If you anxiously await the arrival of a major tennis tournament and love to take to the court to play a match, you would probably jump at the chance at playing a fun tennis game in your downtime.
Fans of the sport have been able to take their pick from numerous gaming titles throughout the years. If you are looking for the best modern or retro options to try, here are the coolest tennis video games to-date.
Pong will provide many people with a blast from the past, as it dominated arcades when it was released back in 1972. It was simple in its design, as it featured a square ball and a court, with the ball bouncing off its edges. Plus, with the ball moving faster as the game progresses, it makes it harder for players to beat the computer.
Super Tennis (1991)
Unfortunately, it wasn’t until 1991 when tennis video games improved considerably. While other gaming titles hit the market, such as Passing Shot and International 3D, it was Super Tennis that impressed gamers during the early 90s.
The Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES) game offered arcade-style rallies, various shot options, and touch of speech. What’s more, video gamers could even make dives to effectively strike the ball with a tennis racquet.
Mario Power Tennis (2004)
Nintendo combined the world of Mario with tennis when they launched Mario Power Tennis in 2004. Rather than incorporating genuine tennis superstars into the game, Nintendo GameCube went one better by allowing gamers to play as one of the many characters in the Super Mario universe. Other tennis titles couldn’t compete with the fun and color of the unique game. After all, there was a Donkey Kong jungle level that featured crocodiles, and a Wario Factory conveyor belt, as well as superb power shots.
WII Sports (2006)
The Nintendo WII transformed gaming, which was a hot topic for many when it was released in 2006. While many people believed it dumbed-down the console gaming industry, others rejoiced in the advancement of gaming technology. Top of everyone’s bucket list was WII sports, which allowed people to play their favorite games in the comfort of their home.
Rather than hitting a button to strike a ball, players could swing their controller like a racket to determine the action on the screen. You did, however, have to wrap the security bracelet tightly across your wrist to avoid smashing your TV with the controller.
Top Spin 4 (2011)
If you class yourself as sports fan and regularly back your favorite players at the US Open, you probably are more than happy to fill your time between majors with a fun tennis video game, and you cannot go wrong with Top Spin 4.
Introduced to Xbox 360, PS3 and WII back in 2011, it become popular with gamers due to its responsive controls and fluid player movement. Plus, despite tennis proving popular with sports fans across the world, there are currently minimal video games available on Xbox One and PS4, so you might have no option but to settle for Top Spin 4 until a new game hits the market.
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