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Drag Queens Bust Out in Bust-A-Groove: Dance Summit 2001

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So, it seems that Michael Doi isn't the only "fancy dancer" in Enix's Bust-A-Groove rhythm game series. Meet the Flower Dancing Team from the Japanese only Bust A Groove: Dance Summit 2001. Although the picture is rather small, I think it's obvious even at this size that these are no ordinary ladies, these girls are drag queens, through and through!

Dance Summit 2001 did not include any of the original BAG characters and introduced a four player mode where players would dance as a team rather than individually as in previous games. Each team of characters has their own style of music that they dance to and The Flower Dancing team uses House Music. Makes perfect sense given the time period, and I'm glad they went with house rather than the stereotypical Disco.

Actually, I think that Drag Queens might just be the next logical step for the Ouendan/Elite Beat Agents series! Imagine a team of Tranny's that cheer you on through a soundtrack of drag queen classics like Judy Garland's "The Trolley Song" and Jennifer Holiday's "I'm Telling You I'm Not Going." It brings a tear to my eye just thinking about it...

Thanks to Tsunehito for sending this one in! Image courtesy Mr. Skullhead75

Side Note: A friend of mine was fortunate enough to attend a talk at GDC about the Americanization of Ouendan. Apparently, the Elite Beat Agents with their afros and Blues Brothers suits weren't the original plan for the game. They brought out some early concept art that showed that the title was originally to be called Disco Rangers. And their inspiration for the look of the team? Why, none other than the Village People! How hot would that have been? I must say, the mind reels.

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toots said:

Pretty girl with the purple dress on, you are giving me a bangee girl effect. O-P-U-L-E-N-C-E You own everything, everything is yours.

Miklotov said:

That game was a blast. I still play it from time to time.

Sadly, FDT is the most boring to watch dance team in the game (though their stage is pretty dang cool). The only one worth anything is Jasmine. Jasmine's pair combos (elongated dance sequences featuring Jasmine and one of the other members of the team) were the only thing vaguely interesting to watch.

It's really all about Data Be Bops (the team of boy breakers) and Far East Commanders (they danced like Kitty-N, and Shogun is this crazy cool robot looking guy who is awesome). I have some love for School Mates and Jumbo Max, though... dang it, all this talking about it is going to make me go play it now.

Miklotov said:

Oh! And the title of the game is "Dance Summit 2001: Bust A Move". :P

fadgadget said:

toots—love the "Paris Is Burning" reference!

Fruit Brute—there is a big difference between drag queen and tranny....but i would love to have a rhythm game with a group of either as the protagonists!

Atom25 said:

Please I love Bust a groove for Psx.
Where can I found/buy Dance summit 2001???

Please I need it.

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Thanks a lot.

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