|System: Wii||Review Rating Legend|
|Dev: EA Canada||1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid||4.0 - 4.4 = Great|
|Pub: Electronic Arts||2.0 - 2.4 = Poor||4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy|
|Release: Jun. 8, 2009||2.5 - 2.9 = Average||5.0 = The Best|
|Players: 1||3.0 - 3.4 = Fair|
|ESRB Rating: Everyone||3.5 - 3.9 = Good|
Local multiplayer has two main components. First are the traditional tennis matches, which support up to four players in a doubles match. The game is lots of fun even by yourself, so it goes without saying that playing with up to three friends is even more exciting. There's also a collection of tennis-related mini-games. These tend to be gimmicky and more of a distraction than anything else, but in Grand Slam Tennis, the mini-games are actually quite engaging thanks to the excellent control scheme.
Grand Slam Tennis' Wi-Fi capabilities make the package even more attractive. I played several matches and they were executed flawlessly. There was no lag at all, and the excitement of playing against another human is elevated in a game that relies so much on skill at making nice shots.
Visually, Grand Slam Tennis takes on a cartoony look. This is probably a good idea, because the super-realistic graphics that are so valued in sports titles on the PS3 and Xbox 360 aren't really possible on the Wii. The visual representations of popular players like Nadal, Federer, and Djokovic are very much recognizable despite not being particularly realistic.
Grand Slam Tennis is one of the most impressive sports games packages that I've seen in a while. EA deserves to be commended for getting on the ball with MotionPlus and offering up a game that provides a compelling reason to purchase the accessory. If you're a tennis fan or are just excited about Wii MotionPlus, then you owe it to yourself to check out Grand Slam Tennis.
CCC Freelance Writer