plays... crazy stuff.  Now,
this mode hits the US, and maybe you'll like it.  I don't play this mode ever,
since I'm on Live all the time, but all the challenges are self-explanatory.

If a song is bothering you with its difficulty, try it here.  You can play
without worrying about failure, or slow the song down to learn complex step
patterns.  You can even turn on Assist, which is a metronome that helps you
keep the beat.

Make your own steps to songs, save them to the hard drive, and play them.  Can
you make better steps than Konami?  Consult your instruction manual to learn
the specifics of how to work the editor.

View how often you've played each song and the best score you've gotten on it.
You can also delete records, which you might do if someone else set them or
you set them with a controller.

Adjust all sorts of options, like difficulty, announcer voices (I say turn them
off), dancers (same), and even turn the arrows into turtles.  Why not, I say.

III. Xbox Live

This... this is where the fun is.  Play against total strangers or best
friends.  Find out if you're better than the rest of the world, and even if
you're not, you'll have a great time doing it.  You can play in either of the
two battle modes with people across the country.

While you're on Live, instructions for navigating the menus rotate on the
bottom right of the screen.  Look down there if said menus confuse and/or
infuriate you.

There are two ways you can join an existing game.  Select Quickmatch to be
randomly thrown in an open game.  If you pick Optimatch, you can narrow down
your search for specific songs, difficulties, and modes, and then select from
a list of open games that match your criteria.  To see a list of all open
games, select Optimatch and leave all fields on "Any."

A quick note: there are a few bugs on Optimatch.  If you get an empty list of
games, press up to see the games.  If you get a short list of games, but none
are yellow (indicating that you don't have one selected), press up to see more.

But let's say there aren't any games open that you want to play.  Make your
own by selecting Create Game.  You pick a song, pick a difficulty, pick a mode,
and choose how many players can play.  You choose how many slots to have open,
each of which can be filled by another player.  This doesn't include you, so if
you wanted a game for up to 4 players, you'd leave 3 slots.  Public slots can
be joined by anyone, but private slots can only be joined by your Friends.
When you create the game, you're the "host," and so you're responsible for
starting the game, which we'll talk about in a bit.

When you're in the game, you'll have a list of the players on the left, along
with what type of controller they're using.  If there's a plus-shaped icon,
they're using an Xbox dance pad, while a Controller S indicates that the player
is using either an Xbox controller or a PSX dance pad.  On the right is a menu
where you can access your Friends list, player list, and voice options, which
will be covered in the next session.  You can hit Quit to exit the game and go
back to the Live menu.  If you joined the game, the top button is Ready, which
you have to click on before the game can start.  The host can click Start when
everyone else is ready.  Unready players appear dimmed out to the host.

During the game, you can see everyone's playfield.  Everyone has the same
arrows, so it's not necessary to look at anyone else's field.  You know which
one belongs to you because it has a number on the bottom.  A green circle
indicates a player that's connected to you, while a red one means that you lost
your connection to that player, but they're still playing and you'll still get
points if you beat them.

At the end of the game, you see a results screen.  You can see how everyone
did, and talk to them about it.  For everyone you beat, you get a point for the
game rankings, so the more you play, the higher you'll rank.  Once you press A,
you're thrown back to the Live menu, so if you want to play again, you'll have
to get into another game.

i. Friends List

You can maintain a list of Friends across the Live service, sort of like an
instant messenger buddy list.  It'll tell you who's online and in what game.
You can invite some of them to join your game, even if they're playing
something else.

If you want to add someone to your Friends List, there are three ways.  One,
you can click on them from the Players List (which will come next) and send a
Friend Invite.  The next time they're on their Friends List, they'll see your
invite, and can accept or decline it.  You can also send an invite by manually
entering the player's name in the Xbox Live Dashboard, which you get to by
clicking Xbox Live on the main Dashboard when you boot up the system with no
game in the drive.  Finally, you can accept someone else's invite to add them
to your list.  Friends are mutual; if you're on someone's list, they're on

When you get a Friend Request while you're on Live, a blue icon that looks like
a triangular man appears on the bottom right of your screen.  When someone
invites you to join their game, you'll get a blue icon with an envelope.

