Major League Baseball (NES)

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Major League Baseball
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Major League Baseball struck out swinging.
Genre: Sports (Baseball)
Platforms: NES
Release Date: April 1988
Developer: Atlus
Publisher: LJN
Franchise: Major League Baseball


Major League Baseball is a baseball video game developed by Atlus and published by LJN for the NES. The game is based on an American baseball league of the same name, and contains all of the official teams in the league, although all player's names were modified (which caused an entire lawsuit because of that). It was released in 1988 exclusively for the North American region.

Why It Sucks

  1. Many bugs and glitches. For example, there's no delay between pitches, so after a ball or strike is called, the pitcher can immediately pitch again.
  2. Extremely poor frame-rate. The game often struggles when there's more than one runner on the screen.
  3. Poor physics. Fielding is a nightmare because the way the ball drops after a pop-up or a fly ball.
  4. The controls sometimes suffers from input delay. It's noticeable when trying to advance the ball or when trying to swing the bat as a batter.
  5. Bad collision detection. Sometimes the fielder has the ball go through him when trying to catch the ball for an out. Unlike baseball rules, it isn't called an error.
  6. The camera is terrible: If a ball hits the outfield wall, it can be difficult to throw out runners because of the way the game pans the camera.
  7. Inaccurate implementation of MLB rules. Compared to RBI Baseball, which at least implements baseball rules more properly, it's jarring to see a few inaccuracies in MLB rules.
  8. It lacks different modes, such as a season mode or a playoff mode.
  9. Confusing controls. Base running is difficult because sometimes the runner can be called out because the game gets stuck sometimes when the player instructs the runner to advance.
  10. Lackluster graphics for its time. Other than the title screen, a lot of the teams have similar colors, which can sometimes be a bit confusing.

Trivia

  • In 1989, Clark Thiemann was excited to play his brand new NES game, LJN's Major League Baseball. But when he started playing, his favorite MLB superstars weren't in the game. So then He sued Nintendo (as mentioned above), LJN, & Major League Baseball.

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