Bass Hero combines Guitar Hero with Dance Dance Revolution


Standing up to play Dance Dance Revolution type games is sooooo much work. Thankfully, [Jebadiah0001] is taking the strenuous exercise component out of the game by altering a guitar controller to play dancing games.

He’s calling it Bass Hero because the DDR games only use four inputs, reducing the guitar controller to four string buttons like an electric bass would have. His implementation uses a GameCube controller to connect to the console. He took it apart to get at the button connections. Each string button on the guitar is connected on one side to a button on the GC controller, the other side is a common connection. But instead of pulling those straight to ground, he routes that signal through the strumming actuator. This way the player can get the correct buttons ready, then strum at just the right time to complete the circuit.

It certainly makes the harder levels of DDR quite a bit easier. See for yourself in the video after the break.

[Thanks Luke]


  1. Xsoft says:

    Yeap well .. its a fun. I tried this few years ago. Double mode is also interesting.

  2. Max says:

    Play double-pad mode. One side with a dance pad, the other with a guitar.

    Epic win.

  3. derrek berg says:

    im so happy for LUKE its an awsome thing!!! they should sell those in stores honest to god.

  4. Luke says:

    to the guy who posted videos under mine, the concept of the thing was a good idea, so kudos for that, but the real work was modifying the guitar and the gamecube controller. i didn’t just use a usb converter.

  5. Buddhafw says:

    This is neat, but I was really hoping for a hybrid ddr / fishing game.

  6. Rob says:

    With the right talent, you could reskin stepmania to coincide with the colors/layout of the bass guitar inputs. Something to think about.

  7. abobymouse says:

    I love that this has made dance-mat games accessible to people without use of legs.

  8. Muhz says:

    Never mind the fact that a bass guitar has 96 “buttons”, and not four.

  9. Luke says:

    This is very true^^
    I don’t really consider these things “guitar games” for that very reason. Still, a fun and interesting mod to do.

  10. BLuRry says:

    Combine with a head motion sensor (head bang mode, or closed-eyes-and-head-nodding detection) and a single floor sensor (jump up and down mode, to be combined with said head motion sensor) then you can play like a real bass player. Which reminds me of a joke:
    Q:What do you call a bass player without a girlfriend?
    A: Homeless.

  11. Luke says:

    ^^sweet, we could put the physical componenet back in the game lol

    i know you were joking, but the point of the mod wasn’t to simulate the bass-playing experience as accurately as possible. which is also not the point of regular guitar hero (if it was, the *plinked* that up pretty badly)

  12. frank says:

    America made some of the best guitars in the world,then about 30 years ago They started making them in Japan,
    then that got to expense,They made some great stuff Hay lets go to Mexico we’ll get them cheaper.about 10 later I think we can get them even cheaper in Korea.They shut most of the plants down cause they were talking about unionizing Well right now most of the guitar manufacturing is being shifted to China, I could not believe the Hamer XT Guitar how it sounded and felt when I picked it .I just had to be a rep, for this company.Check them out they come pretty close to their Big American brother for a fraction of the price.

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