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Sega Superstars Tennis review

Sonic and his brand mates enjoy more passable games of tennis, only now it's smaller

Pros

  • Better controls than Wii
  • Great minigames
  • Nostalgic fan-service

Cons

  • Sore thumbs
  • Certain overpowered characters
  • Some frustrating parts

This tinied-down version of the recent Wii smasher should in theory be more fiddly and less satisfying than its big bro. But somehow they%26rsquo;ve squeezed all the better bits in, and bypassed all that unsatisfying control business. You%26rsquo;ll still be mashing them thumbs up on the minigames, but you%26rsquo;re in for a smoother, more simplified ride - and the sheer joy of all the old school Sega nostalgia making up for the frustrating bits.

You%26rsquo;ll get the gist of the tennis proper pretty quickly, and the ball is far easier to control in this compact form - you%26rsquo;ll be grinning with warped glee as you force your opponent to toddle around the court like an asthmatic kitten. But it%26rsquo;s the minigames that offer the most fun. Compact tennis-based versions of bygone gems like Jet Set Radio, ChuChu Rocket and Space Harrier will have you sighing doey-eyed for the old days.

Like its larger sibling it%26rsquo;ll wind you up as much as challenge your finely-honed tennis skills. But as a happy-go-lucky bit of racket-fuelled froth it%26rsquo;ll keep you pleasantly diverted.

Apr 17, 2008

More Info

GenreSports
DescriptionEat your heart out, Virtua Tennis - Sonic and his friends have got more game than you could ever hope for.
Franchise nameSonic the Hedgehog
UK franchise nameSonic the Hedgehog
PlatformPS2, Xbox 360, PS3, Wii, DS
US censor ratingEveryone 10+
UK censor rating7+
Release date18 March 2008 (US), 1 January 1970 (UK)