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Course Guide by tera_majin

Version: 1.0 | Updated: 08/06/07

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guide. This guide is for personal use only and strictly not for commercial
use. If you really want to use this guide in somewhere else (of course, not
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tera_majin@hotmail.com



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----------------- I. Guide Information ------------------
---------------- II. Version History --------------------
--------------- III. Game Legends -----------------------
---------------- IV. Game Information -------------------
----------------- V. Course List ------------------------
---------------- VI. Frequently Asked Question ----------
--------------- VII. Finale -----------------------------
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I. Guide Information

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Welcome to my Dance Dance Revolution SuperNOVA Course Guide. I have never
write any FAQ before, so this will be my very first one. I have been a fan of
DDR games for a quite long time (about 7 years). I decide to write this Course
Guide since I observe that there has not been any guide yet that cover deeply
about the Course in the game, especially for the boss rushes. What you can
find in this guide are the complete Course list, and most importantly the
frequently asked questions regarding this game, especially about the Course.




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II. Version History

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v1.0  : Though this is the first version, I hope I have covered most of the
        things. If there is any newer version to be released, it must be for
        some additional frequently asked questions, and some corrections if
        someone notices any mistakes or false information in this guide.




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III. Game Legends

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Life bar penalty: The reduction of your life bar if you get an ALMOST or BOO.
Footer: The difficulty of the song. 1 is the easiest and 10 is the hardest.
Options: Song modifier. For example, Speed, Dark, Scroll, Freeze, etc.
         Whenever I say "Option", it must be this one, not the actual
         "Game Option" from the main menu.




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IV. Game Information

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Dance Dance Revolution SuperNOVA has quite many improvements from the previous
serie (Dance Dance Revolution Extreme 2). The most important one is that now
the score is only determined by how many PERFECTs, GREATs, and OKs you get, no
matter how many COMBOs you get or how many GOODs, ALMOSTs, or BOOs you have.
Thus, you can still score an AA eventhough you do not get a full combo. You
get half of PERFECT's score for each GREAT, while OK has equal score with
PERFECT. Moreover, EXTRA STAGE is also brought back to the game, which KONAMI
took away from DDR Extreme 2. Now, back to the main thing... for those of you
who are new to this game, you will probably wonder what the Course is.

Well, Course is a mode where you have to play a set of songs continuously,
forces you to play the songs without any break at all. Obviously Course is not
intended for new players. The Course itself can be played in 2 modes. The
first one (or should I say the one most people would play) is Normal mode. In
here your life bar will not be restored for each next song, and the life bar
penalty will be bigger as you advance more. The other one is Challenge mode.
This one is very hard, since you have to maintain your COMBO. You only get 4
units for the life bar, and any combo breaking (getting GOOD, ALMOST or BOO)
will reduce your life bar by 1 unit. You can not restore the life bar in a
song, no matter how many COMBOs you make. However, for each song advance, your
life bar will be restored. In other words, you have 4 chances for each song,
not for the whole course.

The scoring system in Course is a little bit different from the Game Mode. In
Game Mode, you get full score for PERFECT, and MARVELOUS (if you turn them on
in the game option menu), while you get half score for GREAT. However, in
Course, MARVELOUS is forced turned on, and you get full score only for
MARVELOUS. That said, PERFECT will not worth full score anymore. Instead, it
will only give 2/3 score, while GREAT worths only 1/3 score. Thus, scoring a
high rank in Course is harder than in Game Mode.

You can also use any option for most courses. Courses which you can not use
any option are usually the special courses. I mean, if those courses are
modified by some options, then there is really no point at all for playing
those courses.

Moreover, you can make your own course using ORDER course. You can choose up
to 20 songs, with any difficulty and option. The game itself provide you 10
ORDER courses, so that you can make several of them and play them at any time
you like. Well, you should make courses which are neither too easy or too hard
for you :)




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V. Course List

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Here are the courses available in the game. Unless I put a special note on the
course, then it means that you can use any option for the course. For the boss
rushes, you also can not use any option. Boss rushes are meant to be the
challenge for the Course of this game, so KONAMI won't allow you to clear them
easily just buy turning on the "Cut" option, or any other modifier which will
make them much easier.



