Top Spin 4 hits the court March 15

2K Sports' latest tennis sim arrives in two months for the Xbox 360, PS3, and Wii from Mafia II studio 2K Czech; Andre Agassi, Rafael Nada, and Serena Williams to grace NA cover.

The first of the year's four major tennis tournaments--the 2011 Australian Open--kicked off yesterday in Melbourne. While the stars volley back and forth on the real court, gamers looking forward to the latest Top Spin title now have a release date to circle on their calendars.

From left to right: Nadal, Agassi, and Williams. Not pictured: a jeering John McEnroe.

Top Spin 4 will be available in North America on March 15 for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and Wii, with the European release following on March 18. Mafia II studio 2K Czech is handling development of the title.

Top Spin 4 will be a licensed title and feature the likenesses of 25 tennis stars, including Andre Agassi, Andy Roddick, Rafael Nadal, Ana Ivanovic, Pete Sampras, James Black, Jelena Jankovic, Serena Williams, Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer, and Caroline Wozniacki.

Additionally, players' real-world on-court clothing, as well as their unique movements--which include celebration maneuvers--will be reflected via animations. Further, the game will sport many of the most popular venues in tennis, including Wimbledon, Roland Garros, Arthur Ashe Stadium, and others.

2K Sports did not say if Top Spin 4 will be compatible with Microsoft's Kinect or Sony's PlayStation Move. However, the box art for the PS3 version of the game (pictured) clearly indicates that the title will work with Sony's motion-control peripheral. Additionally, the box shows that Top Spin 4 for the PS3 will be a 3D-compatible title. Unfortunately, the box art for the Xbox 360 version does not offer the same revelation for Microsoft's tech.

2K Sports also today announced the Top Spin 4 cover athletes for both North America and Europe. The North American SKU will be fronted by the iconic and retired Andre Agassi, as well as Rafael Nadal and Serena Williams. As for the European box, Scottish 23-year-old Andy Murray, former world No. 1 Ana Ivanovic (who lost an early round thriller today), and French Open wizard Rafael Nadal will front this year's game. The cover athletes for Top Spin 3 were Maria Sharapova, Andy Roddick, and Roger Federer.

The Top Spin series started out as a Microsoft-published Xbox exclusive in 2003, before the original title in the series was ported to the PC and PlayStation 2 in 2004 and 2005. This was followed by Top Spin 2 in 2006--for the Xbox 360, PC, and portable platforms--and Top Spin 3 in 2008, which was released on the Xbox 360, PC, and Nintendo DS, as well as being the first outing for the series on the PS3.

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Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and would like to see the Whalers return to Hartford.

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sleepnsurf
sleepnsurf

Grand Slam Tennis for the Wii is the best out there.

Cillerboy
Cillerboy

@EasyToTalkToIty awesome thanks for that :)

oneligas
oneligas

wow a sports game without a yearly numerical update in the name

warhawk-geeby
warhawk-geeby

Agassi looks a hell of a lot like John Locke from LOST..

EasyToTalkToIty
EasyToTalkToIty

@Cillerboy: Move has indeed been implemented, and Kinect has not (which is probably for the best due to the precision needed).

H0rr0rG4m3r
H0rr0rG4m3r

Top Spin 2 was my first Xbox 360 game and I had alot of fun with it, even though I've never played a tennis game before lol.

Lum_Yatsura
Lum_Yatsura

Announcing the game this close to release? How'd they keep it under wraps so well?

pillazz
pillazz

Top Spin was the king of tennis games but the control method for Top Spin 3 sucked, so I hope they get back to the original method of hitting the ball.

LeoLex_
LeoLex_

i couldnt give a rats!!!!!

Cillerboy
Cillerboy

it wud be cool if it had move support

Galbat0rixx
Galbat0rixx

They just have to make it a little more fast-paced. I do much prefer this to the super-easy style of Virtua Tennis, but it can take a long, long time to actually be able to play like anything near how you would imagine a real tennis pro to play. The game only really feels like your playing good tennis when your doing risk shots every shot or so, which is incredibly hard.

gamerfan85
gamerfan85

Definitely not enough good tennis games out there right now. I can't wait to give this one a try. 3D and Move support? I won't ever have to step onto a real tennis court ever again!

howie1926
howie1926

Hopefully it is decent. I love Tennis but the games are always horrible.

jhpeter
jhpeter

I don´t liked the console versions as I liked the handheld port to DS.

Tokinblckgie
Tokinblckgie

Hopefully they get back to what made the 1st game great. If it's any bit close I'll definitely buy it. Not enough good tennis games out there.