About The Game
It's the bottom of the ninth. You're at the plate. Here comes the pitch. You swing... It's a smash deep into centre-field! A home run!
In the NES classic Baseball, you control every action. The swing of the bat. The speed of the pitch. The hits, the steals, the double plays.
Pit your skills against the computer or challenge a friend. All it's missing is the smell of hot dogs
I live in England and baseball isn't the biggest or most popular sport here.
However I am a huge baseball fan and have been for many many years.
Knowing a few basic rules of the sport always helps but it's fairly easy to get into the game either way.
Nes baseball is almost as basic a baseball game as your ever going to play.
There are a couple of issues by modern day or even Nes era standards.
Firstly in single player you can't choose an opponent.
Not only can you not choose an opponent the cpu chooses it's team before you so if it's got the one you want you'll have to go back to the menu and try again!
We might as well use this space to explain a few baseball rules get 3 strikes and your out!
If you swing the bat and miss even if the ball is well wide it's a strike don't swing if you don't think you can hit it.
And don't forget if you do hit it no matter how strong or weak it is you must run!
It should be noted it doesn't make a whole lot of difference which team you pick.
The biggest issue the game has is the intelligence or lack of when it comes to cpu fielding meaning you'll be giving up far too many runs due to the slow running of the outfield players.
In fairness they are similarly useless when fielding for the cpu team so it does even out a bit.
The game controls in a similar fashion to modern day baseball games which is something that the game doesn't get a whole lot of credit for.
Safe, Reach the base before your touched or the person stood on the bag is holing the ball, (Assuming nobody catches the ball in this game that happens a lot!)
Holding a direction on the D-Pad and pressing A will throw the ball to that base.
Likewise when pitching holding a particular direction before pressing A gives you different pitches.
The games difficulty seems a little random but tends to drop on the slightly more likely to lose side of things.
Largely because of the aforementioned slow fielding cpu with the opposition seeming to have a talent for landing the ball in positions where it will take your players half an hour to get to them. (an exaggeration of course but it often feels that long)
Also like modern baseball games you can advance or return all runners or selected ones with relative ease.
The games 2 player option offers a little more fairness to proceedings at least with regards to the terrible fielding and you at least both get to pick your own team.
Foul! If you hit the ball and it lands outside the lines (including in the crowd) it's a foul ball if the ball is caught your still out but it it hits the floor it's a strike unless you already have 2 strikes in which case it's ignored you can't strike out with a foul ball.
Controls are easy to learn and proved so good they're still used in many modern baseball games.
Cpu puts up a genuine challenge.
The Ball is out of here!
Hit the ball out of the park (and not foul) for a home!
You'll score a point for every man on base at the time and one for the batter
ROOM FOR IMPROVEMENT
You should be able to select your own opposition.
Cpu assisted fielding can leave much to be desired & will cost you a lot of runs.
My beloved Cleveland Indians aren't in it.
The game is over one team won the scores are high and the fielding left a lot to be desired!
Baseball will never be a game for everyone especially in Europe.
But it's a sad state of affairs that Nintendo owners choices when it comes to the sport are so very limited.
It's not without the flaws many Nes games had them.
But unless with the absence of much competition Nes / Gameboy baseball offers a basic but reasonably well controlled version of the game.
A review copy of the game was purchased by Video Game Legacy and reviewed in accordance with the review policy.