Like many sports games, tennis video games are inspired by the real-world sport of the same name and often try to stick to this traditional presentation as much as possible. That isn’t to say there aren’t occasional wild forays for the genre such as Super Mario Tennis but typically the genre is dominated by its own rules and traditions. Not that there is anything wrong with that as most sport gaming fans want something similar if not the exact same as what they themselves play or watch on television.
Though not as large a genre as basketball or football games, tennis games are nonetheless a well-represented subgenre that received renewed life with the advent of the motion controls introduced by the Nintendo Wii. Among the most popular of Wii titles, tennis games with motion controls do a better job than most at recreating the thrill of a match. Nintendo isn’t the only big name to pay particular attention to tennis as both Sega and Microsoft have also dabbled in the genre with Sega’s Virtua Tennis being the one-time standard bearer for the genre and Microsoft’s Kinect Tennis being a demonstration of the Xbox 360’s Kinect motion-control device.
Currently, it is expected that tennis video games could receive renewed interest from the game-buying public as the advent of eSports and the preference of many gamers for one-on-one competitive games increases. Though not as dominated by big-name athletes like other sports games, tennis video games nonetheless do an excellent job of representing their sport in video game format.