Other than having an long, unwieldy, and objectively silly title, Dusty Diamond’s All-Star Softball‘s flaws are few. TOSE really captures the nostalgic feel of playing softball with your friends.
Arenas like the sandlot, the school, and the park will make you yearn for the halcyon days of youth. The potential players of your team (and there are a lot of them – over 50 at least) look like a cross between the River City Ransom boys and rejected Earthbound caricatures. Awesome.
The mechanics are where this game really shines, though. Batting and pitching are fluid and smooth, and the camera does an excellent job at following the ball.
Dusty Diamond would be a near-perfect representation of playing softball with one’s friends if not for the difficulty. It’s difficult to get a decent hit because, apparently, these kids are all looking to get with the Yankees in about 5-10 years. Pick the “slow pitch” option on the title screen until you get the hang of the opposing side’s pitches.
Look past the difficulty and Dusty Diamond‘s stripper name, and you have one of the best baseball-affiliated games on the NES.
PUBLISHER: Broderbund DEVELOPER: TOSE GENRE: Sports
RELEASE DATE: 10/27/89 – (JP), 07/1990 – (US)