Tagged: Genesis

Baseball Video Games of Old

I was trying to forget how blasted cold it is in Vermont right now and with spring training starting I decided to geek it up and pop in MLB Power Pros (2008).  Fantastic game but sometimes I miss the games of old.  Awful graphics + no MLB licenses = A wasted youth and several wasted summer vacations.  

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Back in the day of ‘Texas Heat’ I was a huge Nolan Ryan fan. That being said “Nolan Ryan’s Baseball” on the SNES was truly bad amongst the bad. Team R vs. Team B?!?  I’ll just assume the artistic creativity was lost in translation.  I wasn’t merely confined to games involving humans partaking in baseball however.  

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Being a fan of the finer, more sophisticated things in life I sought out ways to expand my mind causing me to stumble upon Super Baseball 2020.  This forgotten ‘gem’ involved teams of robots who apparently didn’t feel the need for an infield fly rule leading to awesome (translated: lame) triple plays.  

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However, some cartridges contained true glory.  When World Series Baseball on the Genesis came out it was the first game I remember that actually used commentator, if only to announce what teams were playing. The fellow, who sounded suspiciously like Dr. Stephen Hawking, would announce something in a super realistic manner like “TODAY’S GAME IS BETWEEN THE …(long pause)… BLUE JAYS …(long pause)… AND THE …(long pause)… ORIOLES.”  Not since we heard “Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall” did simple words move the world so much. 
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I knew there was a reason I always listened to “I Wanna be Sedated” and “Fool’s Gold” when these two teams met.


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My other favorite baseball game was for the NES, and if you remember this one break out the Ecto-Cooler, slam a can of Surge, and don’t cut yourself on that slap bracelet as you gear up for “Little League Baseball: Championship Series.”  When I return home for Christmas my brother and I still blow in the cartridge for 15 minutes and play this game because in what other game does the squatty fat kid get all the home run mashing glory?  Also, the home run scene with the twin cheerleaders and the children of the corn fans…priceless.

While MLB: The Show may be a better game technically, the old games are the ones that stand out in your memory.   Now where did I put that copy of “Mutant League Hockey?”

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