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This is the first game in the World Court series. For other games in the series see the World Court category.

Box artwork for World Court.
Box artwork for World Court.
World Court
Year released1988
System(s)Arcade, TurboGrafx-16, Sharp X68000
Followed bySuper World Court
SeriesWorld Court,
Arcade Archives
Japanese titleプロテニスワールドコート
ModesSingle player, Multiplayer
Arcade Archives Pro Tennis World Court
Publisher(s)Hamster Corporation
Year released2022
System(s)Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4
Rating(s)IARC Ages 3+ESRB EveryonePEGI Ages 3+General
LinksWorld Court ChannelSearchSearch

World Court is a tennis arcade game, that was released by Namco in 1988, only in Japan; it runs on Namco's System 1 hardware, and was inspired by the 1987 Famicom game Family Tennis.

At the start of the game, players must select either "singles" (Player 1 v Player 2) or "doubles" (Player Team v CPU Team); they must then select one of twenty different players (ten male, eight female and two robot) before selecting one of three different courts (New York hard, London lawn and Paris clay). Players must then select whether they want their match to be one or three sets long.

The game was later ported to the PC Engine in the same year, released under the title Pro Tennis World Court (プロテニスワールドコート Puro Tenisu Wārudo Kōto?). It was later released outside of Japan for the TurboGrafx-16 under the title World Court Tennis. In this version, up to four players can compete together using the system's multi-tap accessory. In addition, a "Quest" mode was added which mimicked the popular Dragon Warrior series.

A perfect port of the arcade game was developed for the Sharp X68000 Japanese home computer by S.P.S. and published in 1990. A sequel called Super World Court was released in 1992 and included the console's ability to allow four player simultaneous play.

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