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Bad News Baseball NES Title Screen


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Category Description User Score
AI The quality of the game's intelligence, usually for the behavior of opponents. 3.3
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work and the game plays. 3.0
Graphics The visual quality of the game 3.0
Personal Slant A personal rating of the game, regardless of other attributes 3.0
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 2.8
Overall User Score (6 votes) 3.0

Critic Reviews

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91 (Jan, 2011)
While I do enjoy Bad News Baseball, I wish the computer was a little less amazing. It hit everything I threw at it – everything! It doesn’t always hit it well, but it would be nice to land a strike every now and again. It’s also a little challenging to maneuver one’s outfield players when the computer hits a ball out there, but it doesn’t take away from the overall fun of the game. If you can get around the fancy pants computer and its cheating ways (maybe get some 2P action going), this is a fantastic baseball game and one I look forward to playing again.
NES Archives (May 12, 2001)
This is a pretty darn fun baseball game. The gameplay is great and only Baseball Stars is superior. The theme is a little strange; it must have been marketed for kids originally. The umps are rabbits! Although there aren't any real players or teams there are a lot of features.
While lacking some accoutrements seen in other baseball titles of the time, the standard gameplay is an extremely polished, good time on the baseball diamond.
Retro4Ever (Sep 29, 2012)
Overall, Bad News Baseball does everything either on par, or better than other sports games of its time. Its quirkiness and charm only add to my desire to keep coming back to this game. I was pleasantly surprised by how fun and engaging this title can be, and it didn’t matter whether I was playing solo or with a friend. I knew the games would be fun, but it’s always better to challenge others. While RBI Baseball will always have a place in my heart, my go to retro baseball game has become Bad News Baseball. Even with the lack of a traditional season mode and challenging AI, this game is a definite addition for any collection. For around $5, you can buy it online, or even at your local gaming shop. Though most of you haven’t played this game (much less heard about) you will certainly thank me later for the recommendation.
The Video Game Critic (Apr 05, 2008)
Hey, what the hell is Mr. T doing at the end of that line!? Comical animations include players that slam their bats in disgust, or pass out on the field upon being thrown out. The background music is very well composed for the most part, but that irritating whistling part costs the game any chance of an A grade. What really stands out about Bad News Baseball is its excellent playability. The controls are so natural that I never had to consult the manual, and there's just the right number of foul balls. Heck, you can play an entire game in about 15 minutes. It's not the most realistic baseball title for the NES, but Bad News Baseball is hard to beat in terms of pure entertainment value.
Bad News Baseball is definitely an enjoyable title for the NES and one of the better baseball games in its library, but it certainly doesn't deserve the reputation it tends to get from fans. Sure, it's pretty fun I guess, but in general it can be way too easy, doesn't have the options of other games, and, more importantly, focuses more on graphics than doing something new so it ends up looking like any other R.B.I. Baseball clone out there. Really, when it comes down to it, that's all Bad News Baseball is, and there are better ones out there, but you won't necessarily be disappointed outright.