|The new, edgy colour scheme.|
The song list has been expanded to a grand total of 116 tracks, broken down into three segments: new songs, MAX revivals, and other revivals. This means we get all but two of the songs from DDRMAX making a return (with proper difficulty ratings), and 30 of the most popular classic Konami originals, as voted on by a Japanese online poll. Obviously not everything's been revived, but we do get hits like "Brilliant 2U", "Dynamite Rave", "B4U", and five versions of "PARANOiA".
|Some of the songs get new background FMV clips.|
Notable new songs include:
- "Break Down!!" by BeForU. A fast J-rock song with lots of crossovers on Heavy.
- "Burning Heat (3-option Mix)" by Mr. T feat. Mototaki F (no, not that Mr. T). A tie-in with beatmania IIDX 7th Style, this is a song based on Konami's own Gradius video games. This is one of the few songs with a 12-beat structure, meaning that the "chaos steps" are 12th notes rather than the usual 8ths or 16ths. ...If that went over your head just now, take some music lessons.
- "D2R" by Naoki. Since apparently there were no songs by Naoki in MAX, we get two. The first is a speed rave song following the bloodline of "B4U", and the second...
- "Destiny" by Naoki feat. Paula Terry, is a hyper eurobeat song which, again, follows its own tradition.
- "Little Boy (Boy On Boy Mix)" by Captain Jack. To be honest, there's nothing much notable about this song, except for the subtitle. It was originally "Boy Oh Boy Mix", but the innuendo-infused rename came from a website which misspelled it whilst reporting on MAX2's location test, and apparently it stuck.
- "Long Train Runnin'" by Bus Stop, adapted from the hit by The Doobie Brothers. I don't know about you, but from my experiences it became a frequent pick from casual gamers when it got included on the American PlayStation 2 port.
- "Tsugaru" by RevenG vs. De-Sire. Composed by Naoki Maeda, who for some reason used two of his own aliases. A feudal-Japan-inspired song which may evoke a samurai battle, except for the electro bridge near the end.
- The Extra Stage system also returns, using these two songs:
- The Extra Stage is "MaxX Unlimited" by Z (Naoki Maeda). A remix of "MAX 300", but with far more jumps, Freeze Arrows, and tempo changes.
- The Encore Extra Stage is "Kakumei" by DJ Taka vs. Naoki. A trance remix of a piece by classical composer Frederic Chopin. Appropriately enough, "kakumei" is Japanese for "revolution". When played as an Encore Extra Stage, the new Dark modifier is used on top of everything from MAX. It also appears in a Challenge mode course, with an exclusive Challenge-level chart, which is ironically a tad easier than Heavy.
On the next Dance Dance Retrospective, we will showcase what many assumed to be the last mix for arcades: Dance Dance Revolution Extreme.