Virtua Tennis

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  • Arcade (NAOMI)
    US/EU
  • Arcade (NAOMI)
    JP
  • Sega Dreamcast
    NTSC-U/PAL
  • Sega Dreamcast
    NTSC-J
  • Windows PC
    US/EU
  • Windows PC
    JP

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Virtua Tennis
System(s): Sega NAOMI, Sega NAOMI GD-ROM, Sega Dreamcast, Windows PC
Publisher:
Arcade (NAOMI)
Arcade (NAOMI GD-ROM)
Sega Dreamcast
Sega
Windows PC
Sega PC
Windows PC
Empire Interactive (Europe)
Windows PC
Activision Value Publishing (US)
Developer:
Licensor: Yonex
Peripherals supported:
Sega Dreamcast
Dreamcast Arcade Stick, Fishing Controller, Jump Pack, Dreamcast Keyboard, Dreamcast Modem, Visual Memory Unit, Dreamcast VGA Box
Genre: Sports[2][3][4][5]

















Number of players: 1-4
Official in-game languages:
Sega Dreamcast
  • 日本語
  • English
  • Français
  • Deutsch
  • Español
  • Release Date RRP Code
    Arcade (NAOMI)
    JP
    ¥? 840-0015C
    Arcade (NAOMI)
    US
    $? 840-0015C
    Arcade (NAOMI GD-ROM)
    JP
    ¥? ?




















    Sega Dreamcast
    JP
    ¥5,800 (6,090)5,800e[3] HDR-0113
    Sega Rating: All Ages
    Sega Dreamcast
    US
    $49.9949.99[8] 51054
    ESRB: Everyone
    Sega Dreamcast
    US
    (Sega All Stars)
    51054
    ESRB: Everyone
    Sega Dreamcast
    EU
    MK-51054-50
    ELSPA: 3+ OK
    Sega Dreamcast
    EU
    (White Label)
    Sega Dreamcast
    DE
    MK-51054-50
    USK: 0
    Sega Dreamcast
    ES
    MK-51054-50
    ELSPA: 3+ OK
    Sega Dreamcast
    FR
    MK-51054-50
    SELL: Tous Publics
    Sega Dreamcast
    UK
    £39.9939.99[12][13] MK-51054-50
    ELSPA: 3+ OK
    Sega Dreamcast
    AU
    $89.9589.95[17]
    Windows PC
    JP
    ¥6,800 (7,140)6,800 (7,140)[18] HCJ-0326
    Sega Rating: All Ages
    Windows PC
    US
    ESRB: Everyone
    Windows PC
    DE
    EI-1439
    USK: 0
    Windows PC
    DE
    (Xplosiv)
    USK: 0
    Windows PC
    ES
    aDeSe: Todos los Publicos
    Windows PC
    ES
    (FX Interactive)
    MVM05
    ELSPA: 3+ OK
    Windows PC
    ES
    (Xplosiv)
    aDeSe: Todos los Publicos
    Windows PC
    FR
    SELL: Tous Publics
    Windows PC
    UK
    EI-1439
    ELSPA: 3+ OK
    Windows PC
    UK
    (Xplosiv)
    EI-1557
    ELSPA: 11+ OK
    Windows PC
    SE
    (PC Best Buy)
    Windows PC
    IT
    EI-1439
    ELSPA: 3+ OK
    Windows PC
    IT
    (Xplosiv)
    EI-1557
    ELSPA: 11+ OK
    Windows PC
    HU
    (EVM)

    Virtua Tennis, called PowerSmash (パワースマッシュ) in Japan, is an arcade game developed by Sega AM3 for the Sega NAOMI arcade board, as either a ROM board or a GD-ROM. It is a tennis game where the user can play as a number of real-life professional tennis players of the era competing in a number of real tournaments. Initially released in 1999, it was ported to the Sega Dreamcast in 2000, and Microsoft Windows in 2002.

    At the time of release it was widely regarded as the most realistic tennis simulator ever produced, and received very positive reviews from critics. It has since been followed by a number of sequels, starting with Virtua Tennis 2 in 2001 and ending with the recently released Virtua Tennis 2009.

