Virtua Tennis

GBA - UPC: 0785138321196
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Imagine how a tennis player feels when he enters the arena, the crowd is cheering, the atmosphere electric, the adrenaline rushes... Well now you can with Virtua Tennis, the most lifelike and playable tennis game ever! Play as one of eight licensed players and uncover the secret stars. As well as the traditional arcade mode you can play in the exhibition mode, with 4 player action via doubles play. Once you're mastered these modes take on the world in the world circuit mode, with unique training games, different challenges and shops to buy clothing, equipment, stages and playing partners. Virtua Tennis - so realisitc you can almost taste the strawberries and cream.
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ESRB Rating E (Everyone)
Game Genre Sports
Maximum Number of Players 4
User Reviews
Virtua Tennis
3 Star Review   By member StashEX - Feb 5, 2006   

Strengths: Fun (in small doses)

Weakness: Fun (in small doses)

There is nothing terribly wrong with Virtua Tennis on the GBA. It is certainly not as good as the Dreamcast game it was based on but what is here is good. Sega made an attempt at a lengthly 1-p mode but it didn't hold my intrest long, I preferred multiplayer instead. I would say the problem is that there is another tennis game on gameboy I'd rather play because of it's gameplay. Virtua Tennis is fun in small amounts so it is worth your time checking it out.

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A Dreamcast Ace Serves Up Great Fun on the GBA
4 Star Review   By member Bullettime - Jan 7, 2006   

Strengths: Tight tennis action that brings back good memories of the Dreamcast; four-player support

Weakness: Spotty animation; weak audio; lobbing can be somewhat awkward (must press A and B together)

No one will mistake this version of Virtua Tennis for one of the console versions, but by GBA standards, it looks fairly good and plays quite well. In fact, many of the great qualities of the console versions have made their way over to the GBA, including World Tour mode (complete with fierce tournaments and enjoyable mini-games). The gameplay is simple enough to pick up and play right away, but it's also deep enough to provide many hours of enjoyment. All in all, Virtua Tennis on the GBA has that special Sega touch, despite Sega's noninvolvement.

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Virtua Tennis
4 Star Review   By member Stopper33 - Oct 14, 2005   

Strengths: Modes, gameplay

Weakness: Graphics, Sound

Virtua Tennis has a fairly storied history for Sega, setting a standard for tennis games on virtually every platform it has been released on. Now Sega, THQ, and Altron have brought the franchise to the gba. The dominant Williams sisters grace the cover and appear in the game. Does the game hold up the legacy, or is it a double fault? Virtua Tennis for gba is an ok looking game. Tennis is tennis, and there have been tennis games for as long as there have been games-and it is hard to differentiate. This game is just ok, lending more towards a nes look than a 16 bit look. Audio is on the same level, nothing great. The audiovisual package isn't too special, however the gameplay is great. Virtua Tennis is an excellent tennis game and offers an awful lot for both hard core and casual tennis fans. First of all VT plays a tight game of tennis, singles, doubles and a variety of surfaces to play on. But the real depth of the game is a “tennis rpg” you take an unranked tennis player and make them a real pro, playing in tourneys and exhibition matches, and playing in doubles matches. You earn money and experience points that allow you to enhance your character and his or her equipment. In addition to playing in standard tennis matches your character can train in a variety of mini-games that enhance their skills. This is a very deep and rewarding mode for tennis fans who want to do more than just play exhibition matches. Virtua Tennis is an excellent package. It offers a straight tennis game, solid 4 player link play, and a very deep rpg mode. The graphical and sound package might not be much, but the game itself is very good. Tennis fans must buy this game, and gamers would do well give it a look.

