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Encyclopedia > Virtua Tennis
Virtua Tennis
Arcade flyer
Developer Hitmaker
Publisher Sega
Released 1999 (AC)
February 14, 2000 (DC)
Genre Sports game
Mode(s) Single player, multiplayer
Platform(s) Arcade, Microsoft Windows, Sega Dreamcast, N-Gage, Game Boy Advance
Input methods 8-way joystick, 3 buttons
Arcade cabinet Upright
Arcade system Sega NAOMI
Arcade display Raster, medium resolution

Virtua Tennis (Power Smash in Japan) is a 1999 tennis arcade game created by Sega's Hitmaker division. The player competes through tennis tournaments and various arcade modes. For the home console market the game was expanded upon with the introduction of the campaign mode. It was later ported to Sega Dreamcast in 2000, and for Microsoft Windows in 2002. A Game Boy Advance version was also released in 2002. Image File history File links Size of this preview: 463 × 599 pixelsFull resolution‎ (612 × 792 pixels, file size: 93 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) Virtua Tennis promotional flyer for the North American market. ... A video game developer is a software developer (a business or an individual) that creates video games. ... Hitmaker (originally AM3) is a former second-party developer for Sega Corporation. ... This article is about the video game company. ... 1999 1999 in games 1998 in video gaming 2000 in video gaming Notable events of 1999 in video gaming. ... is the 45th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 2000 2000 in games 1999 in video gaming 2001 in video gaming Notable events of 2000 in video gaming. ... Video games are categorized into genres based on their gameplay. ... A sports game is a computer or video game that simulates the playing of traditional sports. ... In computer games and video games, single-player refers to the variant of a particular game where input from only one player is expected throughout the course of the gaming session. ... A multiplayer game is a video game in which more than one person can play the same game at the same time. ... In computing, a platform describes some sort of framework, either in hardware or software, which allows software to run. ... Centipede by Atari is a typical example of a 1980s era arcade game. ... “Windows” redirects here. ... The Dreamcast , code-named Dural, Dricas and Katana during development) is Segas fifth and final video game console and the successor to the Sega Saturn. ... This article is about the hand-held telephone. ... “GBA” redirects here. ... For other uses, see Joystick (disambiguation). ... This arcade cabinet, containing Centipede, is an upright. ... An arcade system board is a standardized printed circuit board or group of printed circuit boards that are used as the basis for multiple arcade games with very similar hardware requirements. ... The Sega NAOMI (New Arcade Operation Machine Idea) is a development of the Sega Dreamcast technology as a basis for an arcade system board. ... A computer display monitor, usually called simply a monitor, is a piece of electrical equipment which displays viewable images generated by a computer without producing a permanent record. ... Imagine the smiley face in the top left corner as an RGB bitmap image. ... This article is about the year. ... For other uses, see Tennis (disambiguation). ... Centipede by Atari is a typical example of a 1980s era arcade game. ... This article is about the video game company. ... Hitmaker (originally AM3) is a former second-party developer for Sega Corporation. ... The Dreamcast , code-named Dural, Dricas and Katana during development) is Segas fifth and final video game console and the successor to the Sega Saturn. ... Year 2000 (MM) was a leap year starting on Saturday (link will display full 2000 Gregorian calendar). ... “Windows” redirects here. ... Also see: 2002 (number). ... “GBA” redirects here. ...


