At long last, portable full-color, sweat-free, tennis action was built for the Game Gear! That's right, now you can join the tour as a pro for on-court action that fits in your pocket.
What a Racket
Wimbledon Tennis has all of the options you'd expect and more. You get singles or doubles for one or two players, a Pro Tour, the ability to build your own player, 16 computer players, and several court surfaces. Of course, you also get a complete repertoire of standard tennis shots and you can hit the ball with topspin or slice. Overall, the controls are easy to master. Although, it's a little difficult to guide shots down the line and crosscourt.
Before you serve it up, you select between Free Match Mode and the Tour Mode. Free Match enables you to go head-to-head against the computer in singles or doubles. You play as one of 16 players, each with different combinations of Speed, Power, and Skill.
The Pro Tour
Once you've honed your skills and you're a total hotshot, head for the four tourney Tour (America, Australia, France, and Wimbledon). In each tournament, you battle eight opponents for the championship. You begin the tour with 15 points to allocate between Speed, Power, and Skill. Win and you'll earn extra points. Even if you get eliminated in the first round, you move on to the next tournament - just like the pros. A password save enables you to continue your championship quest.
Of course, the best on-court action's Gear-to-Gear. You Link with another player for head-to-head singles or doubles matches, or team up for doubles against the CPU. Don't forget, you need two of everything (Game Gears, Gear-to-Gear cables, and Wimbledon Tennis cartridges).
Crisp, full-color graphics and snappy game play make this pocket-size tennis game a pro. Head-to-head games are the most fun, but the Tour Mode has enough features to keep netters of all abilities chasing the championship. Tennis everyone!
- Strategies that work in real tennis, work here. For example, if your opponent comes to the net, pass him cleanly down the alley or go for a sharp crosscourt shot.
- Until you get into the swing of things, choose a good all-around player (Hauser or Hines) and play against one of the weaker guys (Cortez or Silva).
- A good net game is essential. Charge the net and the odds are high that you'll be able to pass your opponent or smash it down their throat!
- Remember that the other pros also improve through tournament. If you keep losing, it's better to begin the Tour again. If not, they whomp the heck out of you in the first round at Wimbledon!
- Practice with the different players by plugging your password for the Tour Mode into the Free Match Mode.
- Just as in real tennis, you're gonna get nailed if you stand in "no man's land" (the area between the backcourt line and the service line). The ball tends to land behind you or too far in front of you.