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4 Star Review   By member MaxBiaggi2 - Jul 5, 2005   

Strengths: One of Dreamcast's best games for GBA, tons of mini-games, male and female players, beginner-friendly

Weakness: Uninspired graphics, repetitive gameplay, basically a more complex version of Pong

Since former hardware maker Sega went the developer route, a lot of changes have been made. THQ is now behind the Virtua Tennis series as it makes its debut on GBA. The original Virtua Tennis for Dreamcast garnered a number of "best of" awards around the turn of the century, but the same can't be said of this GBA port. Where the Dreamcast VT was all about the tennis, THQ's GBA port mixes a variety of tournaments and mini-games to help your chosen character improve his or her skills, abilities and performance. After a couple of months of playing, I was still primarily working on the mini-games to make my player more competitive. Of course, the tournament and world tour play is basically a 3/4 view variation of Pong, but you have to time your serve or return as well as be in the right place at the right time. Most players who enjoy tennis games will find something to like here gameplay-wise, but the tiny undetailed graphics don't give you much to look at. If you can find it cheap, virtua tennis does a reasonable job of translating one of the Dreamcast's best sports games. The tournament and world tour modes aren't as good on the little screen, but you do get plenty of mini-games (fighting aliens, building a sandwich, running a conveyor belt, etc.) to keep you busy.

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3 Star Review   By member sabin23 - Jul 1, 2005   

Strengths: Minigames, custom tennis players, tournament mode, buying gear.

Weakness: Nowhere near as good as the Dreamcast/PS2 versions, poor graphics and sound.

Virtua Tennis on Dreamcast kind of snuck up on everyone and was a very good tennis game. Probably the best until Top Spin was released. What we have here is a portable version of Virtua Tennis and it retains many of the same elements that made the console version so good. It's easy to pick up and play but it takes a while to master. The tournament mode is fun and deep and there are a ton of mini games that will keep the game interesting. The problem with the game is that it doesn't look all that good. I'd have to say it looks worse then Super Tennis (which is a great game by the way) and that game came out in 1991. The GBA hardware (technically more powerful then the SNES) is capable of outputting much better graphics then this. If you can ignore the ugly graphics, you can enjoy a great game of tennis.

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4 Star Review   By member mcgavin27 - Jun 24, 2005   

Strengths: classic tennis gameplay

Weakness: link cable support

this game is a great example of how to do a portable tennis game. the single player is lenghty, the multiplayer is fun. the game is full of minigames and such. the game does an ample idea of transporting the console virtua tennis to a portable front. get this game, it is fun.

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4 Star Review   By member c0urage0us - Jun 23, 2005   

Strengths: World Tour Mode, very much on par with the Dreamcast mode, Simple yet addictive gameplay

Weakness: Can really be uncomfortable to play for even short periods

Virtua Tennis on the GBA really surpised me in the quality and in how fun it is. I loved the series on the Dreamcast and honestly wasn't expecting much of the GBA version, but let me tell you, I was very delighted when I saw how close this is to the Dreamcast counterpart. The most fun I get out of this is in the mini-games, you can really get lost in them for long periods of time. Especially since it also improves your player stats. I'd definitely recommend this to any GBA owner.

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3 Star Review   By member shrike424242 - May 18, 2005   

Strengths: Nice arcade tennis game, lots of minigames, numerous tennis players

Weakness: Graphics aren't as good as they could be

Virtua Tennis for the Dreamcast is ported to the GBA in this release. Most of the gameplay aspects are preserved, such as the different court types, the minigames, and the different players available. The graphics, however, aren't anything close to the Dreamcast version, and it's not apparent why this is the case. Gameplay-wise, this is a good game, it's just not as good looking as it can be. Fans of the original with a GBA should look this one over, just keep in mind of the different look.

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3 Star Review   By member FOnewearl - Apr 22, 2005   

Strengths: Easy to pick up & play, nice mix of simulation & arcade feel

Weakness: Can get repetative, while good can't be what Virtua Tennis was on the Dreamcast on the GBA with this port

I'm not much for Tennis games (or sports games at all for that matter) but I can take a liking to this game as it has somewhat of an arcade feel to it while having some simulation type aspects to it also like real tennis players, you can play on different court types & the ability to develop custom players in the World Circuit Mode. Tennis games can get repetitive to some degree but I did like the addition of bonus games that they put in to give the game some added replay with something else to do :)

