Mario Revolution revealed!

Dance Dance showing stuns.

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Nintendo Japan has revealed what has to be the strangest game of the year (okay, so we?re only seven days in, but still) in Dance Dance Revolution for the GameCube videogames console.

The full title of the game is Dance Dance Revolution with MARIO, as it features a dancing version of the little plumber in what has to be seen as perhaps the most impressive franchise-milking performed by Nintendo in, well, weeks.

The game promises solo routines, head-to-head dancing and a selection of all-new mini-games. An as-yet undisclosed cast list should see favourites from the Mario universe playable, with most gamers naturally yearning for unlockable Luigi, the sexiest of the Mario Brothers by a long way.

The game will come bundled with a GameCube compatible mat and ships into Japan in summer of this year, and is expected in the US and Europe not long after.
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Autobot 7 Jan 2005 14:24
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Ok, now I wanna slap Nintendo. They are taking this too far.

Whatever happened to the cool Nintendo of the 80' and 90's. Now they are soo desperate that they will include there mascot in ever game imaginable in hope to recieve money.

Mario is not a freakin dancer! He's a peppy hero!

Who ever is making these decisions to make Mario in every game they can think of should be fired.

Give us an awesome 3d version of Super Mario 3 then you will see the money rolling in your pockets. A real sequel of Mario at least, I think its time to continue the story from at least Super Mario World. Mario 64 and Mario Sunshine I feel aren't sequals to the original NES (except Mario 2) and SNES games (they don't involve a lot of things from the originals like fireflowers, multiple castles, koopa kids, block smashing, and cut scenes (you know, a level that ends with you hitting something to get more points))
shearDS 7 Jan 2005 14:28
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Can't argue has it makes nintendo lots of money and it looks more interesting than those boring playstation ones. This one looks to have a story mode in it with snow balls going after mario and all
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kid_77 7 Jan 2005 14:31
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Surely it's no worse than Mario Golf, Tennis, Snooker, Dominoes etc.
Autobot 7 Jan 2005 14:45
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LOL Mario Dominoes, maybe Nintendo could reach the older market with Mario shuffleboard and Super Mario Knitting 128.

WOW those can be million selling titles. :-p
5thgeneral 7 Jan 2005 15:16
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I dont see anything wrong with this at all. Actually I bet that this version of DDR is probably going to sell more than any other version before it. I mean who cares, if you think it's a stupid idea dont buy it. Personally I'm not going to buy it cause I'm not a fan of DDR, but it does look alot more interesting and fun with Mario in there.

I dont have a problem with Nintendo's decisions and what they do with their mascots. Hopefully they dont turn Mario into a gun totting criminal or anything like that. Atleast Nintendo isn't trying to buy out every other company like EA is doing. It's really too bad I wont be able to play NBA Street with the Nintendo all stars team, since I'm boycotting EA for their predatory business methods.
DaVinci42 7 Jan 2005 16:00
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I just hope that the music is good. While I don't MIND the Nintendo themed music, I don't want that to be the only music. Howabout some of the DDR classics, like Butterfly and maybe Bumblebee!

But I think Nintendo wants the dancepad peripheral as much as the franchise. Those mini-games could be a precursor to full games that involve the use of the pad in other ways.
Joji 7 Jan 2005 16:32
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Think I'm in the middle on this one. It's good to see DDR game getting over to the GC after so long and I hope we'll see the same ones on the revolution too.

On the other hand like others I'm getting sick of Nintendo constantly pushing Mario and Pokemon on us all. It's clear we want something else, something new if possible but they refuse us still. For a company that has to bend more to a western audience more, they seem a little stuck, smaller companies like Capcom etc are leaving them in the dust and they don't seem to care. We haven't even had Mario Baseball yet and now this. Perhaps this might be a move to sell DDR more, since a dance mat and game were released quietly with for the GC late last year.

While I welcome another DDR game I don't want to dance to remixed versions of Mario/Nintendo themes, or any cheesy chart trash like what they did with their drumming game, when it was released globally (if this happens you can count me out and I reckon it's highly likely, good normal DDR tunes or nothing). DDR is not about Mario or Nintendo it's about dancing and music. The visuals come a close second but aren't that important, but I'd rather look at a Konami original character made for the game than a short fat plumber who has already invaded my games collection. This also has a scent of the previously similar Disney DDR game on PSone.

Still I'll hold off judging it til we know what it's like. Nice to see some GC DDR all the same.
vault 13 7 Jan 2005 18:01
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DaVinci42 wrote:
But I think Nintendo wants the dancepad peripheral as much as the franchise. Those mini-games could be a precursor to full games that involve the use of the pad in other ways.


Like track and field exercises! Oooh and you could race against computer controlled opponents with names like Turtle and Rabbit. What an idea!

But seriously, the dance pad being used for more than just timing foot taps is something I've been wanting for a while. Try playing Tekken or Street Fighter (the 2D ones are much easier to control) with it. Quite a workout.

Using the microphone WITH the dance pad would be cool too. You'd sing and also foot tap to create your own choerography.
Svend Joscelyne 7 Jan 2005 19:41
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Autobot wrote:
Whatever happened to the cool Nintendo of the 80' and 90's.

