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Personally I love this game. Agent J loves this game. You'll love this game. Oh just go buy it, it's probably cheap as well. Heck I saw 2 copies at the flea market today alone!
Minor gripes aside (this is an NES game, afterall), these small complaints do not mean that RBI Baseball is not a good game. The game's gameplay is the key; RBI Baseball packs a whole bunch of quality fun in one package. Tengen released one of the best baseball games of all time nearly 20 years ago, while developers today are still trying to catch up.
R.B.I Baseball doesn’t distinguish itself from the hall-of-famers on the NES, but it doesn’t shame itself into oblivion like Michael Jordan’s short-lived baseball career. It has its heart in the right place and it has a foundation for potential greatness to come. And what do you know! There are two sequels.
Game modes are
limited to a short “season” where you can take on each of the other
nine teams once, but at least the two-player mode offers a nice
best of seven series. There’s just enough baseball evolution here for
a fun session with the computer or a friend, but there isn’t quite
enough for a deep experience.
RBI Baseball does do a few things right. The controls are simple and intuitive, and you can toss the ball around the bases with ease. The ball scales out (becomes larger) as it ascends, making it easy to judge fly balls. Still, RBI has a lot of issues. First of all, the non-stop music will drive you nuts. Next, there are far too many homeruns, and most tend to fly way out of the park. The CPU opponent is dumb, allowing you to steal bases and stretch base hits unchallenged. RBI Baseball will suffice as a simple baseball game for young kids, but everybody else should seek out its excellent sequel: RBI Baseball 2.