Bad News Baseballa game by Tecmo
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Welcome to the way-out world of Bad News Baseball, a place where rabbits serve as umpires, homeruns escape the earth's atmosphere, and batters are knocked unconscious when they make an out. If you guessed that Bad News Baseball from Tecmo isn't the most serious baseball game to ever hit the NES, you win a corked bat.
Bad News Baseball is a Japanese import for a younger audience. The overall game-play is standard fare, but it features plenty of interesting cartoon sequences that keep the game humorous.
You gel two leagues -- the Ultra and the Super leagues -- with 12 teams that represent major league cities with-out using real team or player names. There are several play modes to choose from at the start of the game. You can play a one-player tournament versus the computer: pick a team and play against every other team once. Or, you can play a three-game series against a friend. There's also an all-star mode, which enables you to build a 23-player team from the rosters of the Ultra or Super league. And if you just want to watch a game, there's a spectator mode.
ProTip: Here's an Interesting switch. You can change all the teams to women's teams, including a super-powered team and a special players team. During the opening screen, press the left lower diagonal on controller 1. Simultaneously, press Up on controller 2. Now keep pressing the control pads, and press Start on controller 1. The Texas team becomes a superstar team. There will also be a few superstars on some of the other teams.
Playing the D
As in other baseball games, pitching and defense are as important as hitting. Pitchers have the basic array of pitches -- fastballs, curves, sliders, and changeups. Effectiveness depends on their ERA.
Put the brakes on your pitcher's fastball by pressing Up on the directional controller while the ball is en route to the plate.
Fielders are rated either A, B, or С at one a more positions. If possible, try to have A rated players at every position. A players can do the extras such as jump for balls over their heads or dive for balls out of reach. В players have average skills and С players have limited range. For some realty adventuresome defense, try placing a player at a position for which he isn't rated.
Hit and Run
Baiting is similar to that of RBI Baseball Major League Baseball, and other "home plate view" games. You don't have to worry about the height of the pitch, just whether or not it's over the plate.
The running game is a key ingredient in a successful game of Bad News Baseball. Runners are rated from 1 to 8, with 8 being the fastest. A runner with an 8 rating can usually beat out a bunt for a hit, then steal second and third unchallenged.
In the оne-player pennant mode, you can make the rabbit in me hot tub make "bubbles" by pressing the В button on the controller once from the password screen.
Tecmo's Bad News Baseball will give you a solid game of ball in a variety of modes. Get into a tournament and you'll have to draw on all your video baseball savvy to emerge victorious.
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