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Dance Dance Revolution Hottest Party

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Dance Dance Revolution Hottest Party

Also known as: Dancing Stage Hottest Party (EU/AU)
Developer: Hudson Soft
Publisher: Konami
Platform: Wii
Released in JP: October 24, 2007
Released in US: September 25, 2007
Released in EU: March 28, 2008
Released in AU: April 11, 2008


GraphicsIcon.png This game has unused graphics.
MusicIcon.png This game has unused music.
SoundIcon.png This game has unused sounds.
RegionIcon.png This game has regional differences.


Elementary, my dear Cactus.
This needs some investigation.
Discuss ideas and findings on the talk page.
Specifically:
  • There are probably much more unused announcer files
  • How to access the debugging functions? Considering this uses the same engine as Mario Mix, the loading method might be the same
  • Find a way to properly convert the .ssq files so that they can be examined further

The first of the long-running Hottest Party series of Dance Dance Revolution games.

It uses the same engine as Dance Dance Revolution: Mario Mix, and, to a greater extent, Mario Party 6.

Unused Graphics

All of these take in consideration the folder data.

Early Warning Screen

boot.bin contains assets for a different, untranslated warning screen.

DDRhp1-boot 06.png
DDRhp1-boot 07.png

Minigame Mode

ddrmodesel.bin contains graphic assets for a scrapped "Minigame" mode.

Image Description
DDRhp1-minigame1.png Would be shown in the left side of the screen.
The style shown here is much different from the other modes.
DDRhp1-minigame2.png
DDRhp1-minigame3.png
DDRhp1-minigame4.png A description, roughly translating to
"Master the minigames!!".

Locked Default Stages

ddrmodesel.bin also contains graphics indicating that the first 8 dance stages are locked, though this never happens as they are already available by default.

DDRhp1-lockedstage1.pngDDRhp1-lockedstage2.pngDDRhp1-lockedstage3.pngDDRhp1-lockedstage4.png
DDRhp1-lockedstage5.pngDDRhp1-lockedstage6.pngDDRhp1-lockedstage7.pngDDRhp1-lockedstage8.png

Mario Mix Leftovers

win.bin still contains many leftover graphics from Dance Dance Revolution: Mario Mix.

Dialog
DDRhp1-win00.png
DDRhp1-win02.png
DDRhp1-win01.png

Button Prompts
DDRhp1-win08 01.pngDDRhp1-win08 02.pngDDRhp1-win08 03.pngDDRhp1-win08 04.pngDDRhp1-win08 05.pngDDRhp1-win08 06.pngDDRhp1-win08 07.pngDDRhp1-win08 09.pngDDRhp1-win08 08.pngDDRhp1-win08 10.pngDDRhp1-win08 11.pngDDRhp1-win08 12.pngDDRhp1-win08 13.png
DDRhp1-win08 14.pngDDRhp1-win08 15.pngDDRhp1-win08 16.pngDDRhp1-win08 17.pngDDRhp1-win08 18.pngDDRhp1-win08 19.pngDDRhp1-win08 20.pngDDRhp1-win08 21.pngDDRhp1-win08 22.pngDDRhp1-win08 23.pngDDRhp1-win08 24.pngDDRhp1-win08 25.pngDDRhp1-win08 26.png

Miscellaneous
DDRhp1-win09.pngDDRhp1-win10.png
DDRhp1-win11.png
DDRhp1-win13.png

(Source: tikal.)

Unused Music

sound/stream/TESTMUSIC_32.brstm is an unused loop.

(Source: tikal.)

Unused Sounds

sound/ddr.brsar, the main sounds repository, contains many unused files within its filesystem.

Announcer

GR_VOICE_ARCADE

These voice files wouldn't look out of place in an arcade installment or an arcade-like gamemode, though Hottest Party is not and does not contain either of these.

File Sound Transcription
VO_NAR_179
"Insert Coin"
VO_NAR_180
"Game Over"
VO_NAR_181
"Stage Clear"
VO_NAR_182
"Congratulations"
VO_NAR_183
"All Clear!"
VO_NAR_184
"Mission Complete"
VO_NAR_185
"Alright, thanks for playing DDR"
VO_NAR_186
"You're ooooooutta heeere!"
VO_NAR_187
"Press Player 1 Start"
VO_NAR_188
"Press Player 2 Start"
VO_NAR_372
"Are you sure?"

GR_VOICE_CHAR

File Sound Transcription
VO_NAR_368
"Uncle Glye"
Possibly an early name for U.G..

GR_VOICE_STAGE

Because Hottest Party does not have any sort of stage system, these go unused.

File Sound Transcription
VO_NAR_298
"First Stage"
VO_NAR_299
"Second Stage"
VO_NAR_300
"Third Stage"
VO_NAR_301
"Fourth Stage"
VO_NAR_302
"Final Stage"
VO_NAR_303
"Extra Stage"
VO_NAR_304
"One More Extra Stage"
VO_NAR_305
"Encore Stage"
VO_NAR_306
"Seriously, this is the last Extra Stage."

GR_VOICE_TEST

File Sound Transcription
VO_NAR_272
"Test"
VO_NAR_273
VO_NAR_274
VO_NAR_275
"Check"
VO_NAR_276
VO_NAR_277

Miscellaneous

Found many times within the filesystem is a short beep.

(Source: Dreemii27, tikal.)

Regional Differences

Songlist

Each version has exclusive songs, as listed below, with most of the Japan-exclusive songs later appearing in Dance Dance Revolution Hottest Party 3 or the 2010 release.

US/Europe Japan
B4U (The Acolyte mix)
Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now)
Rhythm Is A Dancer
unappreciated
B4U (Rising Sun mix)
DOUBLE TORNARD
TRUE♥LOVE (Clubstar's True Club Mix)
Pluto the First

Gypsy woman

The banner for the licensed song Gypsy woman uses a different font between the US/Europe and Japanese releases.

US/Europe Japan
DDRhp1-gypsywomanUS.png DDRhp1-gypsywomanJP.png

Groove Circuit Mode

Hmmm...
To do:
Pluto the First is unlocked in the middle of the second circuit, but where specifically?

Some missions' unlocklists were also altered, mostly due to the new songs:

US/Europe Japan
VENUE ERU 1 - Mission 3
LOVE SHINE (Body Grooverz 2006 mix)
will
STARGAZE VENUE 1 - Mission 2
Mess With My Emotions
Moving On
DOUBLE TORNARD
Mess With My Emotions
Moving On
VENUE U-MATIC 1 - Mission 2
the beat
will
TRUE♥LOVE (Clubstar's True Club Mix)
the beat
let it out
VENUE U-MATIC 1 - Mission 3
let it out
LOVE SHINE (Body Grooverz 2006 mix)
EV VENUE 1 - Mission 2
1998 (Sparky 2006)
Confession
B4U (The Acolyte mix)
1998 (Sparky 2006)
Confession
B4U (Rising Sun mix)