It’s time for a long overdue 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 one of the very first sports related video games that I have ever played. The title that I am referring to is a bare bones, yet still entirely enjoyable recreation of America’s favorite pastime, Baseball for the NES.
For the record, there is no way that I could have played this title as soon as it was released in 1985, probably because diapers were still involved in my everyday routine. A few years later though, around 1990 or so, my parents bought my brother and myself an NES, after we begged them until the point of no return of course. One of the first games that the two of us tried out went by the name of Baseball. As simple as the game may seem to people nowadays feature wise, the moment my brother put this into the system, we just couldn’t stop playing it.
The layout here was about as straightforward as possible for a professional baseball simulator. You play through nine innings, each player has a turn to pitch and bat, there are only a few teams to choose from, each separated only by color, and that’s it. Gameplay revolves around this concept, and doesn’t really veer too far from the idea whatsoever. Sounds pretty straightforward right? Well, the answer here is yes, but that doesn’t mean this title isn’t fun, it’s just simple, and there’s nothing wrong with that.
So what are my personal thoughts on the game? Well, even though no advanced features are available here, this is still a great intro tool for people who are unfamiliar with the sport. Throwing and pitching controls are responsive, and watching the bleachers light up after you hit a homerun never gets old either. My only real gripes here and that things move a little slow at times, and fielding is done automatically, both of which can be irritating at times, but are not major issues that should ruin your experience at all.
Baseball for the NES is about as simple as it gets for a sports related video game, but is still something fans of competition should consider checking out, download it now.
That concludes my story on Baseball for the NES, but if you have any fond (or bad) memories of this game please feel free to share them with us in the comments below.
Here is a video that I found for the game (it includes Pinball too, sorry, it was all I could find), Enjoy!