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