Little League World Series Baseball

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Little League World Series Baseball
Genres Sports
Developers NOW Production, Handheld Games
Publishers Activision
Platforms Wii, Nintendo DS, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
First release Little League World Series 2008
August 5, 2008
Latest release Little League World Series 2010
July 20, 2010

Little League World Series Baseball is a series of sports video games. Based on the Little League World Series, there are three games in the series. No game in the series was released after 2010.

Games[edit]

2008[edit]

Little League World Series Baseball 2008 was released on August 5, 2008 for the Wii and the Nintendo DS by Activision. It is the first game to be officially licensed by Little League baseball for the seventh generation of consoles.[1] Its design mirrors MLB Power Pros and its sequel MLB Power Pros 2008. The gameplay is also similar to the baseball game in Wii Sports. The game is a part of Activision's Fun4All-brand in Europe.

The game begins when a player is taken to a main menu. They there can choose several different options, including World Series mode, exhibition mode and minigames. In World Series mode, a player chooses one of the 16 different regions, and tries to reach the Little League World Series by making it through pool play, then winning in the playoffs. In the Exhibition mode, a player can pit any two teams in the game against each other for a faster, less-complicated experience.

Screenshot from Home Run Tourney

The game has an extensive array of minigames called "Skill Challenges", which range from the power-hitting home run tourney to the accuracy-important Tic-tac-toe.

  • In Home Run Tourney, a player sets the number of pitches, then tries to hit as many home runs as possible out of that number. Extra points are awarded when a player hits a hot-air balloon in the outfield, or when they hit consecutive home runs.
  • In Tic-Tac-Toe, a Tic-Tac-Toe board is at the plate, and its separate squares change color. Depending on the color of the square, a player must throw a fastball(red), change-up(yellow), curveball(green), or slider(blue) as accurately as possible. If the pitch hits a same-colored square as its color, it will make a mark there. If a pitch hits the incorrect color, play will pass to the next player.
  • In Pitching bowling, a player is simply bowling from the pitchers mound. In ten frames, the player(s) must try to get as many pins as they can by pitching at them. Similar to Home Run Tourney, the point of the game is to hit the ball as far as you can.
  • However, it is similar to the basketball game H-O-R-S-E- in the sense that a player must hit the ball to a target area of the field, or they get a letter of the word horse. They must get as many points as they can before they miss five times. They get bonus points for hitting the ball further, and are eliminated when they spell out the word horse.

2009[edit]

Little League World Series Baseball 2009 was developed by Japanese developer Now Production (NowPro). The game begins when a player is taken to a main menu. They there can choose several different options, including World Series mode, exhibition mode and minigames. In World Series mode, a player chooses one of the 16 different regions, and tries to reach the Little League World Series by making it through regionals, pool play, then winning in the playoffs. In the Exhibition mode, a player can pit any two teams in the game against each other for a faster, less-complicated experience.

2010[edit]

Little League World Series Baseball 2010 was released in North America on July 20, 2010.[2] The game begins when a player is taken to a main menu. They there can choose several different options, including World Series mode, exhibition mode and minigames. In addition, the game will feature online leaderboards, Trophies and Achievements.

In World Series mode, a player chooses one of the 16 different regions, and tries to reach the Little League World Series by making it through pool play, then winning in the playoffs. In the Exhibition mode, a player can pit any two teams in the game against each other for a faster, less-complicated experience.

Reception[edit]

Little League World Series 2008 Wii and DS games received mixed reactions from critics. Some call the game "Simple, yet tough to master." [3] While others say it's "...best for the younger players."[citation needed] One of the main criticisms of the game, especially from its online gamers, has been its lack of Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection.[4]

Little League World Series Baseball 2010 was met with mixed results following its release. Gamespot's Brett Todd gave the game a 5.5 (mediocre) score, claiming "With more finesse and depth, Little League World Series Baseball 2010 could have been a contender." [5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Activision to Release "Little League Baseball World Series 2008" Video Game for Wii and Nintendo DS Game Systems". Little League Online. 2008-04-24. Archived from the original on 2008-08-18. Retrieved 2008-08-20. 
  2. ^ http://uk.ps3.ign.com/objects/072/072561.html
  3. ^ Venter, Jason (2008-08-16). "Little League World Series 2008 Review". HonestGamers. Retrieved 2008-08-30. 
  4. ^ Goldberg, Harold. "Little League World Series Baseball 2008 - Video Game Review". Common Sense Media. Retrieved 2008-08-31. 
  5. ^ Todd, Brett (2010-07-13). "Little League World Series Baseball 2010 Review". GameSpot. Retrieved 2010-07-13. 

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