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Virtua Tennis
Publisher: Sega,
Windows PC
Empire Interactive (EU), Activision (US)
Developer:
System(s): Sega NAOMI, Sega NAOMI GD-ROM, Sega Dreamcast, Windows PC
Peripherals supported:
Sega Dreamcast
Dreamcast VGA Box, Dreamcast Jump Pack, Dreamcast Arcade Stick, Dreamcast Keyboard
Genre: Sports































Number of players: 1-4
Release Date RRP Code
Arcade (NAOMI)
JP
¥? 840-0015C
Arcade (NAOMI)
US
$? 840-0015C











Sega Dreamcast
JP
¥5,800 HDR-0113
Sega Dreamcast
US
$49.99[2] 51054
Sega Dreamcast
US (Sega All Stars)
$? 51054
Sega Dreamcast
UK
£39.99[4] MK-51054-50
Sega Dreamcast
FR
?F MK-51054-50
Sega Dreamcast
DE
DM ? MK-51054-50
Sega Dreamcast
ES
?Ptas MK-51054-50
Sega Dreamcast
AU
$89.95[5] ?



Windows PC
JP
¥6,800 (7,140) HCJ-0326
Windows PC
US
$? ?
Windows PC
EU (Xplosiv)
€? ? ?
Windows PC
UK
£? EI-1439
Windows PC
FR
€? EI-1439
Windows PC
DE
€? EI-1439
Windows PC
ES
€? EI-1439



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 Dreamcast 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.

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

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[6].

Sales

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.

Production credits

Dreamcast version

© Sega Enterprises, Ltd., 1999, 2000

Other credits


Joseph Edwards, June Honma, Pedro Ponce, Michael Rhinehart, Osamu ShibamiyaJohn Golden, Heather Hawkins, Stacey Kerr

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Magazine articles

Main article: Virtua Tennis/Magazine articles.

Promotional material

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GamePro US 143.pdfGamePro US 143.pdf

PDF
Print advert in
GamePro (US) #143: "August 2000" (2000-xx-xx)
also published in:
  • Electronic Gaming Monthly (US) #134: "September 2000" (2000-08-08)[7]
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DCM JP 20001117 2000-36ex.pdfDCM JP 20001117 2000-36ex.pdf

PDF
Print advert in
Dreamcast Magazine (JP) #92: "2000-36 extra (2000-11-17ex)" (2000-11-03)
also published in:
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MAN!AC DE 2000-10.pdf

PDF
Print advert in
MAN!AC (DE) #10/2000 (2000-09-06)

Artwork

Physical scans

NAOMI version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
100 №15, p103[9]
Arcade
100
Based on
1 review

NAOMI, JP
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Cart

Dreamcast version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
80 №23, p82/83[10]
100 №226, p98-99[4]
90 №13
87 №2000-38, p20Media:DCM_JP_20001201_2000-38.pdf[11]
92 №, p32[12]
80 №88, p94/95[13]
83 №624, p33
98
95 2000-07-12
94 №98, p74/75
100
90 №12, p66-70[14]
Sega Dreamcast
91
Based on
12 reviews

Dreamcast, US
VirtuaTennis DC US Box Back.jpgVirtuaTennis DC US Box Front.jpg
Cover
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Disc
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
Dreamcast, JP
VirtuaTennis DC JP Box Back.jpgNospine-small.pngVirtuaTennis DC JP Box Front.jpg
Cover
Dreamcast, EU (white label)

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Disc

PC version

PC, US
VirtuaTennis PC US cover.jpg
Cover
VirtuaTennis PC US Disc.jpg
Disc
PC, JP
VirtuaTennis PC JP cover.jpg
Cover
PC, UK
VirtuaTennis PC UK Box.jpg
Cover
PC, UK (Xplosiv)
VirtuaTennis PC UK Box Xplosiv.jpg
Cover
PC, FR

PC, DE
VirtuaTennis PC DE Box.jpg
Cover
PC, DE (Xplosiv)
VirtuaTennis PC DE Box Xplosiv.jpg
Cover
PC, ES
VirtuaTennis PC ES Box.jpg
Cover
PC, ES (FX)
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 (Xplosiv Gold)

PC, SE/NO/FI/DK (PC Best Buy)
VirtuaTennis PC SE-NO-FI-DK Box.jpg
Cover

External links

  • Sega of Japan catalogue pages (Japanese): Dreamcast, PC

References

  1. File:DCM_JP_20000526_2000-18.pdf, page 151
  2. File:ODCM US 07.pdf, page 91
  3. File:ODCM US 07.pdf, page 40
  4. 4.0 4.1 File:CVG UK 226.pdf, page 98
  5. File:Hyper AU 084.pdf, page 68
  6. File:EGM US 136.pdf, page 47
  7. File:EGM US 134.pdf, page 134
  8. File:DCM_JP_20001201_2000-38.pdf, page 2
  9. File:Arcade UK 15.pdf, page 103
  10. File:Arcade UK 23.pdf, page 82
  11. File:DCM_JP_20001201_2000-38.pdf, page 20
  12. File:Dorimaga_20021011_JP.pdf, page 32
  13. File:Edge UK 088.pdf, page 94
  14. File:ODM UK 12.pdf, page 66


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)
Nintendo Game Boy Advance
Virtua Tennis (2002)
Nokia 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)