Baseball is not a good game. The computer cheats like mad, the infielders only catch hits when they feel like it, and the outfielders appear to be running through invisible sludge. And yet, these bizarre design choices lend the game a distinct sensibility that no other NES baseball title was able to replicate.
Because Baseball is one of the first NES sports games, you’re not going to get your baseball sim fix here. This is a strict nine-inning arcade affair: hit the ball and run, pitch the ball and catch, again and again.
Your enjoyment hinges on your appreciation for the game’s failings. Sometimes you’ll pitch a ball, the batter will bunt, and you think he’ll be an easy out, but your infielders refuse to pick up the ball for no discernible reason. “Grab the ball, you dunderheads!” you yell. They can’t hear you, alas. In Baseball, the outcome largely amounts to luck. That said, it’s also not uncommon for your players to perform some awe-inspiring catches, throws, and home runs.
Perhaps that’s why it’s hard to hold a grudge against Baseball: it gives as much as it takes. The taking is cheap and annoying, true, but the giving is generous enough that awful plays are usually forgiven.
PUBLISHER/DEVELOPER: Nintendo GENRE: Sports
RELEASE DATE: 12/07/83 – (JP), 10/1985 – (US), 1991 – (EU)
ALSO AVAILABLE ON: ARC, e-Reader, FDS, GB, VC (Wii, Wii U), NS Online