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Sega Superstars Tennis throws in a whole host of different sega characters from over the years and thrusts them into arcade-like tennis action on a host of different and interesting courts.
The environments and characters in this game are typically bright and colourful for Sega and the characters never look out of place on the courts or with a tennis raquet in hand. Although some of the characters are lesser-known, there are enough recognisable characters for more casual players and some more obscure players to keep hardcore Sega fans happy.
The actual tennis in this game is a bit disappointing. It is by no means terrible, but it feels very much like the Virtua Tennis engine has literally just had some new characters stuck into it, with little thought as to how this will actually change the gameplay. The addition of superstar moves adds an extra element to the game, allowing you to hit ridiculous curve-ball shots or to vastly improve your characters speed or hitting power for temporary periods. The Wii controls are disappointing here in that you hardly have to do much more than just swing at the right time and the game will decide where to put the ball for you, you're better off using standard controls using a classic controller to get the most out of this game.
The minigames are, on the whole, a lot of fun, and probably where you will get the most amount of enjoyment out of this game. The addition of Space Harrier and Virtua Cop minigames were great ideas and they both make good use of the wiimote.
Overall this is a good product that can be picked up quite cheaply and will keep you entertained for a few days, mostly thanks to the fun minigames.
Sega Superstars Tennis is a sports game for the Nintendo Wii developed by Sega.
This game doesn't have a story instead it has a Superstar career mode, here you will travel to themed world which represent the characters from classic Sega games including Sonic the Hedgehog, Jet Set Radio, Outrun, Super Monkeyball and more.
The roster of characters includes favourites such as Sonic the hedgehog, Shadow the hedgehog, Tails, Amy, Dr Eggman, Nights, Alex Kidd, Amigo from Samba de Amigo, Beat from Jet set radio, Gilus Thunderhead from Golden Axe and Ulala and Pudding from Space Channel 5. I included the game names because most of you probably won't be familiar with these so called Superstars!
In each world you will have to play the tennis in the game to proceed down its path, the tennis is ripped straight from Virtua Tennis 3 but this time the characters can enter a Superstar mode when they have completed a number of good shots in the game, this mode usually makes the balls they hit spin in all different directions making it a lot harder for the opponent to return it. You can play tennis in both single and doubles tournaments too which is fun though sadly no multiplayer makes it into the Superstar mode.
Mini games also are playable and you will have to play them to advance in the Superstar mode, they usually have some relevance to the game world you are in so for example on the Sonic levels you will collect rings, speed power up and so on. On the Super monkey ball levels you will have to get the monkey balls in the goals. Honestly they don't seem as fun as those found in Virtua Tennis 3.
Graphics are colourful and smooth and the courts are nicely themed like various stages on the games they are based, voice work however is very wooden and bland, you couldn't imagine a less excited cast!
If you are a Sega fan and miss them having their own console this will help you relive some of their glory days with mascots from games old and new duke it out in a fun tennis game.
Sega Superstars Tennis was a very exciting release for me, having played the included Wii Sports and tired a little of their version of tennis. All of the characters I had grown up with and some new are in the game, so it is nice for all generations of gamers to get their hands on.
The graphics are very nice, as are the sounds, but what Sega did not do was add much to the 'swing, hit' control method of the original tennis game (Wii Sports). It is just a shame that you can sit down and play without much effort, or even with your eyes closed.
The different modes definitely add to the value. The special moves are pretty awesome too. Some of the characters special moves are really easy to return, others are much more powerful.
With Sega Superstars Tennis, it call comes down to price. For a tenner it is well worth it... you have been warned.
Sega Superstars comes back the first was an Eye Toy game from the PS2 now Sega Superstars returns for Tennis with a whole new control system on the Wii. This game was developed by Sumo Digital who developed Virtua Tennis 3 but this is not even close to that so people should not compare this to that game.
Sega Superstars Tennis brings out all those Sega legends from the past put stages or even characters and even add some of the classic music. The stages you will see in this game are Space Harrier (which it is fantastic theme music), Puyo Pop Fever, Sonic The Hedgehog - Green Hill Zone and Scrap Brain Zone they even add the music, Virtua Squad, Nights, Super Monkey Ball, Space Channel 5, Samba De Amigo even more. Alex Kidd has been brought back as a playable character as for the rest you should know them well any Virtua Fighter people do not even feature on this game.
Here is what the game has and does
Planet Superstars - This is the main mode in the game you get over 100 challenges and various different levels from Sega classic gems. When doing these you will unlock music, characters, courts and mini games. Each stage will have a set mission as for Sonic you will have to collect rings and dodge spiked balls and bombs, Super Monkey Ball has you putting the balls in the hoop things, House of the Head stage (though it's called something else) this will see you fighting off Zombies, as for the rest you will have to do tournaments and other matches.
Match - this is simple this is just where you can make a match of up to 4 players.
Tournament - Here you can play with friends or against the computer and chose different courts to take part in.
Games - This is where the mini games are you will have some unlocked at first but as for the rest you will have to do superstar mode to unlock those. These games are really what you do in Planet Superstars mode they are fun.
The game is good fun and entertaining though versing the Computer is stupid sometimes when your in a double match and your partner is the computer it will take them 3 serves to hit the ball this is annoying. The controls on this game however respond when your hitting your Wii mote which is better then the slow response Rockstar Games presents Table Tennis did.
There is no online play which is a shame it would of made this game better in reply value. Instead of an online system we get 3 control methods just using the Wii mote, Wii mote and Nunchuk or the classic controller. Sega Superstars is a good game which is really down to the control system of the Wii. Now I hate tennis games but this is pretty fun plus it gives you a chance to remember some of the classic old times from Sega. I have to say this I love that theme music on the menu screen it's awesome. If you see this game under £19.99 it's worth buying.
Sega Characters with Superstar Abilities each of the 16 characters has their own superstar alter-ego, which gives them the winning edge on the court. As you slice your way through the competitive tournaments, you will unlock loads of bonus content and not to mention the sound track with all the old sonic themes to give you a reminder of the great sonic game.Superstar Tennis though, is indeed, a fun game in it's own right. While not as clever perhaps as Virtua Tennis, it is a fun tennis game that plays well, presents a challenge, and has some varied and fun mini games to boot. The controls are easy to use. At first the game was slow but changing the setting in the opinons screen the game is faster and alot more fun when you play against someone.Only problem is the game in all modes against computer is to easy. This is a game which is fun for all ages.