Sega serving up Virtua Tennis 2009

Long-running sim series set to make a Wii debut in May; versions also planned for PS3, 360, and PC.

In 2007, Sega released Virtua Tennis 3 to critical acclaim on the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PSP. One glaring omission from the list of platforms was the Wii, which had taken the industry by storm the previous year, thanks in part to the pick-up-and-play Wii Sports and its stripped-down-yet-popular tennis game.

How many Nike "swoosh" logos can you find in this picture?

That's an oversight Sega is seeking to rectify with Virtua Tennis 2009, which the publisher today announced would arrive on the Wii as well as the PS3, Xbox 360, and PC this May. All versions of the game will boast online play and a roster of real-life tennis pros like Roger Federer and Venus Williams. Sega is also refreshing the variety of tennis-themed minigames with five new challenges and several returning favorites.

Ever since the Wii launched in 2006, tennis has proven to be a popular subject for developers. In addition to multiple minigame compilations and table tennis games, the system plays host to Sega Superstars Tennis, Top Spin 3, and the upcoming New Play Control: Mario Power Tennis.

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QingJao86
QingJao86

Shenmue would rule, release the first two games on Live and then release 3.

bugsy007
bugsy007

Man I can't wait what is in store online on the PC!!! Nadal Woooo!!! Federer Wooo!!! Djokervic Wooo!!!!! Roddick....Damn he's in it!!!!

svenskamerikan
svenskamerikan

Let me spell out what has been wrong with the Tennis Genre for the PS3 so far -- which is ashame cause it effects the impression that Tennis games can't make it. 1) VT3 was not online for the PS3. It was online for the 360 which pissed me off 2) So spent $60 on Top Spin instead. Waited years for this. My two brothers bought it and we were all ready to go. Lets see first of all you can't setup a custom match on the PS3 against a specific person -- you can on the 360.... It lacks voice-chat support and it lags signficantly at least over the pond. The only way we got a game was finding an obscure court to play on with our own players and not the generic players and it sucked.... So if VT 2009 has online, lag-free, voice-supported and custom match capability then I am buying it and my two brothers are as well. That is a gurantee and it doesn't have to be realistic, great etc -- just let us compete against eachoter under even conditions with the ability to talk smack over the mic and we are there..... We live on different continents and just want to play some freaking next generation online Tennis without having to buy 360's....

simonsworld
simonsworld

great, bring on andy murray,with a bonous unlock thing to unlock him in a kilt, that be rarther humorous.

jtthegame316
jtthegame316

i wish they would release a shenmue 3 and release 1 and 2 on xbox360 cube-gage. shenmue with the added bonus of getting acheivement ponits that would be nice. i will pick up virtua tennis 2009 i could get it on wii if i wanted how ever with owning a 360 hat is not likley so the 360 version it will be.

cube-gage
cube-gage

Come on Sega you know you wanna release shenmue 1 and 2 again on one of the current gens dont ya? And then shemue 3? just do it SEGA do it!!! You have released every other Dreamcast franchise, bring back shenmue!

gandalf_storm
gandalf_storm

the best tennis game ever imo, it does need some new ideas to be fair, but its still better then top spin any day.

KieranCottrell
KieranCottrell

I hope changing the name to '2009' rather than '4' isn't some cheap trick so they can send out some half-baked rehash every year from now ad infinitum. ¬.¬

tidyspidey
tidyspidey

Good news..... still, my favourite tennis game to date was Rockstar's table tennis.... yes, yes, I know that isn't real tennis, but that doesn't stop the principles being the same and the gameplay being ultra-fun.

pilot_riaz
pilot_riaz

User hotbodyboy_2006 said Players like Gonzales I thought Godzilla at first, lol

-Near-
-Near-

Of course this game should be easy but here's hoping it actually has a fun career mode and not just some bs

hotbodyboy_2006
hotbodyboy_2006

Virtua Tennis 3 was probably the BEST Sports game on the Next Generation. I have really high hopes from this. Yes like the guys below said. Roster should be big. Players like Gonzales, Gulbis, Del Portro and many others should be there.

