4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Great game, but quite flawed. Come on Nintendo- where's Wii Mario Tennis?,
This review is from: SEGA Superstars Tennis (Wii) (Video Game)
I won't bore you by explaining what the games options and modes are- other reviews have done that. I will simply list good and bad points-
Bad first. The controls seem to be broken, or just aren't as good as they could have been. In Standard mode (where you just swipe the remote to hit the ball) you have little control- no-where near the control you get in Wii Sports. You swipe, and that's about it. Like others have said, the game determines where you hit the ball. The only choice it gives you is if you want to make a drop-shot, lob, or special move. The nunchuck control is a lot better, with you using the stick to direct your shot and your player on the court. However, the instructions aren't clear on how you slice or topspin in this mode, and these seem to be random every time you hit, even though you swipe the remote in exactly the same way. Plus, in this mode, the power of your shots, no matter how you time them or how fast you swipe the remote, is never ever as hard as when you use the Classic control mode. However, the Classic control mode seems to be a lot less responsive- you can press the button to hit the ball at the right time and it will sometimes just fly straight past you. So, none of the control methods are perfect. The best of the three is the nunchuck, as you have the control of the player and it is responsive enough.
This is a slight niggle for me- there are no sound effects coming from the remote, so when you hit the ball, you get a slight rumble, and that's it. Compared to Wii Sports where you get a definite 'THWACK' when you hit the ball, it isn't half as satisfying.
Regarding the different control methods, they don't stay the same through mini-games and menus. If you use Standard or Nunchuck, you can navigate menus no problem. But when you get to mini-games, you find you MUST remove the nunchuck and use the Classic control method! Likewise, if you use Classic mode to play, you have to turn the remote straight (pointing at the screen) to navigate menu's, otherwise you'll find 'down' on the d-pad will actually be 'left' on the menu!
Good points. The game looks good. Not as good as PS3 or 360, but you shouldn't expect it to be. It's good enough for the Wii anyway. It sounds good too, with each character having their own comments, and three different umpire's. Other than the control niggles above, using the Nunchuck control plays well. It becomes very intuitive deciding where you want to be on the court, and where you want to hit the ball. Some of the mini-games are fun (although I am still annoyed you HAVE TO use the Classic control for them).
Overall, this is a very fun game of Tennis, albeit flawed. You have more control compared to Wii Sports, but in some ways this new control is broken in my opinion. Basically, it will do until Nintendo decide to pull their fingers out and bring out Mario Tennis for Wii, which I know will bury this game into the ground, as they always make sure their games are polished to perfection before release.