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Sega Superstars Tennis is a tennis game and the second title in the Sega Superstars crossover series. It is also the first in the series to be developed by Sumo Digital, crossing over numerous Sega franchises, including Sonic the Hedgehog, Alex Kidd, Space Channel 5 and 12 more. It was released in March 2008. In 2012, Sega and Feral Interactive announced that the game will be available for the Mac on its following Summer along with Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing. Mac version of Superstars Tennis features online multiplayer by using Game Center.

Playable characters

The game includes five characters from the Sonic series:

The game also includes 11 SEGA characters from different games.

  • Ulala (Space Channel 5)
  • Pudding (Space Channel 5) (Unlockable by winning the last mission in Space Channel 5)
  • Aiai (Super Monkey Ball)
  • MeeMee (Super Monkey Ball) (Unlockable by winning a certain mission in Super Monkey Ball)
  • NiGHTS (NiGHTS into Dreams)
  • Reala (NiGHTS into Dreams) (Unlockable by winning the last mission in NiGHTS into Dreams
  • Amigo (Samba De Amigo)
  • Gilius Thunderhead (Golden Axe) (Unlockable by winning a certain mission in Golden Axe)
  • Alex Kidd (Alex Kidd) (Unlockable by winning a certain mission in Alex Kidd)
  • Beat (Jet Set Radio)
  • Gum (Jet Set Radio) (Unlockable by winning the last mission in Jet Set Radio)

Superstar States

Main article: Superstar States
Character Superstar State Skill Type
Sonic the Hedgehog Super Sonic Speed
Dr. Eggman Electric Spike Ball Power
Miles 'Tails' Prower Whirlwind Spin
Amy Rose Lover Heart Stun All Round
Shadow the Hedgehog Super Shadow Speed
NiGHTS Nightopian All Round
Reala Nightmare All Round
Ulala Morolian Invasion Control
Pudding Guitar Showdown Control
Amigo Maraca Madness Power
Gillius Golden Hit Power
Aiai Banana Blitz!!! Spin
MeeMee Flower Power Spin
Beat Graffiti Floor Speed
Gum Police!!! Speed
Alex Kidd Rock, Paper, Scissors!!! Control


  • Superstar Mode allows the player to play missions in the worlds of sega which include exhibition matches, tournaments and tasks based around a specific Sega game including Sonic the Hedgehog, Puyo Pop Fever and Virtua Cop. Completing missions unlocks items such as courts, stages, sound tracks and characters.
  • Exhibition Mode offers the chance to challenge a character to a match on one of many courts, including Sonic's home court of Green Hill Zone, or Amigo's Carnival Park court. Whichever court is chosen, there are a host of Sega celebrities cheering them on from court side.
  • Tournament Mode allows the player to play in a series of matches against opponents chosen at random by the computer in an arena also chosen at random.
  • There are several playable minigames in Sega Superstars Tennis, including ones from Sega games such as a House of the Dead meets Space Invaders game, in which the player has to hit moving targets in the form of zombies, a Space Harrier game, a Puyo Puyo game, and a Virtua Cop game.
  • Each character has their own unique special attack giving the player more chance of scoring a point. For example: Gilius throws a magic bottle in the air and covers the opponent's side with thunderbolts, if they touch one the character will be stunned for a brief moment, or Sonic's signature "Super Sonic" attack, which causes the tennis ball to zig-zag in various directions around the court when he hits the ball.

Platform differences

The PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 versions both have online play, while the Wii version has three different control schemes (motion control, Wii Remote sideways, and Wii Remote with Nunchuk). The Nintendo DS version of the game can be played with Controlpadds, or utilize the stylus.


Sonic courts


Green Hill Zone as it appears in Sega Superstars Tennis

There are two courts featured in this game from the Sonic the Hedgehog series, both originating from the first game from the first level and one from a later level, Sonic the Hedgehog.

Green Hill was fitted with a tennis court with various characters making cameo appearances around the field, mainly the Chao from the Sonic Adventure series, also Blaze the Cat, Silver the Hedgehog, Knuckles the Echidna and Big the Cat. This is where many missions in Sonic's world in Superstar Mode take place, including a singles tournament with various Sonic characters. The Stage features four unlockable music tracks of levels from previous Sonic games: Seaside Hill, Ocean Palace, a System Screen Select and Green Hill Zone.

