Baseball 3DS review

  • Old-school Nintendo sounds
  • Variety of pitching sounds
  • Cheap price
  • Sloooooooow pace
  • No season mode
  • Fielding is painful

Some games feel just as good today as they did twenty years ago; others, not so much. Originally released in 1989, Baseball on the Game Boy was a refreshingly strong hardball experience that some of us, um, old enough to have it back then, loved. Featuring a couple of teams with unique player characteristics and the ability to strategically manage pitchers and hitters, at the time it was as good of a handheld baseball game as could be. Unfortunately, time has not been kind to Mario, Luigi, and friends.

The pace of play once the ball is hit is astonishingly slow. Players move as if they’re underwater and the ball takes a year and a day to get where it’s going. The controls are terribly frustrating when you’re going after ground balls and too often they get by you even when you’re in position to make the play. Also, each game is one and done; there’s no season or stat tracking available. Even when you factor in the surprisingly varied pitching options – you can modify pitch speeds and locations pretty easily – you’ll find yourself longing for a more modern baseball experience very quickly.

At most, Baseball is a pure nostalgia play. The old-school sounds, characters, and charming lineups will bring a few smiles to Nintendophiles, but the gameplay itself will get old quickly. Considering that a number of top-notch baseball games are available for the same price or less on iOS (Baseball Superstars 2011 is the best example), it’s hard to justify the $3 even if the 3DS is your only gaming platform. Baseball is more or less a way for Dad to show Junior what he had to deal with back in the day – and to be thankful that’s not the case anymore.

Aug 8, 2011

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Available Platforms: 3DS
Genre: Sports

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  • Its_Over_9000! - August 23, 2011 7:07 p.m.

    They should totally re-master this :3
  • SparkleDevon - August 9, 2011 5:45 p.m.

    @Viklandian This isn't a 3D Classic. Its just a straight port from the Gameboy, no added stuff. I really like that these reviews are being made. It lets me know what games are good, and what are not, that i haven't gotten to play off the virtual console. In all honesty, I do think the the Gameboy Donkey Kong deserved a 10. but maybe that's just because it played a huge part in my childhood. o:
  • RaZmataZ - August 9, 2011 10:10 a.m.

    I remember playing this on the Game Boy Color about ten years ago on the bus journey to France (it was a school trip, and yes I'm aware that I was playing it ten years after its' release - What's wrong with that?). I got motion sickness almost instantly after looking down at the Game Boy and spent a good chunk of the journey out of my seat. That was the last time that I saw it. After the three day trip I was unpacking and couldn't find the darn game. I either dropped it in the WC on the bus or one of my school "friends" nicked it whilst I was suffering. It was a pretty good trip though.
  • codystovall - August 9, 2011 7:23 a.m.

    Ugh...just ugghhhhhh....
  • beezn - August 9, 2011 1:46 a.m.

    Fielding was always a horrid experience with this game.
  • ClusterShart - August 9, 2011 12:42 a.m.

    Oh my god, I still have the cartridge.
  • onetimebuster - August 9, 2011 12:14 a.m.

    I would love to see the snes version of ken griffey jr. baseball game on the 3ds.