One of my favorite things about my local arcade is its Pop‘n Music cabinet. Slamming the machine's big, illuminated buttons to remixes of classic Konami themes is one of my favorite things to do on the weekend. Most gamers, however, aren't lucky enough to have a Pop'n Music arcade cabinet near them, not to mention an authentic Japanese arcade.
A PSP controller is a poor substitute for the cabinet's eight buttons, but fans and newbies might be happy to know that it's at least an option. After getting some hands-on time with the series' latest portable release, I'm pleasantly surprised to discover that the game holds up as well as it does with the PSP's buttons and d-pad. It's unfortunate then that some of the other features don't fare as well.