How Friday Night Funkin’ Provides the Freshest New Take on Dance Dance Revolution

Proving once again that a nostalgic premise, love for the fans, and an original thematic upgrade is a recipe for indie game success

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A love letter to the rhythm games and flash games of the 90s. Source, https://ninja-muffin24.itch.io/funkin

The Dynamite Rave of ‘98

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The communal nature of “Dance Dance Revolution” was seen in arcades around the world in the 90s. Source, Vice Video https://bit.ly/3q4Ik6O

Open-Source Future of DDR

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Songs in Stepmania were managed in a separate folder on the PC, with associated step maps of varying difficulties. Source, https://www.wikihow.com/Make-a-Song-on-Stepmania

Friday Night Funkin’

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Friday Night Funkin’ takes influence from DDR, Paparappa the Rapper, and flash games of the 90s. Source, https://ldjam.com/events/ludum-dare/47/friday-night-funkin
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Example of how Friday Night Funkin’ takes open-mic battles and turns them into DDR inspired gameplay. Source, https://fridaynightfunkin.fandom.com/wiki

The Driving Force of Nostalgia

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Pico featured as an opponent in a level of Friday Night Funkin’.

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