Sunny Days
How to unlock: unlocked by default
 _______________________________________________________________________
|                    Song                         | Difficulty | Footer |
|-----------------------------------------------------------------------|
| SINCE U BEEN GONE                               | Basic      |   3    |
| Shivers (Radio Edit)                            | Basic      |   2    |
| Girls Just Wanna Have Fun                       | Basic      |   3    |
| Funkytown                                       | Basic      |   3    |
|_________________________________________________|____________|________|




Sparkle:
How to unlock: unlocked by default
 _______________________________________________________________________
|                    Song                         | Difficulty | Footer |
|-----------------------------------------------------------------------|
| CENTERFOLD (130BPM move it remix)               | Basic      |   3    |
| Shout                                           | Basic      |   3    |
| L.E.F. (Loud Electronic Ferocious)              | Basic      |   3    |
| Let's Dance                                     | Basic      |   4    |
|_________________________________________________|_____________________|




with you:
How to unlock: unlocked by default
 _______________________________________________________________________
|                    Song                         | Difficulty | Footer |
|-----------------------------------------------------------------------|
| COME CLEAN                                      | Basic      |   3    |
| Do you Want To                                  | Basic      |   3    |
| FRECKLES (KCP Re-Edit)                          | Basic      |   3    |
| Dance, Dance                                    | Basic      |   4    |
|_________________________________________________|____________|________|




-STAR-
How to unlock: unlocked by default
 _______________________________________________________________________
|                    Song                         | Difficulty | Footer |
|-----------------------------------------------------------------------|
| Turn On the Music (Axwell Radio Edit)           | Basic      |   3    |
| Video Killed                                    | Basic      |   3    |
| The Other Side (radio mix)                      | Basic      |   4    |
| JERK IT OUT                                     | Basic      |   5    |
|_________________________________________________|____________|________|




PRECIOUS:
How to unlock: unlocked by default
 _______________________________________________________________________
|                    Song                         | Difficulty | Footer |
|-----------------------------------------------------------------------|
| Battle Without Honor Or Humanity                | Basic      |   3    |
| MR.DABADA (Groove Wonder Remix)                 | Basic      |   3    |
| Robogirl                                        | Basic      |   3    |
| HERVEN IS A PLACE ON EARTH (German Election Mix)| Basic      |   4    |
|_________________________________________________|____________|________|




SuperNOVA:
How to unlock: clear 4 courses (cost: 4,000 shop points)
 _______________________________________________________________________
|                    Song                         | Difficulty | Footer |
|-----------------------------------------------------------------------|
| My Only Shining Star                            | Basic      |   3    |
| Star Gate Heaven                                | Difficult  |   5    |
| Mugen                                           | Difficult  |   6    |
| Fly away                                        | Difficult  |   5    |
| Xepher                                          | Difficult  |   7    |
|_________________________________________________|____________|________|




BeForU for U
How to unlock: clear 4 courses (cost: 4,000 shop points)
 _______________________________________________________________________
|                    Song                         | Difficulty | Footer |
|-----------------------------------------------------------------------|
| PEACE (^^)v                                     | Difficult  |   5    |
| Graduation                                      | Difficult  |   5    |
| KI - SE - KI                                    | Difficult  |   7    |
|_________________________________________________|____________|________|




SLOW DANCE
How to unlocked: clear 4 courses (cost: 4000 shop points)
 _______________________________________________________________________
|                    Song                         | Difficulty | Footer |
|-----------------------------------------------------------------------|
| Balle Le Samba                                  | Difficult  |   6    |
| Hit 'n' Slap                                    | Expert     |   6    |
| TIERRA BUENA                                    | Expert     |   8    |
| PUT YOUR FAITH IN ME (SATURDAY NIGHT MIX)       | Expert     |   7    |
|_________________________________________________|____________|________|




PLAYER'S BEST 1-4
How to unlocked: clear 4 courses (cost: 4,000 shop points)
This course consists of your 4 most favorite songs. The first two songs are 
in Difficult difficulty, while the last two songs are in Expert difficulty.
 _______________________________________________________________________
|                    Song                         | Difficulty | Footer |
|-----------------------------------------------------------------------|
| ???                                             | Difficult  |   ?    |
| ???                                             | Difficult  |   ?    |
| ???                                             | Expert     |   ?    |
| ???                                             | Expert     |   ?    |
|_________________________________________________|____________|________|




