Summary: Parents need to know that this tennis-themed game is targeted squarely at people who are familiar with and enjoy games made by Sega. It acts as a promotion for Sega's many franchises and popular characters, some of which appear as tennis players in the game. There is a small amount of violence in the form of power-up attacks activated by various characters. Dr. Eggman, for example, makes mines float over the court that explode if the player's character draws near.
Excerpt: Diehard true blue Sega fanboys are waiting for the company to produce another video game system. While that does not seem to be on the horizon, there are many games that will appear on various systems. I decided to help this ministry fill in a gap in the form of Sega Superstars Tennis. When I saw this game for a very good price at Gamestop, I hoped it would not be a waste of money. I had played a demo a few months back and was not very impressed.
Conclusion: Overall, if it weren’t for the slightly lacklustre Virtua Tennis 3 gameplay in the actual tennis matches, Sega Superstars Tennis would be absolutely essential. As it stands, I’d still recommend the game to anyone because I love Sega and everything they do. But for the average person wanting a tennis game, you’d be better off picking up a Dreamcast and doing it properly. Mine’s always plugged in.
Excerpt: It used to be that I’d await the release of each and every one of Sega’s games with greater delusions than a season ticket holder for the Cubs. Then out of nowhere, Sega went from one of the top developers out there to a third tier support beam for their former competitors. In this time span, they’ve done the unthinkable. They’ve taken some of the greatest franchises and brutally beat them into the ground.
Conclusion: Their tactics are not something to get frustrated at though, since it's not repetitive enough. Each court is themed by one of Sega's games and comes complete with it's own set of music. Different music tracks from the games can be unlocked as with the characters. In the end, the game is fun and doesn't have too many flaws. It is a treat for Sega lovers and Mario Tennis fans.
Excerpt: Fans love compilations. Just recently in the US Nintendo's Super Smash Bros. Brawl sold a staggering 1.4 million copies in its first week on sale. Yes, it's a good beat 'em up but its real draw is the huge number of Nintendo characters all in one package. In SEGA Superstars Tennis SEGA has attempted to mimic the Smash Bros. formula of taking classic characters and putting them in a solid game - in this case tennis.
Conclusion: An example of this incredible animation can be
seen with Sonic, who lights up in Dragon Ball Z
fashion after activating his special ability.
The same goes for certain characters, and these
kind of creative visuals certainly add a lasting
appeal amongst casual gamers. It’s also nice
that Sega made the tennis ball clearly visible
during the rallies. It could have easily
disappeared into the background filled with
contrast but thankfully that is not the case
Conclusion: If you like tennis then you might like to get Virtua Tennis instead and if you like Sega characters, get their own proper games. Even playing as the dwarf in Golden Axe is better in Golden Axe.
Summary: SEGA Superstars Tennis is a game that brings together some of the most treasured and well known characters from the SEGA universe, in some of the most unusual courts and outrageous settings ever imagined.