Dance Dance Revolution Retrospective: Arcade Machines – MarzGurl

It’s been almost 18 years since the very first iteration of Dance Dance Revolution in Japanese arcades, and this week just saw the release of Dance Dance Revolution Ace. Now’s the perfect time to talk about the franchise and all of it’s famous (and not-so-famous) releases to the public in arcade machine format.

About MarzGurl

MarzGurl, a.k.a. Kaylyn Saucedo, is an Internet animation and gaming personality, known primarily for her work on Channel Awesome (home of other famed internet personalities such as The Nostalgia Critic and Linkara) and Screenwave Media (YouTube multi-channel network that hosts James Rolfe a.k.a. The Angry Video Game Nerd, Brentalfloss, and Team Four Star). She is also a former Crunchyroll news writer. She rose to fame for her in-depth, introspective, and satirical review videos for subjects such as dollar bin straight-to-video animation to the works of legendary animators such as Ralph Bakshi and Don Bluth, the former of who recognized and commended her work on his Twitter. She also runs her own thriving Twitch channel where she and her partner JoshKnightThe1st, a.k.a. Joshua Saucedo, produce the weekly nerd culture podcast Beyond The Black Rims. In 2015, she released her first feature length film “Farewell, FamiKamen Rider” which she co-produced, co-wrote, and co-directed with JoshKnightTheFirst. The film is a conclusion to the FamiKamen Rider web-series produced by late Internet personality Justin Carmical, a.k.a. JewWario, to whom the film is dedicated.

In recent years, MarzGurl has expanded her activities beyond the Internet realm to include live appearances at conventions. She has hosted panels at Anime Expo, MAGFest, Oni-Con, and many others. Her panels cover a wide variety of topics from animation, to Japanese culture, to her own work and the work of Channel Awesome. She has also become known for her widely popular Nerf Wars, where attendees compete in a variety of Nerf games in an environment designated by the event.

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4 Comments on "Dance Dance Revolution Retrospective: Arcade Machines – MarzGurl"


funny enough Smile D.K (the artist that did butterfly) is coming to my city’s convention this year!


Wow…I thought the entire thing had died some years ago. Mind you, that might be due to the death of arcades in general. Arcades were never very common in Europe anyway, so when the few remaining ones disappeared, all of them just vanished completely.

I’m currently in the Czech Republic, which does have a museum with the continent’s largest collection…I should make a visit to that place………….

Santiago Rivas

I’ve always had a hard time with the arcade for a different reason:
I wear Size 14 shoes. Unless I play on my tiptoes, I accidentally hit other buttons when dancing. In fact, the buttons are so close together, than I can hit the Up and Down buttons at the same time.


Dance Dance Revolution should’ve been renamed “Naoki Maeda: the Video Game Series.”