    The Dreamcast version is compatible with the Fishing Controller. The Game Boy Advance and N-Gage versions of Virtua Tennis are different games.

    Gameplay

    Players

    Virtua Tennis only includes male players, specifically those active in the game during the late 1990s. Female players were not introdced until Virtua Tennis 2.

    United States of America Jim Courier
    Courier retired from the game in 2000, although is still retained in the 2002 PC version.
    Germany Tommy Haas
    United Kingdom Tim Henman
    Sweden Thomas Johansson
    Russia Yevgeny Kafelnikov
    Spain Carlos Moyá
    Australia Mark Philippoussis
    Mark Philippoussis is absent from the PC version of the game due to licensing issues.
    France Cédric Pioline
    King
    Hidden character.
    Master
    Hidden character.

    History

    Release

    In North America, Foote, Cone & Belding's "naked man in a locker room" print advertisement garnered several complaints, forcing Charles Bellfield to defend it publically[19].

    50,000 copies of the game were sold in the US within four days[20].

    In the US the title sold 368,035 units through January 2003 according to NPD Group. In the UK it officially debuted with 9,598 units in the week ending September 9th, 2000, making it the top selling game across all formats for that week according to Chart-Track, bringing the total to 10,246 units after a small number of additional copies were sold early by some retailers the previous week. In Japan it debuted at number two in the Famitsu charts with 31,483 units in the week ending November 26th, 2000, and finishing the year with a total of 50,824 sales.

    Versions

    Localised names

    Also known as
    Language Localised Name English Translation
    English Virtua Tennis Virtua Tennis
    English (US) Virtua Tennis Virtua Tennis
    Japanese パワースマッシュ PowerSmash

    Production credits

    Main article: Virtua Tennis/Production credits.

    Dreamcast version

    Original Game ©Sega Corporation, 1999, 2000
    ©Sega/Hitmaker, 2000
    Source:
    In-game credits (JP)

    ©Sega Enterprises, Ltd., 1999, 2000
    Source:
    In-game credits

    Source:
    US manual
    VirtuaTennis DC US Manual.pdf
    [21]

    Digital manuals

    Magazine articles

    Main article: Virtua Tennis/Magazine articles.

    Promotional material

    VirtuaTennis Arcade US DigitalFlyer.pdf

    PDF
    NAOMI US digital flyer
    Logo-pdf.svg
    Print advert in GamePro (US) #143: "August 2000" (2000-0x-xx)
    also published in:
    Logo-pdf.svg
    Print advert in Next Level (AR) #19: "Agosto 2000" (2000-xx-xx)
    Logo-pdf.svg
    Print advert in Dreamcast Magazine (JP) #2000-36ex: "2000-36 extra (2000-11-17ex)" (2000-11-03)
    also published in:
    Logo-pdf.svg
    Print advert in MAN!AC (DE) #2000-10: "10/2000" (2000-09-06)
    Logo-pdf.svg
    Print advert in Neo Plus (PL) #30: "Marzec 2001" (2001-xx-xx)
    also published in:
    576 kb 2002-03 HU VT advert.png
    Print advert in 576 KByte (HU) #2002-03: "Március 2002" (2002-xx-xx)

    Artwork

    Physical scans

    NAOMI version

    Sega Retro Average 
    Publication Score Source
    {{{{{icon}}}|L}} Division by zero.
    Based on
    0 review
    Sega Retro Average 
    Publication Version Score
    Arcade (UK) PAL
    100
    [29]
    Arcade (NAOMI)
    100
    Based on
    1 review

    Virtua Tennis

    NAOMI, JP
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    "Long" instructions
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    "Long" instructions (2)
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    "Long" instructions (3)
    VirtuaTennis NAOMI Cart.jpg
    Cart

