Mattel’s Sonic Slam for indoor tennis
by Mark R
For some reason, it really is hard to talk about Mattel’s Sonic Slam without comparing it to a certain gamine console by Nintendo that rhymes with Me.
Perhaps it is because Nintendo has several virtual tennis games like the one on WiiSports, or various virtual table tennis games that I have played.
I suppose that this Sonic Slam is designed for those who just have to play the game of tennis indoors. Sonic Slam is a pair of stringless rackets that have built-in motion sensors as well as speakers so you can play with an invisible and intangible ball.
So the game is all about swinging at a certain time after hearing a certain sound. Then the other player hears the same sound, and then sends it back. Think of it as what would happen if two mimes were to play tennis.
Sonic Slam also has some other interesting games, like playing a single match against the wall, or even hot potato. It also has a great assortment of flashing lights and some cartoon sound effects.
I wonder if Mattel is planning Sonic Slam for other sports, such as baseball. I could see this motion sensor and speaker technology easily being applied to a bat.