NEW WORLD TOUR
How to unlocked: clear 5 courses (cost: 5,000 shop points)
 _______________________________________________________________________
|                    Song                         | Difficulty | Footer |
|-----------------------------------------------------------------------|
| Tino's White Horse                              | Difficult  |   6    |
| Balalaika, carried with the wind                | Expert     |   6    |
| Brazilian Anthem                                | Expert     |   7    |
| Ska Ska No. 3                                   | Expert     |   8    |
| TIERRA BUENA                                    | Expert     |   8    |
| Gamelan de Couple                               | Expert     |   8    |
|_________________________________________________|____________|________|




DANCING NIGHT
How to unlocked: clear 5 courses (cost: 5,000 shop points)
 _______________________________________________________________________
|                    Song                         | Difficulty | Footer |
|-----------------------------------------------------------------------|
| Fly away                                        | Difficult  |   5    |
| GORGEOUS 2012                                   | Expert     |   7    |
| CURUS                                           | Expert     |   7    |
| rainbow rainbow                                 | Expert     |   7    |
| Star Gate Heaven (FUTURE LOVE Mix)              | Expert     |   8    |
|_________________________________________________|____________|________|




The Movie
How to unlocked: clear 5 courses (cost: 5,000 shop points)
 _______________________________________________________________________
|                    Song                         | Difficulty | Footer |
|-----------------------------------------------------------------------|
| murmur twins                                    | Difficult  |   6    |
| DoLL                                            | Difficult  |   6    |
| KI - SE - KI                                    | Difficult  |   7    |
| Xepher                                          | Difficult  |   7    |
|_________________________________________________|____________|________|




RANDOM SONGS
How to unlocked: clear 5 courses (cost: 5,000 shop points)
This course consists of 4 songs which are chosen randomly by the game. 
The first two songs are in Difficult difficulty, while the last two songs
are in Expert difficulty.
 _______________________________________________________________________
|                    Song                         | Difficulty | Footer |
|-----------------------------------------------------------------------|
| RANDOM                                          | Difficult  |   ?    |
| RANDOM                                          | Difficult  |   ?    |
| RANDOM                                          | Expert     |   ?    |
| RANDOM                                          | Expert     |   ?    |
|_________________________________________________|____________|________|




coquettish
How to unlocked: clear 6 courses (cost: 6,000 shop points)
 _______________________________________________________________________
|                    Song                         | Difficulty | Footer |
|-----------------------------------------------------------------------|
| MOON                                            | Difficult  |   5    |
| Star Gate Heaven                                | Difficult  |   5    |
| HAPPY ANGEL                                     | Difficult  |   6    |
| Love is Dreaminess                              | Difficult  |   6    |
| Baby's Tears                                    | Expert     |   7    |
| TRUE LOVE                                       | Expert     |   8    |
|_________________________________________________|____________|________|




FREEZE ARROW MIX
How to unlocked: clear 6 courses (cost: 6,000 shop points)
 _______________________________________________________________________
|                    Song                         | Difficulty | Footer |
|-----------------------------------------------------------------------|
| Monkey Punk                                     | Expert     |   6    |
| CURUS                                           | Expert     |   7    |
| Knock Out Regrets                               | Expert     |   8    |
| DoLL                                            | Challenge  |   9    |
|_________________________________________________|____________|________|
Special note: As stated bt the title, you should expect many freeze arrows in 
this course. All songs are actually relatively easy, except for DoLL most
probably. There are quite many rapid steps while freezing in DoLL, so you
should watch out, and practive if you are not very familiar to this song. Of
course, options are disabled here, since what's the point of this course if
you can just simply turn off the freeze arrows?




BIG BANG:
How to unlocked: clear 6 courses (cost: 6,000 shop points)
 _______________________________________________________________________
|                    Song                         | Difficulty | Footer |
|-----------------------------------------------------------------------|
| iFUTURELIST (DDR VERSION)                       | Difficult  |   6    |
| MOON                                            | Expert     |   7    |
| LOVE SHINE                                      | Expert     |   7    |
| Ska Ska No. 3                                   | Expert     |   8    |
| CENTAUR                                         | Expert     |   8    |
| Flow (Jammin' Ragga Mix)                        | Expert     |   8    |
|_________________________________________________|____________|________|




