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