Virtua Tennis 2009 provides the most realistic tennis that you will find on the Wii. Although the game will work without Wii Motion Plus, it is really necessary to actually enjoy the game.
The game play with Wii Motion Plus is awesome. You can slice the ball, add spin, and do seemly a hundred other real tennis moves.
You can create your own character and actually make it look like you. It is not the faky Mii stuff that Nintendo uses.
It offers a regular mode where you can choose one of the famous tennis stars, or you can go into World Tour where you take your character on a journey to become a tennis champion.
Here are a list of Pros and Cons:
VERY realistic motion controls
World Tour Mode gives the game not only a purpose but adds endless challenge and fun
Online play adds yet another level of fun as you can challenge people all over the world.
Gameplay without the Wii motion plus is horrible and annoying.
In between EVERY match it asks you whether you are using a standard remote or Wii Motion Plus – VERY annoying.
Online play seems to be a bit sluggish. The game needs to have some sort of way of monitoring ping times and not allow you to play someone on a really slow connection.
World Tour opponents sometimes too easy to beat.
Summary: I give this game a 9.5 out of 10. Even though there are definitely some things that need improved, this is the first game that actually makes you feel like you are playing real tennis. It beats Grand Slam Tennis, Wii Sports Tennis, and definitely Racquet Sports hands down.
Virtua tennis is a great game. While playing Wii sports tennis, I hated two of me even while playing singles. I tried Grand slam tennis too. Graphics for this game is cartoonish, and tennis ball looks like soft ball. Wii motion plus works fine in both. But Virtua tennis graphics is almost lifelike. Playing US open in New York, you do feel like you are in centre court. Player movements takes getting used to. I only use motion plus and let Wii console and my hands move me around the court. Just keep in mind friends that it's only a make believe game so just have fun imagining you are playing Maria Sarapova which all of us can never dream of. Oh by the way win or loose, do go through actual tennis movements and not just moving your wrist, so that you can get exercise you need. I know I started sweating after a few sets.
This game has everything, you can play as one of the pro's or start as an amateur. There are many facets to the game and having played it since it came out I'm still discovering new shots and different plays. It mimics the various professionals in minute detail. The mini games are fun especially the alligator one.
Having been a tennis player myself, this game is realistic and follows typical strategies and plays. You can run by using the arrows on the Wii remote and I found this easier than using the Nunchuk.
Two things that keeps it from getting a ten is that it is very difficult to climb the ladder in the amateur ranks and the coaching could be improved.