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Unknown Japanese games lvl 01: Centre Court Tennis


When I was living in Japan, I spent a lot of time shopping for video games in Den Den Town in Osaka (the equivalent of Hakihabara in Tokyo). At that time, I realized that I didn't miss anything special when I was living in Canada. Most of the games that never came out in North America are hentai games, quiz games, or crappy dating simulation games. Of course, there are some great gems (shmups, rpgs), but they are a minority and you really have to dig deep to find them.

Centre Court Tennis for the Nintendo 64 is one of those Japanese gems that nobody knows. I was only released in Japan and Europe. It's you typical tennis game with tournaments and stuff like that.

However, there's a different twist to it that makes the game much more interesting; you have to create your own character and entirely customize it from the legs to the head. As you progress through the game, you gain new accessories and clothes that you can equip to change the appearance of your character. It may sound silly, but it's really addictive. It's kinda like grinding in an RPG, but in a tennis game.

As for the graphics, they are the usual extremely low polygon blurry Nintendo 64 graphics. However, the typical colorful and cartoony Hudson style of that game is pretty nice.

There are many kinds of fields on which you can play, which keeps the gameplay fresh. For example, you can play on the top of a building, in a volcano, on ice with penguin walking around, etc. For each field, the referee looks different. That's a pretty nice touch.

This game may not be pure gold like some Treasure's games, but it's still a great game nonetheless. If you ever get the chance to get your hands on that game, you should definitely give it a try.

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About tehlvlerone of us since 6:40 PM on 03.09.2008

Hey, I'm teh_lvler. Welcome to my blog!

I've been reading blogs and listening to podcasts on podtoid for a while now, and I thought I might enjoy this website even more if I started my own blog.

I'm a retro-gamer, so I will mostly write about old games. I will also write about stuff unrelated to video games that might interest you.

English is not my native language, but I don't want to use this fact as an excuse for my poor English. Therefore, if I make English mistakes, please let me know and I will be glad to correct it.

Why the name "teh_lvler"?

Well, one of the things that I like the most in video games is to grind for endless hours to see my stats raise and hoping that I will eventually get to lvl 99. For that reason, I wanted to create a nickname that reflects the complete nonsense and the stupidity of my hobby.

What's up with your blog header?

The first RPG that I ever own was Final Fantasy II (IV), so for me, there's a very nostalgic feel to it. I still have the cartridge somewhere in my closet, but the save battery died a long time ago. In my own opinion, because of its bright and colorful manga-ish style, it's one of the most beautiful games of the Final Fantasy series. That's why I decided to incorporate some monsters and characters of that game in my blog header.

Not much because of the gameplay, but mostly because of the awesome music and art style, Castlevania is one of my favorite series. That's why I decided to use the background of the first stage of Dracula X and a picture of Aria of Sorrow.

When I was living in Japan, people couldn't pronounce my French name, so instead of calling me Mathieu, they were calling me Machu. For that reason, I created a name using Chinese characters that sounded like "Machu". The meaning of those two characters is "demonic alcohol" or something like that. Since studying Asian languages is also part of my life, I decided to put it on my front header.