- This article is about the Game Boy game. For other uses, see Baseball (disambiguation).
|Developer||Nintendo R&D 1|
|Platform(s)||Game Boy, Virtual Console (3DS)|
|Release date||Game Boy:|
April 21, 1989
July 31, 1989
Virtual Console (3DS):
June 7, 2011
July 13, 2011
July 28, 2011
July 28, 2011
|Mode(s)||Single player, multiplayer|
Baseball is a Game Boy version of the Nintendo Entertainment System game of the same name. The game is based on the eponymous sport. It was released as a launch title for the Game Boy in both Japan and the United States, alongside Super Mario Land, Tetris, and Alleyway. The game's cover in the Western release features Mario pitching a baseball, but the Japanese cover does not. This is the first Super Mario game that involves baseball, and it is the predecessor to the Mario Baseball series, similarly to the Golf series' relation to the Mario Golf series. Baseball was re-released on the Nintendo 3DS's Virtual Console in 2011.
There are two modes: "USA MODE," which has English character names, and "JPN MODE" (short for Japan Mode), where the characters' names are Japanese names. Aside from the names of the characters, "JPN MODE" also changes how the ball speed is indicated, the display order of the ball count, and the background music played. Both modes have two teams: White Bears (referred to in-game as W-BEARS) and the Red Eagles (displayed in-game as R-EAGLES), which always bat first and pitch first respectively. Mario and Luigi both appear as pitchers in the "USA MODE," both playing for opposite teams. The player can control the players catching the balls out on the field, something that the NES version does not allow for. The player can opt out and allow the game to control the players in the field by not pressing any buttons, as pressing a button during this scene will let the player take control. By using the Game Link Cable, it is possible to play the game with two players.
The stats for players are ranked with letters, A through C (with the exception of batting; batting is A through E). A is the strongest stat possible, while C (or E) is the weakest.
- Batting (A–E) indicates likelihood to hit the ball when batting.
- Skill (A–C) indicates chance of a successful bunt when batting.
- Stamina (A–C) indicates how easily the character gets tired, A being the toughest to tire. This stat is exclusive to pitchers.
- Speed (A–C) indicates how fast (on average) the character pitches. As such, this stat is exclusive to pitchers.
- Changeup (A–C) indicates sharpness of a curveball and screwball when pitching. As such, this stat is exclusive to pitchers.
- US instruction manual description: Has a strong cleanup and ace, MARIO. One offensive team!
|Mario||Pitcher||.150||Right over arm||E||A||B||A||C|
|Paul||Pitcher||.150||Right under arm||E||A||B||B||C|
|Eric||Pitcher||.150||Left over arm||E||A||B||A||C|
|Jimmy||Pitcher||.150||Left under arm||E||A||A||B||C|
- US instruction manual description: Team batting centers on left handed batters, and pitching on left handed speed ball pitcher RANDY. This is a team of strong individuals.
|Luigi||Pitcher||.150||Right over arm||E||A||B||A||C|
|Phil||Pitcher||.150||Right under arm||E||A||B||B||B|
|Randy||Pitcher||.150||Left over arm||E||A||A||B||C|
|Sam||Pitcher||.150||Left under arm||E||A||A||B||B|
- US instruction manual description: Dynamite batting lineup explodes! High-ranking batters are the star players.
|Igawa||Pitcher||.150||Right over arm||E||A||B||C||B|
|Mura||Pitcher||.150||Right under arm||E||A||A||C||A|
|Kane||Pitcher||.150||Left over arm||E||A||C||B||B|
|Natsu||Pitcher||.150||Left under arm||E||A||A||C||A|
- US instruction manual description: Strong-armed pitcher INAHO, has an excellent battling lineup to support him.
|Tonbi||Pitcher||.150||Right over arm||E||A||B||C||B|
|Yama||Pitcher||.150||Right under arm||E||A||B||C||B|
|Keshi||Pitcher||.150||Left over arm||E||A||A||C||B|
|Inaho||Pitcher||.150||Left under arm||E||A||C||B||A|
Nintendo eShop description
- North American version
Re-live the glory of this 1989 Game Boy™ classic.
As the pitching team, deliver a series of fastballs while adjusting curve and speed, but be careful not to wear out your pitcher. If the batter connects, your outfield or infield will back you up.
As the batting team, shift your batter on the home plate and time each swing at the incoming ball. Try to safely reach the next base, or swing for a home run.
- European version
Strategy, skill and determination: it takes all three to win in Baseball!
Choose a starting pitcher from your bullpen (Mario is an old favourite). Hurl fastballs past the batter. If he connects, your outfield backs up to snag a fly. A sturdy infield backs you up on grounders and pop-ups. Three outs later and your team is up. Take a strike to feel out the pitcher, then drive a long one - it's a home run!
You can even choose between American or Japanese-style modes.
- The game includes a character named "Yoshi" that plays in the game's Japanese mode for the White Bears as a batter. This game was released a year before Yoshi's very first appearance in the Japanese release of Super Mario World, and thus the connection is merely coincidental. In real life, Yoshi is a name in the Japanese language that can be a first name, a last name, or a commonly used shortened nickname for a longer name.
- Japanese site
- Japanese game page (Virtual Console)
- North American game page (Virtual Console)
- UK game page (Virtual Console)
|Game Boy games|
|Super Mario franchise||Alleyway (1989) • Baseball (1989) • Super Mario Land (1989) • Golf (1989) • Dr. Mario (1990) • Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins (1992) • Donkey Kong (1994) • Mario's Picross (1995) • Picross 2 (1996)|
|Donkey Kong franchise||Donkey Kong (1994) • Donkey Kong Land (1995) • Donkey Kong Land 2 (1996) • Donkey Kong Land III (1997)|
|Yoshi franchise||Yoshi (1991) • Yoshi's Cookie (1992) • Tetris Attack (1996)|
|Wario franchise||Wario Land: Super Mario Land 3 (1994) • Wario Blast: Featuring Bomberman! (1994) • Wario Land II (1998)|
|Miscellaneous||Tetris (1989) • The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening (1993) • Game & Watch Gallery (1997) • Game & Watch Gallery 2 (1997)|