Out of the 96,000 baseball games on the NES, Baseball Stars is one of the best. Not because it’s realistic; you can choose pirate, ninja, or monster teams, after all. No, Baseball Stars looks good, plays good, and doesn’t take itself too seriously. It’s a perfect, complete arcade baseball title.
Baseball Stars is so complete, in fact, that Romstar changed very little for their NES port of Baseball Stars II. The pitching feels a little looser, and each batter has a different batting stance, but otherwise, the mechanics feel as good as they did in the previous game. The graphics and environments haven’t changed either, and considering the original came out in 1989, you’d think Romstar would have polished them up a bit.
Baseball Stars II plays fine, but it doesn’t offer any improvement or update to the original. In fact, it takes away some of the features from the first game, like the ability to play as women or to custom name your teams or players. Shouldn’t sequels offer more features than what was in the original game? After all, why would players care about a sequel that offers less of the same?
Baseball Stars remains a beloved classic. Baseball Stars II does not.
PUBLISHER: Romstar DEVELOPER: SNK (port by Pixel)
GENRE: Sports RELEASE DATE: 07/1992
ALSO AVAILABLE ON: Arcade, NeoGeo, NeoGeo CD, NS, PC, PS4, Xone