High-intensity digital dance-offs might be the only reason anyone sets foot in an arcade these days, but SuperNOVA does an excellent job of bringing the all the competitive, sweat-soaked action into your home. Basically an enhanced version of the same game that recently hit arcades, SuperNOVA offers over 75 songs, new background graphics, and new game modes. Plus, there are a few sweet, PS2-exclusive extras like EyeToy compatibility and a linking feature that lets you share data between the arcade machine and your PS2 (a big plus for the DDR hardcore).
DDR games have been assaulting home consoles for over five years now, but with a few exceptions, nothing has really changed, as you match your steps on the dance pad in sync with the on-screen cues with a variety of songs and scenarios. The familiar formula is partly what makes each installment so popular, with the new song tracks and extra features serving to distinguish one DDR game from another.
SuperNOVA strongest points are a handful of recent big hits from artists like Fallout Boy, Kelly Clarkson and Franz Frerdinand as well as some tracks from cool 80’s pop icons (like Cyndi Lauper and David Bowie). The rest of the starting tracks are a messy mixture of obscure, Euro-trash techno - not the best ingredients for toe-tapping fun.
Even so, there's plenty of fancy footwork action to keep you busy, even if the game isn't much to look at, with boxy, glaringly bright graphics and awkward menus screens. Some recent songs even play the band's actual music video (a very cool feature) while other new tracks are inexplicably left with only the generic dancing dude visuals.
Multiplayer has always been the best part about DDR, and SuperNOVA offers some great improvements here. The new two-player battle mode puts a competitive twist on the already addictive head-to-head mode. There's also full online multiplayer support, and tough offline head-to-head is still best for competitive dancing.
If you're not a serious DDR fan, then playing any one of the games in the series means you've basically played them all. Still, SuperNOVA is a riot to play against live competitors, and makes a perfect entry point for series newcomers and a must play for any fan.