Baseball (1983 video game)
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|Developer(s)||Nintendo Research & Development 1|
|Platform(s)||Nintendo Entertainment System, Family Computer Disk System, Game Boy|
Baseball (Japanese: ベースボール Hepburn: Bēsubōru) is a 1983 video game from Nintendo, one of the first early titles for the Family Computer. In 1985, the game was featured prominently amongst the 18 titles at the Manhattan test market launch of the Nintendo Entertainment System, being demonstrated on a large projector screen by real Major League Baseball players. The game's launch position and the universal appeal of its namesake sport are said to have made Baseball a key to the NES's overall success, and an important piece of Nintendo history.
As in real baseball, the object of the game is to score the most runs. The game supports one player versus a computer opponent, or two players. Each player can select from one of six teams.
Though lacking a license to give official team names, their initials in the game are meant to represent the names of real teams from the Japanese Central League or the American Major League Baseball in their respective regions. In gameplay, the only practical difference between the teams is the uniform colors.
|vs. Baseball||1984||Arcade||Nintendo Vs. Series. Unlike the original, the game features additional graphics and speech.|
|Baseball||2002||e-Reader||Barcoded cards, readable with e-Reader and Game Boy Advance.|
|Baseball||2002||GameCube||Baseball is a bonus NES game in the GameCube game, Animal Crossing.|
|Baseball||2013||Wii U||Virtual Console|
|Baseball||2018||Nintendo Switch||Nintendo Switch Online. The emulator allows the game to be played online.|
In 2007, IGN gave Baseball a 5.5 out of 10, noting its depth of pitching, its two-player support, "its still-intact sense of fun", and its important place in Nintendo's history. The review said that the 1985 test market launch of the Nintendo Entertainment System had "heavily relied upon" Baseball, due to the globally recognizable status of the sport. The review summarized that "the NES came out a winner—thanks, in part, to Baseball".
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