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Tennis (Virtual Console) Reviewed by Cyril Lachel on . It was only a matter of time before Nintendo dropped a stinker. As the simple title suggests, this is a no-frills tennis game for the Game Boy. When it was first release it was one of the few sports games for the Game Boy; a solid purchase for anybody that liked competitive tennis action. Rating: 30%
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What Is It? It was only a matter of time before Nintendo dropped a stinker. As the simple title suggests, this is a no-frills tennis game for the Game Boy. When it was first release it was one of the few sports games for the Game Boy; a solid purchase for anybody that liked competitive tennis action. By 1989 standards, Tennis does it all. And by that I mean it plays a game of tennis and that's all. With only a couple modes to choose from and nothing in the form of a single-player career, Tennis is as bare bones as a game can get.

Does It Still Hold Up? With few modes and even less customization, Tennis feels like an ancient relic from a bygone era. That could be because it IS an ancient relic from a bygone era. Nobody makes sports games like this anymore, which can be a little jarring when loading it up for the first time. There's very little technique to the gameplay and the graphics are as plain as vanilla. With so many better tennis games on the Game Boy (among other related Virtual Console handhelds), Nintendo's Tennis doesn't even come close to holding up.

Is It Worth The Money? Tennis is Nintendo's way of trolling the 3DS Virtual Console. This is one of those games I would have recommended twenty years ago. The gameplay is fast and competitive, something we didn't see a lot of in the early days of the Game Boy. However, I can't ignore the two decades that have helped me redefine what a sports game is. With nothing much to do and no customization options, Tennis isn't even worth the dirt cheap three dollar asking price. You're better off waiting for Mario Tennis.
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