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78

Generally favorable reviews - based on 59 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 43 out of 59
  2. Negative: 0 out of 59
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  1. Good graphics, game modes and longevity. A solid first effort for the franchise that offers one of the most well-rounded tennis experience on the Wii.
  2. Grand Slam Tennis is decent tennis game, but could have been better. The animations are bad and we’re missing a tutorial. The Wii Motion Plus is a nice additions, but if you’re going to play with your friends, it is necessary fort hem to also add the Wii Motion Plus. Without, it isn’t a fair fight.
  3. Grand Slam Tennis is fun, but it’s hard to master for beginners. Wii MotionPlus works very good and gives the game an extra touch.
  4. The MotionPlus controls, inconsistent and ultimately underwhelming as they are, provide a level of direct control not capable with Wii games of the past. There are some definite kinks to iron out but Grand Slam Tennis is an overall solid debut in a franchise with a lot of potential and is sure to satisfy those looking for a casual game of tennis.
  5. But with the controls implementation difficult to get a handle on and the graphics looking unfinished, the Wii tennis throne remains slightly out of reach, but it's a solid debut for the franchise.
  6. LEVEL (Czech Republic)
    70
    Very good tennis simulation excels especially in the multiplayer part. Do not be discouraged by the somewhat exaggerated difficulty - take your time and enjoy the full scale of realistic strikes. [Aug 2009]
  7. Although having cartoon visual, Grand Slam Tennis is more a simulation than an arcade game like Virtua Tennis.
  8. If you're after the most realistic feeling tennis game on the market, Grand Slam Tennis for Wii is it, when it works. MotionPlus-enabled shots can be performed by feel alone (as long as you're not lobbing or performing drop shots) and this will be enough for a lot of gamers – just be prepared for a fair few annoying moments. If you're after an in-depth single-player experience you might be disappointed though, as what's on offer here is geared around playing with friends.
  9. A definite upgrade for casual gamers who want a deeper tennis experience than Wii Sports. [July 2009, p.85]
  10. Tennis. That's what everything's about in Grand Slam Tennis, the latest effort of EA Sports to convince the Nintendo Wii community about its wishes for this new philosophy that they're up to at the moment. And it's a very good way to start a new road, with plenty of gameplay styles, an interesting graphic engine and the use of the Wii MotionPlus. For the first time in the history of this console, we can cross a ball with hammering to remote.
  11. 67
    EA's tennis game is far from perfect, and the control inconsistencies will be too much to overcome for any but the most dedicated tennis fans, but it's a good early attempt; hopefully as developers become more comfortable with the add-on, they'll create more precise (and easier to learn) controls.
  12. EA's new tennis game makes a number of unforced errors that hamper what could've been a brilliant package.
  13. A decent, but not great, first MotionPlus and tennis effort from EA. It isn't very fun as a pick-up-and-play title because of the steep learning curve. However, if you take your time and read up on the controls online, it can be a great game.
  14. The game modes are nice and varied and the graphical style is great, however the actual tennis games tend to descend into uninspiring baseline games, especially with the computer.
  15. This is the first game to support Nintendo's new add-on Wii Motion Plus and the additional precision does benefit the game a whole lot. Without the add-on the controls are somewhat flimsy and imprecise, but with Motion Plus added in the mix the controls really feel natural and precise. Unfortunately there are still a whole lot of motions that aren't registered correctly, and the presentation isn't somewhat shoddy. Grand Slam Tennis is proof that Motion Plus does improve precision but it can't save a mediocre game.
  16. games(TM)
    60
    MotionPlus adds a welcome layer of immersion, but it never does enough to completely mend the game's flaws. Matches are often frustrating, shots will still bounce past your player and the AI will sometimes second-guess you, placing you in a poor position to return a serve. [Sept 2009, p.126]

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#11 Most Discussed Wii Game of 2009
63
#63 Most Shared Wii Game of 2009
User Score
7.4

Mixed or average reviews- based on 62 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 43 out of 62
  2. Negative: 11 out of 62
  1. Feb 7, 2012
    0
    This game is broken. I don't understand why reviewers disagree with my opinion. The controls make the game impossible to play. You have toThis game is broken. I don't understand why reviewers disagree with my opinion. The controls make the game impossible to play. You have to have the Wii Remote at precisely the right angle, as the game makes it difficult to switch to your forehand. When you swing the Wii Remote, the game is cruel and unforgiving. I wish I hadn't wasted my money on this game. Full Review »
  2. Nov 23, 2020
    3
    Best tennis game and motion adaptation, Multiplayer best fun also but! but most annoying ai i ever played in tennis games. Especially inBest tennis game and motion adaptation, Multiplayer best fun also but! but most annoying ai i ever played in tennis games. Especially in doubles, i just want to play tennis in home and i can just watching pro ai to play against each other, yeah singles ai are hard, cruel (do not recommend to a family) but doubles are horrible too. Thats why it got low rate. Full Review »
  3. Oct 9, 2017
    1
    The game modes are okay, the cast of playable characters is pretty good, and the graphics aren't bad. But this game has the unfortunatelyThe game modes are okay, the cast of playable characters is pretty good, and the graphics aren't bad. But this game has the unfortunately distinction of having some of the worst controls I've ever seen in a tennis game. It just felt so bad to try to play with the motion controls, and unfortunately the game doesn't give you any other control schemes to use. There were a lot of miscues when I was playing, and overall I felt like this was less fun to play than wii sports tennis. Full Review »