You'll need to dream big to get the most from Nintendo's featureless sports game.
Back in the day, games were so light on features that we made up stories to enhance the overall experience, giving names to otherwise nameless characters and using a little imagination (OK, a ton of imagination) to create drama.
Case in point, Tennis for the original Game Boy. Here's a game starring two players (one with a headband, one without), Mario as the chair umpire and only one mode: singles, and a three set game at that.
Yup, times were tough, but fortunately, Tennis was strangely addictive.
Currently available via the 3DS eShop, this barebones sports title includes four levels of difficulty and not much else. No story mode, doubles or even outfits to speak of. Just a one-on-one match against the computer; there's a two player mode, but it doesn't appear to work.
What ensues is your average game of Pong, as you volley with the A.I. in the hope of winning points. Thing is, the action moves at such a slow pace that acing the competition is nearly impossible, and your player has such a short reach that diving or at the very least, extending just a hair to smack the ball is out of the question. You practically need to be on top of the ball to return it. Virtua Tennis, this isn't.
Thing is, it still plays a mean game of tennis. Despite the obvious limitations, we still got into a heated match with the computer, rushing the net to sneak the ball past its stingy defense. And, once again, we found ourselves dreaming up stories; little dude with the head-gear is Roger Federer, other player is Novak Djokovic...final at Wimbledon.
Is it worth $2.99? Probably not. Tennis is a tough sell at that price. At the same time, it's a fun little game that'll keep you busy a few minutes a day. Unless, of course, you have some crazy imagination.
What's Hot: No Game Boy flickering, Mario's the umpire, oddly addictive.
What's Not: Only two characters, singles only, costs $2.99, multiplayer doesn't work.