Friday, May 17, 2013


Number 9

I am not a big fan of sports games. For me there are two exceptions though. The first being games that have RPG elements. Road Rash and Gran Turismo come to mind. And the second exception is games that aren't centered on simulation, but rather fun themes and mechanics. Super Baseball 2020 fits my latter preference perfectly.

Game play is very arcade like (which makes sense because it actually is a port of an SNK arcade game). The sprites are large and cartoony, done in an anime style. All the graphics are all very colorful. Things are very detailed including menu screens that have a lot of work put into them. Everything is always in motion and there are a lot of cool effects to appreciate, that you would expect from an arcade title, but not a home console title. The presentation of this game reminds me of Street Fighter Alpha three, where everything just feels exciting and loud. The music is pretty good, and the sound effects are top notch, featuring of course a lot of robot themed voice samples.

This game is great because it can be appreciated by fans of the sport and/or general gaming fans. I have no interest in the sport of baseball, but I could play this game for hours. This is one of the few games I played mostly with my family rather than my friends. Knowing the basic mechanics of baseball you can jump right into this game and start playing. Though I had more experience than my family members, they were able to have fun playing with me because there really isn't much of a learning curve. There are power ups and strategies to strive for which keep the game fun, but they are all easy enough for casual gamers to pick up on. 

Super Baseball 2020 is still a fun game to play today, and I think it would be a really great title to reboot on the WiiU. I would love to relive all the fun I had back in the 90's with this title.

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