Game : Anna Kournikova Smash Court Tennis FAQ v1.1 Platform : Sony PlayStation Publisher : SCEE / Namco 1999 ( European PAL release ) Anna Kournikova Tennis (c) Sony Computer Entertainment and (c) Namco Unpublished work Copyright 1999 Nogs This FAQ is for private and personal use only. It can only be reproduced electronically as long as it isn't modified and is in its compete form. If you are going to modify it, you must get my consent before you can distribute the file. This FAQ is not to be used for profitable/promotional purposes; this includes being used by publishers of magazines, guides, books, etc.. or being incorporated into magazines etc.... in ANY way. All copyrights and trademarks that are not specifically mentioned in this FAQ are acknowledged. This FAQ was created and is being maintained currently by Nogs. (Nogs@sushi.co.jp) Special thanks to John Davies for his playing tips, general advice and his big contribution to this FAQ. To Ben, Non and Juice as my fellow players since Ď88 on the original World Court Tennis / Pro Tennis World Court... Frogger for help on tidying up this document. And finally thankyou to everyone who has emailed me about this FAQ with ideas, tips etc.... FAQ History ----------- v1.1 16/08/99 Blast game section, add more detail thanks to Doug Cload. Tips on using bonus characters in exhibition from Ronnie Dewkalie. Play stats added. v1.0 29/07/99 Boring day at work so though we'd get down all the knowledge of this game we had so far as we've been playing *LOADS* recently. Game History ------------ Anna Kournikova Tennis is actually Smash Court Tennis 2, as it's known in Japan. It is the sequel to Smash Court Tennis which was released in Europe around 1996 but not in USA. However at the time games like Tekken and Ridge racer were released so this gem went unnoticed. The original World Court Tennis was released in 1988 for NECís PC-Engine(Jap) and a bit later for the TG16(US). Featuring cute graphics, nice tunes and great gameplay it was an instant hit. One of the best features was the 4 human players. This was something that neither Nintendo or Sega machine offered at the time but the PlayStation carries on this tradition. Controls -------- The game supports the vibration function of the Dual-Shock pad but not the analogue sticks it seems. On the box is says analogue support but from what I've read in the newsgroups nobody can get it work. However it does work on the demo version found on magazine cds. I have used a 3rd party pad that lets you use the analogue on all games but I found it much harder to pick a direction when playing a shot and prefer the direction pad. Triangle = Auto Serve / Lob Square = Super strong serve / shot Cross = Weak serve / shot Circle = Power serve / shot The Game -------- Exhibition This is where you can practice playing the CPU without it effecting your world ranking if you lose. Also with your mates round, up to 4 players can take part in friendly *cough* games. You pick from the main 16 characters and any bonus characters you have won from playing Tournament mode. You donít get to use the special equipment but you can mix and match men / women in any combo. You also have a lot more courts additional to the tournament selection, such as playing at the Barrier Reef, or in front of the Houses of Parliament. As typical with Namco games you'll spot reference to other Namco titles dotted around e.g Theme Park court has a SplatterHouse building, a great sicko arcade game. To get bonus characters you must have won at least one tournament, see the table below for more detail. To pick a bonus characters on the player select screen press R2 and L2 to toggle the player list. To toggle an individual player to mix bonus and normal characters press Select on a player. Tournament This is obviously the main part of the game and where the real action takes place. On selecting this option for the first time you are given a list of all the players available to you. Highlighting a player will display the statistics for each individual and you can pick the one best suited to your style of play. Once you have picked your character you can not change who you are if you are using a saved game. Selecting a male or female will put you into the relevant men's or women's tournament. The next screens give you the four options listed below. If you play a game you get to pick which event to participate in and then singles or doubles game ( doubles is with a CPU not a human player ). Double's is the first opportunity to check out the bonus characters you win as once you pick a player for yourself can not change it ! When you