DDR
Spotlight
with Lyndsey Beatty
Note from the editor:
Welcome to  the DDR Spotlight! We’re examining the myriad of songs found in the Dance Dance Revolution series from the very first mix all the way to SuperNova.
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Artist: 8 bit
Difficulty:
4/6/9
Chosen difficulty:
Heavy
BPM:
200

This fast-paced remix of Afronova is one of the hallmarks of DDR 5th Mix, and it will simultaneously excite and frustrate to no end. It's hard and fast with a lot of twisting and turning that doesn't let up the majority of the song.

The drumbeat is going to be your marker for gauging how to step. The stepchart closely follows it so it's your guide throughout the song.

From the opening notes, it's obvious that this is going to be hard. There's a lot of Afronova here but somehow more frustrating in that there are a lot of off-timed steps going on that will make you winded quickly at this speed. It's fairly long as well with no places to conserve your energy, so you're going to have to hope for the best. If you can get away with it, we recommend that you do not speed it up more than 1.5. That Speed Mod puts the speed at 300 BPM, which is extremely hard to read if you're not prepared for it.


Suggested Speed Mod:
x1.5
Artist: S & K
Difficulty: 5/7/8
Chosen difficulty:
Heavy
BPM:
132

Get Up'N Move is a favorite around these parts. There's a history with the song on the now-defunct DDR Freak forums with a former user named Phil Up'N Move and lots of fun playing it in various arcade mixes pre-Extreme. There's much to love about the infectious groove of the song, and the dance chart is decent, too.

The steps aren't hard for an 8-footer, and it teaches some concepts such as triplets and stutter stepping. The steps follow the background melody and make a lot of sense, so they are easy to learn. The steps also, at times, follow the lead vocalist's verse, so learning the song - as always - is a smart decision if you want to do well with the song. Also, speed it up slightly to get the best results.


Suggested Speed Mod:
x2
Artist: NM feat. Sunny
Difficulty:
7
Chosen difficulty:
Oni (only)
BPM: 132

This is an Oni only difficulty song, and it's not that hard overall. There are elements of the original version, which helps when trying to learn the melody.

The stepchart follows the vocal portion and sometimes the background beat, so it's advantageous to learn both. The speed is nice and relatively slow so speeding it up to get a better sight read is a recommended tactic.


Suggested Speed Mod:
x2
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