All of the standard modes are here, from the straightforward arcade mode, to the calorie tracking workout mode and custom edit mode, along with the all new Hyper Master mode. Hyper Master is a new twist on the dance challenge formula as it presents you with a number of preset challenges to complete with each being worth a certain number of points. Points earned in Hyper Master mode can be used to unlock new songs and game modes (such as Battle and Endless) as well as courses and cosmetic updates (arrow styles and dancing characters).
One of the biggest changes from prior DDR games is the heavy focus on American music for the default song selection. The series has been moving in that direction for awhile, but given that DDR has its roots firmly planted in the bowels of J-Pop, hardcore players may be a bit put off at first. Not to worry, those J-tunes are still here - you just have to work to unlock them. Both online play and EyeToy support make a reappearance, though neither is integral to the game.
The difficulty curve in SuperNOVA 2 is well spaced for average to experienced players with step patterns that flow in a natural way. Making the jump from one skill level to the next isn't quite as jarring as it has been in the past.