Pete Sampras Tennis

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Pete Sampras Tennis
System(s): Sega Mega Drive, Sega Game Gear
Publisher:
Sega Mega Drive
Spectrum HoloByte (US)
Sega Mega Drive
Codemasters (EU)
Sega Game Gear
Codemasters
Developer:
Licensor: Codemasters
Sound driver:
Sega Mega Drive
Sound Images v1.2
Peripherals supported:
Sega Game Gear
Gear-to-Gear Cable
Genre: Sports

















Number of players: 1-4
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Mega Drive
US
$59.9559.95[2] T-120066
Videogame Rating Council: GA
Sega Mega Drive
EU
120024
ELSPA: 3+ OK
Sega Mega Drive
DE
120023
Sega Mega Drive
ES
Sega Mega Drive
FR
120004
Sega Mega Drive
PT
MDJ0014
Sega Mega Drive
UK
£34.9934.99[4] 120022
Sega Mega Drive
SE
(Rental)
Sega Mega Drive
IT
Sega Mega Drive
CZ
1.989 Kč1.989
Sega Mega Drive
AU
FSAM00SMC
OFLC: G
Sega Game Gear
US
$34.9534.95[2] T-120078
Videogame Rating Council: GA
Sega Game Gear
DE
T-120078-50
Sega Game Gear
FR
ELSPA: 3+ OK
Sega Game Gear
UK
£29.9929.99[5][6] T-120078-50
ELSPA: 3+ OK

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Pete Sampras Tennis is a Sega Mega Drive tennis game developed by Zeppelin Games. Endorsed by celebrity tennis player Pete Sampras, the game was first published in the United States by Spectrum Holobyte in April 1994, and was published in Europe by Codemasters the following June. Pete Sampras Tennis is the first game to utilize Codemasters' proprietary J-Cart, allowing for four-player support without the need for an additional accessory. In Europe, versions lacking the J-cart were also produced, and sold at a reduced price.

Pete Sampras Tennis was ported to the Sega Game Gear courtesy of developer Big Red Software. First published in the United Kingdom by Codemasters in August 1994, it was brought to the United States the following November. Curiously, it appears Spectrum HoloByte was once set to publish the United States release, as logos for the company are visible on the rear of the game's box and manual. However, the logos have been purposefully concealed with stickers touting magazine review blurbs, indicating the change in publisher was made relatively late in production.

The game was followed by a 1995 sequel, Sampras Tennis 96.

Development

Before Codemasters had signed celebrity tennis player Pete Sampras to endorse the title, the game was known by the name Tennis All-Stars.[7]

Legacy

In November 2015, SMS Power! user Revo released a Sega Game Gear to Sega Master System conversion hack for the handheld version of the game.[8]

Magazine articles

Main article: Pete Sampras Tennis/Magazine articles.

Promotional material

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Mega Drive print advert in Mega (UK) #22: "July 1994" (1994-06-16)
also published in:
  • Mega (UK) #23: "August 1994" (1994-07-21)[9]
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Mega Drive print advert in Player One (FR) #43: "Juin 1994" (1994-0x-xx)
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Print advert in Mean Machines Sega (UK) #24: "October 1994" (1994-08-xx)
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Game Gear print advert in Sega Magazine (UK) #11: "November 1994" (1994-10-15)
also published in:
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Print advert in GamePro (US) #64: "November 1994" (1994-xx-xx)
also published in:
  • EGM² (US) #5: "November 1994" (1994-xx-xx)[11]
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Print advert in Excalibur (CZ) #37 (1994-12-05)
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Print advert in Sega Visions (US) #22: "December/January 1994/1995" (1994-xx-xx)

Physical scans

Mega Drive version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
{{{{{icon}}}|L}} Division by zero.
Based on
0 review
Sega Retro Average 
Publication Version Score
1700 igr dlya Sega (RU)
60
[12]
Consoles + (FR)
89
[13]
Cool Gamer (RU)
60
[14]
Computer & Video Games (UK)
84
[15]
GamesMaster (UK) PAL
82
[16]
Games World: The Magazine (UK) PAL
94
[17]
Joypad (FR) PAL
89
[18]
MAN!AC (DE) PAL
70
[19]
Sega Mega Drive Advanced Gaming (UK)
82
[20]
Mega (UK) PAL
88
[21]
Mega Force (FR)
88
[22]
Mega Fun (DE) PAL
79
[23]
MegaTech (UK) PAL
79
[24]
Mean Machines Sega (UK) PAL
93
[25]
Player One (FR)
90
[26]
Sega Magazin (DE)
84
[27]
Sega Magazine (UK) PAL
92
[28]
Sega Power (UK) PAL
88
[29]
Sega Pro (UK) PAL
90
[30]
Sega Zone (UK) PAL
72
[31]
Sonic the Comic (UK) PAL
91
[32]
Tricks 16 bit (RU)
87
[33]
Video Games (DE) PAL
65
[34]
VideoGames (US)
70
[35]
Sega Mega Drive
82
Based on
24 reviews