PLAYER'S BEST LONG
How to unlocked: clear 6 courses (cost: 6,000 shop points)
This course consists of your 8 most favorite songs. The first four songs are
in Difficult difficulty, while the last four songs are in Expert difficulty.
 _______________________________________________________________________
|                    Song                         | Difficulty | Footer |
|-----------------------------------------------------------------------|
| ???                                             | Difficult  |   ?    |
| ???                                             | Difficult  |   ?    |
| ???                                             | Difficult  |   ?    |
| ???                                             | Difficult  |   ?    |
| ???                                             | Expert     |   ?    |
| ???                                             | Expert     |   ?    |
| ???                                             | Expert     |   ?    |
| ???                                             | Expert     |   ?    |
|_________________________________________________|____________|________|




Japanesque:
How to unlocked: clear 7 courses (cost: 7,000 shop points)
 _______________________________________________________________________
|                    Song                         | Difficulty | Footer |
|-----------------------------------------------------------------------|
| Mugen                                           | Difficult  |   6    |
| KAGEROW (Dragonfly)                             | Expert     |   7    |
| Gekkou chou                                     | Expert     |   7    |
| MATSURI (J-SUMMER MIX)                          | Expert     |   9    |
|_________________________________________________|____________|________|




JUMPING:
How to unlocked: clear 7 courses (cost: 7,000 shop points)
 _______________________________________________________________________
|                    Song                         | Difficulty | Footer |
|-----------------------------------------------------------------------|
| Fly away -mix del matador-                      | Expert     |   8    |
| Flow (true style)                               | Expert     |   8    |
| MIDNIGHT SPECIAL                                | Expert     |   7    |
| HAPPY ANGEL                                     | Expert     |   8    |
|_________________________________________________|____________|________|
Special note: Although the overall footer of this course are quite low, you
should watch out for your stamina while doing this course. Yes, jumps
obviously drain stamina very much. Of course, options are disabled, preventing
you to turn off the jumps.




NAOKI SuperNOVA selection:
How to unlocked: clear 7 courses (cost: 7,000 shop points)
 _______________________________________________________________________
|                    Song                         | Difficulty | Footer |
|-----------------------------------------------------------------------|
| BLUE IMPULSE (for EXTREME)                      | Difficult  |   5    |
| CAN'T STOP FALLIN' IN LOVE (super euro version) | Expert     |   6    |
| My Only Shining Star                            | Expert     |   6    |
| DYNAMITE RAVE (super euro version)              | Expert     |   8    |
|_______________________________________________________________________|




visual shock:
How to unlocked: clear 7 courses (cost: 7,000 shop points)
 _______________________________________________________________________
|                    Song                         | Difficulty | Footer |
|-----------------------------------------------------------------------|
| RED ZONE                                        | Expert     |   8    |
| Quick Master                                    | Expert     |   7    |
| Baby's Tears                                    | Expert     |   7    |
| Gekkou chou                                     | Expert     |   7    |
| AA                                              | Expert     |   9    |
|_________________________________________________|____________|________|




SKIP MASTER:
How to unlocked: clear 7 courses (cost: 7,000 shop points)
 _______________________________________________________________________
|                    Song                         | Difficulty | Footer |
|-----------------------------------------------------------------------|
| Tino's White Horse                              | Expert     |   8    |
| INNOCENCE OF SILENCE                            | Expert     |   8    |
| No. 13                                          | Expert     |   9    |
| MATSURI (J-SUMMER MIX)                          | Expert     |   9    |
|_________________________________________________|____________|________|
Special note: Watch out for the gallops. Stepping in wrong order just once,
and you are screwed up. All of the songs have relatively low BPM, so you
should focus your eyes for seeing the arrows carefully, especially for the
order of the gallops. Of course again Konami disables the option preventing
you to turn on the cut option, which will remove the gallops. Haha!




