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Unlike any other Dance Dance Revolution on the Wii, none of the people on the box have Wii Remotes or Nunchuks in their hands. This is because this game only uses them for the menu. This game only has the classic dance mat gameplay; no Choreography mode, no Wii Remote arrows, no Balance Board support, and no other gimmicks. DDR II isn't Just Dance, Dance Central, or even Dance Masters, it's simply Dance Dance Revolution, and it's a fine entry in the series.
The license list consists of current Top 40 with a handful of songs from the 80s and 90s. There is no smile.dk to be found here. Thankfully, the Konami Originals pick up the slack and give you the Japanese dance music sound DDR is known for. Most of them are taken straight from the well regarded arcade version of DDR X2, which includes many songs from import favorite beatmania IIDX. Most of these original songs have to be unlocked via an experience points system, but it doesn't take too long. Fully unlocked, this game has more than 80 songs, more than any other home version released in North America.
The game boasts new features. There's the two pad Double mode and the harder than Expert Challenge difficulty, two features from the arcade and PS2 versions that were completely absent from the Wii until this game. Along with the 1 to 2 minute short versions, half of the songs in the game have full versions playable. Some songs work well with the concept and others don't, but it's a decent addition nonetheless. Unfortunately, Edit mode is still missing. A few of the charts for the non-X2 songs are just awkward, namely Haunted Rhapsody and Surrender, and it would have been nice to allow fans to create and share better charts for them.
If you own one of the previous Wii DDR games, give this one a rental and try not to judge the game solely on its inclusion of Justin Bieber and Willow. If you're a hardcore DDR fan, this game should not be ignored.