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HOTTEST PARTY 2

Dance Dance Revolution Hottest Party 2

Dance Dance Revolution Hottest Party 2 (Dancing Stage Hottest Party 2 in Europe), or Hottest Party 2, was announced by Konami on May 15 2008 as part of the 10th anniversary of Dance Dance Revolution celebration. Hottest Party 2 features the same gameplay as the first Hottest Party and introduces new gameplay modes, gimmicks, dancing characters and graphical enhancements. The game also features an all new soundtrack featuring licensed music from the past four decades as well as new Konami Originals. Dance Dance Revolution Hottest Party 2 was released on September 16 2008 in North America.

Development

Dance Dance Revolution Hottest Party 2 was announced on May 15 2008 alongside Dance Dance Revolution Universe 3 and Dance Dance Revolution X by Konami on the DDR Online Community website as part of Game Day 2008. A sequel to the 2007 hit Dance Dance Revolution Hottest Party, Hottest Party 2 will feature many improvements over the first. Konami promises an entirely new soundtrack featuring music from the "last [four] decades", more innovative Wii remote and Nunchuk support, four player multi-player and brand new gameplay modes. Hottest Party 2 will feature a difficulty range that allows both new players and seasoned dancers to enjoy the game. Mii support will be added to the game, allowing players to incorporate their Mii avatars onto the dance floor. Courses, a mode featured in the mainstream Dance Dance Revolution series, will be introduced on the Wii for the first time. Dance gimmicks such as Triple Stomp and Dance n' Defend Battle Mode will add new dynamics to the standard gameplay. New dancing characters will be introduced and the dancers will show off realistic dance moves that players can watch and practice in special mode. New dancing stages with greater detail will be added to the game, more than 50 total environments for the characters to dance in. Konami also announced a sample of the music to be included in Hottest Party 2, including covers of "Black or White" by Michael Jackson, "Umbrella" by Rihanna and "We Got the Beat" by The Go-Go's. A teaser trailer and a series of gameplay screenshots were released by Konami alongside the announcement.

Dance Dance Revolution Hottest Party 2 teaser at GameTrailers

On August 1 2008 The Dance Dance Revolution Hottest Party 2 teaser website was updated with a new trailer revealing additional information about the upcoming game. The updated dancers with new dance moves are featured, along with the detailed stages featuring club style lighting, video walls and live crowds, new gimmicks that shrink the size of the on-screen arrows to varying degrees, the first appearance of Training Mode on the Wii, Dance n' Defend Battle Mode in action and the 360 degree dancing character viewer. During the video the song "Into Your Heart (Ruffage Mix)" can be heard, a new Konami Original by sound producer Naoki Maeda.

Dance Dance Revolution Hottest Party 2 trailer at Zenius-I-Vanisher

Gameplay

Dance n’ Defend Battle Mode

Players face off against each other with their Wii remotes while dancing.

Triple Stomp

Triple Stomp is a new gameplay gimmick in Dance Dance Revolution Hottest Party 2.

Scoring

A Bonus has been introduced that add to your final score depending on how well players perform.

Songs

The following is a list of songs in Dance Dance Revolution Hottest Party 2. The songs in yellow are licensed covers, the songs in white are Konami Originals, the songs in red are "boss songs", and the songs in green are featured in existing games. The songs with padlocks next to them are locked until certain conditions are met in the game, and songs with a clapperboard next to them have music videos featured.

Reception

During E3 2008 Konami showcased Dance Dance Revolution Hottest Party 2 to the press, the reaction to Hottest Party 2 was favorable with video game publications citing how easy the game is to pick up and play. Chris Watters of GameSpot pointed out that players who have two left feet will appreciate the training songs that teach players useful fundamentals. IGN's Lucas M. Thomas said that Hottest Party 2 is "exactly what you'd expect" of the Dance Dance Revolution franchise yet remains solid and challenging with the addition of the Wii remote and Nunchuk. He goes on to say that the new gimmick in the Hottest Party series have been met with mixed feelings but are a welcome addition to the standard footwork and keep the gameplay fresh. He also sarcastically remarks that Mii heads on the detailed dancing character bodies "doesn't look disturbing at all."

Compatibility

It has been discovered that DDR Hottest Party 2 is not compatible with 3rd party dance mats.

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