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Top 5 NES Baseball Games
By Classicgamer on Jul 21 2015 03:30 PM
The NES has quite a few baseball games that have been released for the system. There are over twenty of them, and I've played almost all of them. I have narrowed down my list to my five favorites.
5. RBI Baseball 3
The best of the three RBI Baseball titles. Each game of the NES trilogy made improvements on its predecessors. The second one lets you play as all the teams, unlike a set few like the first one did. Not only that, but you can play as division winners dating back to 1983. Want a rematch of the classic 86 World Series? You can do that with this game. The MLBPA license is also great to have which all 3 of these games had.
4. Base Wars
Who wouldn't like a bunch of robots playing baseball? This game makes the list because one can fight over a base. If there is a play at a base, the closer the play is, the more even the fight is. You can even hurt robots by beaning them with the ball. Each robot has a designated number of hit points, and these don't really reset. If your player runs out of hit points, then your player dies. If 3 players die, the game is over. These reasons put the game number 4 on my list.
3. Bases Loaded II: Second Season
A season long baseball game. Like the first game in the series, it has cut scenes for pinch hitters and relief pitchers. It also has cut scenes for home runs. If you hit a slam, the pitcher just falls over in the cut scene. The only difficult part of this game is getting through the whole season. You have to win 75 games. Luckily, when you do, you get whisked to the World Series. The AI computer is stupid, even for an NES game. They go for an extra base when they shouldn't and vice versa. You can run into a pitcher who makes sure you have a bad day hitting. This game's real fun is with a real opponent. It even has a news program at the end of each game. If you can explain what it means, you're a better person than I am.
2. Bases Loaded 3
A different type of game, and one that is meant to be beat in one sitting. I've already talked about the scoring system in my review. The thing that makes this game so great is that the Level 5 computer almost always positions in great locations to catch the ball you hit. It makes very few of the boneheaded plays that you've come to love that other AI computers will make. The edit team where you can edit your own team is great too. Great baseball game that makes #2 on my list.
1. Baseball Stars
The number 1 baseball game on my NES list is Baseball Stars. It's like if a RPG and baseball combined forces. You can create your own team. You can hire and fire players, for each game you win you can build up your team. The game sometimes is cruel with the power-ups. As your player gets stronger, the cost of power-ups goes up, and you may only get 1 point. You can even have girls. On the field you can actually rob homers by climbing up the fence. This takes extreme practice, and will only work if the ball is barely a home run. A very good baseball game and not only #1 on my favorite NES baseball game list, one of the best I've played for any system.
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