Dance Dance Revolution: Hottest Party 3

Common Sense Media says

Balance board adds new dimension to popular dance franchise.

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What parents need to know

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

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.

Violence
Not applicable
Sex

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

Language

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'.

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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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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.

Parents say

Kids say

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?

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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.

Families can talk 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 (Nintendo Wii)

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Teen, 14 years old Written bymrmistofelees July 26, 2010
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7
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Good game, and this one is no exception.

I love this. I really like this one because it has my favorite song right now (Viva la Vida) and it's good excersise. It just might be hard for kids uner six.
Teen, 14 years old Written byCloudIsC00L723 May 21, 2011
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10
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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 DDR game. However it is pretty much Dance Dance Revolution X2 for PlayStation 2 remade for Wii. That's not a bad thing in some ways, but if you have X2, the song list is exactly the same. I would also like to point out though that dances by female characters could be too suggestive to some kids. And be aware that the track "Feel Good Inc." by Gorillaz contains the word s--t and the official music video which has one character shaking his buttocks (no full rear nudity but partially exposed) at the screen for about 3 seconds. If you don't want your kids seeing the music videos while dancing, the videos can be switched off by going to the options menu.
What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Great messages
Teen, 14 years old Written byIwaki April 17, 2011
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13
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Perfect for those who like DDR in the arcade and new-comers.

Good selection of songs, glad they're bringing back licensed songs. Game is easy to play. Really, it's just tapping to the beat of the arrows on-screen, just like in the arcade. I also noticed that Rick Astley's on there. We all know the YouTube joke that even Google themselves had done to all of us. Iffy, why? Depends on what the person inside of you are. If you're a tech person that's afraid to dance in public, I'd stick to the iPhone app, Dance Dance Revolution S.

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