Little-known fact: you can view the online status of your friends without being
on Live at all.  If you go to the Xbox Live section of Xbox.com and then go to
My Live, you can sign in with your .Net Passport (Hotmail account) and link it
to your Gamertag.  You can then view what your friends are playing from any PC.

ii. Players List

If you click Players in a game, or go to Players List from Player Options, you
can pull up a list of the last few people you've seen on Live.  You can see
their voice options as well, which we'll discuss in the next section.  If you
want to, you can invite any of them to your Friends List, or mute them if
they're really getting on your nerves.

iii. Voice Options

Here, you can choose if you want other players' voices to go in your earpiece
(default), through the TV (good if you want to hear players talking while you
play, since it's a pain to dance with the headset on), or off, if you're tired
of hearing people altogether.  You can also turn on voice masking, but please

iv. Player Options

Not too much fun stuff here.  You can change your online status to make
yourself appear offline, in case you want to play but are dodging your friends,
you antisocial hermit.  You can also go to the Players List and change your
Voice Options.

v. Player Rankings

Are you in it for the fun, or the glory?  Ultramix gives you both, with these
rankings.  Score and Point Battle Rankings are the real draw here, where
whoever beat the most players gets the highest ranking.  It also lists how many
rivals everyone has played, so you can get an idea of who's winning all the
time and who's brute forcing their way to the top.

There are also rankings for offline song play, which uses your best score from
all three difficulties, individually, on both Single and Double.  Now, since
score is a function of the number of feet (a maximum of 50,000,000 points times
the number of feet), the highest Light Single scores will be AAAs on Ready
Steady Go and La Senorita Virtual.  I would've preferred individual song
rankings, but what can you do.

While viewing rankings, you can press A to go to one of three places on the
list: Yourself, Top 100, and Friends.  The first two are pretty obvious; the
third takes you to a list of your friends and lets you choose who you want to
view.  You can then see exactly where they're ranked.  Perfect for rivalries.
I'll get you, Kloaked Spirit, if it's the last thing I doooooooooooo...

The Y button will refresh the rankings, if you stay on the list for a while.
For offline score rankings, press X to upload your scores.  If you have a
better one than the last one you uploaded, it'll send the higher one and show
you how you improved in the rankings.

vi. Download New Content

This is the shop, where you can buy new songs.  $5 for 5 songs is the going
rate right now, and it'll probably stay that way.  Rumor has it that Microsoft
won't allow anything to be sold for less than $5, which is ridiculous, but
then, that wouldn't be the first ridiculous rule in the video game industry.
Remember that Sony used to have an all-games-must-have-endings rule, so no
puzzle games, and Nintendo wouldn't allow the word "death" in game titles.

The best and worst thing about playing online is the other players.  They can
be great, they can be awful.  You want to be one of the former, don't you?

1. Stay calm.

If someone doesn't start up the game, give them some time, or calmly ask them
if they're ready to start.  Don't get crazy about steps you miss, or players
who beat you.

2. Shut up during the song.

It's usually best to take your mic off while you play, so people don't hear
you panting in exhaustion.  If you want to say "Aw!" when you miss a step, or
"Nice!" when someone full combos a tough part, go ahead; that's why we have
voice chat.  Screaming into the mic or singing along really, really pisses
people off, and will 100% always get you muted by everyone.  Remember, it saves
who mutes you, so there are no second chances.

3. Tolerance is important.

Other players may have a controller icon next to their name, indicating that
they're either using a regular Xbox controller or a PSX dance mat.  That's how
they want to play, and it's not hurting you.  Let them enjoy their game any way
they want to.  You can still win.

