For a while, I’ve been wanting a sports game likes Wii Sports, its known that the joy cons have the ability for motion control, so it kind of bewildered me that no one has really taken advantage of it fully in terms of sports games.
This brings me nicely to Instant Tennis, a tennis game that is trying to bring that spirit of Wii Tennis back onto the Switch and I must admit that it does it very well indeed. If you’re looking for a tennis game that you can play with motion controls, and enjoy just like Wii Sports, then this game is probably going to be for you. However, there are a few things that I need to point out regarding the game which may put a few people off, but to me, I didn’t really have a problem with it.
One of those things was how the motion control works, serving the ball in simply flicking the joy con up and the character will hit the ball, you don’t need to initiate any further movements, which was kind of disappointing, I would have really preferred a full motion swing of the control when serving to give it a more authentic taste.
When rallying with an opponent I found it quite easy to win, mainly because with the AI player, you just had to wear them out before hitting a final shot and you would find that they wouldn’t go for the ball as they would be too tired. This was better when playing with a second player, it was more competitive, and you had a better feel for the game and how it played.
You couldn’t create your own character but there was a good choice to choose from with 19 characters and there was a good choice of courts as well from Clay to the good old Grass courts and everything in between, I believe there is a total of 9 courts available to play.
You can play a turn based tournament with up to 8 players, so basically playing against each of your friends and then progressing on to play someone else if you win. Standard tournament rules, but if you don’t have 8 friends around at a time, you can play with any amount and mix it in with AI characters as well.
Motion control isn’t the only method to use within Instant Tennis, you have a choice of using the thumbstick to control the shot or mixing it up with both motion controls and thumb stick. I found the mixture of both to be a lot better as using just motion or just thumb stick a bit fiddly when trying to aim the ball. I think that it’s one of those moments where you have to try it for yourself, the motion isn’t as fluid or have total freedom like Wii Sports, but for me, it’s a pretty decent attempt. There is a demo of the game available on the eShop, so if you’re wanting to try it out for yourself before buying you can do.
The games overall design is bright, colourful and quirky, and for what it is, it does the job. The game is more aimed towards family gaming nights or when you have friends around and want to enjoy something different. I think on a personal level, playing it on my own is good for a couple of matches, but I have to admit that even using the normal controls, I couldn’t see me playing this for hours on end. I find it more useful for me to get moving, albeit not overly, but I am moving and probably burning some calories! 😀
I have thoroughly enjoyed my time with the game, it gets me up and moving with the motion controls which I have enjoyed using, and its a very good game to get family and friends involved in. If you’re looking for something like the Tennis from the Wii Sports game I would recommend giving this a try. If you’re not sure, you can always try the demo first.