RANDOM
How to unlocked: clear 7 courses (cost: 7,000 shop points)
This course consists of 5 songs which are chosen randomly by the game.
Moreover, the difficulty of the songs are also chosen randomly (Difficult,
Expert, or Challenge). The options for each song are also set randomly, and
thus the option for the course itself is disabled. Well, you see, this course
can be even more difficult than the boss rushes themselves if you are very
unlucky... (e.g. getting Hidden opttion on a very slow BPM song)
 _______________________________________________________________________
|                    Song                         | Difficulty | Footer |
|-----------------------------------------------------------------------|
| RANDOM                                          | ???        |   ?    |
| RANDOM                                          | ???        |   ?    |
| RANDOM                                          | ???        |   ?    |
| RANDOM                                          | ???        |   ?    |
| RANDOM                                          | ???        |   ?    |
|_________________________________________________|____________|________|




Boss Rush episode I:
How to unlocked: clear 7 courses (cost: 7,000 shop points)
 _______________________________________________________________________
|                    Song                         | Difficulty | Footer |
|-----------------------------------------------------------------------|
| DYNAMITE RAVE (super euro version)              | Expert     |   8    |
| Love is Dreaminess                              | Expert     |   9    |
| RED ZONE                                        | Expert     |   8    |
| Xepher                                          | Expert     |   9    |
| MAX 300 (Super-Max-Me Mix)                      | Challenge  |   10   |
|_________________________________________________|____________|________|
Special note: This is most probably the first course which contains a 10
footer song thus far (unless you got them in RANDOM course). Yeah, just look
out at the last song. It is MAX 300 (Super-Max-Me Mix) in Challenge
Difficulty! Practice this song first, try to at least score 8.5 millions in
Game Mode. Since this song is placed at the 5th place, just four or five
consecutive BOOs can make you fail immediately. Try to not waste your stamina
and concentration too much on the first 4 songs.




Boss Rush episode II:
How to unlocked: clear Boss Rush episode I (cost: 8,000 shop points)
 _______________________________________________________________________
|                    Song                         | Difficulty | Footer |
|-----------------------------------------------------------------------|
|TRUE LOVE                                        | Expert     |   8    |
|CENTAUR                                          | Expert     |   8    |
|No. 13                                           | Expert     |   9    |
|The Least 100sec                                 | Expert     |   8    |
|Fascination MAXX                                 | Challenge  |   10   |
|_________________________________________________|____________|________|
Special note: The difficulty level of this course is nearly the same with the
previous one. Again, you should practice Fascination MAXX first in Game Mode.
Try to play it in final stage, and survive it! The hardest part of this song
could be in the nearly end where there are many fast jumps in the 400 BPM
section, which really needs quite lot of stamina. Again, do not waste your
energy too much for the first 4 songs.




Boss Rush episode III:
How to unlocked: clear Boss Rush episode II (cost: 9,000 shop points)
 _______________________________________________________________________
|                    Song                         | Difficulty | Footer |
|-----------------------------------------------------------------------|
|INNOCENCE OF SILENCE                             | Expert     |   8    |
|MATSURI (J-SUMMER MIX)                           | Expert     |   9    |
|AA                                               | Expert     |   9    |
|Healing-D-Vision                                 | Expert     |   10   |
|CHAOS                                            | Challenge  |   10   |
|_________________________________________________|____________|________|
Special note: Now the boss rush is just getting much harder than before. It
contains two red songs, and both are 10 footer songs! To make things even
worse, the last song is CHAOS in Challenge difficulty! Okay, actually CHAOS
is not really that hard, but it can really harm your eyes. Yes, playing CHAOS
in speed x1 is really hard, especially for reading the arrows. I myself
usually play this song in speed x2 or x3. The best method for solving this
problem is to memorize them. Try to at least memorize the steps which arrows
are the hardest to read. Try to reserve stamina on Healing-D-Vision, so that
you can do CHAOS much better.




Boss Rush episode IV:
How to unlocked: clear Boss Rush episode III (cost: 10,000 shop points)
 _______________________________________________________________________
|                    Song                         | Difficulty | Footer |
|-----------------------------------------------------------------------|
|MAX 300 (Super-Max-Me Mix)                       | Expert     |   10   |
|CHAOS                                            | Expert     |   10   |
|Fascination MAXX                                 | Expert     |   10   |
|Xepher                                           | Challenge  |   10   |
|Healing-D-Vision                                 | Challenge  |   10   |
|Fascination -eternal love mix-                   | Challenge  |   10   |
|_________________________________________________|____________|________|
Finally, we have arrived to the ultimate and hardest course in this game, and
most probably the hardest official course in DDR history. This course consists 
of 6 songs, and all of them are 10 footer songs. The first 3 songs are all the
final songs from the previous boss rushes, in Expert difficulty. The last 3
songs are the remaining 10 footer difficulty songs in Challenge difficulty.
And let's see what we have for the final song. It is Fascination
-eternal love mix-, the hardest song that Konami ever released until
DDR SuperNOVA. This song has really lots of jumps, and many of the jumps have
a very short interval between them (that is, 1/4th beat arrows in 400 BPM).
Even memorizing the step charts won't help you much to master this song.
You will need extraordinary stamina, and a very effective body movement.
Otherwise you won't survive the last 400 BPM section part where most of the
jumps are thrown away in 1/4th beat arrows. Since all of the other songs are
also difficult (of course they are, since they are 10 footer songs after all),
you should practice them as well. You will need incredibly good endurance to
survive this course. Good luck!




