DDRMAX: Dance Dance Revolution

Strategy Guide/Walkthrough/FAQ


  • Boost mode

    At the song selection screen, press Left, Right, Down, Up.

  • View song list

    At the song selection menu, hold Left + Right + Start. Choose one of the category letters to view songs that begin with that letter.

  • Extra options

    After choosing a song at the selection screen, hold Start. Alternately, choose a song at the selection screen, then hold Circle.

  • Groove radar values

    Select a difficulty setting, then hold Start just before the song selection screen appears. If timed correctly, numbers will appear on the groove radar, indicating the groove value of each song.

  • Oni mode

    At the difficulty selection screen, highlight "Heavy" and press Right to select Oni mode.

  • Change song order

    Press Start to cycle through various song sorting methods (alphabetical, beats per minute, best, and normal).

  • Control ending sequence

    Successfully complete the game and press a button while one of the names in the credits is next to the guide arrows at the top of the screen.

  • MAX 300

    Finish the final song in Heavy mode with an "AA" rank to unlock the MAX 300 extra stage. Complete the extra stage (MAX 300 in Heavy mode, at fast speed, and reverse arrows) to unlock MAX 300 in Arcade mode. Alternately, complete 100 songs in Heavy mode.

  • Play as Candy

    Successfully complete the MAX 300 extra stage with at least an "AA" rank to unlock the Candy extra stage. Successfully complete this extra stage to unlock Candy. Alternately, complete 200 songs on any difficulty setting.

  • Celebrate stage

    Fail one song in Arcade mode.

  • Drop The Bomb stage

    Complete 500 songs in game mode. Alternately, complete the Hardcore course in Oni mode.

  • Dynamite Rave (Down Bird SOTA Mix) stage

    Complete 65 stages in Arcade mode.

  • Electro Tuned (The SubS Mix) stage

    Complete 95 stages in Arcade mode.

  • Gambol stage

    Complete 80 stages in Arcade mode.

  • Gentle Stress (Sensual Mix) stage

    Fail any Oni mode course.

  • Get Me In Your Sight (AMD Cancun Mix) stage

    Complete 15 stages in Arcade mode.

  • Gradusic Cyber stage

    Complete 250 stages on any difficulty setting.

  • Healing Vision stage

    Complete 30 stages in Arcade mode.

  • Holic stage

    Complete 75 stages in Arcade mode.

  • I'm For Real stage

    Complete 45 stages in Arcade mode.

  • Jam And Marmalade stage

    Complete 85 stages in Arcade mode.

  • Kind Lady stage

    Complete 40 stages in Arcade mode.

  • Let The Beat Hit Em! (BM IIDX version) stage

    Complete 35 stages in Arcade mode.

  • Look To The Sky (True Color Mix) stage

    Complete 25 stages in Arcade mode.

  • Love This Feelin' stage

    Complete 5 stages in Arcade mode.

  • My Summer Love stage

    Complete 90 stages in Arcade mode.

  • Rhythm And Police K.O.G G3 Mix stage

    Complete 10 stages in Arcade mode.

  • Sana Morette Ne Ente stage

    Complete 55 stages in Arcade mode.

  • Secret Rendezvous stage

    Complete 50 stages in Arcade mode.

  • Silent Hill stage

    Fail the Extra stage once.

  • So In love stage

    Complete 20 stages in Arcade mode.

  • Spin The Disk stage

    Complete 300 songs in arcade mode on any difficulty setting.

  • Trip Machine Climate Mix stage

    Complete 150 songs in arcade mode on any difficulty setting.

  • True (Trance Sunrise Mix) stage

    Complete the Firefly (Be For U), Dive (More deep and deeper style- Be For U), or True (Radio edit - Kosaka Riyu) songs. Once two of those songs are completed, the True (Trance Sunrise Mix) song will be unlocked.

  • Unlock songs faster

    This trick requires a controller with an auto-fire feature. Set a game to play in Event mode and start a Versus game at any difficulty, except for Oni mode. Using a method of your choice, hold X or Circle for an extended period of time at the song selection screen. Songs that can be unlocked by playing a number of songs should be unlocked after about one and a half hours. Note: This will affect the Best rating of one song; most likely the default song.

  • Easier game

    To complete the songs easier, enable the "Extra options" code, then choose "Little" at the cheat menu. Additionally, play the game in Light mode to unlock songs easier.

  • Unlocking new songs and Oni courses

    To unlock new items, modes, songs, and Oni courses, you must get a certain amount of points. After the credits begin, the game displays how many points needed for the next unlockable bones. The following ranks will earn the corresponding amount of points:

      AAA: 10 Points
      AA: 8 Points
      A: 6 Points
      B: 4 Points
      C: 3 Points
      D: 2 Points
      E: 1 Point

    The procedure is applicable in Challenge mode; however, because you can only miss four steps per song, then the only rating you can get per song is "AAA", "AA", "A", or "E". Also, if two people are playing, you each get points respectively.

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