win a tournament you get the game end credits with various pictures of the game characters. There is an alternative ending featuring photos of Miss Kournikova but I don't know how you access this apart from via a PC. When you win a Street Tournament or Grand Slam a pink bouncing star will appear next to the event on the selection screen. If you win the event six times this becomes a flat green star indicating you've won all bonus items. Street Tournament : The best place to try to win first as its not quite as tough as a grand slam. There are 4 locations, Asaksa Temple, Time Square, Osaka Bridge, Theme Park. Grand Slams : These are the famous four from the ATP tour Great Britain, France, USA, Australia . One of the nice touches is in France the scores are all done in French. Records : This is the ranking of the top 48, at the start you are last but as you progress by winning competitions youíll pick up points and slowly creep up the list. As you get more points you enter tournaments at the second round e.g. for Grand Slams you need to be 20th at least for this, street tournament you to have won at least one tournament. You can lose points as well for losing a game or quitting a tournament early. I have currently won everything but can still enter tournaments and gain points, I'm on 1007 points so I don't know what the limit is or what it can achieve. Equipment : As you win tournaments youíll gain extra characters ( detailed below ) and bonus equipment with which you can equip to players, from here. The more times you win a tournament (up to a Max of 6 times) the more items you receive. The table below lists what you gain as you win each tournament. As you can see you get a few comedy items such a lightsabres, football and various character from other Namco games. From this menu you can equip other players as well, these items will not appear in a doubles match. Street Tournament Bonus Characters ---------------------------------- Asaksa Temple Time Square Osaka Bridge Theme Park Win 1 Celeste Peach Owen Xiaomin Win 2 Sasha Tiffany Acea Emilie Win 3 Clara Tara Robyn Sam Win 4 Red Ace Eddy #1 Lamar Coach Win 5 Dragon Reiko N #3 Richard #2 Yoshimitsu #1 Win 6 Heihcahi #1 Pac-Man 3D Troy Sherudo #2 #1 = Tekken Character #2 = Time Crisis Character #3 = Ridge Racer 4 girl Gran Slam Bonus Equipment ------------------------- Great Britain France USA Australia Win 1 Fire Racket Dynamite Racket Wave Racket Gold Racket Win 2 Silver Racket Electric Racket Cola Bottle Tuna Fish Win 3 Starburst Racket Frying Pan Crimson Racket Invisible Ink Win 4 Smoking Shoes Mosquito Hungry Chick Light Sabre Win 5 Rainbow Racket Afterimage Footprints Panda Head Win 6 Wrestling Mask Mirage Racket Carrot Football Most of the items here are just a bit of fun though they end up being quite distracting. If you want an improvement on your original racket I'd suggest the Gold or Silver racket. These have a larger head thus making it easier to return the ball and they don't do anything silly / annoying. On the gold racket press R2 to make it glint, I don't think this adds anything to the shot. Blast Match ----------- This is only available in multi player mode. Each team gets to choose 5 players at the start, and the winner is the one with someone left alive at the end ! You play normal tennis rules except that the ball explodes when the timer has run down to 0 or the ball goes off the court. In either case if you're player is near the ball you die though you can be out of range and thus survive. If you managed to avoid the ball exploding the range of the bomb will increase each time. Once a player dies the bomb goes back to its originally range and you continue until you run out of players. Options ------- The usual selection of game options, sound tests etc....and also the save and load point to store your progress in tournaments. Playing Tips ------------ Basics: To play a shot you pick weak / strong button etc...along with a direction to hit the ball in that basic direction. This will all vary depending on your timing of the shot and the player you are using. When serving: Move to the centre of court, and then serve to far corner using triangle. Wait to see where the return is going.... If it comes diagonally back (which it usually does) to the centre of the court, move in a few paces and do a medium strength shot to the other side of the court for a near certain winner. If it comes down the line, do a weak return back down the line. Repeat until computer hits one to the middle of the court and then hit a medium shot to the other corner. This technique wins at least 90% of points though