Virtua Tennis

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  • Arcade (NAOMI)
    US/EU
  • Arcade (NAOMI)
    JP
  • Sega Dreamcast
    NTSC-U/PAL
  • Sega Dreamcast
    NTSC-J
  • Windows PC
    US/EU
  • Windows PC
    JP

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Virtua Tennis
System(s): Sega NAOMI, Sega NAOMI GD-ROM, Sega Dreamcast, Windows PC
Publisher:
Arcade (NAOMI)
Arcade (NAOMI GD-ROM)
Sega Dreamcast
Sega
Windows PC
Sega PC
Windows PC
Empire Interactive (Europe)
Windows PC
Activision Value Publishing (US)
Developer:
Licensor: Yonex
Peripherals supported:
Sega Dreamcast
Dreamcast Arcade Stick, Fishing Controller, Jump Pack, Dreamcast Keyboard, Dreamcast Modem, Visual Memory Unit, Dreamcast VGA Box
Genre: Sports[2][3][4][5]

















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



















Sega Dreamcast
JP
¥5,800 (6,090)5,800e[3] HDR-0113
Sega Rating: All Ages
Sega Dreamcast
US
$49.9949.99[8] 51054
ESRB: Everyone
Sega Dreamcast
US
(Sega All Stars)
51054
ESRB: Everyone
Sega Dreamcast
EU
MK-51054-50
ELSPA: 3+ OK
Sega Dreamcast
EU
(White Label)
Sega Dreamcast
DE
MK-51054-50
USK: 0
Sega Dreamcast
FR
MK-51054-50
SELL: Tous Publics
Sega Dreamcast
UK
£39.9939.99[12][13] MK-51054-50
ELSPA: 3+ OK
Sega Dreamcast
AU
$89.9589.95[14]
Windows PC
JP
¥6,800 (7,140)6,800 (7,140)[15] HCJ-0326
Sega Rating: All Ages
Windows PC
US
ESRB: Everyone
Windows PC
DE
EI-1439
USK: 0
Windows PC
DE
(Xplosiv)
USK: 0
Windows PC
ES
aDeSe: Todos los Publicos
Windows PC
ES
(FX Interactive)
MVM05
ELSPA: 3+ OK
Windows PC
ES
(Xplosiv)
aDeSe: Todos los Publicos
Windows PC
FR
SELL: Tous Publics
Windows PC
UK
EI-1439
ELSPA: 3+ OK
Windows PC
UK
(Xplosiv)
EI-1557
ELSPA: 11+ OK
Windows PC
SE
(PC Best Buy)
Windows PC
IT
EI-1439
ELSPA: 3+ OK
Windows PC
IT
(Xplosiv)
EI-1557
ELSPA: 11+ OK
Windows PC
HU
(EVM)

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.

United States of America Jim Courier
Courier retired from the game in 2000, although is still retained in the 2002 PC version.
Germany Tommy Haas
United Kingdom Tim Henman
Sweden Thomas Johansson
Russia Yevgeny Kafelnikov
Spain Carlos Moyá
Australia Mark Philippoussis
Mark Philippoussis is absent from the PC version of the game due to licensing issues.
France 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 publically[16].

50,000 copies of the game were sold in the US within four days[17].

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

Digital manuals

Magazine articles

Main article: Virtua Tennis/Magazine articles.

Promotional material

VirtuaTennis Arcade US DigitalFlyer.pdf

PDF
NAOMI US digital flyer
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Print advert in GamePro (US) #143: "August 2000" (2000-xx-xx)
also published in:
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Print advert in Next Level (AR) #19: "Agosto 2000" (2000-xx-xx)
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Print advert in Dreamcast Magazine (JP) #2000-36ex: "2000-36 extra (2000-11-17ex)" (2000-11-03)
also published in:
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Print advert in MAN!AC (DE) #2000-10: "10/2000" (2000-09-06)
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Print advert in Neo Plus (PL) #30: "Marzec 2001" (2001-xx-xx)
also published in:
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Print advert in 576 KByte (HU) #2002-03: "Március 2002" (2002-xx-xx)

