Sega Superstars Tennis is a tennis, and the first sport video game 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. For the Mac, Superstars Tennis will feature online multiplayer by using Game Center, which will be added in the next version of Max OS X, Mountain Lion..
The game includes five characters from the Sonic series:
- Sonic the Hedgehog
- Miles "Tails" Prower
- Amy Rose (Unlockable)
- Shadow the Hedgehog (Unlockable)
- Doctor Eggman
The game also includes 11 SEGA characters from different games.
- Ulala (Space Channel 5)
- Pudding (Space Channel 5) (Unlockable)
- Aiai (Super Monkey Ball)
- Meemee (Super Monkey Ball) (Unlockable)
- NiGHTS (NiGHTS into Dreams)
- Reala (NiGHTS into Dreams) (Unlockable)
- Amigo (Samba De Amigo)
- Gilius Thunderhead (Golden Axe) (Unlockable)
- Alex Kidd (Alex Kidd) (Unlockable)
- Beat (Jet Set Radio)
- Gum (Jet Set Radio) (Unlockable)
|Character||Allstar Move||Skill Type||Rating||Unlockable|
|Sonic the Hedgehog||Super Sonic||Speed||Very Good||No, Because already playable|
|Miles 'Tails' Prower||Whirlwind||Spin||Good||No, Because already playable|
|Dr.Eggman||Electric Spike Ball||Power||Excellent||No, Because already playable|
|Amy Rose||Lover Heart Stun||All Round||Very Good`||Yes|
|Shadow the Hedgehog||Super Shadow||Speed||
|NiGHTS||Nightopian||All Round||Good||No, Because already playable|
|Reala||Nightmare||All Round||Very Good||Yes|
|Ulala||Morolian Invasion||Control||Very Good||No, Because already playable|
|Amigo||Power Hit||Power||Excellent||No, Because already playable|
|Aiai||Banana Blitz!!!||Spin||Very Good||Yes|
|MeeMee||Flower Power||Spin||Good||No, Because already playable|
|Beat||Graffiti Floor||Speed||Very Good||No, Because already playable|
|Alex Kidd||Rock, Paper, Scirssors!!!||Control||Excellent||Yes|
- Sonic's All-Star move is the use 7 Chaos Emeralds to create Super Sonic, which makes the ball go in different directions.
- Tails's All-Star move is a stun-ball, which stuns the opponent when he/she hits the ball back.
- Amy's All-Star move makes the ball runs in a heart outline and dazes the opponent if he/she hits it.
- Shadow's All-Star move is similar Sonic's, except when hitting the ball, the player randomly changes places on the court.
- Dr. Eggman's All-Starmove is to hit the ball alongside four Spike-electric balls, which the opponent must dodge while attempting to rebound the real ball.
- Ulala's All-Star move sends her morolians to the opposite of the court. If the player touches it, they dance.
- Pudding's All-Star move sends the ball going left, right and upwards, similar to Ulala's All-Star.
- Aiai sends bananas onto the court, and makes the ball fly at a rapid speed past the players.
- Meemee sends the ball in a flower outline, that stuns the players when hit.
- Nights and his/her Nighttopian send a ball that stuns the player.
- Reala's All-Star is similar to Shadow's, moving the player to another spot on the court.
- Amigo swings very powerfully, t a point where the ball can almost not be deflected.
- Gillius's racket changes into his golden axe, which makes lightning strike the opponent and the ball, until both are gone.
- Alex Kidd makes a rock-paper-scissors choice, in which whatever he chooses creates a powerful outcome.
- Beat has his groupies come and spray the side of the court in graffiti, which makes the opponent slip when he/she wants to move.
- Gum's All-Star Sends out the rokakku police on the other side of the court.
- 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.
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 the standard control pad, or utilize the stylus.
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.
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 cardborad 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 a 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 bannans 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.
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- Ulala, Aiai, NiGHTS and Amigo have all been playable guest stars in the Sonic Riders series.
- Sega Superstars Tennis features missions based off of 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 cameo's that have not been a playable character in sega superstars
- This is one of three games where Sonic & Alex Kidd appeared together. (The others being Segagaga and Sonic & SEGA All-Stars Racing).
- This Game recently began being packaged with the Xbox 360 as a free game with the console. This is something we haven't seen Sonic do 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.
- 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 you're able to play as yet 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 1960's, as opposed to modern day rackets.
- SEGA Superstars Tennis will be ported to MAC along with Sonic & SEGA All-Stars Racing. However, SEGA Superstars Tennis will never be released on PC.
- This is the only game in which Big and Blaze appear together in as actual characters and not trophies or models.
- Silver also appears in the game as a cameo.
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