Dance Dance Revolution UNIVERSE last edited by r_mcdonough on 01/08/21 02:41PM View full history


DDR Universe is the first DDR game made for HD-capable machines and is an Xbox 360 exclusive. Gameplay remains largely unchanged using the Dance Mat though the game can be played using the 360 controller. The game features a variety of familiar modes improved for the new generation.


The basics of the gameplay established by previous games in the series remains unchanged. Using the Dance Mat players must step in the appropriate direction which is dictated by the arrows that appear on the screen. These actions range from simple directional manoeuvres to and intense acrobatics. Using the Xbox 360 controller, the D pad and face buttons (X, Y, B, A) serve the same directional purpose. The game demands the use of both the D pad and the face buttons since pressing down on the D pad cancels out the ability to press up, hence the Y button emulates this function.

Groove Radar

Players can rely on a graphical representation to indicate just how demanding a song will be and in what way, based on the difficulty level that they choose.

  • Stream: Indicates the amount of steps
  • Voltage: Indicates the density of steps
  • Air: Indicates the amount of double steps and jumps
  • Freeze: Indicates the intensity of freeze arrows (continuous notes)
  • Chaos: Indicates the intensity of off-beat notes


Game Mode

In game mode you can play the default set of songs to try and earn the highest "AAA" grade.

Party Mode

Contains a subset of minigames for up to 4 players

  • Power: An endurance game that contains 5 special song mixes from previous games.
  • Speed: Players must clear all arrows as fast as possible
  • Attack: Each direction is tied to a power up. Succesful hits fill up the meter. The power ups are automatically used against the opponent.
  • Bomb: Make a combo before the bomb blows and pass it to the other player.
  • Sync: Players must keep each other's steps synchronized to succeed.
  • Triple: Play using three dance mats at once, or with two other players
  • Quad: Same principal, only with 4 dance mats or players.
  • Point: Starting with 16 points the player with the least accuracy per step, loses a point.
  • Score: Player with the highest score at the end of the song, wins.
  • Relay: Players take turns on a song.

Quest Mode

In quest mode you travel across a map of the United States in order to battle against other dancers and eventually become the champion of all competitions. The overhead view is similar to that of a board game and the player must pay a small amount of money each time he advances. Hiring back up dancers will speed up the process when building your fever meter in a crowd pleasing event. The game will present the player with specific challenges like upholding a combo or only hitting freeze arrows. In battle, players can pick their song of choice which gives them an advantage. Playing in Quest Mode is the only way to unlock new songs.

Challenge Mode

As the title suggests this mode is the most challenging one in the game. It features a variety of minigames spread across 10 increasing difficulties in which the songs are pre-determined. The difficulties are:

  • Simple
  • Moderate
  • Ordinary
  • Superior
  • Marvelous
  • Genuine
  • Paramount
  • Eorbitant
  • Catastrophic
  • Apocalyptic

Additional Modes

Other modes include: Xbox Live, Training, Edit Mode, Workout Mode, Jukebox, A list of Records and a simplified version of the game called Basic Edition.

Visual Style

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The game makes use of flashy patterns and vivid colors superimposed over anime style characters performing dance routines. A minority of the songs feature their original music video.


