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Virtua Tennis Manual

Thank you for purchasing Virtua

Tennis! Please note that this

software is designed only for use

with the Dreamcast console. Be

sure to read this instruction

manual thoroughly before you

start playing Virtua Tennis.

- Virtua Tennis is a memory card compatible game [Visual Memory Unit (VMU) sold

separately]. In order to save game files, the VMU to be used must have at least 2 memory

blocks of free space available.

- Saving and loading to and from your memory card happens automatically. Make sure to

insert the memory card into Expansion Slot 1 of the Dreamcast Controller that is connected

to Control Port A. Do not remove the memory card or controller during loading and saving.
CONTROLS 2

MAIN MENU 5

GAME DISPLAY 5

MODE EXPLANATIONS 6
- ARCADE MODE 6

- EXHIBITION MODE 8

- WORLD CIRCUIT MODE 10

- OPTIONS 13
PLAYER INTRODUCTIONS 14
CONTENTS
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Virtua Tennis is a one to four player game. Connect either Dreamcast

Controllers or Arcade Sticks to the Control Ports, starting with Port A. Connect

in order: A, B, C, D, according to the number of players.

- To return to the Title Screen at any point during the game, simultaneously press

and hold the A, B, X, Y and the Start Buttons.

- Do not touch the Analog Thumb Pad, or the Triggers while turning the

Dreamcast power ON. Doing so may disrupt the controller initialization

procedure and result in malfunction.
Dreamcast Controller

Arcade Stick

Y Button

Analog Thumb Pad X Button

Z Button

D-Pad

Start Button

Trigger R Trigger L
Y Button
A Button

C Button

Joystick
CONTROLS
CONTROLS
Menu Selection Game Play Controller
Refer to the following chart for a summary of the game controls.

Selection

Enter a selection

Cancel

D-Pad/

Analog Thumb Pad
A Button
B Button
X Button
Y Button

L/R Triggers

Start Button

Character movement

Ball direction

Shot

Lob

Lob

Change camera angle

(only available in a 1P game)

Change COM doubles

partner strategy

Pause

Challenger entry

- The controls described in this instruction manual refer to the functions of

the Controller.
Jump Pack™
Make sure that you insert the Jump Pack

(sold separately) into Expansion Socket 2 of

the controller.
A Button
B Button
B Button

X Button

- The Z Button on the Arcade Stick has the same functions as the L/R
Triggers on the Dreamcast Controller.
Start Button
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CONTROLS
Serving

Press the A / B Button to make your character toss the

ball up into the air. This will display the Serve Gauge.

The higher the gauge, the faster your serve will be.

Press the A / B Button in conjunction with the D-Pad/

Analog Thumb Pad to serve.
A Button: Flat serve
B Button: Slicing serve
Ball Direction

Move your character towards the ball and press the A Button to hit the ball

back towards your opponent. Move the D-Pad/Analog Thumb Pad while the A
Button is pressed and before you hit the ball to aim it in a certain direction.

Your options aren’t only limited to aiming the ball left or right. Press * or @ to

aim the ball towards the rear of the court or close to the net for a drop-shot.
Shot Strength
You will be able to perform a hard, fast return shot if you move quickly towards

the ball and have time to prepare your shot. In contrast, you will perform a

weak shot if your character has to lunge to reach the ball.
Smashing

Position your character beneath a high ball and press the A Button to perform

a smash.

Press the D-Pad/Analog Thumb Pad to control the direction of the shot in the

same way as you would with a normal shot.
MAIN MENU
This is a “win and advance” style mode. Play the COM

opponent in 5 stages. (→P. 6)Change all the match settings in this mode. (→P.

This is a 1 P mode. Compete in tournaments, train

and go shopping all over the World! (→P. 10)

Change all the game settings. (→P. 13)

GAME DISPLAY
COM Partner

Strategy Display

(Press Trigger

L/R to change)

Score

No. of games

Serve Counter Serve Speed
ARCADE

EXHIBITION

WORLD CIRCUIT

OPTIONS
Once the Title Screen appears, press the Start Button to

display the Main Menu. There are 4 modes to choose from

the Main Menu. Press the D-Pad * @ and press the A
Button to select which mode you want to play!
Main Menu
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MODE EXPLANATIONS
ARCADE MODE
1 -

4 Players
Match Selection
Select ARCADE from the Main Menu to display the option

“SINGLES/DOUBLES.” Press the D-Pad *@ to select the

type of match that you would like to play and press the
A Button to enter your selection.
This is a “win and advance” style mode. Play the COM opponent in 5 stages.

Press the Start Button within the time limit to continue should you lose.