I agree that perhaps it's a step too far, but just for the record, Nintendo were never cool in the 80's and certainly not the 90's. :P In fact they're only just starting to get the idea with the Nintendo DS. SEGA pulled better cool, slick and style out of their buttcracks. :P Shame they made tosh add-ons to go with the excellent games =.=

Anyway, I quite like DDR, and can't be arsed with any of the "SUPA KOOL" Dancing Stage UK games that feature "Smash Hits" like Big Brovaz (gag), Liberty X (GAG) and other western 'hip' artists (Super Gag) that plague the PS2 and XBOX (XBOX's version's redeeming feature being downloadable updates, but for an extra charge? Sod off). Naoki, BeForU and the actual decent Japanese dance music all the way. =P

Which has led me to my Gamecube, which has so far, despite Nintendo's lack of promise on the system, has entertained me better than PS2 and XBOX put together. But alas, GC's support is waning, so no dance game. Until now. Besides, I'd rather be stepping to some sort of trancey remix to Legend of Zelda than some overrated UK/US p(l)op sensation anyday.

Bear in mind that this is all in aid of building better relationships with third parties too, so maybe this is Nintendo and Konami's starting way of warming to each other professionally.
NiktheGreek 7 Jan 2005 20:12
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kid_77 wrote:
Surely it's no worse than Mario Golf, Tennis, Snooker, Dominoes etc.

Personally, I'm waiting for Mario and his good chums play some Cricket. I hear that by linking to the GBA version, Advance Test, you can unlock the special "Classic England" mode, whereby you can never win matches.

In all seriousness, this is exactly why Nintendo will never shake it's "kiddy" image, or the idea that it's relying on past glories. Until the company realises that you don't need an established character to sell everything that's just how it will be. They're not even particularly good games anymore (Super Mario Ball, Mario Power Tennis, etc). They'll soldier on though, because they're Nintendo, and an army of dedicated fanboys will follow them through it all. The traditional Nintendo gamer has grown up. I wish the company would join them.
Alan is my first name 7 Jan 2005 23:13
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NiktheGreek wrote:
In all seriousness, this is exactly why Nintendo will never shake it's "kiddy" image, or the idea that it's relying on past glories.


In other news, IGN gave Resident Evil 4 a 9.8 today.
Autobot 8 Jan 2005 01:05
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Alan is my first name wrote:
NiktheGreek wrote:
In all seriousness, this is exactly why Nintendo will never shake it's "kiddy" image, or the idea that it's relying on past glories.


In other news, IGN gave Resident Evil 4 a 9.8 today.



To be fair, thats not even a Nintendo exclusive anymore. Plus, Nintendo did not create the game. Alan sometimes I wonder if you just really try to pull teeth to make Nintendo look like its still in fighting shape. The system is very sick almost in intensive care and the whole company needs to be reworked. Pokemon should not be there only saving grace, they have tons of material that they refuse to use. The are currently sticking to the idea that making games that include familiar brands is the way to go. they don't care if the games are either watered down versions of better games or if the games are just gimmicks.

Nintendo here is a list of things you need to do:

#1 Destroy anything you are planning to make that contains the colors, Purple, Pink, Lavendar, Peach, or Teal

#2 Make games that appeal to everyone not just dellusional fanboys and 5 year olds.

#3 Redesign all of your games characters so that they are cute to kids but slick to adults (rachet and clank and Jak and daxter come to mind)

#4 Make controls that are easy for early game players but are adjustable to advance gamers

#5 Stop with the gimmicks and start with making gameplay your number one priority.

#6 Do not connect the Gameboy to the next system.

#7 Add online play

#8 Try to make the brand Nintendo = cool not kiddy/dorky

#9 Allow more content to be added to your system even if it is not what you consider kid safe or appropriate for all audiences. (get real, there are people in this world that are over 18)

#10 When you bake your cake make sure that the oven is preheated to 350 degrees. This way the cake will cook evenly and taste ohh soo scrumptious.
vault 13 9 Jan 2005 18:26
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Autobot wrote:
#5 Stop with the gimmicks and start with making gameplay your number one priority....

#10 When you bake your cake make sure that the oven is preheated to 350 degrees. This way the cake will cook evenly and taste ohh soo scrumptious.


What gimmicks? Arguably Mario Party but that's not really a contender next to Zelda and Metroid. Metroid Prime 1 and 2, Windwaker, Sunshine, Warioware, etc. Those were all solid out of the park games.

And we all know it's 375 degrees and you need to sprinkle suger over the to of the cake before baking!
NiktheGreek 9 Jan 2005 21:29
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Alan is my first name wrote:
NiktheGreek wrote:
In all seriousness, this is exactly why Nintendo will never shake it's "kiddy" image, or the idea that it's relying on past glories.

In other news, IGN gave Resident Evil 4 a 9.8 today.

Two exclusive Resident Evil titles haven't shaken that perception, as well as the likes of Eternal Darkness. Do you honestly believe a multiformat third-party title (on the third-place system, no less) will massively change the public's opinion?
Ditto 10 Jan 2005 09:07
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I think you're taking this a bit too far. Nintendo wouldn't still be making millions if it wasn't doing something right.

Nintendo still have innovative games, and they still dare to what others won't. The new peripherals they're releasing may well be gimmicky, but they do have interesting uses.

I agree that pasting Mario on everything is bad for the image of the character and eventually I think that the whole Mario game idea will collapse on Nintendo simply because of the volume of branded games. I also agree that Nintendo produce too many kiddie games - however that is their market and in that area they do very well.

I think that public perception is that Nintendo can produce good games. A radical rethink at Nintendo is required if they're going to make the Revolution successful next generation. I still think the DS will flop.

While everyone keeps on and on about the Gamecube dying it never has in the same way the N64 did. I'm still buying new Gamecube releases because the games are better than any other system.

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