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  • Summary: Designed exclusively for the Nintendo DS, Rafa Nadal Tennis serves up an innovative, fun and fast-paced game of tennis with unprecedented shot control via the touch screen. Using the stylus as both a directional pointer and as a racquet, players can move their tennis pro around the court and execute stunning serves, lobs, drop shots and power shots by sweeping the stylus across the touch screen. Rafa Nadal Tennis features a trio of single-player game modes, including a full Career Mode, Quick Match and more. Career Mode allows players to create their own personalised pro and travel the world to become the best player on the circuit. The game also features a full tutorial mode appropriately labelled Tennis School, to train players in perfect stylus movements for delivering precise, match winning shots. There is also an option to switch between the stylus and traditional control pad, and the tutorial will adapt the contents of the lessons accordingly. Rafa Nadal Tennis also includes a multiplayer component where up to four players can take the court for doubles or one-on-one single matches over wireless, even if the other players don’t have a copy of the game – the single-card wireless multiplayer mode enables up to four players to join a match from one copy of the game. An even more extensive multi-card multiplayer mode offers additional choice over court types and players. [Codemasters] Expand
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  1. As a basic tennis sim this does a perfectly adequate job. Ignore the more-trouble-than-it's-worth touch screen control system and it plays fine. It's just a pity there's so little to do. [Jan 2007, p.78]
  2. Novel controls that take some mastering, but are quite effective. The cheap feel prevents it from developing into anything great. [Mar 2007, p.71]
  3. An unwinnable, unenjoyable game with the stylus. [Feb 2007, p.84]
  4. 55
    For everything that they’ve done right (visuals, animation, ball physics), it’s ruined by the developer’s attempts at a stylus-driven tennis game.
  5. Played with the face buttons though, this becomes a competent Virtua Tennis clone with a decent selection of shots, and great animation, but a clone that reveals its weaknesses over time. [Jan 2007, p.116]
  6. Switching to d-pad and button controls makes it a solid tennis game, and its local wireless support for up to four players makes it a good option for social DS players.
  7. Thanks to poor controls, a paltry list of game modes, and a lack of real-life players not named Rafael Nadal, Rafa Nadal Tennis double-faults in its Nintendo DS debut.

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