    Dreamcast version

    Sega Retro Average 
    Publication Score Source
    94 №98, p74/75
    Sega Dreamcast
    94
    Based on
    1 review
    Sega Retro Average 
    Publication Version Score
    576 Konzol (HU)
    97
    [30]
    Arcade (UK) PAL
    75
    [31]
    Bonus (SCG) NTSC
    91
    [32]
    Consoles + (FR) PAL
    94
    [33]
    Computer & Video Games (UK)
    100
    [12]
    Dreamcast Monthly (UK) PAL
    90
    [34]
    DC-UK (UK) PAL
    90
    [13]
    Dreamcast: Le Magazine Officiel (FR) PAL
    90
    [35]
    Dreamcast Magazine (JP) NTSC-J
    87
    [36]
    Dreamcast Magazine (UK) PAL
    94
    [37]
    Dorimaga (JP) NTSC-J
    92
    [38]
    Edge (UK) NTSC-U
    80
    [39]
    Electronic Gaming Monthly (US) NTSC-U
    83
    [40]
    Entsiklopediya igr dlya Dreamcast (RU)
    79
    [41]
    Famitsu (JP) NTSC-J
    83
    [42]
    GameFan (US) NTSC-U
    94
    [43]
    GamePro (US) NTSC-U
    95
    [44]
    Gamers' Republic (US) NTSC-U
    91
    [45]
    Hyper (AU) PAL
    90
    [17]
    Joypad (FR) PAL
    90
    [46]
    MAN!AC (DE) PAL
    87
    [47]
    Neo Plus (PL)
    90
    [48]
    Next Generation (US) NTSC-U
    100
    [49]
    Official Dreamcast Magazine (UK) PAL
    90
    [50]
    PSX Extreme (PL)
    87
    [51]
    Sega Magazin (DE) NTSC-U
    88
    [52]
    Strana Igr (RU)
    90
    [53]
    Video Games (DE) PAL
    87
    [54]
    Sega Dreamcast
    89
    Based on
    28 reviews

    Virtua Tennis

    Dreamcast, JP
    VirtuaTennis DC JP Box Back.jpgNospine-small.pngVirtuaTennis DC JP Box Front.jpg
    Cover
    Dreamcast, US
    VirtuaTennis DC US Box Back.jpgVirtuaTennis DC US Box Front.jpg
    Cover
    VirtuaTennis DC US Disc.jpg
    Disc
    VirtuaTennis DC US Manual.pdf
    Manual
    VirtuaTennisDCUSInlay.jpg
    Inlay
    Dreamcast, US (Sega All Stars)
    VirtuaTennis DC US Box Back SAS.jpgVirtuaTennis DC US Box Front SAS.jpg
    Cover
    VirtuaTennis DC US Disc SAS.jpg
    Disc
    Dreamcast, EU
    Virtuatennis dc pal backcover.jpgVirtuatennis dc pal frontcover.jpg
    Cover
    Virtuatennis dc pal disc.jpg
    Disc
    Virtua Tennis DC EU Manual.jpg
    Manual
    Dreamcast, EU (white label)

    VirtuaTennis DC EU Disc White.jpg
    Disc
    Dreamcast, PL
    Virtuatennis dc PL backcover.jpgNospine-small.pngVirtuatennis dc PL frontcover.jpg
    Cover

    PC version

    PC, JP
    VirtuaTennis PC JP cover.jpg
    Cover
    PC, US
    VirtuaTennis PC US cover.jpg
    Cover
    VirtuaTennis PC US Disc.jpg
    Disc
    PC, UK
    VirtuaTennis PC UK Box.jpg
    Cover
    VirtuaTennis PC EU disc.jpg
    Disc
    PC, UK (Xplosiv)
    VirtuaTennis PC UK Box Xplosiv.jpg
    Cover
    PC, FR
    VirtuaTennis PC FR cover.jpg
    Cover
    VirtuaTennis PC EU disc.jpg
    Disc
    PC, DE
    VirtuaTennis PC DE front.jpg
    Cover
    VirtuaTennis PC DE Box.jpg
    Case cover
    PC, DE (Xplosiv)
    VirtuaTennis PC DE Box Xplosiv.jpg
    Cover
    PC, ES
    VirtuaTennis PC ES Box.jpg
    Cover
    PC, ES (FX Interactive)
    VirtuaTennis PC ES Box FX.jpg
    Cover
    VirtuaTennis PC ES Disc FX.jpg
    Disc
    PC, ES (Xplosiv)
    VirtuaTennis PC ES Box Xplosiv.jpg
    Cover
    PC, IT
    VirtuaTennis PC IT cover.jpg
    Cover
    PC, IT (Xplosiv Gold)
    VirtuaTennis PC IT xp cover.jpg
    Cover
    PC, SE/NO/FI/DK (PC Best Buy)
    VirtuaTennis PC SE-NO-FI-DK Box.jpg
    Cover
    PC, HU (EVM)
    VirtuaTennis PC HU evm cover.jpg
    Cover

