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Virtua Tennis
System(s): Sega NAOMI, Sega NAOMI GD-ROM, Sega Dreamcast, Windows PC
Publisher: Sega,
Windows PC
Empire Interactive (EU), Activision (US)
Developer:
Peripherals supported:
Sega Dreamcast
Dreamcast Arcade Stick, Fishing Controller, Jump Pack, Dreamcast Keyboard, Dreamcast Modem, Visual Memory Unit, Dreamcast VGA Box
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
$49.99More...[2] 51054
Sega Dreamcast
US
(Sega All Stars)
$? 51054
Sega Dreamcast
UK
£39.99More...[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
$89.95More...[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 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.

Flag US.svg Jim Courier
Courier retired from the game in 2000, although is still retained in the 2002 PC version.
Flag DE.svg Tommy Haas
Flag UK.svg Tim Henman
Flag SE.svg Thomas Johansson
Flag RU.svg Yevgeny Kafelnikov
Flag ES.svg Carlos Moyá
Flag AU.svg Mark Philippoussis
Mark Philippoussis is absent from the PC version of the game due to licensing issues.
Flag FR.svg 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 publicallyMore...[6].

50,000 copies of the game were sold in the US within four daysNo results[7].

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

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


Magazine articles

Main article: Virtua Tennis/Magazine articles.

Promotional material

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)More...[8]

DCM JP 20001117 2000-36ex.pdfDCM JP 20001117 2000-36ex.pdf

PDF
Print advert in Dreamcast Magazine (JP) #2000-36ex: "2000-36 extra (2000-11-17ex)" (2000-11-03)
also published in:

MAN!AC DE 2000-10.pdf

PDF
Print advert in MAN!AC (DE) #2000-10: "10/2000" (2000-09-06)
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PDF
Print advert in Neo Plus (PL) #30: "Marzec 2001" (2001-xx-xx)

Artwork

Physical scans

NAOMI version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
100 More...[10]
Arcade
100
Based on
1 review

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
80 More...[11]
100 More...[12]
90 №13
87 More...Media:DCM_JP_20001201_2000-38.pdf[13]
92 More...[14]
80 No results[15]
83 №624, p33
98
95 2000-07-12
94 №98, p74/75
100
90 More...[16]
Sega Dreamcast
91
Based on
12 reviews

Dreamcast, US
VirtuaTennis DC US Box Back.jpgVirtuaTennis DC US Box Front.jpg
Cover
VirtuaTennis DC US Disc.jpg
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)

VirtuaTennis DC EU Disc White.jpg
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


Virtua Tennis
Virtuatennis title.png

Main page | Comparisons | Magazine articles


Prereleases: Power Smash Taikenban (xxxx)

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)