[Beyond PlayStation] Super Tennis Blast Review
Super Tennis Blast from Unfinished Pixel is a new colorful and fun tennis game for Nintendo Switch. Learn more in our Super Tennis Blast review!
As soon as you start the game, you will notice there are different gameplay options for you. There is Quick Play in which you dive into playing a match right away in a quick match or start a singles or doubles tournament. There is also Super Blast in which you can play in special types of matches during which the court will move around and grows and shorten in size as you play, one in which the net changes shapes as it tries to block shots, or have both of these characteristics active at the same time.
World Tour which is basically a career mode, in which you will train your skills as you play in a tournament to try and become the number 1 STB ranked player. You will need to select your character from the 16 available options from all over the world – or you can build a new avatar from scratch-, to then spend your starting skills points into the power, forehand, backhand, speed and serve stats. Next is selecting the match length (short or long), which genre of characters will show up in the mode (male, female, or all), if special avatars are allowed, and the AI level of the opponents you will face. You will start at STB rank 200 and will have to work your way up to the top.
Each week you will get to choose what to do with your time, as there are different tournaments for you to participate in. Each one will let you know if there is a rank requirement for joining, the number of players in the tournament, and the overall difficulty and challenge you will face. You can also rest for the week if you feel that participating in a tournament is not viable, which is a good thing when you’re trying to avoid potential injuries. There is also the option of training so that you can boost your characters stats by gaining more skills points.
There is also a Tutorials section that has a flashing “Free Lessons!” yellow sign that is certainly trying to catch your attention. In here you will get the information you need to learn about moving around the court with the left analog stick and shooting the ball towards your opponent’s side with the B button to then use the left analog stick to select where the ball will land, the types of shots you can do with the Y, X and A buttons, how to serve the ball, and how to do precise shots and charge shots to try and gain the advantage over your opponent.
There is a Minigames section where you can take on five minigames. There is Blocks in which you need to hit the ball to try to hit the big green blocks on the other side of the net, scoring five points every time you succeed while losing time when you miss a shot. Next up is Bullseye, in which you have to send the ball towards the colorful bullseye on the court to score points. For Zones you will try to send the ball to the different highlighted areas of the tennis court. In Sprints, you will have to run around the court as big circles with numbers in them show up all over the place, and the faster you are, the more points you get. The final minigame is Free Kicks in which you’ll have to serve the ball to try and score a goal.
Super Tennis Blast includes a set of 32 challenges to complete with a nice variety of objectives. You can complete challenges for winning a match in World Tour Mode, reaching STB ranking 50 or higher, rank 10 or higher, and for becoming the number 1 STB ranked player in the world, completing a full year in World Tour mode, playing ten matches in grass courts, ten matches in clay courts, as well as ten matches in hard courts, saving a custom avatar in the Avatar Editor, winning a match in which your opponent does not score any games, and more.
Super Tennis Blast is a fun and colorful sports game that players of all ages and skill levels can enjoy. You can dive in and play a quick match, take on a tournament, take a character (or your personalized avatar) to become the number 1 ranked player in the world, play some quick matches with quirky extra stuff to worry about or play the five included minigames. It’s available at a budget $14.99 on Nintendo Switch, and you should definitely give it a shot!
This Super Tennis Blast review is based on a Nintendo Switch copy provided by Unfinished Pixel.