    Technical information

    ROM dump status

    System Hash Size Build Date Source Comments
    Sega Dreamcast
     ?
    CRC32
    MD5
    SHA-1
    2000-04-11 GD-R Page

    External links

    References

    1. 1.0 1.1 Sega Arcade History, Enterbrain, page 170
    2. File:VirtuaTennis DC JP Box Back.jpg
    3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 http://sega.jp/dc/001111/ (Wayback Machine: 2014-08-03 00:12)
    4. 4.0 4.1 http://sega.jp/pc/powsma/ (Wayback Machine: 2002-12-01 08:34)
    5. https://sega.jp/history/hard/dreamcast/software.html (Wayback Machine: 2020-11-09 14:09)
    6. Dreamcast Magazine, "2000-18 (2000-05-26)" (JP; 2000-05-12), page 151
    7. http://www.sega.com:80/games/dreamcast/post_dreamcastgame.jhtml?PRODID=212 (Wayback Machine: 2003-12-13 00:54)
    8. Official Dreamcast Magazine, "September/October 2000" (US; 2000-08-01), page 91
    9. http://www.sega.jp/release/nr000901_5.html (Wayback Machine: 2005-02-09 19:30)
    10. http://amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/tg/stores/feature/feature/-/videogames/50781 (Wayback Machine: 2001-02-11 06:17)
    11. https://groups.google.com/g/uk.games.video.dreamcast/c/yaVAu0nCTvQ/m/W5vESxmEyDUJ
    12. 12.0 12.1 Computer & Video Games, "September 2000" (UK; 2000-08-16), page 98
    13. 13.0 13.1 DC-UK, "September 2000" (UK; 2000-08-02), page 56
    14. http://www.micromania.fr/zooms/?ref=17089 (Wayback Machine: 2000-12-11 13:32)
    15. http://www.centromail.es/top/ficha.asp?codmail=14966&codprov= (Wayback Machine: 2001-09-17 04:16)
    16. http://www.futuregamez.net:80/outnow/dc.html (Wayback Machine: 2001-07-31 23:17)
    17. 17.0 17.1 Hyper, "October 2000" (AU; 2000-08-23), page 68
    18. http://sega.jp/search/result.php?page=6&pf=11 (Wayback Machine: 2017-03-03 23:30)
    19. Electronic Gaming Monthly, "November 2000" (US; 2000-xx-xx), page 47
    20. Edge, "September 2000" (UK; 2000-08-14), page 20
    21. File:VirtuaTennis DC US Manual.pdf, page 18
    22. Electronic Gaming Monthly, "September 2000" (US; 2000-08-08), page 134
    23. Dreamcast Magazine, "2000-38 (2000-12-01)" (JP; 2000-11-17), page 2
    24. Neo Plus, "Kwiecień 2001" (PL; 2001-xx-xx), page 100
    25. Neo Plus, "Maj 2001" (PL; 2001-xx-xx), page 100
    26. Neo Plus, "Czerwiec 2001" (PL; 2001-xx-xx), page 100
    27. Neo Plus, "Lipiec-Sierpień 2001" (PL; 2001-xx-xx), page 84
    28. Neo Plus, "Wrzesień 2001" (PL; 2001-xx-xx), page 84
    29. Arcade, "January 2000" (UK; 1999-12-30), page 103
    30. 576 Konzol, "December 2000" (HU; 2000-xx-xx), page 42
    31. Arcade, "September 2000" (UK; 2000-08-11), page 82
    32. Bonus, "6/2000" (SCG; 2000-08-25), page 50
    33. Consoles +, "Septembre 2000" (FR; 2000-0x-xx), page 66
    34. Dreamcast Monthly, "September 2000" (UK; 2000-08-03), page 66
    35. Dreamcast: Le Magazine Officiel, "Septembre/Octobre 2000" (FR; 2000-0x-xx), page 54
    36. Dreamcast Magazine, "2000-38 (2000-12-01)" (JP; 2000-11-17), page 20
    37. Dreamcast Magazine, "No. 12" (UK; 2000-08-10), page 42
    38. Dorimaga, "2002-18 (2002-10-11)" (JP; 2002-09-27), page 32
    39. Edge, "September 2000" (UK; 2000-08-14), page 94
    40. Electronic Gaming Monthly, "September 2000" (US; 2000-08-08), page 156
    41. Entsiklopediya igr dlya Dreamcast, "Izdaniye chetvertoye, dopolnennoye" (RU; 2002-xx-xx), page 293
    42. Famitsu, "2000-12-01" (JP; 2000-11-17), page 33
    43. GameFan, "Volume 8, Issue 9: September 2000" (US; 2000-xx-xx), page 86
    44. GamePro, "September 2000" (US; 2000-0x-xx), page 114
    45. Gamers' Republic, "August 2000" (US; 2000-xx-xx), page 83
    46. Joypad, "Septembre 2000" (FR; 2000-xx-xx), page 114
    47. MAN!AC, "09/2000" (DE; 2000-08-02), page 52
    48. Neo Plus, "Wrzesień 2000" (PL; 2000-xx-xx), page 32
    49. Next Generation, "September 2000" (US; 2000-08-15), page 107
    50. Official Dreamcast Magazine, "October 2000" (UK; 2000-09-07), page 66
    51. PSX Extreme, "03/2001" (PL; 2001-0x-xx), page 39
    52. Sega Magazin, "September 2000" (DE; 2000-07-31), page 14
    53. Strana Igr, "Avgust 2000 2/2" (RU; 2000-xx-xx), page 64
    54. Video Games, "09/2000" (DE; 2000-08-02), page 68