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VI. Frequently Asked Questions

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Here are some questions regarding this game that you might ask. Please read
through them, since it might prove useful for you.



Q: If I complete a course in both Normal and Challenge mode, does it count as
   2 courses or only 1 course for course unlocking requirement?
A: It counts only as clearing 1 course.


Q: Does clearing an "Order" course count toward clearing courses for unlocking
   requirement?
A: No. Otherwise you could just set 1 song only in an "Order" course and clear
   it easily :P


Q: Is it possible to play songs which are not unlocked yet from "Random" or
   "Random Songs" courses?
A: No.


Q: Can I just set the game over to "End of Music" instead of "Arcade" in the
   game options so that I can clear a course easily?
A. Nope. Game over setting doesn't affect the entire Advanced Mode.


Q: There are some songs that appear in the shop menu, but I can't purchase it
   yet. It says "coming soon". What does that suppose to mean?
A: Those are the songs that you have played yet but you haven't unlocked it
   yet. It is either you have played it in Stellar Master Mode or in a course.


Q: You say "most favorite songs" in the "PLAYER'S BEST 1-4" and "PLAYER'S BEST
   LONG" courses. What does it mean actually?
A: It means the songs you have played most frequently in either Stellar Master
   Mode, Game Mode or Advanced Mode.


Q: What do you know about the life bar penalty?
A: Frankly speaking, I do not have the exact formula. However, the only thing
   I can conclude is that in the Course, the penalty is getting bigger and
   bigger for each higher stage, up to 8 units for 1 BOO (ALMOST's penalty is
   half of that BOO'S). The initial penalty itself (1st stage's penalty)
   somehow varies for each song. For example, DoLL's initial penalty is 3
   units, and the penalty increases about 1 unit for each higher stage. The
   6th stage's penalty reaches 8 units, and thus the 7th stage's penalty,
   8th stage's penalty and so on are all the same at 8 units.


Q: Then, how does the game level affect the life bar penalty?
A: Again, there is no exact formula, since the penalty itself varies for each
   song. I just tested it with Fascination -eternal love mix-. You shuold
   conclude by yourself how the game level affects the penalty. Here is the
   table, showing how many BOOs required to make you fail, starting at
   half-full bar (initial condition).
    _______________________________________________
   |\          stage |         |         |         |
   | --------------- |   1st   |   2nd   |   3rd   |
   | game level     \|         |         |         |
   |_________________|_________|_________|_________|
   | 1 (EASIEST)     | 22 BOOs | 20 BOOs | 17 BOOs |
   | 4 (MEDIUM)      | 17 BOOs | 13 BOOs | 12 BOOs |
   | 8 (HARDEST)     | 10 BOOs | 10 BOOs | 9 BOOs  |
   |_________________|_________|_________|_________|


Q: Why are there some songs that are different from the Game Mode if they are
   opened in Edit Mode?
A: Well, it seems that the Edit Mode itself somehow sucks. It can not combine
   any 1/4th, 1/8th, or 1/16th beat arrows with 1/12th beat arrows. Thus, some
   songs that use those combined arrows such as CHAOS, Fascination MAXX, etc
   seem to miss some arrows when opened in Edit Mode.