Solid_Mustaine
Solid_Mustaine

Fernando Gonzalez must be on this game,he is a great player, won olimpic medals and stay for 5 years in the top 20. SEGA must put this player Saludos de Chile xD

-Raiden-
-Raiden-

about time, i cant wait for this:-)

Crusader-Z
Crusader-Z

I cannot wait to get this game...VT3 was so fun...

gameking5000
gameking5000

I hope everybody is in it and I hope this game makes things more realistic.

adrian747
adrian747

all i want is that finally FERNANDO"EL BOMBARDERO" GONZALEZ be in this game....PLEASE!

halo_wars86
halo_wars86

i know this will never happen but i hope for 360 vs ps3 on the online. this never happened but is a great idea for multi platform games. also this gives u a chance to play all virtua tennis players not just the ones on ur console.

KaBo0m
KaBo0m

i hope the story is better in this one

BlueFlameBat
BlueFlameBat

But will the Wii version have as many players and a create-a-player feature?

theMarshell
theMarshell

After playing top spin 3, my veiws on tennis games have changed I would love too get this, but I won't touch another VT game untill they let you play longer than one set.

Proman84
Proman84

A new Virtua Tennis game for PC? Awesome!

EnaVRi
EnaVRi

I just sold my copy of VT3 to buy this on May... Love the get go play style unlike Top Spin... And it's getting online multiplayer hurray!

dragonps
dragonps

Loved VT3 really looking forward to this:D

alooy
alooy

The only flaw with VT4 was no/crap online...hopefuly this one will be better ;)

kkkkknaruto
kkkkknaruto

finally nadal gets some recognition he was missing from last years cover shockingly

-Raiden-
-Raiden-

yes love vuirtua tennis:-)

lordrave
lordrave

"Er, If anyone got a free time.. try checking youtube and search for Hawkhunter07 channel.. Once you see his channel, you can see how extreme fanboys can be" LOL ya, so many NIKE logo.. Zzz.. well I cant experience the game fully without the Wii Remote.. sad

EnaVRi
EnaVRi

Virtua Tennis RockS

xdeiri
xdeiri

federers white short wont be available on ps3 version, roddicks, girl friend will attend exclusively on 360 version. nadals nike boot will only be available by dlc for 120 point

GranReyUno
GranReyUno

How many Nike "swoosh" logos can you find in this picture? Um...8?

NearlyPrescient
NearlyPrescient

during finals a few weeks ago, some friends were bored with playing shooters after exams (we had half days). so a day or two in, I brought over my copy of VT3. we sometimes get into games, but when we're hitting tennis balls, there's non-stop shouting and trash talk. good game. online multi-player please?

Zerosumgame
Zerosumgame

This game used to be good until the US studio touched it.

jacky531
jacky531

i wish they made it virtua tennis '4' not '2009'

link_623
link_623

Motion plus will be used in the Wii version according to NP.

Ardus
Ardus

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FUsquarepants
FUsquarepants

hopefully the game is fun on Wii. i can't wait to try it.

twashington9737
twashington9737

Umm, this was announced last week, already, I thought. Read the story on another website and I've been spreading the word, since but whatever the case, can't wait. I've owned all 3 and still have VT2 for my Dreamcast as well as VT3 on my PS3, which I still play. Great series. I just hope that they, if anything, improve the controls IF they are going to tamper with them. I like them just the way they are but if Sega can come up with something that actually proves to be better, then I'm all for it.

ahpuck
ahpuck

vamos Rafa! i'm so getting this game.

halo_wars86
halo_wars86

woho best console tennis game go SEGA. tho i was hoping for the name virtua tennis 4 not 2009

Inconnux
Inconnux

Tennis on the Wii is just plain fun :)

OmegaBob
OmegaBob

Will it use Wii-motion??? If so, Ima going to buy it!