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Baseball, like all sports, has been successful on home and arcade consoles. Games have been produced for all the major systems including Atari, Nintendo, Super Nintendo, Sega Genesis, Gameboy, Playstation 1-3, Xbox 1 & 360, Gamecube and Wii.

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[edit] Successful Series

  • MVP Baseball 2003 - Present
  • Triple Play 1997- 2002
  • 2K series 2004 - Present (was previously known as World Series Baseball which ran 1994 - 1995
  • Baseball Stars - prodcued 4 games between 1989 and 1990
  • Bases Loaded - 1988 - 1990
  • Super Bases Loaded - 1991 - 1994
  • MLB Series 2004 - Present
  • RBI Baseball 1988

[edit] Star Series

During the 1980s and 1990s stars were often given title treatment as well as appearing on the cover of certain games. These included Earl Weaver Baseball (1987), Tony LaRussa Baseball (1991 - 1997), Tommy Lasorda Baseball, Frank Thomas Big Hurt Baseball, 2 different Ken Griffey, Jr games for Super Nintendo, Bo Jackson Baseball and Roger Clemens MVP Baseball.


[edit] Fake Teams

In the early years of video games, MLB did not license games. This lead to games using fake names, teams and logos. The Baseball Stars and Bases Loaded series had to use their imagination. Teams included the Brave Warriors, Ninja Black Sox, Lovely Ladies, USA Bisons, Aussie Thunders and Italian Waves in the Baseball stars series. In the Bases Loaded games, there were no team nicknames until Super Bases Loaded II. Instead teams went by cities, which were a mix of real major league cities and fake ones including Jersey, Omaha, Hawaii and Washington D.C.

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RBI Baseball was an unusual case as it used real player names but fake team names.

Other fantasy games included Super Baseball 2020, which was set in the now fast approaching future. The game featured a special home run zone in centerfield (the only place a homer could be hit}, landmines in the outfield as well as robot and female players. Backyard baseball is another fantasy game. It features childhood verisons of baseball stars as well as local children. The game is aimed at younger fans.


[edit] Covers

The cover of games often feature star players at the time. The 2K series has made Derek Jeter the cover boy three straight years from 2005 to 2007. Other stars being featured on covers include: Juan Gonzalez, Sammy Sosa, Tony Gwynn, Brian Jordan, David Wright, Pedro Martinez, Jason Giambi and Mike Piazza.

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