About The Game
Smash away in this exciting new tennis game.
Choose from eight cute anime characters, and challenge opponents in a tournament or practice match. It's your choice to play singles or doubles.
Play alone or together with up to four friends. Dominate your opponents with super shots and master all special courts. Need a break between games? Then check out the exciting minigames.
The Wii U has a few issues when it comes to sports games on the system.
Of course there's Wii Sports Club but if you have little desire for motion controls your options are largely limited to a handful of 80's Nes titles.
And now of course Mario Power Tennis which isn't the shining light of the series but we'll save that for another review.
With such little competition to go against it seems natural an indie dev in particular might take a look at one or two popular sports and release their own games and that's exactly what Arc Systems works have done here. (They've previously released similar games in this series on Wii Ware & 3ds)
The game features match play, tournament and a 3 mini games as well as an unlockable gallery images for beating the games tournament on the hardest difficulty setting with each character.
There are 8 family members to pick from but they could only be bothered to name two of them.
You have 8 family member characters to pick from and each of them has their own stats based on power, speed ect.
I should be inclined to write use the one that best suits your style of play but in reality it makes almost zero difference to the game play.
You also have a power bar and can pull off special moves by pressing both shoulder buttons when the ball is near you once the bar is full.
At best this feels a bit clumsy and if your playing against the Cpu on the hardest difficulty it makes almost no difference as they'll hit your special move right back at you 90% of the time anyway.
The game play graphics look pretty bland if this were the first Wii U game you ever saw you'd be asking serious questions of the console and it's ability. (And that's coming from a guy who doesn't really care about graphics)
In contrast the games menus all look bright, colourful and appealing
Even for an eShop only game it doesn't look good!
The game features no motion control options but then even if it had it couldn't really compete with Wii sports.
Still giving players the option might have been a wise choice.
myself playing with standard controls vs the kids with motion controls for example could have been a fun option.
The game also appears to have a few basic problems understanding the rules of tennis (something even Nes games managed to get right)
When you get to 40 all there is no deuce the next person to get the point just wins)
The umpire could also benefit from being given a rule book on basic calls.
The mini games fair slightly better as they at least offer something new.
Overall the game offers very little value as a single player title and there are better options out there for multi player tennis.
Another game won, this Auntie has a strange look going on.
Mini games offer a break from general play.
Multi player experiences offer better overall experience.
Gallery images to unlock in tournament mode offering some motivation to finish it with all of the characters.
The mini games are a better gaming experience but still suffer from many of the same issues as normal matches
ROOM FOR IMPROVEMENT
In play graphics look more from the Wii era.
Umpire has a loose understanding of tennis rules.
Your character jumps / falls over to hit the ball far too many times which is completely pointless as the opponent will return the ball for a point 99% of the time.
Special moves against cpu are almost entirely pointless they'll almost always hit them right back at you.
I enjoyed a few games in multiplayer mode and we certainly passed an hour or so with the mini games during that multi player session.
Playing alone I found the game to be a bland experience.
Having played with all characters for at least 1 game (half for full tournaments) I genuinely couldn't see much of a difference in style despite what the stats may suggest. (Other than possibly slight variations in speed)
The game isn't a complete write off but considering the developer and publisher involved I genuinely expected more.
Mario Tennis has its own issues and maybe 4 times the price but it's also 4 times more fun.
A review copy of the game was purchased by Video Game Legacy and reviewed in accordance with the review policy.