Another player can enter the game at any time by pressing the Start Button.
Wear Selection

Press the D-Pad $ ^ to select the tennis wear that you’dlike your character to play in, then press the A Button to

enter your selection. You can only do this once you have

bought tennis wear at a tennis shop in the WORLD

CIRCUIT. See Page 6 for more information.
MODE EXPL MODE EXPLANATIONS
Select a Player
Select the character that you would like to use. Press the

D-Pad $ ^ to select a player and press the A Button to

enter your selection.
Position Settings
Press the D-Pad to select the position that you would like

to start the match in and press the A Button to enter your

selection. (Only when playing Doubles).
2 Player Entry
A second player can join the game at any time by

pressing the Start Button. The words “Challenger Comes”

will be displayed. Select a player from the “Select a

Player” Screen in the same way as for a one-player

game.
COM Partner Strategy
It is possible to change the court position of your COM partner in a game of

doubles. Press Triggers L/R to reposition your COM partner at the rear of the

court (defensive), the middle of the court, or close to the net (attacking). These

commands are displayed in the top right of the screen as BASELINE, NORMAL

and NET PLAY.
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Select a Player

Select the character that you would like to use. Press the D-Pad $ ^ to select

a player and press the A Button to enter your selection.
Wear Selection

Press the D-Pad $ ^ to select the tennis wear that you’d like your character to

play in, then press the A Button to enter. You can only do this once you have

bought tennis wear at a tennis shop in the WORLD CIRCUIT.
MODE EXPL MODE EXPLANATIONS

MODE EXPL MODE EXPLANATIONS
COM partner strength (Only in a Doubles Match)
Select from one of 3 levels NORMAL, STRONG, VERY

STRONG. After you have selected your COM partner, press

the D-Pad $ ^ to select your COM partner’s strength.
Exhibition Mode Pause Menu
Press the Start Button during game play to display the

Pause Menu. You can select from “Continue” “Rule

Settings” and “Main Menu”. Select “Rule Settings to return

to the Rule Settings Screen.
Stage Selection
Select the stage that you want to play in. At first, you can not play in stages

with a “???” mark. However, you can play these stages by purchasing them at

a shop in the WORLD CIRCUIT.
EXHIBITION MODE
1 -

4 Players
The number of games to win a match.

You can select from one game to a full

set.

Play Virtua Tennis with or without deuces.

The settings are ON and OFF. When the

DEUCE setting is switched OFF, the first

person to win a point will be the winner if the score is 40 – 40.

The strength of your COM opponent. There are 4 levels: EASY,

NORMAL, HARD, VERY HARD.

When you have finished, select “Ok” and press the A Button to enter your

selection.
You can change all the match settings in this mode.
Match Selection
Select ARCADE from the Main Menu to display the option “SINGLES/DOUBLES.”

Press the D-Pad *@ to select the type of match that you would like to play

and press the A Button to enter your selection.
Position Settings
Press the D-Pad to select the position that you would like to start the match in

and press the A Button to enter your selection.
GAME COUNT

DEUCE

COM LEVEL
Rule Settings
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MODE EXPL MODE EXPLANATIONS

MODE EXPL MODE EXPLANATIONS
WORLD

CIRCUIT MODE
1 Player
New Game/Continue
Select “NEW GAME” to start a new game, or “CONTINUE” to continue a

previously saved game.
World Map
Press the D-Pad to select a location that you’d like to go to,

then press the A Button to enter your selection. You can

choose from “TRIAL MATCH,” “TRAINING” and “SHOP.”
- The icons of completed stages will darken.

Tour the world in this mode taking part in Trial Matches, earning money and

buying items. You can also sharpen your techniques in the Training stages. The

number and difficulty of Trial Matches and Training stages will increase as the

game develops. Note: the only way to succeed in the World Circuit is to play

both the Trial Matches and the Training stages in equal measure. Do you have

what it takes to be the world No. 1?
Take part in tournaments across the world and earn prize money. Every Trial

Match has a certain “Trial Shot” for you to attempt. You will win a lot more prize

money by winning points using Trial Shots. You should not just aim to win, but try

to play using as many Trial Shots as possible to win the maximum amount of

prize money. Match rules vary from tournament to tournament. There are

initially eight stages for you to complete. . .
Doubles Trial
You must have a partner to take part in a Doubles Trial match. You can make

a contract with a doubles partner at a shop.
Trial Matches
You will be able to work on your tennis techniques in these training games. As

you progress through the game, the difficulty level will increase.

The eight Training stages are:

Hit all of the balls using yellow balls! A machine will start

up again if it’s hit by a red ball!

Knock the boxes off the court with a smash!

Lob to hit a ball into every drum can!

