After playing a few hours worth of Tecmo Baseball on Genesis the past week, I've thought about how great it would be if either PS2, XBox, or Gamecube (or hell, all three) did a revamped version of Baseball Stars from NES.
Let us ditch the MLB license once in awhile. Bring back the American Dreams, the Lovely Ladies, the Ninja Blacksox. Bring back Lenny from the Ghastly Monsters. That guy was money. Bring back the Monsters' amazing range in the field. Update the graphics, but keep the simplicity. Let us use no more than three buttons. Save money on some areas, and put it into others. Fuck all the MLB stadiums. Design custom stadiums for all the pre-made teams, complete with a short porch in left for the World Powers and their Rob Deer-impersonating Solly (and keep the "first-names only" feature). Create-a-stadium. Franchise mode. Let me save highlights. Give me $80,000 if I beat the SNK Crushers. Let me power-up my man in the 3-hole.
Now I'm not talking about Baseball Stars 2. I want the original 10 (?) teams...maybe a handful more on top of that, with the same rosters. It could be huge if they re-did the game with the power of the new systems.
Don't get me wrong, there are some great baseball games out, but I don't know if anything's really touched the replay value of Baseball Stars. What is it...13 years old? And I can still play it all night if I chose to.
Maybe this threat of a strike (err...work stoppage) is just turning me towards fantasy, and days of yonder. Ah well. A man can dream.
Heh... as soon as I busted out my CD of NES games for the Dreamcast, my roommate was all over Baseball Stars. I don't think I ever really got into any NES sports games other than Bases Loaded, though. And besides, Tecmo Super Bowl is the One Ring of NES sports games.
Baseball Stars was always the greatest of the NES games and possibly the best video baseball game ever. It was very hard to master completely, and you always knew that no matter how badly you wre losing, something random could happen and you could score 25 runs in an inning.
And being able to climb the wall and sit there watiing for the ball was priceless...
I loved Baseball Stars, and still have a notebook full of the codes for my seasons in Bases Loaded. And as much as I loved Tecmo Super Bowl, I am still waiting patiently for the day someone re-releases Blades of Steel.
You never know when you'll meet that special someone... the someone that's mysteriously blind to your flaws. or, you know, stupid enough not to realize that yes, you really are that cynical.
Ahhh, yes Baseball Stars, that was an awesome game. Really the one thing that is different that I don't think any games do anymore is that you can choose a specific player, and for that player raise a specific ability. I think in all games now where players get better over time it's just a random thing. I remember me and my friend used to have a draft of Major League Baseball players and then make those players on our teams. Man how I miss those days of Andre Dawson, Darryl Strawberry and Barry Bonds in the same outfield.
Another good game (but not as good as Baseball Stars) was Basewars.
BaseWars is one of the greatest baseball games EVAR~! What I'd do is make the other team forfeit, by having one or two super powered batter robots with lazer swords basically destroy every baseman. Now that was entertainment. Other sports games of note: Blades of Steel (winning a fight means the other guy gets benched, WOO!), Super Dodgeball, and PRO WRESTLING. Mah god, sports games was good fun back then.
I loved BaseWarz as well - pretty much spent all my cash turning my players into tanks so I could pulverize the shit out of the other team. But, the one time I tried to play it on an emulator, it ran too fast and I got the shit stomped out of me every time I tried to hit the ball. But yes, it ruled.
Baseball Stars was a close second, just because it was so nutty. Easy way to get cash on it was to just play 2 players and use the other controller, as the Lovely Ladies, to walk you/plunk you up until the mercy rule kicked in.
I seem to recall playing the shit out of RBI Baseball 2, as well. Used the Mariners a lot -- ALVIN DAVIS~!
One of my co-workers is seriously spooked out by that commercial. The old guy just freaks him out. Soooooo of course I took the ad from an Sports Illustrated, xeroxed it off, and papered his office space with it. ;)