Virtua Tennis

Game Boy Advance
  • Publisher: THQ
  • Release Date: Oct 8, 2002
  • Also On: PC

Generally favorable reviews - based on 14 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14
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  1. GameNow
    Far and away the best sports title to hit the GBA. [Nov 2002, p.68]
  2. The Dreamcast may be dead and buried but Virtua Tennis lives on in this essential GBA purchase. Excellent!
  3. 90
    By far, the finest tennis title on the GBA to date. It may not be a pretty rendition of the Dreamcast series, but it plays so well it's easy to forgive the somewhat clumsy character animation.
  4. Pocket Games
    The best sports game out for the Game Boy Advance. It's every bit as fun as its Dreamcast predecessor. [Winter 2002, p.42]
  5. The game never skips a beat even with four players connected, which is good news considering that you'll eventually be able to tear computer opponents to ribbons.
  6. The true brilliance shines through whenever you get enough mates together to unearth the full potential of the multiplayer.
  7. 85
    While Virtua Tennis for the GBA dominates with addictive gameplay, it fails to impress with its rough-shod graphics.
  8. While the game of tennis may seem simple from a glance, Sega really nailed the core intricacies in terms of giving the player the most amount of control possible without hampering any other aspect of the gameplay.
  9. Taken in isolation, it's easily the best handheld Tennis game.
  10. 80
    Preserves the original's emphasis on simplicity. It's well suited to the GBA's limited control options, yet it models the physics of tennis so well the depth it achieves is considerable.
  11. Game Informer
    Has the same impressive and deep career mode featured in VT2 for the Dreamcast. [Jan 2003, p.122]
  12. The game shrinks down the arcade game successfully, even if it's not as good as that game was. It has some flaws, including some major ones in doubles play, but the rest of the game is too good to overlook.
  13. Nintendo Power
    Matches feature 12 tennis stars, including Venus and Serena Williams. [Nov 2002, p.230]
  14. 70
    The four-player action makes this tennis game an absolute blast.

Awards & Rankings

#54 Most Discussed Game Boy Advance Game of 2002
User Score

No user score yet- Awaiting 2 more ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 1 out of 2
  1. JochemV.
    Jul 4, 2004
    This is the best tennis game for the GBA!!!
  2. Sickofplaying
    May 11, 2004
    this game is a waste of money, hard to follow the ball, control of the ball when it is total garbage, don't buy this game !