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02/01/2011 02:00 pm ET | Updated May 25, 2011

10 Year Old Ryota Wada, Dance Dance Revolution Ace, Scores World Record

By the age of nine, most of us have just about learned to tie our shoelaces. But one little boy rung in his ninth birthday by setting a Guinness World Record.

Ryota Wada, now ten, took the record for "Youngest Gamer to Achieve a Perfect Score on Dance Dance Revolution" in the Record Book's 2011 Gamer's Edition. Dance Dance Revolution is a game that syncs dance music to the gamer's steps on a touch-sensitive footpad, with varying levels of difficulty. It has gained some fame as an arcade staple, and more recently as a way for schools to battle childhood obesity.

Wada shot to fame at the tender age of five, when his father's YouTube channel featured videos of the boy performing spectacularly to a difficult song on the game, transforming him into a YouTube sensation. Contacted by an editor at Guinness World Records, Wada logged a perfect score dancing to the expert setting of a song called "Heavy Eurobeat."

"Other kids say DDR is an adult game and it's very hard," he told the Washington Post. "I can do it very well. Why, I don't know. I think maybe because I can catch rhythm easily."

Now ten, Wada still plays DDR for hours and hours at a time. But otherwise, he's just your typical ten-year-old boy.

As the Washington Post recounts:

He wants to be in a rock band, he stuffs his face with microwave popcorn and harasses his little brother, and he is obsessed with robots. He used to talk like a robot with his friends, and now he writes about them, in both English and Japanese.

Watch Ryota dominate DDR below in his first video at the age of five: