Sumo Digital serving up Sega Superstars Tennis

Sonic and other mascots set to hit the courts early next year in Europe and North America.

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Sonic the Hedgehog is in a competitive mood of late. Taking a break from his normal evil-thwarting activities, he's penned in to showcase his company crossover dominance in Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games next month and Super Smash Bros. Brawl in February, respectively.

Sonic's also going to take care of some business in his own backyard, as Sega today announced Sega Superstars Tennis, a mascot sports game from the latest Foundation 9 acquisition, Sumo Digital. The game is currently set for release on the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, PlayStation 2, Wii, and Nintendo DS in Europe and North America in early 2008. The Xbox 360 and PS3 will feature online play.

Sonic may be the publisher's ace, but it will draw a pool of more than 15 playable characters from its lengthy history, including Super Monkeyball's AiAi, Space Channel 5's Ulala, and Samba De Amigo's Amigo. Each character will have its own abilities, as well as home courts, like Sonic's Green Hill Zone.

Sumo Digital is no stranger to the subject matter, having previously developed Virtua Tennis 3 for the Xbox 360, PC, and PlayStation Portable and Virtua Tennis World Tour for the PSP. The studio has also worked with Sega before on recent versions of the Outrun series for Xbox, PS2, PSP, and PC.

Discussion

33 comments
Meteorite-Muse
Meteorite-Muse

I really hope they can pull this off, it would be really cool to see Sega characters playable all in one game, and hey if Nintendo can pull it off with Mario why not Sega with Sonic?

Itsthetruth
Itsthetruth

If it is really an improvement over Wii Tennis it will be worth it. but since it's from the same who developed Virtua Tennis i expect high standars. Online rating-ranked-championships please!!

chazer127
chazer127

Wow...It looks nice, and with all of the Sega classics as playable Characters/arenas. I hope there is a Skys of Acadia level in the game

16bitmaster
16bitmaster

It sounds cool i guess, about the same as WII SPORTS tennis but i guess its worth a play.... COOL!

karateyoyo
karateyoyo

BEAT!!!! YES!!!! lol I only will get this to play as Beat. I'm only getting any game that "at least" has a jgr or jsrf character and this will be the only one I'll get until or unless they decide to make JSR 2

BloodWerewolf
BloodWerewolf

Here are some characters that have been confirmed: Sonic The Hedgehog Amy Rose Dr. Robotnik Ulala (Space Channel 5) Aiai (Super Monkey Ball) Samba (Samba De Amigo) Here are my three hoping for characters: Beat (Jet Grind Radio) - There was a level photo in the recent Nintendo Power that featured, hopefully, a level from Jet Grind Radio, so here's hoping. Nights (Journey of Dreams) Vyse Dyne (Skies of Arcadia)

rikhan_z
rikhan_z

Sega answer to what Capcom, SNK, Namco and Marvel did too look their games. But this form is in Tennis.

lamprey263
lamprey263

I'd rather go outside and jump rope wearing nothing but pink short-shorts and get gang raped by a group of elephants and have it all get posted on YouTube than play something by the name of "Sega Superstars Tennis"; WTF is that? I mean, what characters are there? Sonic, Tails, Knuckles, Shadow, basically a showdown of Sega furries yiffing it on the tennis court. What else could there be? The Datona USA rides battle it out against the Virtua Racing polygon cars? The Virtua On mechs go at it with tennis balls instead of rockets and lasers? The Virtua Fighters pick up a tennis racket? Or heck, unlock the Panzer Dragoon character to go against the unlockable Galaxy Force cruiser? And if we're lucky, the Alien 3 Gun gunner vs the Virtua Cop cop or even House of the Dead guy, or maybe, just maybe that game I can't recall where you gun from a helicopter; can they even use those character? Oh, and that Nights pixie? Why don't they just wait for the next Mario Tennis to make itself to the Wii, and they can just add Sonic and gang to the mix like they're doing with SSBB.

Devvy01
Devvy01

I'm off to go and buy some tennis balls.

