Mixed or average reviews - based on 33 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 33
  2. Negative: 0 out of 33
  1. You’d be extremely hard-pressed to find a more complete tennis package on Wii – Virtua Tennis 2009’s offline and online career modes offer the most engaging representations of the sport on any console.
  2. What Virtua Tennis lacks in panache or style, it makes up for with substance, including a comprehensive World Tour mode and the best tennis controls on Wii. [July 2009, p.62]
  3. A quite good tennis game. The MotionPlus-support makes all the difference. Without it the game feels clumsy ja awkward. What's with the constant and annoying MotionPlus-activation, though? [July 2009]
  4. It’s a solid step up from what’s been on the Wii so far, and it’s addictive enough that we kept playing well past the point where our arms got sore.
  5. The best version released this year. Wii MotionPlus turns this game from average to excellent.
  6. It's not the prettiest looking game, and it does have some minor issues, but the motion controls make all the difference, they do take a bit of getting used to, but once you get the hang of them it really makes it feel authentic.
  7. Virtua Tennis 2009 is probably the best tennis game on the Wii.
  8. Virtua Tennis is easily one of the better tennis games on the Wii right now.
  9. A really good tennis game, primarily due to its variety of satisfying game modes. Unfortunately, the game is weighed down by several glaring flaws.
  10. A beast of a tennis game, with MotionPlus support and more options than you'll ever use. [Aug 2009, p.79]
  11. 80
    Virtual Tennis 2009 is definitely a more detailed experience than what we’ve seen in Wii Sports.
  12. As a first attempt at Wii MotionPlus controls this is a decent effort, but it's not quite the definitive article. [July 2009, p.88]
  13. 78
    If you’re looking for the definitive version of Virtua Tennis 2009, look no further. The Wii affords players the best tennis action around, despite lacking game design and aesthetics.
  14. Without any doubt, the Wii version of Virtua Tennis 2009 bests its Xbox 360/PS3 counterparts The lacking visuals and sound may be a disappointment, but the awesome online and intuitive controls make this well worth it for any fan of the sport.
  15. In conclusion, Virtua Tennis 2009 shows up as what it is, without experiments in its gameplay. It just modifies the control to adapt itself to Nintendo's machine, and makes use of the Wii MotionPlus to optimize its control.
  16. 75
    The controls of this game are working well, although at first you have to practice a little. Wii MotionPlus is supported but the difference isn't groundbreaking. Fortunately Virtua Tennis 2009 from itself is already a strong game.
  17. Virtua Tennis's motion control satisfies with a trademark pick-up-and-play experience that nevertheless mirrors the sport to an authentic degree. [Sept 2009, p.127]
  18. The most realistic tennis game on Wii, the title's depth will be challenging to some but a joy for others.
  19. Despite the fact that all the evidence suggests Virtua Tennis is a series stuck in a rut, Virtua Tennis 2009 is still great fun and this Wii version feels different enough that it'll be worth a shot for many.
  20. Virtua Tennis 2009 is an excellent tennis game that offers the same modes and gameplay as the other versions, but the implementation of Wii Motion Plus could be much better.
  21. Grand Slam Tennis was a false start after all, as Sega demonstrates the full potential of Wii MotionPlus.
  22. If you're a Wii-only player without other options, Virtua Tennis 2009 is worth a few swings; otherwise, you might want to rent it and leave it at that.
  23. The Top Spin series, despite its gameplay issues, at least made an effort. Virtua Tennis needs to try much harder if it’s going to regain its title as the preeminent tennis franchise.
  24. Good fun; you just have to do some work to get the most enjoyment out of it. [Aug 2009, p.89]
  25. Virtua Tennis 2009 is a solid, enjoyable game however lacks the finesse of other Wii tennis titles in the market.
  26. It is very fun to go wild with the Wiimote in Virtua Tennis 2009, but there is a lot of room for improvement. The career mode is very boring and the Wii Motion Plus need some fine tuning. The minigames are however very funny and it is entertaining to play with some friends.
  27. As a first attempt at Wii MotionPlus controls this is a good effort, but it's not the definitive one.
  28. Virtua Tennis 2009, as an arcade, is worse than Wii Sports Tennis; as a simulation, is worse than Grand Slam Tennis. Game mechanics were thought to work with a traditional pad, and they were just adapted later to Wiimote and MotionPlus; compared to Grand Slam Tennis, it seems from another era.
  29. 60
    The fact that this is one of the first titles to use MotionPlus shows badly. At times it feels at best poorly implemented and at other points it just feels like it has been tacked on as an afterthought.
  30. Thanks to MotionPlus, Virtua Tennis 2009 is a good game, with its limits. Lack of innovation starts to be a problem as happened with the other versions but the good number of choices and a good multiplayer could be interesting for someone still loving this sport.
  31. Virtua Tennis is too easy and inconsistent to entertain you for long.
  32. VT2009 for Wii makes a new experience in the genre thanks to the Wiimotion Plus add-on. Become one of the best 25 world tennis players with tons of jaggies and poor court details, but with different gameplay choices combining the Wiimote with or without Nunchuck and Wiimotion Plus for all kinds of gamers.
  33. It's a pretty lackluster effort overall, and not at all what I was anticipating. I'll stick to my fonder memories of the original, and hope that at some point Virtua Tennis can bring back some of that excitement and fun that I had with the series when it began.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 21 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 9
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 9
  3. Negative: 4 out of 9
  1. Obs
    Apr 8, 2010
    Awful. Do not buy. The graphics are pretty poor. There are frame rate issues which make it difficult to play when using Motion Plus, which is surprising because it's not a pretty game. Animations seem to bear little resemblance to the shot actually being played. The game itself is rather shallow, offering little beyond what you'd get playing Wii Sports Tennis. Motion Plus certainly doesn't help, since what your player does seems bizarrely disconnected from your actual motions - to aim your shots you sometimes have to swing well before the ball even reaches you, and it just feels really strange when you swing and then sit and wait for a second before anything happens. Also, as mentioned, the stuttering frame rate can make it difficult to time shots properly when using Motion Plus. Full Review »
  2. SteveH
    Dec 28, 2009
    This is a ridiculously easy game. It is impossible to hit the ball out wide and opponents are awful. So far I have won every tournament entered. It's a shame because the idea is great but it's much much much too easy. Full Review »
  3. BenD
    Aug 2, 2009
    I love the way the game plays & how each of the professional's personal body motions have been incorporated. What I'm finding annoying is the on-line play. I've only had a couple of games but I'm guessing the ping times are too high between players so there's lag. It means for many missed shots you easily could have returned. Surely just putting a caveat in that it won't connect betweem users if the ping times are greater than (whatever doesn't work) should be included. On another point it's far to easy to beat the AI players - should be a lot more challenging. Full Review »