Dance Dance Revolution: Hottest Party 3

Game review by
Erin Bell, Common Sense Media
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Balance board adds new dimension to popular dance franchise.

Parents say

age 10+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 10+
Based on 10 reviews

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The parents' guide to what's in this game.

Positive Messages

The message of this game is that dancing is fun and a form of exercise. This is a great game to play with friends.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Characters are one-dimensional, chosen for their looks and dancing style, and there's no story mode to speak of. Like all DDR games, this one encourages an active lifestyle and can be played in a social setting with friends.

Ease of Play

Multiple modes and difficulty levels for beginners to experienced players. There's also a tutorial for complete novices.


Some characters' outfits are a little skimpy. One of the balance board moves involves rotating your hips 360-degrees.


Some of the lyrics contain mild sexual references, like "I can feel her on my skin / I can taste her on my tongue" from Chromeo's song Bonafide Lovin'.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this is the third Dance Dance Revolution game to come out on the Nintendo Wii, and this one adds support for the Wii balance board. Kids might see dancers in slightly skimpy outfits, and be required to shake their hips and butt in the new balance board mode, and there are numerous mild sexual references in the song lyrics. The game is purchased as a bundle that includes a dance mat, but the balance board is not included.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 3-year-old Written byDLBrown74 January 1, 2010

Iffy on the lyrics

I like it for the exercise it provides, but some of the song lyrics are not appropriate for young children.
Teen, 16 years old Written byXiaoTheLegend27 October 26, 2017

This song chart is very familiar, indeed.

I'm a little disappointed that they used a similar song chart to PS2's US version of DDR X2, unless they were the ones that ripped the Wii version off... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written byCloudIsC00L723 May 21, 2011

Fun, arcade style dance game. But not for younger kids.

Although this is my first DDR game, It's a pretty good one. The game is very easy to learn how to play and is perfect for anyone who's never played a... Continue reading

What's it about?

DANCE DANCE REVOLUTION HOTTEST PARTY 3 is the third DDR title to come out for the Nintendo Wii, adding new songs to dance to and a handful of new features, the most significant of which is a mode that lets players use the Wii Balance Board instead of the included dance mat. Instead of stepping on and off the board, players lean in the four directions to simulate hip-shaking and butt-wiggling dance moves. Like prior games in this series, Hottest Part 3 also incorporates arm movements via the motion-sensitive controllers. For those unfamiliar with how dancing games work, players must move to the beat of the song by responding to the arrows and other symbols that scroll up the screen.

Is it any good?

Although the balance board integration might seem gimmicky or forced, it's actually quite fun. Players who aren't quite up for the intensity and agility required to perform moves on the dance mat can still get their groove on using the balance board without even having to lift their feet simply by shifting their weight around. Some songs feature the actual music video playing in the background - a rarity in DDR games, which have historically used abstract animated sequences instead. Although video quality is quite grainy, it's a nice touch. With eight modes - including a workout mode that can also incorporate the balance board, a relaxed mode , a beginner's tutorial mode, and a hypermove mode for advanced players - there's plenty to do and unlock.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Do you prefer using the balance board, or dancing the "old fashioned way" with the dance mat?

  • Why can dancing be such a good workout?

  • Do you plan to use the game's calorie counter and fitness programs to try to lose weight?

  • What is your favorite style of music to dance to?

Game details

  • Platforms: Nintendo Wii
  • Price: $69.99
  • Available online? Not available online
  • Developer: Konami
  • Release date: October 26, 2009
  • Genre: Exergaming
  • ESRB rating: E10+ for Mild Lyrics, Suggestive Themes
  • Last updated: November 11, 2020

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