4. Don't use voice masking.

Every Xbox Live game has voice masking, for privacy reasons.  In actuality, it
just annoys people, and makes it harder to understand what you say.  Just don't
use it.

5. Enjoy the game.

This is a game; enjoy it.  Don't get hung up on anything, like controller users
or your mat acting up or ANYTHING.  Just have fun.

IV. Songs

This is what you came for, isn't it?  Ultramix doesn't have the highest number
of songs ever, but it's still not too shabby.  The song list will follow this

Beats per minute (bpm)
Difficulty on Single Light/Standard/Heavy Double Light/Standard/Heavy
Information, if any

The information could be the song's history, tips on playing it, or whatever I
want.  It's my FAQ.  For hidden songs, the Information will always contain
the conditions you need to meet to unlock them.

4/6/7 4/6/7
What's that name mean?  .59 in Japanese is pronounced "tengokyuu," while
"tengoku" means "heaven."  Get it?  A fun song to start out the song list.
You'll see this online a lot; everyone seems to like it.  Once you've got a
hang of reading streams of arrows, this becomes a joy to play on Heavy.

Thuggie D.
3/6/6 4/7/7
A cool new mix of the DDR classic Absolute, which was originally a Beatmania
classic.  The part in the end will screw you up every time, and remember that
steps are worth more points later in the song, so it can be beneficial to
practice just the last few seconds in Training Mode.

1/4/5 2/4/6
This originally appeared in the US without its lyrics in Konamix as After the
Game, but now you can hear it in its full beasty glory.  How the game's rated
E with it in there, I'll never know.  This may be the first song you AAA, and
it's the only one foot song in the game.  If you want to start Doubles play
with a one foot song, tough luck.

NM featuring Thomas Howard
2/5/7 2/5/7
Thomas Howard returns with a song that, believe it or not, is even sappier than
Silent Hill.  The song, not the game.  Without pumping up the speed, you'll
have trouble with this one even on Standard.  It's not seen online very often,
simply because it's not too much fun.  But maybe you'll like it.

4/6/9 4/6/9
A favorite from 5th Mix, making its US debut.  Playing on Light can give a
first-timer an opportunity to practice crossovers, and playing on Heavy isn't
complicated but it gets your blood pumping.  If you've got the skill to beat
9-footers and you're full of energy, this one can be a lot of fun, and will
blow the minds of your friends.

Riyu Kosaka
3/5/7 3/5/7
The version of Candy mysteriously absent from MAX2 US.  Oddly enough, the
Heavy steps in this one are the same as Candy(star)'s, which explains why I
remember having more fun playing them in MAX2 JP.  The Standard steps are still
plenty fun, though.

Ian Van Dahl featuring Marsha
3/6/8 3/7/9
Exclusive US licensed track.  You might lose the timing on some of the arrows
when they switch to the offbeats, so watch the color of the arrows carefully.
Also, on Heavy, watch for gallops where you might think you're doing 8th beats.
Try it with the arrows sped up a few times to get the hang of where they are,
and watch them carefully after that.

Be For U
4/5/8 4/6/7
Every DDR game since 4th Mix had a version of Dive, I think.  This is the one
that started it all.  Fun steps on Light and Standard, not on Heavy I think.

4/7/8 4/7/8
Exclusive US licensed track.  Many think this is the best of them.  It's the
only one with a real video playing in the background.  Steps aren't too rough,
nor are they too simple.

Scotty D.
3/5/7 3/5/8
This was the big unlock in MAX US, which required playing 500 songs to unlock.
You get to play it right out of the box.  An online favorite, thoroughly
enjoyable and not too tricky on any difficulty.

4/6/8 4/6/8

5/6/9 4/6/8

4/5/9 4/6/9
RevenG's always good for a challenge.

3/6/8 3/6/9
A good, new-agey track that you need to beat to get its tougher brother.  It
starts really slow, then picks up to become quite fast, so messing with the
speed will bite you in the tail at some point.  Your best bet to learn this,
if you can't do it the normal way, is to practice it in Training Mode.

