Mike Piazza's Strike Zone
|Mike Piazza's Strike Zone|
North American Nintendo 64 cover art
|Developer(s)||Devil's Thumb Entertainment|
|Mode(s)||Single player, Two player|
Mike Piazza's Strike Zone is a baseball game licensed by Major League Baseball and was released for the Nintendo 64. It was developed by Devil's Thumb Entertainment and released on June 16, 1998, by GT Interactive. While being endorsed by Mike Piazza, Strike Zone represents all of the MLB players in the 1997–98 season including those in the National League and American League. The game offers standard baseball game play with all 30 official stadiums, a choice of leagues to play for, but also offers the player the option to design their own team and league, from the logo, and uniforms all the way up to player abilities and appearance. The player can play a single game, season of 15, 81, or 162 games, the World Series game, All-Star Game, or compete in a batting challenge known as the Home Run Derby.
The official players in Mike Piazza's Strike Zone have different batting and pitching styles as well as stamina that causes them to perform with less precision after being used continuously. When batting the ball has a flame-like trail behind it that tells the hitter whether it is in the Strike Zone (red) or in the Ball Zone (blue), allowing the player to better choose which balls to hit. Saving the season, and saving a player created team, require separate Control Paks. While playing with a Rumble Pak it cannot be replaced with the control Pak while the game is being played, and a separate controller is needed to save.
With a long list of customizable features and early test previews, the game received good previews from gaming Sites such as IGN. When finally released, however, the game was criticized for its graphics, few voice clips, continuous sound elements repeating themselves over and over, simple challenges and unrealistic home run hitting. It was compared to contemporary games such as All-Star Baseball '99 and Major League Baseball Featuring Ken Griffey, Jr., both released for N64 that same year. The game would generally receive low scores from the gaming media;
- Nintendo Power 5.4/10
- IGN.com 3.0/10