MasterAsh42
MasterAsh42

I've never played a Virtua Tennis title and hear great things about the series. . .This could be a great game for me, at least.

xcollector
xcollector

This will just be a kiddie version of virtua tennis 3 with sonic instead of real life pro players. Sega sure knows how to recycle their code.

Leviathan9211
Leviathan9211

dammit! its no online for wii NNNNNNNOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!

bison_tuesday
bison_tuesday

What about some other sega heroes? I want to play tennis with 'G' from the house of the dead games! or Joe Musashi from Shinobi!

dj_b02us
dj_b02us

once AGAIN we see how nintendo sets a standard and others try to follow suit. Just HOW many party games have we seen since Mario Party came out? the problem is nintendo can, as in the past, let this get to their head and start thinking their every move is gold. lets hope they dont do it again

AzureWind213
AzureWind213

hahahaaaa tennis in the green hill zone they better have the music!!!!!!

BlueFlameBat
BlueFlameBat

Sounds interesting. I hope the Nintendo versions are online-compatible as well.

gnbfd
gnbfd

why put online play on the 2 systems that almost destroyed Sonic as we know it?

lamprey263
lamprey263

dang, so many tennis and ping pong games coming out, and I've yet to play one... in fact, I've still no desire

ashuncc2
ashuncc2

Interesting. I enjoy tennis, but these characters swingging raquets. I will be interested to see how this develops.

Jaysonguy
Jaysonguy

Sega has been doing great lately and with Sonic back as a major character in gaming it makes sense to capitalize now. Tennis has global appeal and favors the Wii which has helped Sega's blue mascot the most this gen. It all ties together.

pigfish2
pigfish2

sounds like a poor cash in to me

V-Nine
V-Nine

Sounds promising. I remember how great the 1st Virtua Tennis on the Dreamcast was and how Out Run 2 woke me up when I had all but given up on video games (coolest version of Magical Sound Shower I ever heard and I'm tring to learn how to do that snazzy burn out before the race... long story dont ask ;) )

1357900
1357900

I'm w/ roadrunner1178 on this one. I liked the Mario Tennis games, but I truly liked the N64/Gameboy Color combo, better than the 'Cube version, 'cause the former had more secret courts-themed to characters, w/o any theme-gimmick, & most of all, it had the connectivity, but I digress. In any event, this may be a good move for Sega.

Suntwister
Suntwister

@nfc1nfl: So are you saying that the crapbox 360 has good games that arn't the staple of the system or the mascot. Plus the PS3 will be getting good games soon enough within the next year or two, games which will probably be better than most the games on other consoles. I think Sega is smart in this decision because everyone always wants to play as a certain character and when you can play with your friends it's even better. Go SEGA!

nfc1nfl
nfc1nfl

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PAJ89
PAJ89

Sumo did a great job with Virtua Tennis 3, so I'm expecting them to do a good job here. As we all know, Sonic has lost a lot of credibility over the past few years, but I doubut that will affect the quality of this game.

SilvrDog
SilvrDog

Sega, sega,sega these guys have had a great run and hopefully they will continue to have a successful run. Yet, I feel this venture they are going on is going to be a downfall. Sonic was an excellent game, back in the day. It was even decent when they brought it out unto the GameCube, but Sonic has had a good life and now I think that its time his gaming days are put to rest. Sega needs to pay attention to how other franchises have done, before they make this game. Look at EA with their Medal of Honor games. They ruined an excellent game franchise , and I am afraid Sega is going to follow that same path.

VirtualTofu
VirtualTofu

I bet Knuckles hits hard every time!

kbaily
kbaily

It was only a matter of time before Sega started doing like Nintendo and making tons of sports/party and racing games with their characters. This follows in the steps of the "Sega superstars" Eyetoy game. Remember?

Cobalt_Strike
Cobalt_Strike

Great, now they'll be whoring Sonic with more useless franchises like Mario. :(

nyoroism
nyoroism

I can think of only one Sonic universe characters that I'd want to play as. Ah, well. Hopefully it'll be good.