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Imagine how a tennis player feels when he enters the arena, the crowd is cheering, the atmosphere electric, the adrenaline rushes... Well now you can with Virtua Tennis, the most lifelike and playable tennis game ever! Play as one of eight licensed players and uncover the secret stars. As well as the traditional arcade mode you can play in the exhibition mode, with 4 player action via doubles play. Once you're mastered these modes take on the world in the world circuit mode, with unique training games, different challenges and shops to buy clothing, equipment, stages and playing partners. Virtua Tennis - so realisitc you can almost taste the strawberries and cream.
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ESRB Rating E (Everyone)
Game Genre Sports
Maximum Number of Players 4
Summary
Product Title Virtua Tennis
Manufacturer THQ
Lowest Price $7.19 from Amazon.com Marketplace
Power Score 3.6 | 9 Reviews
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Release Date: 2002-10-8
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User Reviews
Virtua Tennis
3 Star Review   By member StashEX - Feb 5, 2006   

Strengths: Fun (in small doses)

Weakness: Fun (in small doses)

There is nothing terribly wrong with Virtua Tennis on the GBA. It is certainly not as good as the Dreamcast game it was based on but what is here is good. Sega made an attempt at a lengthly 1-p mode but it didn't hold my intrest long, I preferred multiplayer instead. I would say the problem is that there is another tennis game on gameboy I'd rather play because of it's gameplay. Virtua Tennis is fun in small amounts so it is worth your time checking it out.

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A Dreamcast Ace Serves Up Great Fun on the GBA
4 Star Review   By member Bullettime - Jan 7, 2006   

Strengths: Tight tennis action that brings back good memories of the Dreamcast; four-player support

Weakness: Spotty animation; weak audio; lobbing can be somewhat awkward (must press A and B together)

No one will mistake this version of Virtua Tennis for one of the console versions, but by GBA standards, it looks fairly good and plays quite well. In fact, many of the great qualities of the console versions have made their way over to the GBA, including World Tour mode (complete with fierce tournaments and enjoyable mini-games). The gameplay is simple enough to pick up and play right away, but it's also deep enough to provide many hours of enjoyment. All in all, Virtua Tennis on the GBA has that special Sega touch, despite Sega's noninvolvement.

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Virtua Tennis
4 Star Review   By member Stopper33 - Oct 14, 2005   

Strengths: Modes, gameplay

Weakness: Graphics, Sound

Virtua Tennis has a fairly storied history for Sega, setting a standard for tennis games on virtually every platform it has been released on. Now Sega, THQ, and Altron have brought the franchise to the gba. The dominant Williams sisters grace the cover and appear in the game. Does the game hold up the legacy, or is it a double fault? Virtua Tennis for gba is an ok looking game. Tennis is tennis, and there have been tennis games for as long as there have been games-and it is hard to differentiate. This game is just ok, lending more towards a nes look than a 16 bit look. Audio is on the same level, nothing great. The audiovisual package isn't too special, however the gameplay is great. Virtua Tennis is an excellent tennis game and offers an awful lot for both hard core and casual tennis fans. First of all VT plays a tight game of tennis, singles, doubles and a variety of surfaces to play on. But the real depth of the game is a “tennis rpg” you take an unranked tennis player and make them a real pro, playing in tourneys and exhibition matches, and playing in doubles matches. You earn money and experience points that allow you to enhance your character and his or her equipment. In addition to playing in standard tennis matches your character can train in a variety of mini-games that enhance their skills. This is a very deep and rewarding mode for tennis fans who want to do more than just play exhibition matches. Virtua Tennis is an excellent package. It offers a straight tennis game, solid 4 player link play, and a very deep rpg mode. The graphical and sound package might not be much, but the game itself is very good. Tennis fans must buy this game, and gamers would do well give it a look.

