Baseball (1983 video game)
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North American NES boxart
|Composer(s)||Hirokazu Tanaka (GB version)|
Baseball (Japanese: ベースボール Hepburn: Bēsubōru?) is a 1983 video game from Nintendo, one of the first launch titles for the Nintendo 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.
The title screen music of this NES title also appears as the title screen music of some of Nintendo's other NES Sports series titles such as Pro Wrestling. A slightly altered version of it appears at the title screen of the Nintendo's NES title, Volleyball. The home run music appears as the victory tune in both Punch-Out!! and Super Punch-Out!! arcade games.
- Arcade - vs. Baseball was slightly different from its NES counterpart. The game featured additional graphics as well as some speech.
- PlayChoice-10 - Baseball was one of the games available for play in PlayChoice-10 arcade machines, released in 1986.
- Game Boy - Baseball was one of the first games to launch with the Game Boy, along with Super Mario Land and Tetris. The background music is different compared to the ones in the NES version.
- e-Reader - Baseball was one of the NES games ported to the Game Boy Advance e-Reader in 2002.
- Baseball is also a bonus NES game in the GameCube game, Animal Crossing.
- Wii - The NES version was released for the Wii's Virtual Console on January 1, 2007
- Nintendo 3DS - The Game Boy version was released for the Nintendo 3DS Virtual Console in North America on July 14, 2011 and in the PAL region on July 28, 2011
IGN gave Baseball a 5.5 out of 10 in 2007, 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".