A sneaky one, this, as The Hut have covertly priced the MotionPlus bundle equal to the standalone version of the game. Most vendors aren't offering this particular package for less than £25 so it's well worth snaffling a copy if you can. Featuring all four Grand slam tournaments, a pick-up-and-play Career Mode, online play, a Party Mode and a roster of 23 tennis legends from McEnroe to Sampras to Henin and Navratilova, it's a fairly easy going title with a lot to offer.
Ignoring gripes about how MotionPlus should theoretically have been what the Wii was capable of from day one, the little money-making dongle does finally allow you to play games such as these with a certain amount of precision. The Wii Sports classic was pretty crap if we're going to be honest about this, but this title (and the updated Wii Sports Resort) mean you can actually play a game of tennis where you have to occasionally think about placing your shots rather than simply swinging your arms about like a toddler pretending to be a helicopter.
Grand Slam Tennis won't win any awards, but it is a solid title that makes good use of the new accessory that takes a few leaves out of the Virtua Tennis guide to making a fun sports game. The Career Mode is a little short lived to be honest, but there's a neat little Special Ability system and the gameplay is fun enough to keep you entertained. The Party Mode is the real crowd pleaser, with a variety of games designed to bring four or more people into the mix.
Considering that you're essentially getting a Wii MotionPlus dongle free with this game at this price, if you were looking for an entertaining sports title then this should be on your list, unless you don't yet own Wii Sports Resort.
Thanks to Steven Taylor at HUKD