Also true to the arcade release of SuperNova is the new in-game backgrounds featuring neo-tech digital dancing stages along with dancing routines starring DDR’s classic mascot characters. Unfortunately for the game, the addition has the potential to interfere with the player’s ability to see the scrolling arrows the first time the tackle new backgrounds and characters.
While it doesn’t always interfere, note skins such as “Note” (fourth note steps are red, eighth are blue, etc.) are made hazardous with the matching red and blue backgrounds. The characters and generic backgrounds also detract from the originality of the stages games such as Konami’s own Beatmania IIDX and Andamiro’s Pump it Up carry with its song-specific and technically impressive background videos.
Minor gripes aside, SuperNova will give dancers just as much as there was to do in Extreme 2 and a little bit more. Konami sticks with the successful formula and gives fans of the series yet another quality PS2 title that gives plenty to do, and a good variety of tunes to enjoy. While the online play is still a tad restrictive, Konami has added online-only songs that take the place of the Xbox’s downloadable song packs.
While the graphics can prove to be small problem, depending on the situation, the sound and control are just as solid as always. Konami has managed to take the arcade version of Dance Dance Revolution SuperNova and give it some pure U.S. charm to provide for a satisfying new entry in the series.
Dance Dance Revolution SuperNOVA is rated "E10" for Everyone 10+ by the ESRB for Alcohol Reference, Mild Lyrics, and Suggestive Themes.