NWR tries out the Wii MotionPlus-enabled tennis game at an EA event in New York City. UPDATED with video footage!
EA Sports Grand Slam Tennis marks the first tennis game that the EA Sports division has ever developed, and the Wii version will be the first released.Claiming to replicate an authentic tennis experience, it features 23 professional tennis players including John McEnroe, and famous grand slam venues such as Wimbledon, the U.S. Open, the Australian Open, and Roland Garros.
The game's emphasis is on putting the tennis racket in the palm of the player's hand with the Wii Remote. As one of the first games to feature Wii MotionPlus support, Grand Slam Tennis uses the new technology to enhance its gameplay with added shot depth, precise ball placement on the court, and racket rotation. The game can be played either with or without a Nunchuk. If the Nunchuk is used, players will have full control over their characters and can move them around the court however they want.
The game will feature robust multiplayer modes, with a dozen different party games included. There is also online play using EA Nation for singles and doubles matches, and a unique leaderboard called the Nations Leaderboard that lets each win contributes to the worldwide rank of your country.
To improve a person's skill in the game there is practice courts at each venue, which features various pop-ups to improve your abilities.
Grand Slam Tennis is developed by EA Canada and will be available on June 15.