Racket Attack

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Racket Attack
Racket Attack
North American cover art
Developer(s) TOSE[1]
Publisher(s) Jaleco Entertainment
Platform(s) NES[2]
Release date(s)
  • JP April 15, 1988
  • NA October 1, 1988
  • EU 1987?
Genre(s) Sports[3]
Mode(s) Single-player
Multiplayer (up to 2 players)
Distribution Cartridge

Racket Attack is a Nintendo Entertainment System video game about professional tennis. It was released in Japan as Moero!! Pro Tennis (燃えろ!!プロテニス?),[1] which the second game of the Moero!! sports series. The gameplay takes place in a ¼ overhead view tennis court with the score being present at all times and an audience of spectators being shown in multiple colors (white, pink, and red). The North American version features an endorsement from Wilson Sporting Goods.

This game is seen as an overall improvement over the original Tennis video game for the Nintendo Entertainment System with a wide selection of player characters and a deep level of gameplay for the late 1980s.[4]

Gameplay[edit]

Two female opponents facing off against each other. The Wilson advertisement is presented only in the North American version.

There are two gameplay modes present: one-player (representing a tennis tournament) and two-player (which represents an exhibition match). After winning seven matches in single-player mode, the player receives a championship trophy. These matches become increasingly difficult as the player progresses through them. It is possible to play on a grass, clay, or even a hard court. Just like in regular tennis, winning two out of three sets wins the match.[1]

There are 16 different players; eight of them are male while eight of them are female. They have their own strengths and weaknesses for experimenting. However, the male players can only play against other male players while females can only play against other females.[1]

Passwords allow players to retain their statistics after playing for a while; they also allow access to any level between the second round of the tournament and the end game.[5] There are six possible tennis moves; including the lob, volley, and slice.[6] While serving, the camera angle becomes slightly more over the player's shoulder. Women's matches are noticeably shorter than men's matches and players contain unusual names like "Gibbco" and "First." Both buttons of the NES controller are used to hit the ball; the "A" button is used mainly for front-court action while the "B" button is primarily reserved for back court moves.[4] Players can protest to the line judge if a decision is not made in their favor.[7]

Reception[edit]

Allgame gave Racket Attack a score of 4 stars out of a possible 5. Power Play gave the game a score of 42 out 100 while Video Games also gave it a score of 42 out of 100.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Release information". MobyGames. Retrieved 2012-08-07. 
  2. ^ "Release information". GameFAQs. Retrieved 2010-02-03. 
  3. ^ "North America release information and background". Neoseeker. Retrieved 2010-02-03. 
  4. ^ a b "Advanced synopsis". Yahoo! Voices. Retrieved 2012-08-09. 
  5. ^ "Passwords for Racket Attack". VG Hints. Retrieved 2012-12-05. 
  6. ^ "Intermediate synopsis". allgame. Retrieved 2012-08-08. 
  7. ^ "Overview of Racket Attack". FC no Game Seiha Shimasho. Retrieved 2012-08-08. 

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