Blue Destroyers
5/6/9 5/7/9

4/6/8 3/5/7

L. E. D. Light featuring Goro
2/6/7 2/6/7

Thuggie D.
3/5/7 3/6/7
What does that name MEAN?

N. M. R.-typeG
3/5/7 4/5/7

Thuggie D.
2/4/5 2/4/6
This is pretty slow, but it can be fun.  New players like to play this one, and
veterans can join in.  Freestyling with your upper body just sort of happens.

4/6/7 4/5/8
I dare you to tell me you don't like Kind Lady.  I dare you.  Enjoyable song,
enjoyable steps... it's on every mix for a reason.

7/8/8 6/7/8
The only song with roughly the same difficulty on all three difficulties,
although they all have different steps.  I wonder why they didn't include the
original La Senorita; it's much better.

Stone Bros.
3/5/6 3/5/6

Shin Murayama featuring Argie Phine
2/5/6 2/4/7

Sy S. F. featuring Anna
3/5/7 2/5/7
I hope you like this guy's work.  I hear tell DJ Sota is going to replace Naoki
as the music director for future DDR versions.  I look forward to it.

Tiger Yamato
4/7/9 4/8/8
You might be surprised at how much you like this song.  I was.  Originally from
the now-obscure Bemani game Para Para Paradise.

Johnny Dynamite!
2/5/7 3/5/7
Another favorite for new players.  This is just an SOB on Heavy, though.  You
have to KNOW the song to be able to do it, and even then, it's rough.  Again,
try it sped up a few times.

L. E. D. Light
3/6/7 3/5/8
Also fun.  Knowing the song ahead of time can really help with some of the
steps, so try it on Light and Standard before jumping in Heavy.

5/6/9 5/6/9
Every mix of DDR has had at least one mix of Paranoia.  Some people have their
favorite version, but if you ask me, they all sort of blend together.  They're
always known for their challenge, so good luck with this one.

3/5/6 3/5/7

Paul Oakenfold
7/8/9 6/8/9
Exclusive US licensed track.  Don't be fooled into thinking this is super-
tough, because it's not.  The arrows speed up at one point where the song
doesn't really do so; you'll know that part is coming when you see the arrows
spaced out twice as much as before.  Keep the same beat, and you're fine.

Togo Project featuring Sana
2/5/8 2/5/8
"If it's only 90bpm, how can it be 8 feet?"  You've clearly never heard of Bag.
Try it on Heavy, just try it, without turning up the speed.  Holy hell, did you
see all those arrows?  After playing it a few times, though, you can read them
with some help from memorization.

2/5/7 2/5/7
Good for beginners on Light, and another tough reader for Heavy without
speeding up the arrows.

Crystal Aliens
5/6/7 4/5/7
Oni remix is actually a better song, which is rare, but we don't get that.

Who Da Funk
4/6/7 5/7/8
Exclusive US licensed track.  The original version has more lyrics other than
just the title, but they don't add too much.  You like it or you don't; I think
I do.

Caramel S.
3/6/7 4/6/7

DJ Rich featuring Tail Bros.
5/6/8 4/6/8

3/6/9 3/6/9
This one will get you on Heavy.  It's got one of those pauses midway in the
song that'll really trip you up if you're not expecting it... so expect it.

L. E. D. Light
5/6/8 5/6/7

Thuggie D.
3/5/6 3/5/7

6/7/8 7/8/9
The Trip Machines, like the Paranoias, are known for their challenge.  They're
built from the ground up for that purpose, although I would argue that they
sound a lot better than the Paranoias.

RevenG vs. De-Sire
3/6/9 4/7/9
Ah, gallops.  It's one of those songs that you try and say, "OH SWEET JESUS!
HOW AM I EVER TO DO THAT?"  And then you do, but just barely.  You keep doing
it, and it gets easier and easier, until it takes almost no effort to pass.  At
least, that's how it is for me.