Baseball Stars 2
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|Baseball Stars 2|
Box cover of Baseball Stars 2 for the Neo-Geo
|Designer(s)||Miki, Y. Kawase|
|Composer(s)||Masaharu Iwata (NES)|
|Release date(s)||Arcade / Neo Geo
April 28, 1992
Neo Geo CD
|Arcade system||Neo Geo|
|Display||Raster, 320x224 pixels,
4096 out of 65,536 colors
Baseball Stars 2 (ベースボールスター2 Bēsubōru Sutā 2?) is a 2-player baseball sports arcade game released by SNK in 1992 for the Neo-Geo console. A less detailed console version was released for the NES by Romstar the same year.
Neo Geo version
You can select from one of 18 teams across two leagues: Exciting League (beginner) & Fighting League (expert).
It featured 18 teams across 2 leagues (exciting league & fighting league) and put more emphasis on the graphics and the gameplay; for example, being able to change pitchers or batters and powering up batters which increased the size of the bat.
Baseball Stars 2 for the Nintendo Entertainment System was distributed by Romstar in 1992.
- Female players are no longer included in any form.
- Two additional batting stances. These additional stances are never used for players on custom teams. They will only appear on the pre-made teams' players
- Enhanced pitch control.
- Ability to shift field formations when playing defense.
- Ability to view your team roster and ratings while in-game.
- Sidearm-style pitchers are never generated on custom teams. They can only be hired.
- Easier bunting controls; bunts are now retractable. (Hold Down+A to bunt instead of stopping the swing partway through.)
- Ability to see lead-offs while pitching/batting.
- Six pitchers and four bench players instead of five each.
- New music and home run animations. These include the "Power connect" graphic for a two-run home run, an animated graphic of the batter rounding the bases and pumping his fist for a 3-run home run or grand slam, and a similar (yet very rare) graphic including a Yorkshire terrier following the batter for a come-from-behind (usually game-ending) home run in a dramatic situation.
- Can no longer name custom teams or rename players on custom teams
- You can still upgrade player using the same 15-point system introduced in the original Baseball Stars. However, the random points you get to disperse to various skills each time you purchase a player upgrade changed from between 1 and 6 to between 1 and 5
- Player upgrades overall are much more expensive while the money received during play has remained about the same. This makes it much more time-consuming to upgrade players to maximum.
- You can still fire players and hire players. However, due to the fact you cannot change the names of hired players your hired player will always be named generic names given by the game (examples 'STAR 5', 'ROOK 2', etc.). This can also lead to multiple players sharing the same name throughout the custom teams, even conceivably multiple players on the same team with the same name.
Players can still create leagues of up to 125 games (6 teams playing each other 25 times) and view statistics such as League Standings and Top 10 in Average, Home Runs, Runs Batted In, Earned Run Average, Wins and Saves. (A peculiar glitch occurs when viewing league leaders. The last pitcher listed on any user-created team in "View Team" does not appear in any of the Top 10 leaderboards.)
|Reception (Neo Geo)|
The Neo Geo version was critically acclaimed. The first issue of GameFan reviewed the Neo Geo version, with its two reviewers scoring it 99% and 97%; the former said it "is far and away the best sports game I have ever played" and the latter said the "graphics are incredibly well detailed" and "the gameplay is unparalleled." They concluded that it "has the best graphics, sound, and game play this side of ESPN."
The NES version was less popular than the original Baseball Stars was on the NES. Reasons for this included the inability to change the name of a gamer-created team or names of the players on a gamer-created team, and unimproved graphics over the original.
- GameFan, volume 1, issue 1 (October 1992), pages 7 & 49