Dance Dance Revolution: SuperNOVA

Common Sense Media says

Perfect way to get kids moving!

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What parents need to know

Positive messages
Not applicable
Violence
Not applicable
Sex

Provocative dancing; while the lyrics contain sexual innuendos, there's nothing overt.

Language

Dance songs reflect current pop music.

Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking

One tune talks about drinking booze.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this game will get your teens and tweens up off the couch and moving. This series of games is actually being used in some schools to get kids excited about exercise. While you can buy the game without the dance pad controller and use the gamepad, it isn't recommended. Playing with a game controller eliminates almost all of the exercise benefits and is ultimately too easy -- and not as much fun. Some of the pop songs contain suggestive lyrics.

Parents say

Kids say

What's it about?

The concept behind DANCE DANCE REVOLUTION SUPERNOVA (DDR) is simple: the game uses a dance pad controller (if you're new to the series, find one that comes with a pad or buy a dance pad controller separately) instead of a gamepad (though you can use a gamepad if necessary) to simulate dancing. Licensed popular dance tracks fill your speakers, and a series of arrows slide relentlessly up the screen toward a bar at the top. Players must hop around to press each arrow with their foot as its corresponding onscreen arrow passes over the bar. They are scored based on timing, rhythm, and number of correct combinations.

Is it any good?

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SuperNOVA is bigger than all previous titles in the series: It features over 2,000 dance steps and fan-favorite tunes from past versions of the game, as well as newly licensed songs. A new graphics engine offers a slicker look and better-looking characters, and each character now has their own dance moves. Dance Dance veterans will enjoy the new space-themed "Stellar Master Mode," with a string of dances and challenges to complete as you hoof and hop your way across the universe.

Players can edit dance steps to make their own routines; if their PlayStation 2 consoles are on broadband, they can compete against other players online. (Common Sense Media does not recommend having children under age 12 compete online.) With DDR, kids and parents can play games together. SuperNOVA is well worth the investment for die-hard fans of the game but players new to DDR might want to consider getting an older and cheaper version first.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about what makes this series so popular. Is it more fun to dance with someone, or is the game fun by itself? Is it all about getting the highest score, or is it just fun regardless? Families can also talk about how to use the Edit mode to make new steps and challenge each other.

Game details

Platforms:PlayStation 2
Price:$39.99
Available online?Not available online
Developer:Konami
Release date:November 20, 2006
Genre:Exergaming
ESRB rating:E10+ for Mild lyrics, suggestive themes, alcohol reference (PlayStation 2)

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Kid, 11 years old April 9, 2008
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Teen, 14 years old Written byAlinaW. March 20, 2010
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Great gift for your tweens, teens, and even adults!

This is an awesome video game . . . One of my absoulete favourites, in fact. I love how you can dance around and move around in your living room, especially when you're stuck inside because of snow, rain, etc. It's also good for a variety of fitness levels, and ages because you can choose your level, from just-starting-out Beginner to ultra-super-hard Challenge. The songs are great, with a beat that gets you thumping your feet along, and I love how you can choose Free Play Mode, or even other things like Exercize Mode, or connect it to your computer to play online. The only slightly concerning thing to me is that a couple of the characters aren't dressed very modestly, but that's pretty much it. I think kids as young as five would enjoy playing this game, and 8+ are REALLY going to like it!
Adult Written bykalleyeope April 9, 2008
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