Excerpt: EA hit first with its MotionPlus enabled Grand Slam tennis, but SEGA hasn't been resting on its laurels. Hot on the heels of Grand Slam is Virtua Tennis 2009, released just in time for Wimbledon and also packing in full MotionPlus support for the early adopters of Nintendo's new tech. So, can SEGA's long-running series steal the strawberries and cream from under EA's nose? The key detail here is how the MotionPlus support is implemented.
Conclusion: In the end, we definitely recommend Virtua Tennis 2009. It's a solid step up from what's been on the Wii so far, a great if imperfect debut for MotionPlus, and an addictive enough experience that we kept playing well past the point where our arms got sore.
Active sports game makes good use of MotionPlus controls.
Common Sense Media
10 January 2010
Summary: Parents need to know that this sports game is a friendly experience with no objectionable content. The steep learning cure using the Wii MotionPlus controller could create some frustration in younger players, but it is otherwise, a solid, safe game.
Excerpt: Being English, to me tennis comprises of two weeks in June with lots of strawberries & cream, Pimm’s and rain. Like many I find myself itching to go out and play, but a mixture of being useless and lazy in equal measures mean I stay indoors. Of course technology is my friend and I can play all the tennis I want without leaving the comfort of my chair. That’s how it used to be; Nintendo’s little white box is becoming well known as the home of tennis.
Excerpt: SEGA are returning to the court in Virtua Tennis 2009 and while the series continues in a new multi-platform installment, the Wii version’s use of Wii Motion Plus sets it above the rest. Few titles have surfaced so far that really utilize the new Wii Motion Plus and, while Virtua Tennis 2009 may not be the greatest tennis game around, it’s a great example of the capabilities for Nintendo’s new 1:1 motion sensing peripheral.
Summary: Since our very first taste with Wii Sports , it would appear that tennis is a sport that's a perfect match for Nintendo's quirky console. Now with the release of Wii MotionPlus, the promise of a more realistic tennis experience should be fulfilled, right? And it's not like Virtua Tennis doesn't have the pedigree to meet our expectations. So, my question is, what the hell happened here?
Pros: Solid career mode, Online play, Looks nice
Cons: Controls are merely adequate, Poor Wii MotionPlus support