Mixed or average reviews - based on 12 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 12
  2. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. Top Spin 3 is a great example of how to make a serious sports game. It has all the facts, figures and strenuous exercise but presents them in a way that's accessible and entertaining for all.
  2. 80
    Top Spin 3 is what Top Spin 2 was a year ago, but with a playable speed, and a frame rate that’ll deliver on what your imagination sees as you stare at the back of the box at your local game store. It’s a tiny Top Spin experience, but it has the rhythm, tight control, and addictive nature of its console counterparts this time around.
  3. This unforgiving approach may well please dedicated tennis enthusiasts but it will only frustrate those just looking for a fun experience.
  4. Though suffering from weak visuals and slightly ponderous pace, Top Spin 3's tight controls and involving career mode see it challenging at the top of the DS tennis rankings.
  5. With the frame rate issues of previous versions truly fixed, this is about a good a tennis sim as the system is capable of providing. Given the limitations of the controls, though, I would suggest you leave the racket sport to the living room. Or Wimbledon.
  6. Concerns about graphics and frame rate in "Top Spin 2" for the DS have been addressed successfully by new developer PAM in the follow-up. [June 2008, p.90]
  7. 60
    Top Spin 3 features an improved frame rate and enhanced Career mode over last year’s Top Spin 2. Unfortunately, the game’s AI is overly difficult and the visuals are bland. On the plus side, the multiplayer mode is solid, there are a decent number of mini-games on offer, and the controls are easy to pick up.
  8. Newcomers should steer clear. [Oct 2008, p.77]
  9. 60
    Top Spin 3 isn't flashy, but it's fun, and if you need a tennis game for DS, this one is aces in our book.
  10. Top Spin 3 for the Nintendo DS seems a reasonable game at first, but soon it unveils itself as a shallow experience. There's little variation in the gamelpay and it's not clear if the developers were focussing on realism of arcade.
  11. Top Spin 3's hardcore AI is on par with the console versions, but the overall package isn't nearly as fun.
  12. Tennis with the fun taken out, although some may appreciate the realism. [Issue#26, p.79]
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  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
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  1. MarkR
    Jul 15, 2008
    Gotta agree with Suz B... This is the best tennis on the DS, and a real improvement over Topspin 2. If you are a fan of the Topspin series at all or just want a solid, enjoyable, button-based tennis game, this is it. I personally use the wide overhead view when playing and it feels as fun as Topspin did for me when I used to play it all the time on the Xbox. Definitely recommended. Full Review »
  2. SuzB
    Jun 27, 2008
    Very realistic graphics and animation, and the framerate is very solid! You can even choose from 2 views - behind the back or birdseye, which I found helpful. Solid gameplay, feels quite realistic to play. Has all the best players - Federer, Henin, etc. As good as a DS Tennis game can get! Full Review »