sometimes the computer hits a stunning unreturnable return. For serving, all the buttons work and provide a different style of attack. Weak / Strong buttons are the same but triangle is now an auto serve and thus only needs to be pressed once. With the others you press once to throw the ball up then again to hit over the net. With the ball in the air use the direction pad to pick line of service and you should be able to place the ball almost anywhere in the service box. On serve you can also use the  button, I find this a useful substitute for triangle if the CPU player starts returning down the line and breaking your serve. Using this instead the opponent will return the ball to the middle of the court almost every time which gives you more chance to win the point When receiving: Move behind the base line and towards the corner a little. This gives more chance of hitting the serve back where ever the opponent puts it. It sounds obvious but watch the serve closely. You should be able to move your player into position for any shot. Return the ball with a weak shot to the opposite corner from where the serve came. Keep hitting it to this corner until the computer hits one towards the centre of the court, then you hit to the other corner, and win the point. In doubles always return the ball to the server weak or strong shot. A small annoying trick is when receiving a serve stand on the service box line. When you return you chip the ball just over the net which can be very annoying to the opposition of human. A CPU player will normally blast the ball out wide so you'll miss it. General hints: Never use the super strong shot against the CPU but with practice it can be used against a human opponent. Use the lob button carefully, against CPU they normal smash return though you can still win the point. Against a human its great very useful once you know when to use it properly. Cheats / Codes -------------- The only cheat I know of is to view the end sequences. To do this on the "Press Start" screen via the 2nd control pad very quickly press : Up x4, Down x4, Left x4, Right x4 Players Stats ------------- Each player has his / her strenghs and weakness that are graded from 0-16. You can view these when you first select a player for a tourament or doubles but are list here as well. MEN | Serve | Stroke | Volley | Smash | Speed | ----------|-----------------------------------------| Rogers | 13 | 13 | 10 | 16 | 13 | Renzo | 16 | 10 | 13 | 16 | 13 | Chan | 13 | 10 | 10 | 10 | 13 | Goodman | 16 | 10 | 13 | 16 | 7 | Rufus | 16 | 10 | 10 | 10 | 10 | Peters | 13 | 10 | 7 | 10 | 10 | Linn | 13 | 7 | 4 | 7 | 7 | Michaels | 16 | 10 | 4 | 16 | 10 | Densoua | 13 | 7 | 13 | 13 | 10 | Dann | 16 | 10 | 10 | 13 | 10 | Pierce | 16 | 10 | 10 | 13 | 7 | Diaz | 13 | 5 | 10 | 10 | 10 | WOMEN | Serve | Stroke | Volley | Smash | Speed | ----------|-----------------------------------------| Davies | 7 | 10 | 7 | 7 | 10 | Summers | 10 | 10 | 16 | 10 | 10 | Taylor | 13 | 10 | 7 | 13 | 10 | May | 7 | 10 | 13 | 10 | 10 | Alyssa | 7 | 4 | 10 | 10 | 7 | Celine | 7 | 4 | 16 | 13 | 13 | Mai | 7 | 7 | 4 | 13 | 7 | Jasmine | 10 | 7 | 7 | 13 | 13 | Kournikova| 10 | 10 | 10 | 7 | 13 | Viki | 10 | 7 | 4 | 7 | 7 | Jordan | 7 | 4 | 4 | 4 | 13 | Akiko | 4 | 4 | 7 | 7 | 4 | BONUS | Serve | Stroke | Volley | Smash | Speed | ----------|-----------------------------------------| Celeste | 7 | 7 | 7 | 10 | 13 | Peach | 7 | 7 | 4 | 4 | 7 | Owen | 7 | 4 | 13 | 13 | 13 | Xiaomin | 10 | 4 | 7 | 10 | 7 | Sasha | 4 | 7 | 4 | 4 | 13 | Tiffany | 7 | 7 | 4 | 4 | 4 | Acea | 7 | 4 | 4 | 4 | 4 | Emile | 7 | 7 | 4 | 7 | 4 | Clara | 4 | 4 | 4 | 4 | 4 | Tara | 4 | 4 | 4 | 7 | 4 | Robyn | 4 | 4 | 4 | 7 | 4 | Sam | 16 | 13 | 10 | 16 | 16 | Red Ace | 16 | 13 | 16 | 7 | 13 | Eddy | 16 | 16 | 4 | 13 | 13 | Lamar | 16 | 13 | 10 | 13 | 13 | Coach | 10 | 4 | 4 | 7 | 4 | Dragon | 16 | 13 | 4 | 10 | 10 | Reiko N. | 13 | 4 | 7 | 13 | 7 | Richard | 13 | 10 | 10 | 13 | 13 | Yoshimitsu| 13 | 10 | 4 | 7 | 7 | Heihachi | 16 | 13 | 13 | 16 | 4 | Pac-Man | 10 | 7 | 7 | 10 | 7 | Troy | 13 | 7 | 10 | 7 | 16 | Sherido | 16 | 10 | 7 | 10 | 13 | Other resources --------------- Namco Japan web page quite a bit of info on this game, well the Japanese version which I guess would hold true but I can't read any of it :) http://www.namco.co.jp/home/cs/ps/smashcourt2/special/index.html www.namco.co.uk and www.namco.com currently have no information If you have any questions, comments, or things to add to the FAQ? Please email me at Nogs@sushi.co.jp and I'll do my best to answer. If you have anything to add to the FAQ, I'll be sure to credit you with it.