A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this game.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that this is the second such title to come out on the Nintendo Wii in the Dance Dance Revolution series. This title builds on the first version by adding new modes and gimmicks to the series, as well as over fifty new songs to dance to. Kids will see dancers in somewhat skimpy outfits and some of the lyrics have make references to sexual matters.
What's it about?
DANCE DANCE REVOLUTION HOTTEST PARTY 2 is the second such title to come out for the Nintendo Wii, and while it adds some new features it is still the same tried and true gameplay that keeps people coming back for more. In addition to bringing back the arm movement aspect from the first Hottest Party title, this version includes a Dance Training mode and the ability to incorporate your Wii Mii's onto the dance floor.
For those new to the dance genre, Dance Dance Revolution (DDR) games have the player stand on an included mat and then move to the beat of the selected song. As the song progresses, arrows will scroll up the screen and eventually move across a set of stationary arrows on the screen and as they do, you must stomp on the corresponding arrow on the mat. As with the first Hottest Party, this title also includes arm movements using the Wii remote to engage players and to get their blood pumping.
Is it any good?
In addition to the standard dancing mode, Hottest Party 2 contains a dance trainer mode which teaches gamers how to do some of the moves they see the characters do onscreen. Keeping up with the Wii's trend of getting people more active, a workout mode is also in the title. This allows you to set targets for amount of calories burned for a particular session, and the game will track your progress as you play.
For those who own the first Hottest Party title but have had a tough time unlocking all the songs and areas to dance, there is an option in Hottest Party 2 that allows you to open all items in the first title, however you will still need to own the first game on disc.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about what makes rhythm-based games fun for people of all ages. Do you play the game because of the challenge it poses? Or do you play because you love dancing to the music? Does adding new modes and gimmicks to an already solid title make it worthy of upgrading?
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