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Hyperkin Tough Non-Slip Dance Platform


Hyperkin Tough Non-Slip Dance Platform

Platform: Nintendo Wii
Category: Dance/Interactive

Recently I had the chance to try out the new Tough Non-Slip Dance Platform provided to me by Hyperkin. The dance mat has connectors for PS/PS2, X-box (the original), USB (for PC or Mac), and Wii/GameCube. For this review, I used the Hyperkin dance mat with Konami's Dance Dance Revolution Hottest Party for the Wii and was very impressed with how it compared to the original mat that came with the game. The Tough Non-Slip Dance Platform moved less, was softer, and didn't stick to my feet. Most importantly, its textured arrows ensured I never moved off the arrows.

I have played Dance Dance Revolution for years. Most people agree that nothing beats the hard dance mats like those in the arcade. Of course, average gamers don't have the money (or the room) for something like that in their homes. This is where soft mats are used. I've used a variety previously, and up until now, they have never been anywhere near as good as the arcade. The Hyperkin Tough Non-Slip Dance Platform beats every other soft mat I've used easily. Using it allowed me to play significantly better than I do with the mat that came with the game!

First, it has “tough” right in the name. It does feel tougher and less likely to be damaged than the Konami dance mat. The Hyperkin mat is made of EVA. You probably don't know what that is, but the name isn't important. What's important is that it's a plastic that resembles both foam and rubber. This makes it sturdier, less sticky, and much softer than Konami's dance mat. The Hyperkin dance mat also seemed to straighten easier. After I removed it from the box and unfolded it, it stayed straight and didn't curl like the Konami mat did.

One of the things I like best about the Hyperkin mat is that it doesn't stick to my feet. Konami recommends that you don't use socks with their mat. It's true that using socks makes it too slippery, but playing barefoot causes the mat to stick to my feet. When I jump, the Konami mat comes up with me, causing the mat to slide. This isn't a problem at all with the Hyperkin dance platform! The Hyperkin mat never came up with my feet at all. Not only does this not physically bother me like the Konami mat, but it also allows me to do much better in the game because the mat isn't moving. The Hyperkin mat also feels softer and more comfortable than Konami's. Another major advantage of the Hyperkin dance platform is that it features textured arrows. In the arcade, you can feel the borders of each square of the dance platform, allowing you to always know where the arrows are. With Konami's soft dance mat, there is no texture, causing me to miss arrows as the dance mat moves and I no longer am positioned correctly. The Hyperkin dance mat's textured arrows allow me to always know exactly where I'm standing. Combined with the fact that the mat doesn't stick to my feet, this very greatly increases my performance ability in Dance Dance Revolution.

Some people might wonder how much of a difference a dance platform can make. I assure you that the Hyperkin Tough Non-Slip Dance Platform is a fantastic product that I highly recommend to DDR players. It doesn't curl, it doesn't stick to your feet, and it doesn't slide. It's much more comfortable, and its textured arrows make certain you never accidentally shift off of the arrows. Using it will cause you to improve in DDR. It's four-in-one connector allows it to be used with the PS/PS2, X-box, PC/Mac, and Wii/GameCube. Unfortunately, it isn't compatible with the PS3 or the 360. It has a suggested retail price of $69.99 and is significantly better than the mat you'll find bundled with your copy of Dance Dance Revolution. If you're looking for a second dance mat, I doubt you could find a better one. In fact, if you're thinking of buying DDR, you might want to purchase the game only (not bundled with a mat) and then buy this mat. You'll be amazed at how much better the Hyperkin Tough Non-Slip Dance Platform feels. It's as close to the arcade as you'll get in your own home!


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