Pete Sampras Tennis

Mega Drive, US
PST MD US Box.jpg
Cover
PST MD US Cart.jpg
Cart
Mega Drive, EU
PST MD UK Box.jpg
Cover
Pete Sampras Tennis MD EU Non JCart.jpg
Cart
Pete Sampras Tennis MD EU Non Jcart Manual.jpg
Manual
Mega Drive, UK (J-Cart)
Pete Sampras Tennis MD UK Black J-Cart BoxCover.jpg
Cover
PST MD EU Cart JCart.jpg
Cart
Pete Sampras Tennis MD UK Jcart Manual.jpg
Manual
Mega Drive, UK (J-Cart ALT 1)
Pete Sampras Tennis MD UK Yellow J-Cart BoxCover.jpg
Cover
PST MD EU Cart JCart.jpg
Cart
Pete Sampras Tennis MD EU Jcart Manual.jpg
Manual
Pete Sampras Tennis MD EU Quick Ref Card.jpg
Quick Reference Card
Mega Drive, UK (J-Cart ALT 2)
PST MD UK Box JCart.jpg
Cover
PST MD EU Cart JCart.jpg
Cart
Mega Drive, FR
PST MD FR Box.jpg
Cover
Pete Sampras Tennis MD EU Non JCart.jpg
Cart
Mega Drive, FR (J-Cart)
PST MD FR Box JCart.jpg
Cover
PST MD EU Cart JCart.jpg
Cart
Pete Sampras Tennis MD EU Jcart Manual.jpg
Manual
Pete Sampras Tennis MD EU Quick Ref Card.jpg
Quick Reference Card
Mega Drive, FR (J-Cart; blister pack)
PST MD FR blister back.jpgPST MD FR blister front.jpg
Cover
Mega Drive, DE

Mega Drive, DE (J-Cart)
PST MD DE Box JCart.jpg
Cover
PST MD EU Cart JCart.jpg
Cart
Pete Sampras Tennis MD EU Jcart Manual.jpg
Manual
Pete Sampras Tennis MD EU Quick Ref Card.jpg
Quick Reference Card
Mega Drive, ES

Mega Drive, ES (J-Cart)
PST MD ES Box JCart.jpg
Cover
PST MD EU Cart JCart.jpg
Cart
Mega Drive, IT (J-Cart)
PST MD IT jcart cover.jpg
Cover
PST MD EU Cart JCart.jpg
Cart
Mega Drive, PT
PST MD PT cover.jpg
Cover
Mega Drive, PT (J-Cart)
PST MD PT Box Back JCart.jpgPST MD PT Box Spine JCart.jpgPST MD PT Box Front JCart.jpg
Cover
Mega Drive, SE (Rental)
PST MD SE Box Rental.jpg
Cover
Mega Drive, SE (Rental; alt)
PST MD SE Box Rental Alt.jpg
Cover
Mega Drive, AU (J-Cart)
PST MD AU jcart cover.jpg
Cover

Game Gear version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
{{{{{icon}}}|L}} Division by zero.
Based on
0 review
Sega Retro Average 
Publication Version Score
Consoles + (FR)
90
[36]
Computer & Video Games (UK) PAL
88
[5]
Games World: The Magazine (UK) PAL
87
[6]
Mega Force (FR) PAL
82
[37]
Mega Fun (DE) PAL
76
[38]
Mean Machines Sega (UK) PAL
91
[39]
Player One (FR)
90
[40]
Sega Power (UK) PAL
86
[41]
Sega Pro (UK) PAL
91
[42]
Video Games (DE) PAL
69
[43]
Sega Game Gear
85
Based on
10 reviews

Pete Sampras Tennis

Game Gear, US
PST GG US Box Back.jpgNospine.pngPST GG US Box Front.jpg
Cover
PST GG US Cart.jpg
Cart
Pete Sampras Tennis GG US Manual.pdf
Manual
Game Gear, EU
PST GG EU Box Front.jpg
Cover
PST GG EU Cart.jpg
Cart
Pete Sampras Tennis GG EU Manual.jpg
Manual
Game Gear, UK
Pete Sampras Tennis GG UK Box Back.jpgPete Sampras Tennis GG UK Box Spine.jpgPST GG EU Box Front.jpg
Cover
PST GG EU Cart.jpg
Cart
Pete Sampras Tennis GG EU Manual.jpg
Manual
Game Gear, FR
PST GG FR back.jpgNospine.pngPST GG FR front.jpg
Cover
PST GG EU Cart.jpg
Cart
Pete Sampras Tennis GG EU Manual.jpg
Manual
Game Gear, FR (Blister pack)
PST GG FR blister front.jpg
Cover
Game Gear, DE
PST GG DE Box Back.jpgNospine.pngPST GG DE Box Front.jpg
Cover
PST GG EU Cart.jpg
Cart
Pete Sampras Tennis GG EU Manual.jpg
Manual
Game Gear, PT

