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|Baseball Stars Review by: Crazy Li
Japan Can Make Sports Games Too
When thinking of Sports games developers, one typically thinks of EA Sports or SCEA or some other US-based developer... but what about Japanese company, SNK? I've played many of their fighting games, but I never expected them to have anything good in the way of sports. Then I discovered Baseball Stars.
This is one of the most comprehensive NES sports titles I've ever seen in what options you have to do here. While this may not be the ideal sports sim for those who want real players from real teams, it's a very fun game for those who don't care about such things. The teams are fake, the players are fake, but it's a game you can just have fun with. You can even create your own team and customize the players on it. It even features female players which is pretty forward-thinking for 1989.
Graphics: They're standard quality for NES. The player mugshots are pretty good quality, though some of the arrangements are a bit ugly, there are some nice ones as well. The pitch and swing animations are good as well as ball traveling animations.
Sound: The sound effects aren't too bad, considering the time. It's a bit light on the music, but the songs it does have range from catchy to repetitive.
Addictiveness: It's fairly addictive to keep playing to earn more money and build up your team better. You can definitely have a lot of fun with it, trying to get new players as well.
Depth: There is a lot to do in this game. You can have Exhibition matches (1 player, 2 player, or computer only), League Play where you compete with other teams and earn money to improve existing players as well as hire new ones... you can also create and edit new teams. Most of the game's depth goes into messing with custom teams and building up player attributes.
Difficulty: The game's not exactly easy unless you're playing a weak team like the SNK Crushers. The AI plays tough and it can be difficult to get a hang of the timing and responses need to play. Though if you're an NES-era baseball game vet, you'll probably adapt to this a lot faster.
This is probably my favorite baseball game, because to my knowledge, it's the only one that actually allows you to create female players. I wish more sports games were this progressive.
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Baseball Stars Box Description: Player, manager, owner... You can do it all in Baseball Stars! Make your own teams and leagues; hire, fire, and trade players; develop your players from inexperienced rookies into veteran pitchers and hitters. Play against a friend or challenge the computer - you'll never have to worry about being rained out again!
Baseball Stars Description: This NES version of Baseball Stars is the very first game in SNK's popular series. It is also the most comprehensive game in the series. You can create, name, upgrade, and manage your own team, as well as customize the team's logo and colors. You can also change the stats of each individual player by paying him or her more money (earned from winning games).There are eight already-created gimmick teams that you can also play with, including the American Dreams, Lovely Ladies, and the Ghastly Monsters. You can set up a custom league which will keep complete stats on all players in the league. All games are played in the famous SNK Stadium.
Loose Value: (beta)
Complete Value: (beta)
New Value: (beta)
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Baseball Stars Cheats, Codes and Tips:
Getting 6 power-up points
When you buy a power-up for a player, the game randomly assigns 1 to 6 points for you to spend on your player's stats. Baseball Stars constantly auto-saves: if you bought a power-up, got 1 measily point and spent it, you can't reset and load the old save. However, if you reset BEFORE spending the points, you'll still have your money, so you can just reset as soon as you buy the power-up (and find out how many points you got) and try to get 6 points everytime. This saves you a lot of money, especially since the cost of power-ups grows exponantially.
This might damage the cart's battery save, so you probably shouldn't do it unless you're using an emulator (Note: don't bother using emulator savestates for the same effect, you'll keep getting the same amount of points)
Quick player powerup
Create a team, but don't spend any money on player development. Play League games against the SNK Crushers until you've won about 15-20 of them and have $250-300K.
Fire all the players on that team, then power up until you have 15 Prestige for every player. Put the overage into Luck if you get enough points to exceed 15...pitchers should power up under ''see other abilities''.
Now create another team (your ''real'' team) and keep playing League games against the Prestige guys. You'll make a minimum of $75,000 from the gate for ten minutes or less worth of work.
Super men's team:
Enter the team selection screen. The pointer should be at
the top left corner. Press Down, Right, Left,
Down, Down, Right, Up. The "Balanced
Team" should now be selected, and your team name will change
to "WHEN ISNT IT?". Change the team name to WHEN
IT IS. (including the period).
Super women's team:
Select the "Make Team" option from the main menu.
Then, press Down, Right, Left, Down(2),
Right, Up(2), Down, Up, Down,
Up. The "Veterans" team should be highlighted.
Press A to change your team name to "WHAT IS A WREN?".
Change the name to A BIRD. (including the period). The
name will change again to "WHEN ISNT IT?". Change the
name to WHEN IT IS. (including the period).
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- Japan Can Make Sports Games Too
- Crazy Li
When thinking of Sports games developers, one typically thinks of EA Sports or SCEA or some other US-based developer... but what...
Graphics 7 Sound 6 Addictive 7 Depth 8 Difficulty 8
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