Just like bowling, serve to knock down the pins!

Aim for the target using the balls that the coach hits to

you!

Return the coach’s serves to hit all of the targets!

Hit the balls to turn over all of the panels!

Use strong shots to push the giant, rolling balls!

You can return to the World Circuit Screen at any time by pressing the Start

Button and selecting “World Map.”
Training
CANNON BALL

SMASH BOX

DRUM SHOOTER

PIN CRASHER

WIDE RECEIVER

RETURN ACE

BIG WALL

GIANT BALL
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OPTIONS
Adjust the difficulty level of the

ARCADE Mode.

Adjust the number of games to win

a match in ARCADE Mode.

Play the ARCADE Mode with or

without the deuce rule.

View the ARCADE MODE singles and doubles rankings.

Set the preferred sound output to either MONO or

STEREO.

Listen to the background music.

Adjust the volume setting for the background music.

Adjust the volume setting for the sound effects.

Switch the Jump Pack ON or OFF.

Select “Exit” to return to the Main Menu.
Purchased Apparel
Buy tennis wear at a shop, and you will be able to select it at the Character

Selection Screen before playing in either ARCADE or EXHIBITION modes. After

selecting the character that you wish to use, press the D-Pad $ ^ to select

tennis wear and press the A Button to enter.
You can change all the game settings.
GAME DIFFICULTY

GAME COUNT

DEUCE

RANKINGS

AUDIO

MUSIC TEST

BGM VOLUME

SE VOLUME

VIBRATION
Status Screen
Press the Start Button at the World Map to display the

Status Screen.

You can check your present results and change your

character’s tennis wear here.

To quit the World Circuit, select “GAME END” and you will

return to the Main Menu.

You can make a contract with a partner and purchase

stages and other items at these shops.
Items
Buy a player, which you can then

use in either the ARCADE or

EXHIBITION Modes.

Buy a stage, which you can later play in EXHIBITION

Mode.

Purchase in order to change your character’s apparel at

the WORLD CIRCUIT Status Screen and the ARCADE and

EXHIBITION MODE Character Selection Screens.

Make a contract with a doubles partner. You can not

play in a doubles Trial Match if you don’t have a partner.

Replace your racket strings to recover shot power.

This is a nutritious drink to recover lost energy.
Shops
RECOVERY DRINK

NEW STRINGS

PARTNER

TENNIS WEAR

STAGE

PLAYER

MODE EXPL MODE EXPLANATIONS

MODE EXPL MODE EXPLANATIONS
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AYER INTRODUCTIONS
PLAYER INTRODUCTIONS
HEIGHT 6′1″ (185CM)

WEIGHT 175LBS (79KG)

TYPE VARIOUS SHOTS

HEIGHT 6′2″ (187CM)

WEIGHT 175LBS (79KG)

TYPE ALL-AROUND PLAYER

HEIGHT 6′1″ (185CM)

WEIGHT 155LBS (70KG)

TYPE VOLLEY MASTER

HEIGHT 6′2″ (187CM)

WEIGHT 182LBS (82KG)

TYPE STRONG FOREHAND

HEIGHT 6′4″ (193CM)

WEIGHT 202LBS (91KG)

TYPE BIG SERVER

HEIGHT 6′3″ (190CM)

WEIGHT 177LBS (80KG)

TYPE POWERFUL STROKE

HEIGHT 5′11″ (180CM)

WEIGHT 167LBS (75KG)

TYPE FAST RUNNER

HEIGHT 6′3″ (190CM)

WEIGHT 173LBS (78KG)

TYPE STRONG BACKHAND
JIM COURIER (USA)

CEDRIC PIOLINE (FRA)

TIM HENMAN (GBR)

TOMMY HAAS (GER)

MARK PHILIPPOUSSIS (AUS)

CARLOS MOYA (ESP)

THOMAS JOHANSSON (SWE)

YEVGENY KALEFNIKOV (RUS)
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CREDITS
The following credits list the staff responsible for the localization, marketing and

manual production for the North American version of Virtua Tennis. Credits for

the original development staff are listed in the game itself.
Localization Producer June Honma
Localization Manager Osamu Shibamiya

Lead Testers Michael Rhinehart

Ed Brady

Assistant Leads Pedro Ponce

Joey Edwards
Product Manager Stacey Kerr
Director John Golden
Specialist Dennis Lee
Writer/DTP Luke Valentine

Supervisor Kaoru Ichigozaki

Jin Shimazaki Angela Santos

Shinobu Shindo Bob Schonfisch

Arnold Feener Martha Hill

Sean Doidge
Product Development

Product Marketing

Manual Staff

Special thanks

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