Having not used this place for about 15 years there is no reason for Robotnik not to turn his old fortress into a tennis court. On the side of the court is the machine Robotnik used as the final boss from Final Zone, still moving up and down. Spectating from the sideline is Metal Sonic and the Egg Gunners from Sonic the Hedgehog (2006). This is also the location of many of the missions in Superstar mode. In these missions Egg Gunners fire at you while you collect rings and avoid bombs that resemble Bomb from Knuckles' Chaotix. There are a number of unlockable tracks for this court from different Sonic games: Music from Final Fortress, Bullet Station, Egg Fleet, and Scrap Brain Zone.

Other courts

  • Space Port 9 (Space Channel 5)
  • Splash Garden (NiGHTS into Dreams)
  • Outrun Bay (Outrun)
  • Carrier Zone (After Burner)
  • Grave Yard (The House of The Dead)
  • Super Monkey Ball (Super Monkey Ball)
  • Shiubuya DownTown (Jet Set Radio)
  • Carnival Park (Samba De Amigo)

Xbox 360 Achievements

Image Name Description
344 Default Turn on the game for the first time.
6327 Play Ball Win your first match
6327 Starting Grid Win with all 8 starting characters
6327 Step into SEGA World Complete your first Challenge (Rank A)
6327 Mouse Mania! Rescue 500 ChuChus over time!
6327 Surf the Net Win a Match on Xbox LIVE
6327 Space Channel 5 Watch a match on TV
6325 Cameo Appearance Hit a SEGA court cameo
6325 To The Max Hit 3 Max serves in a row
6325 Seeing Stars Enter Superstar mode 10 times in a match
6325 SEGA Rally Hit a 40 shot rally
6325 Top Gun Hit 100 aces
6325 After Burner Hit a serve over 100 mph / 160kph
6325 OutRun Run a total of 10 kilometers / 6 miles.
6597 Classic Complete Complete all Challenges in one SEGA game (Rank A)
65974 Climb the Ladder Win the final stage in Tournament mode
6597124 Zombie Hunter! Hit an 8 zombie combo!
659768 Master Tagger! Clear a Tag without missing a shot!
659768 Puyo Puyo! Clear a 20 Puyo combo!
659768 Super Sonic Collect 7 Chaos Emeralds in one game!
659768 Dragon Slayer! Destroy the Final Squilla in under 20 seconds!
659768 Pot Black! Clear 4 Trick Shots in one game!
659768 Supercop! Destroy Kong without being hit!
659768 Top of the Tree Win a Tournament on Xbox LIVE
659768 Top Ranker Win 10 Xbox LIVE Ranked matches
659768 Let's Get Friendly Win 10 Xbox LIVE Player matches
17787 Beat them All Beat all characters in Singles matches
17787 Original Teams Beat all the classic Doubles pairs
17787 Challenges 101 Complete all Challenges in all SEGA games (Rank A)
17787 To be this good takes AGES Complete all Challenges in all SEGA games (Rank AAA)
17787 Full Roster Unlock all Secret Characters
17787 Play the Field Unlock all Secret Courts
17787 Score Attacker Unlock all Ball Games
17787 Magical Sound Shower Unlock all Secret Music Tracks
17787 Secret Stage Beat the hidden stage in Tournament mode
17787 Party Time Play each type of Ball Game Multiplayer
17787 Ball Buddies Win 5 Xbox LIVE Doubles matches
17787 Swinging Report Show Become a TV Superstar

Mini-games and side-missions

  • Puyo Pop Fever: In this minigame, the player plays Puyo Pop but controlling the popping gun as a racket with the character of choice to clear the Puyo wall.
  • Space Harrier: In this minigame, the player must throw the ball against a number of series of robot, alien, machines and meteorites the constantly come time by time when difficulty increases.
  • Virtua Squad: In this one, the player plays a classic game of the original Virtual Cop but with a tennis racket and a ball, aiming at the cardboard thieves that will shoot you in a time of 10 second each.
  • Jet Set Radio: The player gets a spray color from a grinding man how throws them at you, when you get those time by time, you are to hit the ball across the net in to an opacity graffiti to match its colors.
  • Sonic the Hedgehog: In this one, the player can free roam on the court and dodge electric spikes thrown by robots and collect as many rings as possible. Several monitor power-ups like Invincibility and Speed Shoes are available.
  • Super Monkey Ball: The player has to counter large balls and collect bananas and hand them into time gates before time runs out.
  • Chu Chu Rocket: The player has to guide mice into rockets, using tennis balls to change the arrow's direction.
  • Curien Mansion: The player must defeat zombies and rescue civilians to survive.


