Nicktoons MLB

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Nicktoons MLB
NicktoonsMLBWiiBoxart.jpg
North American cover for the Wii version
Developer(s) High Voltage Software, Black Lantern Studios (DS and 3DS versions)
Publisher(s) 2K Play
Distributor(s) Major League Baseball
Nickelodeon
Platform(s) Xbox 360, Wii, Nintendo DS, Nintendo 3DS
Release date(s) Xbox 360, Wii, Nintendo DS
  • NA September 13, 2011[1]
  • EU October 21, 2011
Nintendo 3DS
  • NA March 6, 2012
  • EU April 11, 2012
Genre(s) Baseball game
Mode(s) Single-player, Multiplayer

Nicktoons MLB is a baseball game released for the Xbox 360, Wii, and Nintendo DS. The game was developed by High Voltage Software and published by 2K Play. It features playable characters from Nickelodeon shows including SpongeBob SquarePants, Invader Zim, The Ren & Stimpy Show, Danny Phantom, Planet Sheen, Avatar: The Last Airbender, Fanboy and Chum Chum, T.U.F.F. Puppy, and two characters that only appear in the 3DS version, one which is from The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius, and the other from the Nickelodeon game Monkey Quest. Characters from Rugrats, Rocko's Modern Life, Aaahh!!! Real Monsters, Hey Arnold!, The Angry Beavers, CatDog, El Tigre: The Adventures of Manny Rivera, Back at the Barnyard, and The Mighty B! make cameo appearances in the game's loading screens. In addition to Nickelodeon characters, the game also features players from real Major League Baseball teams.

It has been recently announced for the Nintendo 3DS, with two additional characters (as announced above),[2] more stadiums, and modes.

Playable characters[edit]

Nicktoons

Characters[3] Series Voice
SpongeBob SquarePants SpongeBob SquarePants Tom Kenny
Patrick Star SpongeBob SquarePants Bill Fagerbakke
Sandy Cheeks SpongeBob SquarePants Carolyn Lawrence
Larry the Lobster SpongeBob SquarePants Doug Lawrence
The Flying Dutchman SpongeBob SquarePants Brian Doyle-Murray
Danny Fenton Danny Phantom Keith Ferguson
Dudley Puppy T.U.F.F. Puppy Jack DeSena
Kitty Katswell T.U.F.F. Puppy Grey DeLisle
Sheen Estevez Planet Sheen & The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius Jeffrey Garcia
Mr. Nesmith Planet Sheen Bob Joles
Ultra Lord Planet Sheen & The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius Jim Cummings
Fanboy Fanboy and Chum Chum Tim Dadabo
Chum Chum Fanboy and Chum Chum Nika Futterman
Aang Avatar: The Last Airbender Ben Helms
Katara Avatar: The Last Airbender Mae Whitman
Toph Beifong Avatar: The Last Airbender Jessie Flower
Zuko Avatar: The Last Airbender Dante Basco
Zim Invader Zim Richard Steven Horvitz
Gaz Invader Zim Melissa Fahn
Ren Höek The Ren & Stimpy Show Chris Edgerly
Stimpy J. Cat The Ren & Stimpy Show Eric Bauza
Powdered Toast Man The Ren & Stimpy Show Corey Burton
The Gilded Yak The Ren & Stimpy Show Billy West
Jimmy Neutron1 The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius Debi Derryberry
Hiro Mightypaw1 Monkey Quest
Notes:

^1 3DS-Exclusive character.

Reception[edit]

Nicktoons MLB has received mixed reviews. Operation Sports gave the game 4 out of 10, stating "As it is, you should only buy this for the Nickelodeon characters or if you are dying to play a Kinect baseball game. Otherwise, just treat yourself and your kids to The Bigs 2, a game with more polish and much more to do. Then, when you are done, watch Spongebob."[4] Official Xbox Magazine gave the game a score of 6.5 out of 10, saying "Nicktoons MLB is fun but frivolous, which should work just fine for kids and families". They also both praised and criticised the usage of Kinect, saying "having your arm angle determine the pitch type is downright genius — though sadly, occasional gaffes (such as seeing swings you didn’t take) muddle the execution".

However, there have been some positive reviews as well. 123Kinect said "If you are buying this for yourself and are older it’s probably around a 6/10, you will notice the flaws, which is why I rated it at 7, it’s one of those on the fence titles. It’s by far no means a real MLB title, however it’s a step in the right direction."[5] Anime Courtyard also gave it a 7 out of 10, stating "At the end we can say that Nicktoons MLB is not spectacular but not a bad option if you want a baseball game without complications. For children, a good game if they like the Nicktoons. And of course for a grown up who wants a trip to memory lane with their favorite Nickelodeon characters."[6] Nintendo World Report's review gave the game an 8 out of ten, concluding with "Nicktoons MLB is a simplified but very fun baseball game. Don’t let the kid-focused presentation scare you off; this game is worth a look from anyone in the mood for an arcade baseball game.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Nicktoons MLB - Xbox 360". IGN. 2011. Retrieved 27 May 2012. 
  2. ^ Deci, T.J. (2011). "Nicktoons MLB 3D - Overview - allgame". allgame (in English). Retrieved 27 May 2012. 
  3. ^ 2K Play (27 Jul 2011). "NICKTOONS MLB E3 2011 Trailer - YouTube". 2K Play (in English). CGRtrailers. Retrieved 27 May 2012. 
  4. ^ Roark, Caley (26 Sep 2011). "Nicktoons MLB Review (Xbox 360) - Operation Sports". Operation Sports. Retrieved 27 May 2012. 
  5. ^ Mike (22 Sep 2011). "Nicktoons MLB REVIEW | Kinect Game (XBOX 360)". 123 Kinect. Retrieved 27 May 2012. 
  6. ^ Cybermario (26 Sep 2011). "Review: Nicktoons MLB (Xbox 360) << Anime Courtyard". Anime Courtyard. Retrieved 27 May 2012. 
  7. ^ Corbran, J.P. (17 Oct 2011). "Nicktoons MLB Review - Review - Nintendo World Report". Nintendo World Report. Retrieved 27 May 2012.