Dance Dance Revolution Hottest Party Bundle

Posted by staff | Posted in Music and Dancing | Posted on 30-06-2010

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  • Brand new DDR game designed exclusively for the Nintendo Wii, bundle includes a dance pad!
  • 4 players simultaneous play turns any house into the hottest party
  • All-new soundtrack includes licensed smash-hits from the last 4 decades
  • Use the Nintendo Wii Remote and Nunchuck while dancing for greater total body interaction
  • Swing the Nintendo Wii controller to send obstructions to your opponents

Product Description
The global dancing phenomenon gets even more physical with an entirely new game designed for the Nintendo Wii. Dance Dance Revolution Hottest Party enhances the series’ trademark interactive gameplay by combining the physically engaging, innovative and easy-to-pick-up-and-play mechanics of the Nintendo Wii platform. 4 player multiplayer, Nintendo Wii Remote and Nunchuck support, smash hits taken from the last 4 decades of music, entirely new modes and more…. More >>

Dance Dance Revolution Hottest Party Bundle

Comments posted (5)

As a dance challenged, lazy, out of shape gamer-girl whose nights often include pizza and movies (yeah I know there’s more of you out there!) I bought this DDR wii game to help me get active. I highly recommend it to inexperienced dancers because each song has various difficulty levels (four actually, but I’ve yet to get passed 1- beginner and 2- basic.) It will keep you challenged and give you room to improve, making this game a good investment for the game play time.

There is a good single player work out mode where you can select how many calories you’d like to burn during your session. This is basically setting a duration goal, I usually hit “100 calories” and it makes game play a bit over 30 minutes (depending on the intensity level of songs you play) before it tells you you’ve reached your goal. You can keep playing of course, but this is a good way to set a nightly workout goal without having to look at a clock.

While I see a lot of these reviews are from dancers or kids that move like lightning, for the rest of us more “average” people this game is going to be a challenge… BUT DON’T GIVE UP!!! You are likely to hate this game for the first hour, but once you get the hang of it you’ll be hooked.

To give it a fair chance there are a couple things you should know. One is the ***”HAND MARKER”*** option, which means using the wii remote/chuck in addition to moving your feet on the pad. If you’ve never played DDR before I HIGHLY recommend you turn this option off (just scroll up to the “options” button when you’re on the songs dispay menu right before starting a stage.) This will allow you a chance to get a feel for the foot controls before adding the extra confusion of hand movements.

While you’re on the menus you need to keep your feet at the center of the pad to avoid crazy menu glitches, just use the wii remote to select buttons. Otherwise you get endless scrolling from the game thinking you’re trying to use your feet to select options.

However, once you start a game… NEVER keep your feet in the center! That was my biggest mistake when starting. You end up doing so much more work. Little did I know that there is NO PENALTY for keeping your feet on the arrows (or even stepping more than you need to, if it helps you keep the beat.) You only get a bad score when you MISS the arrow.

The game arrows are nicely programmed to help you move onto the next arrow spot in a natural sort of movement. For instance, you get a left arrow, keep your foot there because most likely you’re about to hit that same spot again or move that foot to the back arrow. In general it feels more natural if you try to use your left foot for left and back markers, and use your right foot to hit right and forward markers. Start with the “Lessons from a DJ” song, it’s basically a slower paced instructional intro song.

Even if you’re not a fan of the music, it will probably grow on you or fade into the background as you focus on getting the hang of the beat. The graphics are pretty silly, but odds are you’ll be looking at the arrows so much you won’t notice that either. Overall, I’d say this game is a winner for beginners with patience and willingness to practice.

The game pad is easy to use and very responsive. The mat can be folded along it’s creases (two folds between the arrow squares) which fits nicely underneath a computer desk. I use mine on the carpet and have had no problems. It moves slightly after a song or two, but you can just nudge it back into alignment with your TV those few inches.
Rating: 4 / 5

Positives: open to all ages, encourages activity and cooperation

Negatives: pricey (like all new Wii games) and more pricey if you need more than the included pad, need a lot of space for multiplayer options

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Although the family just opened the box this morning, it’s already a sure favorite that will be worth every penny. The game provides challenges for all levels of dancers–from adults to the young teens to the elementary school child to the 5 year old. Please note that family members are not listed in order of skill level because I’m still not sure how a fast-footed Kindergartner achieved an “A” on an expert level song…

The included gamepad stays in place much better than the Nintendo gamepad that was made for DDR: Mario Party Mix, but if you have one of those, they work fine with the game if you can tolerate their tendency to migrate. However, you will need a lot of room in the living room if you plan to hook up more than one pad. In fact, I don’t know if you can logistically arrange 4 pads without extension cords because the hand motions can get wild and potentially dangerous.

The rewards are nicely paced, and you can get new songs even for mediocre dancing. We haven’t tried the work-out mode but suspect it will be useful for sluggish adults when that exercise bike routine seems too bland. While the only other DDR we’ve purchased was Gamecube’s Mario Mix, the Wii: Hottest Party’s hand motions add a nice depth to the game.

It’s the type of game that has appeal to the solo player and the group setting. Parents will like that their kids actually get up and move while playing video games. And the friendship mode helps foster teamwork and cooperation between siblings instead of the competition emphasized by a lot of games. (Okay, okay, the real appeal of friendship mode is that one of the kids can help a clumsy parent through a tough song…)

Rating: 4 / 5

I was not sure if I should get DDR because of its pricetag and the fact that you really need two mat’s (or more ;-) to actually make the most of it.

With only one mat its just half the fun. Its good for training alone, but having a contest with your best mates is just a completely different level of entertainment.

The songs included and the overall experience doesnt loose an inch from the original arcade in your nearby amusement park.

Its amazing how the developers managed to bring the same atmosphere across a little home tv.

For me this is a group / challenge game, so do yourself a favour, forget about the pricetag for a moment when you are weak and get the game with at least two mats and get your best mate(s) to bring the drinks ;-) – you will need them after you sweat out all your bodys fluid.

One thing you have to think about is where to keep the mats when not used, keep that in mind too (roughly 60×80 cm each, but you can fold them).

Enjoy !!
Rating: 5 / 5

I’ve owned this game since the release date and have played almost every day since. This is my first experience with DDR outside of Dave and Busters, and I have to say that this game is awesome.

I can’t even begin to get above the second level of play, but I’m having so much fun with the first two levels, that I really don’t mind. I have found the graphics just fine for my purposes, and the song selection is a good one that ranges from recent hits to favorite oldies.

One of the best things about this game is that without changing my diet, I’ve lost 6 lbs and lots of inches in a little over 3 weeks. I’ve got more energy and actually look forward to a form of aerobic exercise.

I would recommend investing in some type of padding to put under the dance pad as there isn’t much cushion but that is pretty much my only gripe.

I highly recommend this game for both beginners of all ages and for more advanced players.
Rating: 4 / 5

I will leave the critical work of reviewing the minutia of the gameplay of “DDR Hottest Party” to more capable reviewers. Suffice to say, the gameplay itself carries on both the Wii’s tradition of simple, casual gaming with the now familiar interface that has become the hallmark of the DDR franchise.

My biggest problem in familiarizing myself with DDR Hottest Party can be summarized with one hint: GET OFF THE DANCEPAD WHEN YOU’RE IN THE GAME’S MENU SYSTEM. If you’re standing on a control pad when you’re in a menu, the game acts like a Windows PC with a stuck key, perhaps aptly so.
Rating: 4 / 5

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