Bo Jackson Baseball is yet another example of how the Nintendo Seal of Quality means nothing.
Before you can pitch or hit, a screen pops up detailing how to pitch and bat with the controller. Every. Single. Play. It’s annoying, yeah, but it’s also demeaning. Beam Software obviously doesn’t trust the players to remember how to pitch or hit, no matter how many games you play.
Pitching and batting feel both clunky and awkward, which might explain the pop-up interface. You’ll swing at balls that you’ll swear you’ve hit, and still get a strike. You’ll strike out batters by throwing balls directly across the plate, but when you pull out some mad curveballs, the batter hits a home run.
The AI is obscenely good, while your team (whichever team you choose, doesn’t matter) seems to have no desire to play baseball (real players usually run to catch balls rather than pick their nose in the outfield). Then there are lagging camera problems that plague most NES baseball games. The camera’s focus is on the ball, but the camera never zooms out when the ball is hit to the outfield. Only at the last second will you see which direction you should move your players, and by then, the opposing team has stolen a base.
More like Blah Jackson Baseball.
PUBLISHER: Data East DEVELOPER: Beam Software GENRE: Sports
RELEASE DATE: 10/1991 – (US)
ALSO AVAILABLE ON: Amiga, PC