Baseball

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Baseball
Boxart for Baseball
Developer Nintendo R&D 1
Publisher Nintendo
Platform(s) Game Boy, Virtual Console (3DS)
Release date Game Boy:
Japan April 21, 1989
USA July 31, 1989
Europe 1990
Virtual Console (3DS):
Japan June 7, 2011
USA July 13, 2011
Europe July 28, 2011
Australia July 28, 2011
Genre Baseball
Mode(s) Single player, multiplayer
Media
Game Boy:
Game Boy icon for use in templates. Game Pak
Nintendo 3DS:
Digital download icon for use in templates. Digital download
Input
Game Boy:
Nintendo 3DS:

Baseball is a Game Boy remake of the Nintendo Entertainment System game of the same name. The game is based on the eponymous sport, most popular in the United States. 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; the Japanese cover does not. This game predates the first official Mario-themed baseball game, Mario Superstar Baseball, by 16 years.

The Game Boy version of Baseball was rereleased on the Nintendo 3DS's Virtual Console in 2011.

Gameplay[edit]

The game boasts two separate modes: a United States mode (displayed in-game as "USA MODE") with English character names, and a Japanese mode (displayed in-game as "JPN MODE") where the characters' names are Japanese names. Aside from the names of the characters, the Japanese mode changes how the ball speed is indicated, the display order of the ball count, and the background music played. The game features only two teams regardless of the mode chosen: the White Bears (referred to in-game as W-BEARS; this team always bats first) and the Red Eagles (displayed in-game as R-EAGLES; this team always pitches first). Mario and Luigi both appear as pitchers in the "USA MODE," both playing for opposite teams.

By using the Game Boy Video Link Cable, it is possible to play the game with two players.

One key difference between the NES and Game Boy versions is that the Game Boy version introduces the ability to let the player control the players catching the balls out on the field. If the player wishes to let the computer control the players in the field, they can opt out by not pressing any buttons; pressing a button during this scene will let the player take control.

Characters[edit]

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.

USA mode[edit]

White Bears[edit]

US instruction manual description: Has a strong cleanup and ace, MARIO. One offensive team!
Name Position Batting average Type Batting Skill Stamina Speed Changeup
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
Mike Batter .301 Left B A N/A N/A N/A
Tom Batter .278 Right D A N/A N/A N/A
Jim Batter .333 Right A C N/A N/A N/A
John Batter .341 Right A C N/A N/A N/A
Bob Batter .326 Left B C N/A N/A N/A
Rick Batter .291 Right C C N/A N/A N/A
David Batter .270 Right D B N/A N/A N/A
Eddie Batter .248 Right E B N/A N/A N/A
Jack Pinch hitter .292 Right C C N/A N/A N/A
Alan Pinch hitter .280 Left C B N/A N/A N/A
Fred Pinch hitter .266 Left D A N/A N/A N/A

Red Eagles[edit]

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.
Name Position Batting average Type Batting Skill Stamina Speed Changeup
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
Joe Batter .295 Left B B N/A N/A N/A
Louis Batter .286 Right C A N/A N/A N/A
Teddy Batter .323 Left B C N/A N/A N/A
Steve Batter .358 Left A C N/A N/A N/A
Peter Batter .301 Left B C N/A N/A N/A
Scott Batter .282 Right C B N/A N/A N/A
Brian Batter .264 Left D B N/A N/A N/A
Jeff Batter .247 Right E B N/A N/A N/A
Duke Pinch hitter .290 Right C C N/A N/A N/A
Jason Pinch hitter .285 Left C B N/A N/A N/A
Mac Pinch hitter .271 Left D A N/A N/A N/A

Japan mode[edit]

White Bears[edit]

US instruction manual description: Dynamite batting lineup explodes! High-ranking batters are the star players.
Name Position Batting average Type Batting Skill Stamina Speed Changeup
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
Waka Batter .301 Left B A N/A N/A N/A
Michi Batter .278 Right D A N/A N/A N/A
Wan Batter .333 Left A C N/A N/A N/A
Cho Batter .341 Right A C N/A N/A N/A
Kohji Batter .326 Right B C N/A N/A N/A
Buchi Batter .291 Right C C N/A N/A N/A
Isao Batter .270 Left D B N/A N/A N/A
Yoshi Batter .248 Right E B N/A N/A N/A
Kake Pinch hitter .292 Left C C N/A N/A N/A
Morio Pinch hitter .280 Right C B N/A N/A N/A
Dai Pinch hitter .266 Right D A N/A N/A N/A

Red Eagles[edit]

US instruction manual description: Strong-armed pitcher INAHO, has an excellent battling lineup to support him.
Name Position Batting average Type Batting Skill Stamina Speed Changeup
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
Fuku Batter .295 Left B B N/A N/A N/A
Jiroh Batter .286 Right C A N/A N/A N/A
Hario Batter .323 Left B C N/A N/A N/A
Futo Batter .358 Right A C N/A N/A N/A
Kado Batter .301 Left B C N/A N/A N/A
Ochi Batter .301 Left B C N/A N/A N/A
Nomu Batter .264 Right E B N/A N/A N/A
Toyo Batter .247 Right E B N/A N/A N/A
Hide Pinch hitter .290 Left C C N/A N/A N/A
Erito Pinch hitter .285 Right C B N/A N/A N/A
Irose Pinch hitter .271 Left D A N/A N/A N/A

Nintendo eShop description[edit]

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.

Gallery[edit]

Covers[edit]

Screenshots[edit]

Trivia[edit]

  • 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.

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