E3 '07: Dance Dance Revolution Hottest Party Hands-On

We move our feet and shake our hands to the beat of Konami's new rhythm game for the Wii.

While journalists and fans are content to ‘Ooh’ and ‘Ahh’ about the rock bands and guitar heroics du jour, we chose to remember an older genre-defining rhythm series by asking Dance Dance Revolution Hottest Party for a dance. With some crazy new arrow types, fleshed-out motion controls, and an ever-growing song list, this game is turning into a shindig you won’t want to miss this October.

As you might have read in Brian Ekberg’s earlier look at Hottest Party, the big innovation is the use of the Wii controller to add arm and hand movements to the rhythmic mix. In the version we recently played at E3, hand movements are denoted by special arrows that flow up the screen pointing either left or right. When one hits the top, you need to move the corresponding hand, preferably in a fancy-looking way. These are simple gestures, but they add even more challenge for DDR vets and new, hilarious-looking ways to flounder for DDR rookies.

Also new are armored arrows that must be stomped twice before they register. The first stomp knocks the armor off and knocks the arrow about four inches down the screen, before it rises back up. It’s like a double arrow but trickier because it only looks like one. These will definitely put your dancing skills to the test.

Along with these new features comes a robust track list, including re-recorded versions of: 1, 2 Step; Clocks; Hot Stuff; Blue Monday; Disco Inferno; Karma Chameleon; You Spin Me Round (Like A Record); Little L; Yo, Excuse Me Miss; Caught Up; Hot Stuff; Rhythm Is A Dancer; Too Little Too Late; The Sign; Far Away; Lips Of An Angel.

This is only a fraction of a track list that will be at least fifty songs long when the game ships, but as you can see it has something for everyone. So if you like to dance, get ready to move your feet and shake your hands when Dance Dance Revolution Hottest Party ships this October.

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melefty
melefty

i hope you can turn the hand thing, and the armored arrow thing on and off.

wienccw
wienccw

It will be good in WII

gmrndlze
gmrndlze

Even cooler, I can use my mario DDR pad with this game.

gmrndlze
gmrndlze

sounds like it's gonna be fun.

benjaminjoel
benjaminjoel

Yes, you can use DDR Mario Mix pads with this game.

mhder
mhder

funny people complain about hand waving when... well some would say that dancing on a mat was stupid too. Maybe none of you have played those arcade ones where hand movements are a part of the routine so I'd say the home version finally caught up.

sephiroth_4
sephiroth_4

I hope I can use my GC pads that I got for DDR Mario....yaaawn

cleverdan18964
cleverdan18964

Finally something new for DDR. The dance mat got kinda boring.

blehbeast1234
blehbeast1234

The hand controls are kind of whack. So hopefully there will be a mode without the stupid hand controls. Ooh look at me, I'm waving my hands and dancing at the same time. It's not cool!

bugsonglass
bugsonglass

First DDR Mario ... now DDR with hand waving. What's wrong with just doing a plain, simple, honest to god DDR for a Nintendo console Konami? Why does it always have to be gimicky? Colour me disappointed with this one.

ckat609
ckat609

generalish... nope, I'm the other guy who hasn't :-( I'm getting this just to see what all the fuzz is all about

p00toilet
p00toilet

the arm motions sound cool. Now if they could somehow incorporate the Donkey Konga bongos and the Guitar Hero guitar, this would be the perfect game for watching your friends make a fool of themselves.

Hawk456
Hawk456

I played this once in an arcade, many years ago. If no one lived below me, I'd probably pick up DDR

nely_nelson
nely_nelson

they killed it with the hand controls

cheddar101
cheddar101

y cant they just make a normal ddr game for wii and just shows the music videos for the songs instead ofnanimated ppl just dancing

mrsaturn101
mrsaturn101

I want them to let us download original songs from PS2 DDR games

Princecake
Princecake

I hope they'll sell more tracks online as micro transaction sales... I hate changing disks every 2-3 songs because my favourites spread all over the place..

jak345
jak345

I AM GONNA GET THIS GAME FOR SURE THEN IM GONNA INVITE ALL MY FRIENDS AND HAVE THE BEST PARTY EVER

generalish
generalish

I think i might be the only person that never played any of those dancing games.

jessi-spain
jessi-spain

I think is going to be a great game. because I love dancing I want to buy it when it comes here to Spain!!

ookami-gamer
ookami-gamer

meh. ddr was a good game, but now their killing it. i liked the original japanese songs. it went downhill after extreme 2 though...i wouldnt buy unless i was desperate for a new game.

earth79
earth79

GAH I DON'T CARE ABOUT THE NEW TRACKS! I WANT TO BE ABLE TO USE MY OWN LIKE IN DANCE FACTORY! oh man is it fun dancing to e-40s tell me when to go. and the remixes too.

assman137
assman137

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atomD21
atomD21

Joe Dodson, you need to learn to use the comma key! But seriously, I am awful at DDR, but this looks like it will be a ton of fun, I can't wait.

jimbob1310
jimbob1310

you spin me right round baby right round like a record baby right round round round.

renger6002
renger6002

I've never liked DDR games, but that track list makes me want to buy it

shinobistealth7
shinobistealth7

The list of songs at the end makes it look like one huge mega-song will be in the game.

rolento88
rolento88

i have to get this... the only problem is my house is too small for the four player...

TBoneTony
TBoneTony

Awsome, I love dancing with my arms so this will be soo cool.

taddia
taddia

GIEF!! I've always loved ddr, playing it at the hardest lvl here in italy and searching for a new challenge... Wii version? Come here and bring it on! XDXD

Crisis_Eye
Crisis_Eye

Finally, a four player DDR game! Now me and my friends can really knock down all of my moms valuables! =D

DouglasBuffone
DouglasBuffone

I really like DDR, I hope that they make it less cartoony once...

s0njas0n
s0njas0n

this game should be really good, i'm probably going to get it... biggest disappointment - it probably won't use the gamepads from the GC version.. :(

melefty
melefty

this game will be awsome

Thorpe89
Thorpe89

Yeah, soundtrack list would be great.

kavadias1981
kavadias1981

Another "get-fit" style game. Bring them on.

jesus_knight
jesus_knight

nice i hope andamiro release another version of its awesome pump it up

dasbacon
dasbacon

uh no complete song list? :|

comthitnuong
comthitnuong

I hope the soundtrack is great. Temperature is a great start.