Q: Can you explain me about the song properties (STREAM, VOLTAGE, AIR, FREEZE,
   CHAOS)?
A: Honestly, I am not sure whether what I am going to say is entirely or not,
   since the game itself never tell us anything about it. You should try a
   different source if you doubt me. I believe
   - STREAM represents the number of steps in the song. The more the steps a
     song has, the higher STREAM it will have. 600 steps are usually enough to
     bring STREAM to its highest level.
   - VOLTAGE represents how many rapid steps you have to do, and how rapid
     they are. Just several 1/16th beat arrows in 300+ BPM speed will surely
     raise the VOLTAGE level to a quite high level.
   - AIR represents how many jumps you have to do. This clearly indicates the
     number of double steps a song has.
   - FREEZE represents how long you have to stick one of your legs or probably
     both legs in the pad. It doesn't matter how many OKs they consist of. The
     FREEZE level is only affected by the total length of freeze arrows the
     song has.
   - CHAOS represents the disorder level of the steps. I shall admit that
     explaining this part will be very hard, since I even have to verify these
     things with Edit Mode. First of all, the CHAOS level itself pretty much
     depends on the song's speed's behaviour. A song with dynamic BPM will
     generally have higher CHAOS level. I have done some researches in Edit
     Mode, using MAX 300 (Super-Max-Me Mix). I need about 2000 random 1/16th
     beat arrows to bring the CHAOS level high enough to reach the letter "O"
     in the properties graphic, but still do not manage to reacg the maximum
     level. On the other hand, using Fascination MAXX, I only need about 1100
     random 1/16th beat arrows to maximize the CHAOS level. Moreover, using
     Fascination -eternal love mix-, I only need even fewer arrows, that is,
     about 800 random 1/16th beat arrows to maximize the CHAOS level. Of
     course, using CHAOS, I need the least number of arrows, that is, about
     450 random 1/16th beat arrows to maximize the CHAOS level. Based on these
     data, I conclude that the more BPM changes a song has, the easier the
     CHAOS level will raise if it is filled with some rapid arrows (1/16th or
     1/24th beat arrows). I also find that unless the song's speed is very
     high (350+ BPM), filling with 1/8th beat arrows will barely increase the
     CHAOS level, no matter how many the arrows are.


Q: Is it possible to get a grade lower than A eventhough I do a full combo?
A: Yes, it is. If you get GREATs more than 38% of total steps, you will get a
   B rank (circled, indicating that it is still a full combo), or maybe even
   lower rank (C or D), depends on how many GREATs you get.


Q: I really want to see Boss Rush episode II, III, and IV. Is there any other
   way to unlock them other that clearing the previous episode?
A: Unless you are using some cheat devices, unfortunately, there is no other
   way.


Q: Then, can you give me some advices to clear the boss rushes?
A: - Preserve your stamina and concentration. Do not let the preliminary songs
     make you exhausted. Most people fail during the final song (the boss
     song), so do not get too carried away too early.
   - Reduce the game level to 1 (EASIEST). It will reduced the life bar
     penalty by about 25% from the MEDIUM level.
   - Practive the songs! If you can't even score them an A in Game Mode, then
     just forget the boss rushes.
   - If everything else fails, you can try to clear them using a controller. I
     know that not all people are adept with this one, but controller is much
     easier to learn and use. Once you have mastered in using controller,
     stamina will no longer be a problem, and you can clear any boss songs
     quite easily. Of course, I won't recommend you to do this one if you
     despise people using controller for this game. But if you are really
     eager to clear the boss rushes...


Q: I have too many shop points unspent. Is there anything I can do to spend
   them so that they do not remain useless?
A: Unfortunately, no. Unlike DDR Extreme 2, the character's costume here is
   quite cheap. I myself only play this game for about 2 months, and have
   about 800,000 shop points unused...


Q: Is there any maximum point for the song's property graph?
A: Yes, it is. Fascination MAXX Challenge difficulty has nearly maximum
   VOLTAGE and STREAM level, while MAx 300 (Super-Max-Me Mix) Difficult
   difficulty has the maximum AIR level, and CHAOS Challenge difficulty has
   the nearly maximum CHAOS level. Shivers most probably has the highest
   FREEZE level among all songs, but the FREEZE level is still far away from
   the maximum level. Actually, I have made a random song in Edit Mode with
   maximum level for all properties (STREAM, VOLTAGE, AIR, FREEZE, CHAOS).
   You should see it by yourself. Here it is:
   http://img262.imageshack.us/img262/926/maximumsonghp7.jpg


