At last week’s gaming meet-up we played SNES tennis games. Here is the verdict from the UK jury:
Andre Agassi Tennis - TekMagik
Too fast, Poor controls, average gameplay, nice training mode, not a impressive start to the night.
David Crane’s Amazing Tennis - Imagineering
Not so amazing! frankly ridiculous to have to play as a tiny sprite on the opposite end of the court viewing your opponents giant hairy legs. giant player sprite but the same sprites for both players just poorly re-coloured.
International Tennis Tour - Loriciel
Poor port of the ST & Amiga game Tennis Cup. Odd, distasteful style to the sprites and animation. The silly run animation and tiny wobbling arses are distracting. As shallow in depth as most other Loriciels releases. Not one to return to.
Jimmy Connors Pro Tennis Tour - Blue Byte Software
Things are looking up! Another 16-bit home computer port but this one plays well. Unique serving mechanic, which was a hindrance at first but we grew to enjoy it. Also I think amateur mode on this one did the running around for you, leaving your only job to hit the ball properly. Pro mode was much better. Would play this again.
Smash Tennis (aka Super Family Tennis) - Namcot
Great fun, very polished, annoying shadows on the court though. Easily the most “alive” feeling game of all the games we played. Lots of lovely little details and gorgeous graphics. Need to play this one more.
Super Final Match Tennis - Human Entertainment
Our favourite of the night, we chose to switch off the hud (momentary score display) and the ball boy animations (to speed up the game). Plays a really nice game and some depth to uncover leading to some great competition.
Super Tennis - Tokyo Shoseki
Comfortable and familiar like an old pair of (tennis?) shoes. Not as much depth as some of the others, and very bare bones presentation, but the easiest to control and play by a long way. The safe choice.
There are a few exclusive MD tennis games I also wanted to include, but I didn’t get them onto the SNES mini in time.
Anybody else got any favourite tennis games?