PST GG EU Cart.jpg
Cart
Pete Sampras Tennis GG EU Manual.jpg
Manual

Technical information

ROM dump status

System Hash Size Build Date Source Comments
Sega Game Gear
 ?
CRC32 c1756bee
MD5 8a033a243a35fef96e6ea99584fe1755
SHA-1 ab9b4c833207824efb14b712b4ec82721c8436bc
256kB 1994-08-05 Cartridge (EU)

External links

References

  1. GamePro, "March 1994" (US; 1994-xx-xx), page 172
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Press release: 1994-08-30: JUST IN TIME FOR THE U.S. OPEN(R); 'PETE SAMPRAS TENNIS(R)' ON SEGA(TM) GENESIS(TM) AND SEGA GAME GEAR(TM)
  3. 3.0 3.1 Mega, "July 1994" (UK; 1994-06-16), page 92
  4. Computer & Video Games, "August 1994" (UK; 1994-07-15), page 74
  5. 5.0 5.1 Computer & Video Games, "November 1994" (UK; 1994-10-15), page 53
  6. 6.0 6.1 Games World: The Magazine, "November 1994" (UK; 1994-09-29), page 22
  7. Computer & Video Games, "May 1994" (UK; 1994-04-15), page 14
  8. https://www.smspower.org/Hacks/PeteSamprasTennis-GG-GG2SMS
  9. Mega, "August 1994" (UK; 1994-07-21), page 92
  10. Mean Machines Sega, "December 1994" (UK; 1994-10-28), page 47
  11. EGM², "November 1994" (US; 1994-xx-xx), page 113
  12. 1700 igr dlya Sega, "" (RU; 2003-xx-xx), page 173
  13. Consoles +, "Juin 1994" (FR; 1994-0x-xx), page 98
  14. Cool Gamer, "9" (RU; 2002-10-13), page 179
  15. Computer & Video Games, "June 1994" (UK; 1994-05-15), page 67
  16. GamesMaster, "June 1994" (UK; 1994-05-26), page 42
  17. Games World: The Magazine, "July 1994" (UK; 1994-05-26), page 15
  18. Joypad, "Mai 1994" (FR; 1994-0x-xx), page 120
  19. MAN!AC, "07/94" (DE; 1994-06-08), page 58
  20. Sega Mega Drive Advanced Gaming, "July 1994" (UK; 1994-xx-xx), page 18
  21. Mega, "June 1994" (UK; 1994-05-19), page 30
  22. Mega Force, "Mai 1994" (FR; 1994-0x-xx), page 86
  23. Mega Fun, "07/94" (DE; 1994-06-22), page 38
  24. MegaTech, "June 1994" (UK; 1994-05-19), page 10
  25. Mean Machines Sega, "June 1994" (UK; 1994-04-30), page 58
  26. Player One, "Juin 1994" (FR; 1994-0x-xx), page 80
  27. Sega Magazin, "August 1995" (DE; 1995-07-12), page 24
  28. Sega Magazine, "June 1994" (UK; 1994-05-15), page 82
  29. Sega Power, "June 1994" (UK; 1994-04-28), page 42
  30. Sega Pro, "June 1994" (UK; 1994-05-24), page 54
  31. Sega Zone, "May 1994" (UK; 1994-04-xx), page 60
  32. Sonic the Comic, "August 5th 1994" (UK; 1994-07-23), page 11
  33. Tricks 16 bit, "Tricks Sega Gold 800 igr" (RU; 1998-xx-xx), page 133
  34. Video Games, "6/94" (DE; 1994-05-25), page 96
  35. VideoGames, "December 1994" (US; 1994-1x-xx), page 140
  36. Consoles +, "Septembre 1994" (FR; 1994-0x-xx), page 157
  37. Mega Force, "Octobre 1994" (FR; 1994-xx-xx), page 92
  38. Mega Fun, "11/94" (DE; 1994-10-19), page 77
  39. Mean Machines Sega, "November 1994" (UK; 1994-09-30), page 96
  40. Player One, "Septembre 1994" (FR; 1994-0x-xx), page 92
  41. Sega Power, "December 1994" (UK; 1994-10-20), page 81
  42. Sega Pro, "November 1994" (UK; 1994-10-06), page 51
  43. Video Games, "11/94" (DE; 1994-10-26), page 112


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