🐳 Featured Group: Gameplay feature: Auto-mapping

Baseball

aka: Arcade Archives: Vs. Baseball, Baseball-e, Nintendo Baseball
Moby ID: 4516
NES Specs
Note: We may earn an affiliate commission on purchases made via eBay or Amazon links (prices updated 7/15 10:23 AM )
See Also

Description official descriptions

Baseball is a game where the player can pitch, hit, field, and run just like in a real baseball game. The player can choose between USA and Japan modes, two different teams, and among a line-up of unique players. In the 1-player game, the player is against the computer, and the in the 2-player game, their friend is their opponent.

Spellings

  • アーケードアーカイブス VS. ベースボール - Japanese Switch spelling
  • ベースボール - Japanese spelling

Groups +

Screenshots

Promos

Credits (NES version)

6 People

Executive Producer (uncredited)
Producer (uncredited)
Director (uncredited)
Game Design (uncredited)
Character Design (uncredited)
Design (uncredited)
Sound (uncredited)

Reviews

Critics

Average score: 41% (based on 22 ratings)

Players

Average score: 2.5 out of 5 (based on 60 ratings with 2 reviews)

The most in-depth game you'll get with a simple NES controller

The Good
When I first booted up this game on my Nintendo I was sorely disappointed. The team selection consisted of a number of different colored guys, and that was that. After that it all just seemed pretty random. I’d bash the buttons and the players would sometimes just stand there, doing nothing, or run in a totally different direction than I had intended. It was a disaster. Nothing like what I’d imagined a baseball game on a computer would be like. I thought that, like most of the basic NES games, it would probably be much more fun in multiplayer. I was wrong. It just became even more chaotic, with each and everyone on the screen doing something completely random. I put the game in a dark and gloomy drawer where it was to lie for years to come.

Fast forward to the present day, a few days back. I thought I heard a cry for help, when I was strolling around the apartment. I brushed off the idea that it had come out of a drawer in my room, reasoning that ‘that would be silly’. Still, the drawer peaked my interest and I decided to have a look. There lay a computer game, by the name of Baseball. I blew off the layer of dust and popped it in my Nintendo. Me and my friend had been dying to try out some new game, being bored to death, and had seemingly no recollection of ever playing this game before. So, we started playing. And then another friend joined in. Of course, that meant there was always one of us watching the other two play.

That’s when I realized how deep this game was. I sat there watching my two friends play, and I began to memorize a bunch of tactics. We finally figured out how to make players run forward to the next base. We even discovered that we could have them running before the pitch. The sheer depth that the developers managed to pack into this small cartridge, and the NES’ two button controller, without the use of in-game menus was amazing. Sure, now you can find more complex baseball games, complete with inane uses of a bloated up user interface, with more in-game menus than a five-star restaurant. But no baseball game will top this game in its simple, yet deep gameplay.

The Bad
However, after three evenings jam-packed with Baseball sessions the game really started to tire us. Not that it was boring, it just really strains your mind to sit through nine rounds of what can sometimes be a really tight game. If your opponent’s good enough, you’ll end up having round upon round, getting none of your men to home base. And the more strategy you put into it, all the more time the game will take. Hardly a failure on the game’s end, but it’s still worth mentioning.

The Bottom Line
The game would hardly be worth a full price nowadays, but if you’re looking for something on the NES, aren’t too picky about graphics and enjoy depth of gameplay then look no further. This one will keep you busy for a while, so long as you give it a break every once in a while.

NES · by BigJKO (64) · 2005

Simple

The Good
It was one of the first games released for the game boy system. It's difficult enough to be a challenge for you but the problem is that there's no competition available, just one match against the CPU or the 2 player mode. The graphics are good, but simple, and it has different music during the match which is its only remarkable characteristic.

The Bad
The game is simple from the beginning to the end. Just one mode, an exhibition mode and nothing more. You don't have any cup or league, play the game, win the CPU and you beat it in a simple match. The gameplay is bad too, you cannot do anything with your players beside pitching and striking. You don't need to follow the ball and catch it because the console makes it for you. Anyway the AI is really bad and you'll be frustrated many times during the game 'till you take control of the movements.

The Bottom Line
There are a hundred better baseball games than this one for the game boy system. Don't waste too much time playing this game (anyway, if you want to, you can't because you only can play just a single match...)

Game Boy · by NeoJ (398) · 2009

Discussion

Subject By Date
Split GB and NES? Игги Друге (46653) Jul 23, 2008

Analytics

MobyPro Early Access

Upgrade to MobyPro to view research rankings!

Related Games

Electronic Baseball 2
Released 1979 on Dedicated handheld
Roger Clemens' MVP Baseball
Released 1992 on Game Boy, SNES, Genesis
3D Baseball
Released 1996 on PlayStation, SEGA Saturn
Ballistic Baseball
Released 2019 on iPhone, tvOS, Macintosh
RealSports Baseball
Released 1982 on Atari 2600, Atari 5200, 1988 on Atari 7800...
Super Bases Loaded 2
Released 1994 on SNES
Major League Baseball
Released 1980 on Intellivision, Atari 2600, 2002 on J2ME...
TV Baseball
Released 1978 on Dedicated console, 1981 on Epoch Cassette Vision
Videocart-12: Baseball
Released 1977 on Channel F

Identifiers +

  • MobyGames ID: 4516
  • [ Please login / register to view all identifiers ]

Contribute

Are you familiar with this game? Help document and preserve this entry in video game history! If your contribution is approved, you will earn points and be credited as a contributor.

Contributors to this Entry

Game added by Frumple.

Wii added by Corn Popper. Wii U, Arcade added by Michael Cassidy. Nintendo 3DS added by CrankyStorming. Nintendo Switch added by Kam1Kaz3NL77. Game Boy Advance added by Kartanym. NES added by Servo.

Additional contributors: Kartanym, gamewarrior, GTramp, Rik Hideto.

Game added July 15, 2001. Last modified June 4, 2024.