CARLSTADT, NJ -- The latest in the Dance Dance Revolution music videogame series will begin shipping to U.S. operators in December, according to Betson Enterprises, the North American distributor of Konami arcade products. Konami released DDR X2 in Japan in July 2010.
According to Betson, Konami pulled out all stops to develop a DDR platform that has great appeal to both novice and hardcore players. Greenhorns can get can get right into the action by selecting "happy" mode.
A new "pro" mode allows experienced players to customize games according to their skill sets. Players can adjust arrow speed, as well as hidden, sudden and risky steps.
According to Betson, the dance floor has been "reengineered to endure a high volume of play," suggesting that the electronic platform is more durable than the new game's predecessor, the 10-year anniversary DRR X released two years ago.
More than 70 new songs ship with X2. They join a substantial library of dance hits from previous editions, bringing over 400 songs to X2's catalog. "Stalwart Bemani fans are anxious to bust some new moves on this highly anticipated new release," Betson said.
Konami introduced Dance Dance Revolution in 1998 in Japan as part of its Bemani videogame series; Bemani is the Japanese company's music video division whose name derives from "Beatmania," a rhythm game appearing in 1997. In DDR gameplay, players stand on a dance platform or stage, hit colored arrows laid out in a cross with their feet to musical and visual cues, and are judged by how well they time their dance to various patterns.
DDR has received critical acclaim for its originality and longevity in the coin-op videogame market. It's also been hailed as an entertaining exercise platform for kids and adults.
More information is available from Betson at (201) 438-1300 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Betson will also be showcase the dance game at the upcoming IAAPA Attractions Expo in Orlando, FL.