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4 Star Review   By member MaxBiaggi2 - Jul 5, 2005   

Strengths: One of Dreamcast's best games for GBA, tons of mini-games, male and female players, beginner-friendly

Weakness: Uninspired graphics, repetitive gameplay, basically a more complex version of Pong

Since former hardware maker Sega went the developer route, a lot of changes have been made. THQ is now behind the Virtua Tennis series as it makes its debut on GBA. The original Virtua Tennis for Dreamcast garnered a number of "best of" awards around the turn of the century, but the same can't be said of this GBA port. Where the Dreamcast VT was all about the tennis, THQ's GBA port mixes a variety of tournaments and mini-games to help your chosen character improve his or her skills, abilities and performance. After a couple of months of playing, I was still primarily working on the mini-games to make my player more competitive. Of course, the tournament and world tour play is basically a 3/4 view variation of Pong, but you have to time your serve or return as well as be in the right place at the right time. Most players who enjoy tennis games will find something to like here gameplay-wise, but the tiny undetailed graphics don't give you much to look at. If you can find it cheap, virtua tennis does a reasonable job of translating one of the Dreamcast's best sports games. The tournament and world tour modes aren't as good on the little screen, but you do get plenty of mini-games (fighting aliens, building a sandwich, running a conveyor belt, etc.) to keep you busy.

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3 Star Review   By member sabin23 - Jul 1, 2005   

Strengths: Minigames, custom tennis players, tournament mode, buying gear.

Weakness: Nowhere near as good as the Dreamcast/PS2 versions, poor graphics and sound.

Virtua Tennis on Dreamcast kind of snuck up on everyone and was a very good tennis game. Probably the best until Top Spin was released. What we have here is a portable version of Virtua Tennis and it retains many of the same elements that made the console version so good. It's easy to pick up and play but it takes a while to master. The tournament mode is fun and deep and there are a ton of mini games that will keep the game interesting. The problem with the game is that it doesn't look all that good. I'd have to say it looks worse then Super Tennis (which is a great game by the way) and that game came out in 1991. The GBA hardware (technically more powerful then the SNES) is capable of outputting much better graphics then this. If you can ignore the ugly graphics, you can enjoy a great game of tennis.

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4 Star Review   By member mcgavin27 - Jun 24, 2005   

Strengths: classic tennis gameplay

Weakness: link cable support

this game is a great example of how to do a portable tennis game. the single player is lenghty, the multiplayer is fun. the game is full of minigames and such. the game does an ample idea of transporting the console virtua tennis to a portable front. get this game, it is fun.

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4 Star Review   By member c0urage0us - Jun 23, 2005   

Strengths: World Tour Mode, very much on par with the Dreamcast mode, Simple yet addictive gameplay

Weakness: Can really be uncomfortable to play for even short periods

Virtua Tennis on the GBA really surpised me in the quality and in how fun it is. I loved the series on the Dreamcast and honestly wasn't expecting much of the GBA version, but let me tell you, I was very delighted when I saw how close this is to the Dreamcast counterpart. The most fun I get out of this is in the mini-games, you can really get lost in them for long periods of time. Especially since it also improves your player stats. I'd definitely recommend this to any GBA owner.

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3 Star Review   By member shrike424242 - May 18, 2005   

Strengths: Nice arcade tennis game, lots of minigames, numerous tennis players

Weakness: Graphics aren't as good as they could be

Virtua Tennis for the Dreamcast is ported to the GBA in this release. Most of the gameplay aspects are preserved, such as the different court types, the minigames, and the different players available. The graphics, however, aren't anything close to the Dreamcast version, and it's not apparent why this is the case. Gameplay-wise, this is a good game, it's just not as good looking as it can be. Fans of the original with a GBA should look this one over, just keep in mind of the different look.

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3 Star Review   By member FOnewearl - Apr 22, 2005   

Strengths: Easy to pick up & play, nice mix of simulation & arcade feel

Weakness: Can get repetative, while good can't be what Virtua Tennis was on the Dreamcast on the GBA with this port

I'm not much for Tennis games (or sports games at all for that matter) but I can take a liking to this game as it has somewhat of an arcade feel to it while having some simulation type aspects to it also like real tennis players, you can play on different court types & the ability to develop custom players in the World Circuit Mode. Tennis games can get repetitive to some degree but I did like the addition of bonus games that they put in to give the game some added replay with something else to do :)

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