Family Tennis for the Famicom, a Japanese exclusive, is a winner on all three criteria, and is pretty much my gold standard for 1980s tennis games.
I looked at a video of Family Tennis on YouTube. It appears to suffer from the same issue; the player stops running while swinging the raquet. Does it?
What did you mean by "the computer is a cheating backboard"?
You say in Championship tennis that you could "launch nasty serves out wide". What do you mean? That you serve in quadrant 3 and the computer can not return it? I know you can not put spin on the ball in either Tennis or Championship Tennis.
Tennis allow for cross court shots. Watch the video on the Intelligentvision website. There are two nice cross court shots at 1:52 and 2:00. I have always believed you could control your shots in Tennis easier than in Championship Tennis.
I always wonder how good AI should be. As much as I love Championship Baseball, the AI is lacking. I can beat the compuer everytime. I am not good at Super Pro Football but yet, can beat it. In the 80's noone could beat me in Tennis. I am confident that had Mattel made a Super Pro Tennis, I would easily have beat the computer. Wii Tennis is a joke also. (I play the hardest level in all the games I play.)
Edited by intvdave, Sun Apr 14, 2013 12:08 AM.