Q: What do you think about this game's Course compared to DDR Extreme 2's
   course?
A: Well, you see, the mechanism is pretty much the same. Both have Normal and
   Challenge mode. Both also force turn on the MARVELOUS. The only main
   difference is that in DDR Extreme 2, each course can be played either in
   Normal or Difficult difficulty, while in DDR SuperNOVA, you can only play a
   course in a specific difficulty. However, the overall difficulty level of
   DDR SuperNOVA's Course is pretty much harder than DDR Extreme 2's Course.
   You can directly see it right through the hardest course both games could
   over. ULTIMATE 12 (DDR Extreme 2's hardest course) only has Paranoia
   SURVIVOR MAX Heavy difficulty for the final song, which is obviously not
   the hardest song in the game (they should give it in Challenge difficulty
   instead), while Boss Rush episode IV has Fascination -eternal love mix-
   Challenge difficulty, which is the hardest song in the game, and even
   harder than Paranoia SURVIVOR MAX Challenge difficulty itself. Though
   ULTIMATE 12 consists of 12 songs, which will consume more time to clear,
   but all of the songs are much easier than the 6 ten footer songs which
   Boss Rush episode IV can give...


Q: I have never seen an AAA rank yet. Can you show me some?
A: Well, I do have some screenshots, but too bad most of them are in Basic
   difficulty. However, one thing that I can tell you is that whenever you got
   an AAA rank, the commentator will say "Can I call you a dance master?".
   Here is the screenshot:
   http://img57.imageshack.us/img57/5905/aaasy9.jpg


Q: I am just curious... What are your favorite songs?
A: Well, it is either DoLL or Xepher. Fascination -eternal love mix- also
   comes close. Of course, they are just my personal favorites. Everyone's
   else could be different.


Q: What course do you usually play?
A: Well, after clearing boss rushes, I usually play my own ordered courses.
   For Normal mode, I usually play


   ORDER 1
    _________________________________________________________________________
   |                 Song                  | Difficulty | Footer | Options   |
   |---------------------------------------|---------------------|-----------|
   | Fascination -eternal love mix-        | Challenge  |   10   |   none    |
   | MAX 300 (Super-Max-Me Mix)            | Challenge  |   10   |   x1.5    |
   | Fascination MAXX                      | Challenge  |   10   |x1.5, Dark |
   | Healing-D-Vision                      | Challenge  |   10   |x1.5, Flat |
   | Xepher                                | Challenge  |   10   |x3, Reverse|
   | CHAOS                                 | Challenge  |   10   | x3, Dark  |
   |_______________________________________|____________|________|___________|

   However, for Challenge mode, I am not good enough to play such course.
   Instead, I usually play

   ORDER 2
    _________________________________________________________________________
   |                 Song                  | Difficulty | Footer | Options   |
   |---------------------------------------|---------------------|-----------|
   | MATSURI (J-SUMMER MIX)                | Expert     |   9    |    x3     |
   | DoLL                                  | Challenge  |   9    |    x3     |
   | Xepher                                | Challenge  |   10   |    x3     |
   | CHAOS                                 | Challenge  |   10   |    x3     |
   |_______________________________________|____________|________|___________|
   Yeah, all songs are in x3 :P


Q: How good are you in this game?
A: Well, honestly, I am not very excellent as a dancer, My best achievement is
   only scoring 8.5 millions for Fascination -eternal love mix- Challenge
   difficulty and get AA for Xepher Challenge difficulty. I have their
   screenshots:
   http://img57.imageshack.us/img57/1197/felmoahe4.jpg
   http://img262.imageshack.us/img262/1362/xepheraacd3.jpg



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VII. Finale

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That's all from my guide. If you have any question unanswered by my guide, or
you notice some mistakes in this guide, please feel free to ask me at
tera_majin@hotmail.com
However, there are several type of questions that I will ignore. Please do not
email me if you just want to ask them. Those questions are

Q: Your guide sucks. It is so short and not helpful. Why did you even write
   this guide?
A: Well, I have done my best to cover most things that the other guides and
   the board haven't covered. If you think my guide sucks, then so be it.
   Why don't you write a guide on your own then?


Q: (Questions that have been covered in the guide)
A: Please do not do that. At least try to respect me by reading through the
   whole guide first before asking question.

Last but not least, thanks to KONAMI for making such great and challenging
game. Thanks to GameFAQs for hosting this guide. I hope my guide could prove
useful to the reader :)

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