Artwork

Physical scans

NAOMI version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
{{{{{icon}}}|L}} Division by zero.
Based on
0 review
Sega Retro Average 
Publication Version Score
Arcade (UK) PAL
100
[25]
Arcade (NAOMI)
100
Based on
1 review

Virtua Tennis

NAOMI, JP
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"Long" instructions (3)
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Cart

Dreamcast version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
98
94 №98, p74/75
100
Sega Dreamcast
97
Based on
3 reviews
Sega Retro Average 
Publication Version Score
576 Konzol (HU)
97
[26]
Arcade (UK) PAL
75
[27]
Bonus (SCG) NTSC
91
[28]
Consoles + (FR) PAL
94
[29]
Computer & Video Games (UK)
100
[12]
Dreamcast Monthly (UK) PAL
90
[30]
DC-UK (UK) PAL
90
[13]
Dreamcast: Le Magazine Officiel (FR) PAL
90
[31]
Dreamcast Magazine (JP) NTSC-J
87
[32]
Dreamcast Magazine (UK) PAL
94
[33]
Dorimaga (JP) NTSC-J
92
[34]
Edge (UK) NTSC-U
80
[35]
Electronic Gaming Monthly (US) NTSC-U
83
[36]
Entsiklopediya igr dlya Dreamcast (RU)
79
[37]
Famitsu (JP) NTSC-J
83
[38]
GamePro (US) NTSC-U
95
[39]
Gamers' Republic (US) NTSC-U
91
[40]
Joypad (FR) PAL
90
[41]
MAN!AC (DE) PAL
87
[42]
Neo Plus (PL)
90
[43]
Official Dreamcast Magazine (UK) PAL
90
[44]
PSX Extreme (PL)
87
[45]
Sega Magazin (DE) NTSC-U
88
[46]
Strana Igr (RU)
90
[47]
Video Games (DE) PAL
87
[48]
Sega Dreamcast
89
Based on
25 reviews

Virtua Tennis

Dreamcast, JP
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Cover
Dreamcast, US
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Cover
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Disc
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Inlay
Dreamcast, US (Sega All Stars)
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Cover
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Disc
Dreamcast, EU
Virtuatennis dc pal backcover.jpgVirtuatennis dc pal frontcover.jpg
Cover
Virtuatennis dc pal disc.jpg
Disc
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Manual
Dreamcast, EU (white label)

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Disc
Dreamcast, PL
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Cover

PC version

PC, JP
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Cover
PC, US
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Cover
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Disc
PC, UK
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Cover
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Disc
PC, UK (Xplosiv)
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Cover
PC, FR
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Cover
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Disc
PC, DE
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Cover
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Case cover
PC, DE (Xplosiv)
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Cover
PC, ES
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Cover
PC, ES (FX Interactive)
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Cover
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Disc
PC, ES (Xplosiv)
VirtuaTennis PC ES Box Xplosiv.jpg
Cover
PC, IT
VirtuaTennis PC IT cover.jpg
Cover
PC, IT (Xplosiv Gold)
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Cover
PC, SE/NO/FI/DK (PC Best Buy)
VirtuaTennis PC SE-NO-FI-DK Box.jpg
Cover
PC, HU (EVM)
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Cover

Technical information

ROM dump status

System Hash Size Build Date Source Comments
Sega Dreamcast
 ?
CRC32
MD5
SHA-1
2000-04-11 GD-R Page