    Virtua Tennis

    Virtuatennis title.png

    Main page | Comparisons | Development | Magazine articles | Reception


    Sega Dreamcast
    Demos: Power Smash Taikenban (2000)

    Sega Dreamcast
    Prototypes: 2000-04-11



    Games in the Virtua Tennis Series
    Arcade
    Virtua Tennis (1999) | Virtua Tennis 2 (2001) | Virtua Tennis 3 (2006) | Virtua Tennis 4 (2011)
    Sega Dreamcast
    Virtua Tennis (2000) | Virtua Tennis 2 (2001)
    Windows PC
    Virtua Tennis (2002) | Virtua Tennis 3 (2007) | Virtua Tennis 2009 (2009) | Virtua Tennis 4 (2011)
    Sony PlayStation 2
    Virtua Tennis 2 (2002)
    Game Boy Advance
    Virtua Tennis (2002)
    N-Gage
    Virtua Tennis (2003)
    Sony PlayStation Portable
    Virtua Tennis: World Tour (2005) | Virtua Tennis 3 (2007)
    Xbox 360
    Sony PlayStation 3
    Virtua Tennis 3 (2007) | Virtua Tennis 2009 (2009) | Virtua Tennis 4 (2011)
    Nintendo Wii
    Virtua Tennis 2009 (2009) | Virtua Tennis 4 (2011)
    Sony PlayStation Vita
    Virtua Tennis 4: World Tour Edition (2011)
    Google Android OS
    iOS
    Virtua Tennis Challenge (2012) | Virtua Tennis Challenge Free (2012)
    Sampler Discs
    Sega Dreamcast
    Power Smash Taikenban (20xx) | Power Smash 2 Taikenban (20xx)