Hot Shots Tennis gets a grip on PSP June 29

Handheld version of Clap Hanz' latest lighthearted sports sim receives simultaneous retail and downloadable release late next month.

Clap Hanz first applied its cute-but-challenging gameplay approach to tennis in 2007's Hot Shots Tennis for the PlayStation 2. While that title was not well received by critics, the Hot Shots Golf developer is taking a mulligan next month with a PSP edition of the game.

"You cannot be serious!"

Sony today announced a June 29 North American release date for Hot Shots Tennis: Get a Grip on the PSP. Released earlier this year in Japan, Hot Shots Tennis takes the same approach to its sport as Clap Hanz took to the links with Hot Shots Golf. The game features an assortment of bright-eyed, big-headed cartoon characters and an approachable aesthetic, but attempts to balance that with more simulation-minded depth for fans of the sport.

As with the Hot Shots Golf series, character customization will be a big part of the game's draw. Players will be able to unlock hundreds of clothing and accessory options, as well as additional courts and characters. And much like Kratos took to the links in Hot Shots Golf: Out of Bounds on the PS3, Hot Shots Tennis will feature at least one other iconic Sony character in the form of a sinister Hellghast soldier straight out of Killzone.

For more on Hot Shots Tennis: Get a Grip, check out GameSpot's previous coverage.

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9 comments
thisranks
thisranks

I was hoping for a PS3 Hot Shots Tennis. Ah well. I'm surprised to see that the PS2 version wasn't well received. I purchased it and played it to finish it was that darn good.

The_crapgamer
The_crapgamer

@ Megasus_ I was joking, I really cant stand the PSP, I bought one and then sold it. There is very little to appeal to me. I enjoy the DS much better. I think the PSP go was a horrible flop and the new 3DS is going to finish off the original PSP for good.

Megasus_
Megasus_

@The_crapgamer It's a shame so many people think the psp needs saving. It has a number of great games, many of which are constantly overlooked, and it has the greatest graphical capability of any other handheld console. If there's anything that needs saving, it's Sony, as to seeing how they are being stolen from every day, via *can't talk about it*

WllDan7
WllDan7

@ SadPSPAddict This is tennis though. Not golf.

SadPSPAddict
SadPSPAddict

From the last preview I saw it seemed a little light on game modes which is a shame because I love the Golf games!

jedinat
jedinat

Looks like it might be fun. First PSP game I've seen in a while to even slightly pique my interest.