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More DDR from Konami...try to act surprised

Posted by: Sean Colleli at 6/10/2009 1:33 PM
For more than ten years now Konami has been releasing Dance Dance Revolution games and once again they have their annual lineup for all current-gen systems.  Strangely enough there isn't an official title for this one but two skews are coming--one for the 360 and PS3 and another for the Wii and PS2.  The 360 build will let you dance as your avatar, and the Wii version is jumping on the Wii Fat Fit bandwagon with workout modes and a tutorial to help all those clueless casuals who stumble off the dance mat in a dizzy stupor.  I'm glad that Konami is still adding stuff to the series but DDR is starting to get like their Madden; after ten years can it still be called a Revolution?


KONAMI ANNOUNCES NEW VERSIONS OF DanceDanceRevolution ACROSS MULTIPLE
PLATFORMS INCLUDING THE FRANCHISE'S DEBUT ON THE PLAYSTATION®3

Gamers Can Also Dance to the Beat On The Xbox 360™, Wii™, and PlayStation®2

Taking Full Advantage of the Technological Capabilities of All
Platforms, The Popular Get-Up-And-Move Franchise Takes The Revolution
To Another Level

LOS ANGELES - Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) Booth #2401 - June 4,
2009 - Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc., today announced four brand
new games across multiple platforms for its popular
DanceDanceRevolution franchise. The classic get-up-and-move franchise
that kick-started the music gaming genre will make its debut on the
PLAYSTATION®3 computer entertainment system with a new eight arrow
controller. Additionally, new versions will be available for the Xbox
360™ video game system, Wii™, and PlayStation®2 computer entertainment
system.

Providing the ultimate music experience for the entire family, all
four games leverage the technological capabilities of the console to
deliver a cavalcade of new and enhanced features including improved
graphics and customization, a network community loaded with
downloadable music, and all-new game modes. Additionally, each sku
comes with 30 major licensed master tracks including Disturbia
(Rihanna), Closer (Ne-Yo), One Step At A Time (Jordin Sparks), My
Prerogative (Bobby Brown), Pocketful of Sunshine (Natasha Bedingfield)
in addition to 20 Bemani originals. A user-friendly Workout Mode in
each game will allow players to easily manage their personal stats and
watch the calories melt away on a calorie counter located on screen.
Whether dancing for fun or to lose that extra baggage,
DanceDanceRevolution fans old and new will be treated to a
DanceDanceRevolution experience like never before when these titles
launch this fall.

XBOX 360 and PS3
The next generation is now, as the PS3 and Xbox 360 versions take the
"Revolution" to an all-new level. Highlighting the enhancements is the
introduction of the Octo-Move Mode, which allows the player to
simulate real dancing by featuring eight directional arrows. Street
Master Mode also makes its return with improved customization and
fresh, interactive environments. Players can upload and play as their
avatar and, as they dance, watch the background change in real time
from day to night. Additionally, players can download over 150 songs
from past games and can download new songs on the Xbox 360 and PS3
while enhanced customization features allow players to personalize
their DanceDanceRevolution experience. Players can also alter
backgrounds and animation effects.

Wii
Wii is the place to be for DanceDanceRevolution this year as players
can dance to the beat using the DanceDanceRevolution Wii Remote™ and,
for the first time, the Wii Balance Board™ accessory in the Workout
Mode. Players will enjoy in-game items that are exclusive to Wii such
as hip, roll, and bump arrows that appear on screen or punch while
moving their hips as they get their bodies in shape. Additionally, an
all-new mode that is exclusive to Wii will be the Lesson Mode
"DanceDanceRevolution School", which teaches how to play
DanceDanceRevolution with ease.  The game also features exciting new
costume customization of the DanceDanceRevolution dancer including the
player's Mii™.

After more than a decade as one of the most popular franchises in the
music genre, DanceDanceRevolution has transcended from a video game
into a pop culture icon. Since it was first introduced to home video
game consoles in 2001, DanceDanceRevolution has sold more than 11
million units worldwide and more than six million in North America.
The game has been available on most consoles including all three
PlayStation's, Xbox, Xbox 360 and Nintendo Wii. Revolutionizing the
get-up-and move concept for video games, DanceDanceRevolution combines
high-energy music with fun-filled gameplay. The game has swept into
the pop culture psyche as it has had its own television program on
CBS, is regularly featured on primetime television and music videos,
and has its own fan club and fan sites. Additionally,
DanceDanceRevolution's legendary status has been enhanced immensely by
its use as a workout tool. In the battle against childhood obesity,
the game has become a part of the official physical education program
in many school districts across the country including a groundbreaking
deal with the State of West Virginia that put the game in most of the
schools in the state. It is also a featured workout in fitness clubs
across the United States as well as libraries, and has been featured
in many studies on the connection between video games and weight loss.

For more information about DanceDanceRevolution please visit
http://www.konami.com/ddr/

About Konami
Konami is a leading developer, publisher and manufacturer of
electronic entertainment properties. Konami's titles include the
popular franchises Metal Gear Solid, Silent Hill, DanceDanceRevolution
and Castlevania, among other top sellers. The latest information about
Konami can be found on the Web at www.konami.com. KONAMI CORPORATION
is a publicly traded company based in Tokyo, Japan with subsidiary
offices, Konami Digital Entertainment Co., Ltd. in Tokyo, Japan,
Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc. in the United States and Konami
Digital Entertainment GmbH in Frankfurt, Germany. KONAMI CORPORATION
is traded in the United States on the New York Stock Exchange under
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