#370 – Little League Baseball: Championship Series

SNK tackles the elusive Little League sub-genre of baseball games.
I bet that batter eats a loaf of Iron Kids bread every day.
Little League plays for keeps, apparently.

PLAYERS: 1-2 simultaneous



GENRE: Sports


There’s absolutely nothing wrong with Little League Baseball. It controls well, the kids look adorable, there’s a goodly amount of features. It’s competent fun, especially with another player, but it’s also the first baseball game I’ve come across in a long time that seems completely unnecessary. Perhaps SNK felt they needed to corner every aspect of the baseball game market, from all-around solid-with-a-side-of-crazy in Baseball Stars to utilizing Hall-of-Fame codgers in Legends of the Diamond to smelly, rambunctious children in Little League, but the formula wears thin when each game plays so similarly. Perhaps this game’s most defining feature would be the ability to play against fifteen different Little League teams from around the world. You want to pit Korea against Puerto Rico? You have the power. Other than that, everything’s standard. Play an exhibition game or a Championship series. Check on every team’s stats with the Power Analysis. Or, if you wanted to play a different Little League baseball game for the NES, check out Bad News Baseball. I’m not going to say that it plays better or that it’s more fun than Little League, but at least it left an impression.


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7 replies on “#370 – Little League Baseball: Championship Series”

Peter_Peter_Pitcher_Eater: Thanks for posting this review. I have to tell you, this game put me on the map for my career. Crushing fastballs from loser pitchers when I was playing for Canada took me from a “smelly, rambunctious” kid to achieving the pinnacle of all careers … A Canadian Mountie. So, it may have made an impression on you, but this game made a man out of me.

BuzzSAUL: Peter? From Canada?!? Holy crap, man. How the heck are you. The last time I saw you, you hour a walk off homer to win the championship. Oh wait … that was me, crushing one off of your boy, Jack. Anyway, loser, have you heard about Sid from Cali??

InSIDious: Heard what about Sid? That I was a triple A phenom who cashed in his chips to live off the land to preserve mother earth?

BuzzSAUL: Um … Noooooo. That you were a triple A BURNOUT that turned to a bottle and got in so deep with a bookie that you had to go underground for a while. And now you're running organized chicken fighting rings down in Mexico with Paco.

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