Baseball (Nintendo NES, 1985)
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|Play nine innings of fierce sandlot competition with classic NES graphics, featuring close-up and overview field perspectives. Select your team and step up to the plate against a computer opponent or a friend. You control the swing of the bat, the speed of the pitch, the hits, the steals, and the double plays! Hear the roar of the crowd as you hit a home run and race across the plate to score! Whether you are a huge sports fan or a classic videogame enthusiast, this one could be for you.
In 1985, the game was featured prominently amongst the 18 titles at the Manhattan test market launch of the Nintendo Entertainment System, being demonstrated on a large projector screen by real Major League Baseball players. The game's launch position and the universal appeal of its namesake sport are said to have made Baseball a key to the NES's overall success, and an important piece of Nintendo history.
As in real baseball, the object of the game is to score the most runs. The game supports one player versus a computer opponent, or two players. Each player can select from one of six teams.
Though lacking a license to give official team names, their initials in the game are meant to represent the names of real teams from the Japanese Central League or the American Major League Baseball in their respective regions. In gameplay, the only practical difference between the teams is the uniform colors.
In 2007, IGN gave Baseball a 5.5 out of 10, noting its depth of pitching, its two-player support, "its still-intact sense of fun", and its important place in Nintendo's history. The review said that the 1985 test market launch of the Nintendo Entertainment System had "heavily relied upon" Baseball, due to the globally recognizable status of the sport. The review summarized that "the NES came out a winner—thanks, in part, to Baseball".
|Platform||Nintendo Entertainment System|
|Number of Players||1 or 2|
|Game Special Features||
|Game Series||Sports Series|
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