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January 11 2007
Sega Superstar Tennis - PS3 Preview
Release Date Distributer Publisher Developer
27/3/2008SegaSegaSumo Digital
Offline Players Online players Price Anticipation
1-42-4?$TBA
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Visuals, while cartoon based, are great.
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A Space Channel 5 inspired level.

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Nights, Jet Set Radio - this game has it all.
If there is one thing Sega has an ample supply of, it's well known, and very loved, video game characters stemming way back to the 1980's. That's somewhat fortunate for them as it allows them to draw from a long history when creating a new game - and the best way to do that is through compilations or titles combining all the characters. Sega Superstars Tennis sees sixteen of Sega's most loved characters come together to play one of the worlds most popular sports, tennis.

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In the Jet Set Radio stage.
So it's a tennis game and let's look at the characters. At this stage we believe there will be 16 characters including Sonic the Hedgehog, Amy Rose, Akira Yuki, Ulala (Woo Hoo!), Amigo and Amiga from Samba de Amigo, Nights, and Beat from Jet Set Radio to name a few. Other Characters will appear in the game but will not be playable including Blaze the Cat, Shadow the Hedgehog and Knuckles. Each of the 16 characters has their own superstar alter-ego, which gives them the winning edge on the court. The ten stages are also based on games where characters have come from and include Green Hill Zone (Sonic), Monkey Island (Super Monkey Ball), and Galactic Cruiser (Space Channel 5).

up to four friends can challenge each other in Exhibition modes, Tournaments and even some unlockable special events. Mini-games, probably similar to those in Virtua Tennis 3, have also been confirmed for the game, although the exact details and modes still remain under wraps.

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Doubles matches will be included.
Certainly one aspect which we are most excited about is that of online gameplay on the Playstation 3 version. 2-player mode is a certainty, and we also hope that 4-players will be able to participate in doubles matches. We may also, hopefully, see some of the mini-games make an appearance in online modes as well.

Graphically this game looks pretty special with characters from many different games as well as tennis courts themed on many of them as well. To be honest though we haven't seen this game in action so we can't confirm the fluidity of movement or overall presentation, but with Sumo Digital developing the title we are hopeful for something pretty impressive.

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Sonic is ready to serve the ball.
Audio should also be pretty special for fans of the original games as Sega are including the theme songs and audio effects, but each has been recreated in full Dolby Digital 5.1.

When you come to Sega Superstars Tennis you can't expect the deepest of simulations, and we expect the title to have a very upbeat, and very arcade feel to it. If, however, Sega still manage to have the depth of Virtua Tennis 3 and include solid online gameplay then this should be a winner. Expect a release around March.