External links

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Sega Arcade History, Enterbrain, page 170
  2. File:VirtuaTennis DC JP Box Back.jpg
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 http://sega.jp/dc/001111/ (Wayback Machine: 2014-08-03 00:12)
  4. 4.0 4.1 http://sega.jp/pc/powsma/ (Wayback Machine: 2002-12-01 08:34)
  5. https://sega.jp/history/hard/dreamcast/software.html (Wayback Machine: 2020-11-09 14:09)
  6. Dreamcast Magazine, "2000-18 (2000-05-26)" (JP; 2000-05-12), page 151
  7. http://www.sega.com:80/games/dreamcast/post_dreamcastgame.jhtml?PRODID=212 (Wayback Machine: 2003-12-13 00:54)
  8. Official Dreamcast Magazine, "September/October 2000" (US; 2000-08-01), page 91
  9. http://www.sega.jp/release/nr000901_5.html (Wayback Machine: 2005-02-09 19:30)
  10. http://amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/tg/stores/feature/feature/-/videogames/50781 (Wayback Machine: 2001-02-11 06:17)
  11. https://groups.google.com/g/uk.games.video.dreamcast/c/yaVAu0nCTvQ/m/W5vESxmEyDUJ
  12. 12.0 12.1 Computer & Video Games, "September 2000" (UK; 2000-08-16), page 98
  13. 13.0 13.1 DC-UK, "September 2000" (UK; 2000-08-02), page 56
  14. Hyper, "October 2000" (AU; 2000-08-23), page 68
  15. http://sega.jp/search/result.php?page=6&pf=11 (Wayback Machine: 2017-03-03 23:30)
  16. Electronic Gaming Monthly, "November 2000" (US; 2000-xx-xx), page 47
  17. Edge, "September 2000" (UK; 2000-08-14), page 20
  18. Electronic Gaming Monthly, "September 2000" (US; 2000-08-08), page 134
  19. Dreamcast Magazine, "2000-38 (2000-12-01)" (JP; 2000-11-17), page 2
  20. Neo Plus, "Kwiecień 2001" (PL; 2001-xx-xx), page 100
  21. Neo Plus, "Maj 2001" (PL; 2001-xx-xx), page 100
  22. Neo Plus, "Czerwiec 2001" (PL; 2001-xx-xx), page 100
  23. Neo Plus, "Lipiec-Sierpień 2001" (PL; 2001-xx-xx), page 84
  24. Neo Plus, "Wrzesień 2001" (PL; 2001-xx-xx), page 84
  25. Arcade, "January 2000" (UK; 1999-12-30), page 103
  26. 576 Konzol, "December 2000" (HU; 2000-xx-xx), page 42
  27. Arcade, "September 2000" (UK; 2000-08-11), page 82
  28. Bonus, "6/2000" (SCG; 2000-08-25), page 50
  29. Consoles +, "Septembre 2000" (FR; 2000-0x-xx), page 66
  30. Dreamcast Monthly, "September 2000" (UK; 2000-08-03), page 66
  31. Dreamcast: Le Magazine Officiel, "Septembre/Octobre 2000" (FR; 2000-xx-xx), page 54
  32. Dreamcast Magazine, "2000-38 (2000-12-01)" (JP; 2000-11-17), page 20
  33. Dreamcast Magazine, "No. 12" (UK; 2000-08-10), page 42
  34. Dorimaga, "2002-18 (2002-10-11)" (JP; 2002-09-27), page 32
  35. Edge, "September 2000" (UK; 2000-08-14), page 94
  36. Electronic Gaming Monthly, "September 2000" (US; 2000-08-08), page 156
  37. Entsiklopediya igr dlya Dreamcast, "Izdaniye chetvertoye, dopolnennoye" (RU; 2002-xx-xx), page 293
  38. Famitsu, "2000-12-01" (JP; 2000-11-17), page 33
  39. GamePro, "September 2000" (US; 2000-xx-xx), page 114
  40. Gamers' Republic, "August 2000" (US; 2000-xx-xx), page 83
  41. Joypad, "Septembre 2000" (FR; 2000-xx-xx), page 114
  42. MAN!AC, "09/2000" (DE; 2000-08-02), page 52
  43. Neo Plus, "Wrzesień 2000" (PL; 2000-xx-xx), page 32
  44. Official Dreamcast Magazine, "October 2000" (UK; 2000-09-07), page 66
  45. PSX Extreme, "03/2001" (PL; 2001-0x-xx), page 39
  46. Sega Magazin, "September 2000" (DE; 2000-07-31), page 14
  47. Strana Igr, "Avgust 2000 2/2" (RU; 2000-xx-xx), page 64
  48. Video Games, "09/2000" (DE; 2000-08-02), page 68


Virtua Tennis

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Prereleases:
Sega Dreamcast
Prototype 2000-04-11 | 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)
Game Boy Advance
Virtua Tennis (2002)
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)