DDR Hottest Party First Look

The first DDR game for the Wii will have you using your hands and feet together. We've got a first look straight from the Konami press event.

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For years now, Dance Dance Revolution has always been about your feet. Oh sure, the real DDR freaks are known to construct elaborate routines with practically every appendage they've got, but up until now, all you've needed to play the game was two feet and a moderate sense of rhythm. With the upcoming DDR Hottest Party for the Nintendo Wii, which was announced last night at Konami's winter press event, you'll be getting your hands in on the action.

DDR Hottest Party will be the Wii debut for the long-running dance series; and this time your hands will be in on the dancing fun.

In addition to the traditional dance pad that any console DDR fan will be very familiar with, DDR Hottest Party will make use of both the Wii Remote and the Nunchuk accessory. As you follow along with the music and cascading arrows onscreen, indicating where your feet should land on the dance pad, you'll occasionally see icons for the remote and/or Nunchuk. A small icon means simply moving one or the other; a longer icon requires you to shake the controller for as long as the icon is onscreen.

Because the game is in an extremely early state, the icons featured in the demo were very rudimentary, and you could use either the remote and Nunchuk for the one icon. However, Konami producers told us they plan to eventually have separate icons for each controller, as well as the addition of more motions for your hands than a simple shake of the controller. There's even the possibility, according to producers, of having icons associated with user-controlled "flair" moves. We're not sure what that might mean, but somehow it brings an image of John Travolta in Saturday Night Fever to mind.

Hottest Party will include support for up to four players, including both cooperative and competitive dance modes. Among the other things the Konami team is experimenting with is the idea of using the Wii Remote to throw "arrows" at your competitor in dance battles, which sounds like a really fun concept, though it's more or less still in the conceptual stage at this point and wasn't on display last night. Similarly, for cooperative dance routines, the Konami developers are looking to find ways to coordinate movements not just on the dance pad but between the remote and Nunchuk, as well.

The demo on hand at the Konami event featured three songs: "Will" by Naoki, Jet Rocker's "Lips of an Angel," and an updated version of "Gonna Make You Sweat" by C+C Music Factory. According to producers, the final soundtrack of Hottest Party will be completely new from the ground up and will feature popular tunes from the last four decades. No details on other songs yet of course, but we expect to see that information later on in the year. DDR Hottest Party looks to be shaping up as a natural fit for the multiplayer-centric, party-game focused Nintendo Wii. There is a lot of work yet to be done on the game, and we'll keep our eyes on its progress throughout the year.

Discussion

99 comments
shaakti123
shaakti123

Yea, you can turn the hands off. Thats what I do

BlueFlameBat
BlueFlameBat

I can walk and chew bubblegum, but this is getting a little ridiculous. I hope there are options to do the arm and leg dances separately.

TowerGuard64
TowerGuard64

I like the idea of adding in the Wii controllers and i love the fact that it is four player.

bnwchbammer
bnwchbammer

u people really dont seem to be into the real ddr spirit. the graphics have never been good, even with the super nova and stuff, it was never great. the only thing ddr should be about is the songs and the modes and stuff.

agahn1m
agahn1m

no what would be good is "Drum" Hero on the wii lol

hesel
hesel

Guitar hero would be good on the Wii but I will be happy with this ^-^

BrayneDrayne
BrayneDrayne

They should make an entire game of the dancing from Smooth Moves, that would be the best.

hyrulian_froman
hyrulian_froman

"this looks cool but im more of a guitar hero fan" can't be a rockstar if you can't dance...or an actor for that matter...and without a real guitar.... you really have no hope at all :P

RipVanWinkle_
RipVanWinkle_

the animations look retarded. that said, i hope they fix this, as this is one game i'm seriously considering to get.

dhassard
dhassard

My girlfriend is actually excited about this one, can't say that I am, but I know it's still a fun game to play. Hey CrystalboY, the song in the movie is Hinder - Lips of an Angel.

pdo4545
pdo4545

this looks cool but im more of a guitar hero fan

CrystalboY
CrystalboY

This game is going to be awesome. Does anyone know the name of the song in the Official Movie 1?

PhantomPhoot
PhantomPhoot

Y'know what, I can't play DDR to save my life. Guess what? That's what little things called PATIENCE, PRACTICE, and EASY MODE wer created. All of my DDR friends had no experience unti they bought the game and tried hard enough to play even the hardest song (try Sakura on Hard...).

Kbs64
Kbs64

I don't know why I can teach people to dance but I can't play DDR no matter how hard I try. This DDR I might get if I have friends over but other then that. I'll watch my friends dance while I sit and chuckle.

ogretroll123
ogretroll123

Hands and feet huh? This is something I might consider checking out one day.

tge4
tge4

I used to play DDR. It's a pretty fun game, but I don't know about this hand movement thing.. I'd settle with a wireless dance pad and some online capabilities.

Flimsyfishy
Flimsyfishy

yohanjr... don't worry... they're going to be using feet... that was already told early on in the article... they're just going to use hands as well. it should be cool seeing if people can actually make dance routines when they need to move their hands as well as their feet.

yohanjr
yohanjr

what about thte feet? :(

puppiemaster
puppiemaster

Hate the DDR games, but love Samba De Amigo , so might actually like this one

link631
link631

ddr on wii its weird, however it looks fun!

