Flashback Fridays: Ken Griffey Jr. Presents Major League Baseball

Hello everybody, welcome to another installment of Flashback Fridays. For those of you who are unfamiliar with what’s going on here, please refer to previous articles for more information. Today we are going to take a look at something that shows just how fun a game of baseball can be. The title I am referring to set the standard for how arcade sports games should be made to this very day, Ken Griffey Jr. Presents Major League Baseball.

My love for sports goes all the way back to elementary school. Every weekend my brother, my next door neighbor, and I would all go outside and participate in a few rounds of baseball, basketball, or football. There were a few times where the weather would prohibit us from doing anything outdoors, luckily my friend and I would always take this opportunity to play some sports related video games together over at his place. Even though most of them were extremely fun to play, there was one in particular that was always a cut above the rest, and that game was Ken Griffey Jr. Presents Major League Baseball.

Just like how Tecmo Super Bowl brought to light a cinematic type of look and feel that I have never seen before in a sports video game, this one added in a unique element as well, an over the top sense of humor. Individual players ranged from looking like midgets to bodybuilders who competed in strongman competitions, and they all had ridiculous names attached to them because the developers could not get the license to use the real athletes’ names. The baseball would enlarge itself on the screen the higher it flew into the air, when a fielder hit a wall it would made a loud “umph” noise, and every time you struck out, your character would either break his bat, sigh, or yell at the screen; it was just downright silly, yet very entertaining at the same time.

All of these elements combined together made for some memorable gameplay sessions for the two of us. There were a few times in which I was one out away from victory, and up by only one run, and someway, somehow, he would always manage to beat me. He wasn’t always a winner though, because there was one time I caught him not paying attention to a hit I just made, and he completely missed what could have been an easy pop fly out to win the game, which in turn allowed my player the chance to obtain an inside the park homerun due to his lack of paying attention to detail. Oh well, a win is a win no matter how you obtain it, right?

Ken Griffey Jr. Presents Major League Baseball is an extremely fun arcade sports video game that will appeal to gamers of all ages. If you are up for something a little more on the silly side, then by all means check it out.

That concludes my story on Ken Griffey Jr. Presents Major League Baseball, but if you have any fond memories of this game please feel free to share them with us in the comments below.

  • Anonymous

    OMG! I totes remember playing this game with my brother! I completely forgot about it until now. I remember toggling around the controls and moving the players at the plate and watching the little guys run around and catch balls and throw them and picking random teams to play as. Like you, I also remember going outside and playing, but mostly dirt clod wars and butts-up. Omg, totally bringing back forgotten childhood memories. Thanx! I found a Youtube video and sent it to my bro <3