A sequel, Virtua Tennis 2, appeared on Sega NAOMI, Dreamcast and PlayStation 2. In 2005 another sequel, Virtua Tennis: World Tour was released for the PlayStation Portable. 2006 saw the release of Virtua Tennis 3 in the arcades (using the Sega Lindbergh hardware). Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Playstation Portable and PC versions were released in 2007. Virtua Tennis 2 (known as Sega Sports Tennis 2K2 in the US) is a sequel to Virtua Tennis that was released for the Sega Dreamcast, Sega NAOMI arcade unit and Sonys PlayStation 2 in 2001. ... The Sega NAOMI (New Arcade Operation Machine Idea) is a development of the Sega Dreamcast technology as a basis for an arcade system board. ... The Dreamcast , code-named White Belt, Black Belt, Dural, Dricas, Vortex, Katana, Shark and Guppy during development) is Segas final video game console and the successor to the Sega Saturn. ... PS2 redirects here. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... The PlayStation Portable , officially abbreviated as PSP) is a handheld game console released and currently manufactured by Sony Computer Entertainment. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Virtua Tennis 3 (SEGA PROFESSIONAL TENNIS Power Smash 3 in Japan) is the second arcade sequel to Segas tennis game franchise. ... The Lindbergh as shown at AM Show 2005 The Sega Lindbergh is an arcade system board developed by Sega. ... It has been suggested that Xbox 360 Elite be merged into this article or section. ... The PlayStation 3 , trademarked PLAYSTATION®3,[3] commonly abbreviated PS3) is the third home video game console produced by Sony Computer Entertainment; successor to the PlayStation 2. ... The PlayStation Portable , officially abbreviated as PSP) is a handheld game console released and currently manufactured by Sony Computer Entertainment. ... A personal computer (PC) is a computer whose price, size, and capabilities make it useful for individuals. ...

Contents

Game modes

Arcade

The player must win 5 matches to win a tournament. Each match is played on a different surface:

Match Name Surface
1 Australian Challenge Hard
2 French Court Clay
3 US Super Tennis Hard
4 The Old England Championship Grass
5 Sega Grand Match Carpet

Exhibition

This is a single match in which the options are customizable.


The match can be played as singles or doubles with up to 4 human players (2 for singles). The duration can be varied between one game and one set. Other options include the court that the match is played on and the skill of the opponent(s).


World Circuit

This is the main mode of the game. Users have to win matches and complete training exercises in order to progress and unlock new ones. The user enters with a rank of 300th, which improves as matches are won. These matches are unlocked by completing easier matches or training exercises.


Training

The focus of the training exercises are to be fun, rather than realistic. Each exercise has three levels, with the difficulty increasing progressively. By completing the hardest difficulty with a certain amount of time left or points scored, an outfit is unlocked, which players can wear in all modes.


Players

Characters include several real world tennis players, with their respective strengths:

Player Strength
Jim Courier Various Shots
Tommy Haas Forehand
Tim Henman Volley
Thomas Johansson Quickness
Yevgeny Kafelnikov Backhand
Carlos Moyà Groundstrokes
Mark Philippoussis* Serve
Cedric Pioline All-around

The Dreamcast and PC ports include eight extra players, all of them fictitious: Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... James Spencer Jim Courier, Jr. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Germany. ... Thomas Mario Haas (born April 3, 1978 in Hamburg, Germany) is a German tennis player. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_the_United_Kingdom. ... Timothy Henry Tim Henman OBE (born September 6, 1974 in Oxford) is a former British tennis player. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Sweden. ... Thomas Johansson (born March 24, 1975, in Linköping, Sweden) is a professional tennis player. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Russia. ... Yevgeny Aleksandrovich Kafelnikov (born 18 February 1974; Russian: , yev-GHE-neey KAH-fill-nee-coff) is a former World No. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Spain. ... Carlos Moyà Llompart (born August 27, 1976), also known as Carles Moyà, Carlos Moyá or Carlos Moya, is a former World No. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... Mark Anthony Philippoussis (born November 7, 1976) is an Australian tennis player. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... Cédric Pioline (born 15 June 1969 in Neuilly-sur-Seine) is a retired French tennis player. ...

Player Strength
Gilles Altman Serve
Bruno Costa Forehand
Rolf Euler Volley
Masayuki Inoue Speed
Shyam Singh All-around
Davor Tesla Wide Shots
Pieter Tinbergen Serve and Volley
Raf Ventura Strength

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Player Strength
Master High Performer
King Perfect Player

*Mark Philippoussis was removed from the PC version as he was already featured in a licensed tennis title for that platform.


Reception

Virtua Tennis received very positive reviews from with the UK version of the Official Dreamcast Magazine rating it at 9/10, as well as overwhelmingly positive reviews from users [1]. Players were pleased with the quick learning curve and the wide variety of training exercises available. The game became one of the few Sega All Stars. The Official Dreamcast Magazine was a video game magazine published by Dennis Publishing in the United Kingdom between 1999 and 2001. ... There are very few or no other articles that link to this one. ...


It has been ranked in the top 100 games of all time by IGN both in 2005 (#91) [2] and 2003 (#89) [3].


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