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Baseball (Virtual Console) Reviewed by Cyril Lachel on . When we think back to the early days of the Nintendo Game Boy, it's easy to be reminded of hits like Tetris and Super Mario Land. But beyond the big games lies a treasure trove of middling sports games with simplistic names. Surely there are better baseball games on the way, so hold out until pretty much anything else comes out. You've been warned. Rating: 20%
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What Is It? When we think back to the early days of the Nintendo Game Boy, it's easy to be reminded of hits like Tetris and Super Mario Land. But beyond the big games lies a treasure trove of middling sports games with simplistic names. I'm talking about Tennis (reviewed in episode #166), Golf and this last week's 3DS Virtual Console release, Baseball. Like the title suggests, this is a barebones take on America's favorite pastime. Enjoy fictional teams, limited game modes and a mediocre presentation. See if you can hit it out of the park in this, the very first baseball game released for the Nintendo 3DS.

Does It Still Hold Up? Like most early sports games, Baseball fails to capture the fun and excitement of the original sport. The gameplay is sluggish and the fielding is poor, two things that kill any fun you could possibly have with the title. The complete lack of modes or extras doesn't come as a surprise, but that doesn't make it any easier to swallow. This is one sports simulator that has not held up well.

Is It Worth The Money? Every so often you'll see a baseball team trot some uber-famous starlet onto the field and have them throw the first pitch. Usually the result involves the poor catcher running as far from home plate as possible, embarrassing everybody involved. Baseball is worse than that. At least when Mariah Carey misses the plate by 20 feet it's entertaining to watch. But alas, there's little fun to be had with Nintendo's Baseball. Surely there are better baseball games on the way, so hold out until pretty much anything else comes out. You've been warned.
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