|Dance Dance Revolution Hottest Party 3 Bundle - Nintendo Wii|
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|Dance Dance Revolution Hottest Party 3 with Mat Wii Nintendo Game Complete-|
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|Wii Dance Dance Revolution Hottest Party 3 NTSC Disc ONLY 54847 DDR|
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|DANCE DANCE REVOLUTION: HOTTEST PARTY 3 (GAME ONLY) --- WII 2009|
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|Konami's long-running dance series aims to get gamers moving their feet once again with new modes, new tracks, and Wii Balance Board support in Dance Dance Revolution Hottest Party 3. Players of all ages can dance to 50 hit songs from artists like Rihanna, Coldplay, Diana Ross, and Gorillaz thanks in part to the simple controls in "Kids" mode and the tutorial-like "Lesson" mode. More experienced DDR gamers can try out the brand new "Story" mode, or take on an updated "Work Out" mode that features dance moves designed specifically to incorporate the Wii Remote and Balance Board. The bundle version includes the game and a dance mat.|
|Game||Dance Dance Revolution Hottest Party 3 [Bundle]|
|ESRB Descriptor||Mild Lyrics, Suggestive Themes|
|Number of Players||1-4|
|Game Special Features|
|Game Series||Dance Dance Revolution Series|
Average review score based on 37 user reviews
of customers recommend this product
Not only do the elements in this game prove that this is a worthy follow-up to Hottest Party 2, but this release is also, quite possibly, one of the strongest the franchise has ever seen.
When you first start playing, you'll be treated to a nice intro and a rather slick interface. Hottest Party 3 boasts tons of modes that make it a more competent rival to the content found in the PS2 releases than previous releases in this series. Free Play Mode, Records, Training Mode, and Options are all selections we've seen before, but there are some new additions as well.
Traditional DDR gameplay still exists here, but rather than just leaving it at that, the developers added tons of features to enhance the experience. For one, Mii support has returned and the models look much better than in HP2. The crown system found in HP2's record mode makes a return in HP3, an excellent feature for those who play the game for personal improvement. Each time you reach 50, 100, or even 200 combos, a neat animation will play known as the Combo Appeal. Game customization also plays a much bigger role this time, and for the first time, the amount of choices actually resemble PS2 releases!
With 60 songs included in this release, the selection is truly impressive. When it comes to licenses, there are some classics such as Good Times, as well as successful hits like Closer. Although this can be labelled as one of the best license lists in the history of DDR, as a whole, licenses are not as difficult as the arcade-esque charts from HP1. Many of the songs with "easier" charts do flow really well, but you'll catch yourself thinking they could've been more challenging. This game also boasts a really strong KO list with lots of powerful songs containing motivational lyrics and beats that infect you with a dancing mood.
The new Hypermove is essentially a mode designated for Hand Marker gameplay like in Hottest Party 2. However, Konami took a completely different approach this time. Instead of just having two Hand Markers, you'll now have to focus on special icons from all directions. In order to pull them off, you'll need to hold the Wii Remote and Nunchuk facing the TV and swing either one or both controllers in the right direction. Don't be expecting this to be a whole lot of fun - HP2's hand marker/combo system was far more intuitive and had better interaction from the player.
Although that serves as the second-most disappointing aspect to this release, Balance Board mode is what pulls the package up. This mode is just fantastic when you really get into it. The Hand Marker system in this mode is much more like HP2's, minus the Combo meter. The responsiveness is spot-on, and although the combo meter is no longer here, you can always shake the Wii Remote and Nunchuk to the beat of the music, even when you're not prompted to. Combine this with well made charts that flow well, and you've got a winning example of true innovation!
Konami has not lost its touch at all - if anything, this game proves that there's still room to breathe life into the franchise whilst still keeping with the fun gameplay. Especially if you're just a beginner or want to get into this exergaming explosion for the first time, this is THE definitive DanceDanceRevolution game to get.
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I LOVE LOVE LOVE this game! I look forward to playing it as my workout every day.
Of all the DDR games I've seen for the Wii, this one has the best soundtrack and graphics. This is still one of the best video games around for fun exercise with difficulty levels ranging from beginners to experts.
HP3 has several different modes to suit whatever you feel like doing. There's Tournament Mode (this is where you complete challenges to earn points and unlock more songs), Free Play standard mode (dance stepping on the dance mat only), Hypermove mode (which uses the dance mat and the wii remote/nunchuk to track your dance movements), Workout mode that tracks your weight and calories burned, and Balance Board Mode (in which you bump and rotate your hips with the music as well as the remote/nunchuk to work your arms. There are also several 2-player modes, but since we only have one dance mat, we haven't tried any of those yet.
Overall, this game is fun and gets your heart pumping with a high replayability since you unlock new songs, characters, and stages as you rack up points in the Tournament Mode.
I have been an avid DDR player since it was first released on Playstation. I've played a majority of the different versions and I have to say that this is one of my favorites!
Hottest Party 3 has a lot to offer; with a vast variety of different modes, an awesome sound track (bonus points for the songs being by the actual artists as opposed to being cover songs!) and the option to play on the Wii balance board or with the Wiimotes (AKA "Hypermove mode"-using hand gestures in addition to your feet).
The fact that you can play with 4-players and use modes like "friend mode" or "tournament mode" (for the extremely competitive) make the game truly like a party.
In typical DDR fashion, the graphics leave something to be desired, though they are an improvement compared to other versions. The Hypermove mode isn't the greatest. While it's fun using your hands, it doesn't always register properly and can get frustrating if you're a serious player trying to get a good score. I do not have a balance board, so I cannot give an appropriate opinion based on that, but I have read in reviews that it's a great option in comparison to cheaper quality DDR mats.
Overall, despite it's minor quirks, it's a great game. If you're a beginner, it's easy to learn with the "DDR school". If you're just looking for fun, the "relaxed mode" keeps things simple and doesn't add any pressure. If you're health-conscious, the "workout mode" helps you keep track of calories burned and enables you to set fitness goals. If you're advanced, the game adds new challenges and is fully customizable so you can make it to your liking. And as I mentioned before, it's a lot of fun if you're playing with friends.
DDR: Hottest Party 3 offers plenty of options to keep gameplay exciting and entertaining for hours. It's definitely worth adding to your DDR collection if you have other versions. Or if you're just beginning, it's your best bet for making your first DDR encounter a great one!
I deceided to go with this package opposed to the other ones list on ebay because of the price and the dance pad quality. I have played with the regular mats and they move alot and don't stay flat they crinkle up while playing. The dance pads that this seller includes with the game have a foam inside which provides great support. The dance pad stays in place and does not crinkle up while you are playing on it. The only thing I would change would be the foam, not that this foam is bad, it works great, but I would have wished the foam was one entire piece instead of pieces. Anyways regardless the foam still works great with the dance pad.