Song TitleArtistU.S.EUROPETYPE
8 bitDrew CampbellYesYesDefault
Acceptable In The 80'sCalvin HarrisNOYesDefault
All Up In My FaceDJ AcucrackYesYesDefault
Beyond Here and NowNeuropaYesYesUnlockable
Bongo!Wavefroup Feat. Scotty DYesYesDefault
Brightness DarknessSparkerYesYesDefault
CachacaMokky De Yah Yah'sYesYesUnlockable
Castlevania (Freestylin' mix)WaveGroup Feat. Nicky GYesYesDefault
Caught By The FuzzSupergrassNOYesDefault
Change ChannelLo-Fi-FnkNOYesDefault
Chelsea DaggerThe FratellisNOYesDefault
Cish CashBasement JaxxNOYesDefault
Close Your Eyes (mix)DaybehaviorYesYesDefault
Cosmic HammerJondi & SpeshYesYesDefault
Dancefloor KillerRichard KayvanYesYesDefault
Diamond JealousyAkira YamaokaYesYesDefault
Don't Play NiceVerbaliciousYesYesDefault
Drivin'NAOKI Feat. Paula TerryYesYesUnlockable
Everytime We Touch (Radio Mix)CascadaYesYesDefault
Feels Just Like it ShouldJamiroquaiYesNODefault
GirlsThe ProdigyNOYesDefault
GO!DM AshuraYesYesDefault
Guilt is a Useless Emotion (Mac Quayle Mix)New OrderYesYesDefault
Gyruss (Full Tilt Mix)JT.1UPYesYesDefault
Hate To Say I Told You SoThe HivesNOYesDefault
Healing Vision (Gridlok Mix)DE-SIREYesYesUnlockable
Heart With A View (Echo Image Mix)The Echoing GreenYesYesDefault
Horsemen of the InvisbleSecret Chiefs 3YesYesDefault
HOT LIMITJohn DesireYesYesDefault
IgnitionAudio MagneticsYesYesDefault
Indian SummerCantonYesYesDefault
Infinite PrayerL.E.D. Light Feat. GoroYesYesDefault
INSERTiONNAOKI UndergroundYesYesDefault
Kagerow (Dragonfly)Des-ROW UnitedYesYesDefault
KoibitoTogo Project Feat. SanaYesYesUnlockable
Less 'Yap-Yap'Temporary LoversYesYesDefault
LoopsJondi & Spesh feat J.BoneYesYesDefault
Lonely At The TopThe Ordinary BoysNOYesDefault
Love is On Our SideFrank Popp EnsembleYesYesDefault
Love Me Do (The Acolyte's Mix)Akira YamaokaYesYesUnlockable
Magic Carpet Ride (Steir's Mix)Philip Steir Feat. SteppenwolfYesYesDefault
MaximizerCLI-MAX S.YesYesUnlockable
MonsterThe AutomaticNOYesDefault
My Only Shining StarNAOKI Feat. Becky LucindaYesYesUnlockable
Nightshade (Diskowarp Easily Amused Mix)Melody and MezzoYesYesDefault
PARANOiA Evolution200YesYesUnlockable
Precious (Sasha's Gargantuan Vocal Mix)Depeche ModeYesYesDefault
Put Your Faith In Me (Steve Porter Mix)UZI-LAYYesYesDefault
Race Against TimeJeff SteinmanYesYesDefault
Rain of SorrowNM Feat. Ebony FayYesYesDefault
Rapper's DelightSugar Hill GangYesYesDefault
Return of the Toe JamBig IdeaYesYesUnlockable
Rock SteadyAll SaintsNOYesDefault
Roughneckskylab 2000YesYesDefault
Run It!Chris BrownYesNODefault
Saturday NightOzomatliYesYesDefault
September '99Earth, Wind, Fire Vs. Phats & SmallYesYesDefault
Sky HighDJ MikoYesYesDefault
Slow (Chemical Brothers Remix)Kylie MinogueYesYesDefault
Someboy To LoveBoogie PimpsYesYesDefault
Something WonderfulL.E.D.YesYesDefault
Stop Violence!TogoYesYesUnlockable
Summer FantasyAlien SixYesYesDefault
Test RoomPlus Tech Squeeze BoxYesYesDefault
The CreepsCamille Jones Feat. Fedde Le GrandNOYesDefault
The HopOR-IF-ISYesYesDefault
There's A RhythmDig BearYesYesDefault
Think Ya Better DsAmiYesYesUnlockable
Tir Na N'ogWorld SequenceYesYesUnlockable
Treble, Bass and AttitudeThe AcolyteYesYesUnlockable
Tsugara (OR-IF-IS Mix)RevenG vs DE-SIREYesYesDefault
Vanity AngelFIXXYesYesDefault
We Are Connected (Overdrive Mix)Jondi & SpeshYesYesDefault
What Have HerChris FortierYesYesDefault
XenonMr. TYesYesUnlockable
Youngmen BluesRound TableYesYesDefault

Downloadable Content

The following songs are available for purchase on the Xbox Live Marketplace separately for 80 Microsoft Points ($0.99) each, or as part of the two Mega Packs for 800 Microsoft Points ($9.99) each.

These songs are not available in some European countries.

Mega Pack 1

Song TitleArtist
Beside YouIntuition
Broken My Heart (Cusimo & Co. Starlite Remix)NAOKI feat. Paula Terry
Kiss Me All Night LongNAOKI J-STYLE feat. MIU
Me and My FriendsThe Dandy Warhols
On the Jazz (Smooth House Mix)Jonny Dynamite!
White HotR.A.S.T.

Mega Pack 2

Song TitleArtist
Battle BreaksDJ TAKAWO
Dynamite RaveNAOKI
Gradiusic CyberTAKA
HimawariRiyu from BeForU
Jelly KissTogo Project feat. Sana
Moment 40Moshic
Love This Feelin' (ZONK Remix)Akira Yamaoka
Put Your Faith in Me (Saturday Night Mix)UZI-LAY
Toe JamBig Idea

Xbox 360 Game Installation

Dance Dance Revolution Universe requires 3.4GB of space to install on an Xbox 360 HDD.


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