Thewtfpwner
Thewtfpwner

I like the Wii motion control addition.

silent_seaxx
silent_seaxx

"Lips of an Angel" is on there! That's cool. I can't wait for this game, this is a must.

sumo1973
sumo1973

Good to see some DDR coming to the Wii. There were only 2 dancing games for the Gamecube, so this is good news!

SpecterX3
SpecterX3

Nintendo is finally getting some DDR love.

DO646260
DO646260

Sounds like fun and challenging... Better get my hand eye coordination better before attempting this one, because you might poke an eye out...

speedracer216
speedracer216

starfoxmcleoud, good call. i saw on ign that the "flair" moves are to allow you to add in your own style too, customize moves of your own, do them in a song, and get bonus for it. definately way more flexible than that crusty camera with ps2. + with wii's online prowess coming into its own i can just imagine all the trading of customized songs you can do. the pad plugs into the gamecube ports too which is brilliant and hopefully they can take advantage of similar ideas in other games. gotta love it.

XNbuck
XNbuck

i hope they offer an extention cord for the nunchuk. ive had mine smack me in the face in WW cuz i ran outta cord. i can see that being a problem with this one too

starfoxmcleoud
starfoxmcleoud

for those of you who mentioned hands and feet mode on the PS2, that was with a camera that didn't register when a hand was over the marker at the right time. And even that was just raising your left or right hand to the left or right of the step zone when a handprint scrolled with the arrows. This one lets you do onscreen patterns and probably not just arrows. Quite possibly some stuff like off of Elite Beat Agents doing the wave and other moves with your hands. And quite possibly, they could have a freestyle mode in which it registers your hand motions and either makes patterns and streaks on screen, changes the background visuals, or even have your on screen character moving their arms like the player is. All this, without a camera to see your ugly mug on the tv. I'm sure alot of people didn't opt to play the "Hands and Feet" mode because they didn't want to see themselves on the tv. And seeing how the controller and nunchuk comes standart (and just about everyone has one by now), everyone can take part in the fun. As far as the songlist.....that will come soon and hopefully have a great mix of north american, european, and j-pop unlike superNOVA did.

Berfomek_666
Berfomek_666

Hands and feets? In the same game?! This I gotta play!!

CheddarLimbo
CheddarLimbo

I've never had much fun playing DDR games, I think my lack of physical coordination just makes it impossible for me to enjoy that. But from what I hear from people who do enjoy the games the franchise has gotten a little stale. This seems like a great new direction. I just hope the remote senstitivity is accurate enough to translate your moves to the game properly.

Mr_Fan
Mr_Fan

The problem with Mario Mix was Konami was testing out the series on the GameCube and it did VERY nicely. Unfortunately, the fans found out it was only a nostalgic trip back to the early days of Nintendo, and nothing more offering as a DDR game. I hope they take this game seriously and don't put out 33 songs with a bunch of tacked on motion mini games. I want a serious DDR game.

BelmontMaster
BelmontMaster

Look if I want to use my hands, I'll just techpara.

InnocentWitness
InnocentWitness

i cannot wait for this DDR game. Time to bring out the old mat.

peeweeshift
peeweeshift

this is so sick. i was hoping that they would do this and thankfully they did. hopefully you can use custom soundtracks

Darkiewonder
Darkiewonder

lol. I can play the DDR Series on ps2 AND move my hands already. There better be something special about the Wii version other than the Wiimote and Nunchuk.

Yadiel2007
Yadiel2007

YAAAAAAAAHHHHHOOOOOOOO!!!!!!! The moving the Wii Remote and Nunchuk thing sounds a little bit like the Hands & Feet option with the EyeToy in DDR EXTREME, DDR EXTREME 2, and DDR SUPERNOVA. Hopefully, It will be executed perfectly.

Jab7
Jab7

How would you play your own songs on it? I know you upload them with an SD card, but would you create your own stepfile thing, or would the game do it for you? Regardless, it looks awesome. I totally want it. And I'm not a big DDR fan but it looks fun.

cancer_777
cancer_777

Undugrownd but if yot turn it off then it would be just another DDR ??? why is people so against innovation ????

karateyoyo
karateyoyo

I want this sooooooooo bad, but I dun really want a Wii until more games come out! But still, I WANT IT!!!

JedimasterRocky
JedimasterRocky

this looks like it could be very cool , especially if you ca get your Saturday Night Fever on, also I hope that concept of throwing arrows at your opponents makes it into the game because it sounds great

nate64
nate64

this sounds sweet and hopefully with some really good songs. and maybe you could do a thing like in excite truck where you can put your own music in.

khguy
khguy

For once a DDR for a nintendo system that's not nintendo themed

Talal_Turtle
Talal_Turtle

looks pretty sweet i agree with pangster007's post

Pangster007
Pangster007

Oh yes! And the great thing is, it'll support up to 4 players! The mind boggles at how big the tv and room would have to be. I'm still wondering what the dance mat would be. Would the game use the gamecube dance mat and plug into the GCN ports?

sh0rtgg
sh0rtgg

won't it be like para para paradise??? =S