Version Release Date: July 1, 2020
Dance Dance Revolution or DDR for short is a game featuring 4 pads in an up-down-left-right configuration. It's one of the easiest rhythm games to find in America, both Round1 and Dave & Buster's carry the latest version connected to official servers. Lots of small arcades will also have a DDR machine though these will likely be older versions, good for nostalgia.
Overall Difficulty: Hard
Dance Dance Revolution or DDR for short is the game that took both Japan and America by storm in the late 90s and early 2000s. Over its 22 and counting years of being an arcade staple, the game has grown significantly more difficult. Perfect note judgements are divided between two categories, Perfect (+-33.3ms) and Marvelous (+-16.67ms), with the latter rewarding an additional 10 points. This allows for a high skill ceiling, even the highest skill players seldom hit every note with a Marvelous judgement.
Version Release Date: January, 2020
Pump it Up or PIU is a dance game with 5 buttons, one at the center and one in each of the diagonal corners. It has become the long standing rival of DDR. While both games can support two players at once, PIU is more infamous for its "Doubles" mode. In doubles, one player takes over the whole machine, controlling all 10 panels at once. PIU can be found in most Round1 and Dave & Buster's as well as some smaller arcades, almost all of which are connected to official servers.
Overall Difficulty: Hard
This game's timing windows are perhaps the largest of any arcade rhythm game, with a perfect judgement being given at +-79.1ms. Yet it makes up for it with sheer note density and surprisingly complex note patterns at the highest levels. PIU is less a game about rhythmic accuracy and more about pure physical ability. The most difficult charts in the game only have a small handful of people in the world who can pass them.
Version Release Date: March 3, 2018
DanceRush is perhaps one of the most unique rhythm games. Rather than featuring panels, the game uses a pad with infrared sensors to locate the aproximate location of each foot. This leads to gameplay that feels more akin to actual dancing than a rhythm game. Machines are not very common in America, and the game has only been out for 2 years leading to Round1 being one of the only locations that carries it.
Overall Difficulty: Easy*
While the actual scoring and charting of this game are rather easy, that's not what earns DanceRush its reputation. DanceRush's unique infrared system allows for players to freestyle while playing with ease. In fact, most competitions feature a panel a judges that rate the competitor's performance on top of the game's scoring.
Version Release Date: September 17, 2020
Wacca is the newest rhythm game on this list, with its first release in July of 2019. The game has a circular screen with a cone of touch sensitive panels protruding from it. Due to its extremely new release not even all Round1 Locations, the Mecca of rhythm games in America, have it, though many will soon if not already.
Overall Difficulty: Medium
Be advised, if you plan to play this game regularly, buy a cheap pair of cotton gloves. Wacca not only has the regular tap and hold types of notes but also swipes left, right, towards, and away from the player. Even at moderate difficulties these can eviscerate your fingers. While the sheer quantity of notes in Wacca charts are less than other games, they require much more effort due to the circular nature of the controller.
Version Release Date: December 2, 2019
Nostalgia is a piano game. I'm really tired and this is my last article. Jordan if you're reading this I'll update it asap. I still have to re-render vids and it's 2am
Update: it's 5am and im almost done finally