Wednesday, February 17, 2010

WAA - SEGA Superstars Tennis

Time for an Infinite Undiscovery break...let's give out some WAA! This week's game is Sega's answer to Mario Tennis, SEGA Superstars Tennis.

The "One With Combat"Award: "Space Channel 5"
It’s rare for an online Achievement to be the easiest, but in this case you just have to watch two other people play a match over Live. It can’t get much easier than that!

The "Mile High Club" Award: "To be this good takes AGES"
Emphasis (and obscure Sega pun) theirs. For this one, you need to beat every challenge in Superstar mode (this game's version of Career mode) with a ranking of AAA. Some of the requirements for AAA are just sick (particularly in the Jet Set Radio area), and you also have to win all your matches without giving up a single point. I played Sega's Genesis collection a while back and was finally introduced to Alex Kidd. Remembering the tennis-related indignities I suffered at his hands, I made sure to drop him into many, many death pits in revenge.

The "Seriously..." Award: "Top Gun"
Hit 100 aces...that is, serves that the computer can't return. There's nothing complicated about this challenge (just hit the ball hard and towards a corner), but it does take a while.

The "Little Rocket Man" Award: "Cameo Appearance"
Some of the courts have bystanders to watch you compete. For this Achievement, you have to hit a winning shot that pegs one of the onlookers.

The Scientist Gone Gamer Award: n/a
Every single icon is a bronze, silver, or gold version of this star. Weak sauce, Sega. How about classic characters, or something tennis related?

Achievement Set Rating - 6
Unlike most sports titles they cover a good variety of activities and don’t over represent the online portion. But the icon set is a product of lazy ineptitude.

Achievement Difficulty Rating - 4
The first 800 or so points are a piece of cake, but beware those final few challenges. According to, a website that analyzes Achievements statistically, only 2% of people who have tried this game have earned "To be this good takes AGES".

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