Tender Penny Arcade reader Sean McDonald writes:
I haven't picked up my copy from EB yet, but the description Nintendo has on their website says "Control your swing in a manual mode for experts and a partially automated mode for novices" -- so manual mode does *not* use the Analogue control?
Yeah. That fucked me up, too.
Manual Mode does not use the Analogue control. They use the term Manual Mode to differentiate it from the Automatic, basically. There is a stroke you can use to get pretty good results most of the time, as long as you've aimed properly. It takes some of the guesswork out of simple, easy shots. You hit A to start your swing, hit it again to determine shot power, and then it handles the last bit that determines accuracy. Your shots still have to be good, well aimed and such, so it's not like you're turning the game over to the machine while you eat some Hot Wings or something.
Manual Mode, as they define it, goes like this: You hit A, then you hit B instead to determine shot power. As the shot bar is coming back, you can hit AA (Topspin), AB (Super Topspin), BB (Backspin), or BA (Super... You get the idea). It looks sort of boring as I type it out here, but in practice it's a pretty useful suite of tools you can use to perfect shots.