Excerpt: Before jumping directly into the meat and potatoes of this game review, I will state upfront that even though I am able to play DDR with some semblance of skill and rhythm, I am no expert. I have played a few of the previous versions, and have even been known to pop a few tokens into an arcade cabinet version, but I do not have an extensive back-library of DDR games on my game shelf.
Excerpt: One of the most timeless questions in the world of dance is: What do you do with your hands? Do you stick up your thumb like a hitchhiker? Flap your arms like a chicken? Wave them in the air like you just don't care? There are lots of options, and that's why Konami's Dance Dance Revolution Hottest Party for the Wii is a little disappointing. Instead of going for grace and gusto, Hottest Party goes for random, nervous twitches.
Pros: Dancing is always good, and good for you, The tracklist isn't bad
Cons: Battle mode is frustrating, Workout mode is barely even a mode, You should be able to do a lot more with your hands
Summary: Parents need to know that this game is part of the highly respected Dance Dance Revolution series. For many years, the series has been found to increase coordination, burn calories, and encourage kids to dance. This version is a little harder because it adds arm movements (using the Wii remote and nunchuk). While dancing, kids will hear some songs that have somewhat suggestive lyrics.
Conclusion: In spite of the slapdash motion controls and shallow selection of game modes, DDR: Hottest Party still delivers on the level of basic DDR. The problem is that the game is a step backward from previous DDR titles in just about every sense—-and because of that, it’s below average by definition.
Excerpt: The pulsing rhythms of techno have never really had much affect on me. I can't say that I've ever been driven to jump onto the dance floor for thumping kick drums and high pitched melodies. But ever since the craze of Dance Dance Revolution a few years ago, I have to say there has been some temptation to try it out. I could never face climbing onto the dance pad at the mall arcade to take on those champions of stomp.
Summary: Seamlessly integrating the timeless gameplay of the Dance Dance Revolution series with the unmatched interactivity of the Wii Remote, DDR Hottest Party provides the most dynamic dance action to date with several new modes of play, an all-new selection of hit songs and support for simultaneous four-player dancing.
Conclusion: Eight playable characters are making it into the final build, you know, those characters grooving in the background that you never really pay attention to unless there's a huge break in the arrows. In any case, those included are females Domi and Rena, amongst various others. The song list features more than 25 tracks, including some from DDR's past, remixed selections, and even material for those old folks we call relatives.