  • Ulala, Aiai, NiGHTS and Amigo have all been playable guest stars in the Sonic Riders series.
  • Sega Superstars Tennis features missions based on Puyo Puyo, which Dr. Robotnik's Mean Bean Machine was adapted from. Coincidentally, it was the one game to star Dr. Eggman (or in actuality the Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog incarnation of the character) who just happens to be one of this game's playable characters.
  • Silver and Blaze are the only cameos that have not been a playable character in Sega Superstars.
  • This is one of four games where Sonic & Alex Kidd appeared together. (The others were SegagagaSonic & Sega All-Stars Racing, and Sonic and All-Stars Racing Transformed).
  • This game was packaged with the Xbox 360 as a free game with the console in the holiday season in 2008. This is something Sonic hasn't done since Sonic the Hedgehog (16-bit) and Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (16-bit) for the Genesis, along with Sonic Adventure and Sonic Shuffle being packaged with the Dreamcast.
  • Space Channel 5 was originally meant to have a minigame, but it was taken out in the final project. The minigame for Space Channel 5 was the player(s) hitting the ball and to the copy the morlians dance moves.
  • Despite being a starter, Tails did not appear in the opening cinematic or receive any artwork for this game and was also left out of the main cast picture.
    • Tails possibly could have been at one point an unlockable character instead of a Starter, but since Sonic would be partnered with Tails, the player would know that they would have to unlock him, instead of it being a surprise like Amy and Shadow.
  • Oddly in the demo of this game, Shadow is one of the few characters the player is able to play. In the actual game, he is an unlockable.
  • Quotes from Sonic the Hedgehog (2006) were used in this game such as "My, that's a pretty snazzy performance there!" (Sonic's quote), "Who are you, and how do you know my name?" (Shadow's quote) and "See, I told you I could do it!" (Tails' quote).
  • Knuckles, Big, & Metal Sonic all were cameo characters who became playable characters in Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing.
  • In the Opening Cinematic, Amigo is seen using his maracas as a racket. However in the gameplay, Amigo uses a real tennis racket.
  • In the Opening Cinematic, Eggman uses a backpack with tennis rackets on it. But in the game, he does not use such a thing.
  • This is the only game where it has different ratings from the ESRB in each console. It has an E10+ rating on the home console version and an E rating on the Nintendo DS.
  • The rackets used by the characters seems to be based on a classic racket used in the late 1960s, as opposed to modern day rackets.
  • SEGA Superstars Tennis was ported to MAC along with Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing. However, SEGA Superstars Tennis was never released on PC.
  • This is the only game in which Big and Blaze appear together in the same game as actual characters and not trophies or models.
    • Silver also appears in the game as a cameo.
  • Due to the series being banned in Germany, this game referred the House of the Dead series as Currien Mansion. This is carried over to future Sega Superstars titles.
  • All 16 characters in this game are all playable in Sonic and All-Stars Racing Transformed.
    • This is because they already had models for the characters.
  • This game was at one point in a development where it would only feature Sonic characters.[citation needed]
  • Shadow and Dr. Eggman are the only characters who are in the special round after winning the cup in the doubles tournament
  • Pudding's quotes were reused from Space Channel 5 Part 2, but with her design from Space Channel 5.
  • Although a PS3 version of the game is available, the PS2 is incompatible to the PS3's first and second generation models, making Sega Superstars Tennis one of the only two PlayStation 2 Games (along with Sega Superstarts) that are incompatable with the PlayStation 3.
  • Sega Superstars Tennis and Sonic the Hedgehog (2006) are the only sonic games on the PS3 that have no trophies.


Sega Superstars Tennis Trailer01:34

Sega Superstars Tennis Trailer


Sega Superstar Tennis (Wii) USA Commercial00:31

Sega Superstar Tennis (Wii) USA Commercial

USA Commercial

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