Mixed or average reviews - based on 28 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 28
  2. Negative: 1 out of 28
  1. 80
    Nintendo fans will love it. A full Mushroom Kingdom-themed storyline sets up dance-offs with Nintendo music remixes and mascot mini-games.
  2. With a short story mode that serves as a fun, linear introduction to sequential stomping, Mario Mix is suitable for a child, or for an uncoordinated friend.
  3. A great value. If you like to visit the Mushroom Kingdom, look silly playing a videogame and wish to get in shape, rush out to your local game shop and pick up a copy.
  4. A disastrous misstep. [Jan 2006, p.149]
  5. 60
    If you're new to the whole Dance Dance "thing," then you'll have a blast with Mario Mix. Interacting with a game via the dance pad is quite a bit of fun, and there are enough things to unlock and other diversions to keep you busy for a while.
  6. For the poor, deprived Cube owners out there that have been thus far denied the chance to strut their stuff in front of their TV, this is easily the best Dancing Stage title on any platform.
  7. Mario Mix is a worthy addition to your library if you have kids 6 to 12 that would like to dance and don't mind doing so with Mario and company.
  8. 50
    If you don't own any other console and you just really want to stomp those arrows, by all means, go right ahead. For everyone else, there's simply nothing to see.
  9. 60
    Mario Mix is easier than forgetting to put the toilet seat down. If you have any DDR skills whatsoever, you'll trounce it without missing more than a step or two.
  10. As a dancing game beginner, the accessible approach to Dance Dance Revolution: Mario Mix hooked me more than any of the other games in the series.
  11. Recommended only for DDR completists or people who would seriously consider Mushroom Kingdom cosplay. [Dec 2005, p.122]
  12. Offers a form of exercise that will strengthen part of the body other than our bulging thumb muscles. [Dec 2005, p.118]
  13. 50
    Juvenile pleasures, but will not satisfy the mature palate.
  14. Mario's strongest influence is on the soundtrack, which is comprised almost entirely of remixes and remakes of familiar songs from the many Mario games over the years. These songs, many of them bona fide classics in the annals of game music, have been brushed up with various styles ranging from jazz to techno. [JPN Import]
  15. Konami's massively hip dancer comes out for the Cube, as Mario does the boogie to classic Nintendo tunes. A solid choice for music-hungry fans.
  16. It brings the phenomenon to the GameCube, and while far from being the best the DDR the series has to offer, in the final analysis it could have been much worse.
  17. Some things bothered me though. Firstly is that the dance pad moved around while you were playing and this would eventually lead to missed arrows.
  18. For newcomers to the series and Gamecube owners, though, Mario Mix provides an entertaining introduction to the world of Dance Dance Revolution.
  19. 90
    An auditory feast for Nintendo fans. Everyone who grew up with Mario and friends needs to see what the game has to offer, even players who have never touched a dance game before.
  20. 52
    There are many better DDR mixes out there, ones with actual challenge and ones where you can use better third-party mats. It's not that DDR Mario Mix is bad. It just doesn't take enough classic DDR elements and bogs the game down with too much extraneous junk.
  21. The mini-games and quirks to the traditional gameplay will keep you playing for a while. It's just too bad the difficulty forces the ride to end earlier than expected.
  22. 75
    If you're looking for some good, old-fashioned Mario fun with a DDR backdrop, this is the game you've been waiting for. If you're looking to get in touch with your hardcore side, it's wise to take DDR: w/ Mario with a grain of salt.
  23. As a DDR and all around dancing game beginner myself, the accessible approach to DDR: Mario Mix hooked me more than any of the other games in the series.
  24. Not only will it keep the younger ones occupied for hours, but they'll be getting exercise.
  25. A must for hardcore Mario buffs, as well as those GameCube owners dying to get on the Dance Dance bandwagon.
  26. Best of all, this fun game hides the fact that it's packed with exercise activities (the game, like others in the series, even has a workout mode that counts calories burned). My kids played through a good chunk of the game in their first outing and constantly asked to play again.
  27. If you're new to the series, this game warmly welcomes you with its brutally easy difficulty. But steroid-using DDR veterans will dominate this game in a couple of hours, and won't give it a second thought.
  28. This isn't your hardcore aerobics DDR game. Instead Dance Dance Revolution Mario Mix is a cheerful title that is sure to entertain gamers looking for something slightly new. [JPN Import]
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 14 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 6
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 6
  3. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. Feb 1, 2014
    Surprisingly one of my favourite Mario games, I really love this game. The story is ok for a game, but it is good for a Mario game, and the best I have seen in any dancing game. I started playing this and before I knew it, over 2 hours had passed. Both Mario and Luigi are playable in story mode. I love this game, I really do. Full Review »
  2. Aug 12, 2013
    I loved this game as a kid. The reason being not that I loved Mario, but I had never known about this type of game before. It was awesome and had some memorable moments. I liked the fast songs the best, since my way of "dancing" was highly unorthodox. Spent a lot of time with this game Full Review »
  3. Nov 10, 2011
    This game is possibly the only recent Mario game you could finish in one hour. But that doesn't mean that it's bad. I think that the mat is the bad part. Is there anyone besides me who found that the DDR:MM mat doesn't work that well? Maybe it's a defect, but the first time I played the game, I kept getting Game Over because none of the keys were pressing. But anyway, back to the review. The story is actually well-crafted for a DDR game. Waluigi gets his moment in the spotlight, but I would've wanted to see more of Waluigi in the game. The villains' snappy and witty dialogue really give the game its angst. The music is also great for nostalgia-philes. But the beautiful and happy ending will make you remember this game for a long time. Maybe,just maybe, you'll push aside Resident Evil Zero and Wave Race: Blue Storm, so that you can reach this game in your shelf. Put it in the GameCube, and relive the magic of Dance Dance Revolution: Mario Mix...oh, and Toad is a sidekick for the first time since Super Mario Bros. 2. Full Review »