- Bases Loaded (video game)
Bases Loaded box cover
TOSE (NES version)
Publisher(s) Jaleco Platform(s) Arcade, NES, Game Boy, Virtual Console Release date(s) Arcade
- JP June 26, 1987
- JP April 7, 2008
- NA April 12, 2008
Genre(s) Sports: Baseball Mode(s) Single-player, Multiplayer
Bases Loaded, known in Japan as Moero!! Pro Yakyuu (燃えろ!!プロ野球), is a baseball video game by Jaleco that was released in Japan. A version for the Nintendo Entertainment System was released in 1987 in Japan and in 1988 in the U.S., and a Game Boy port was released in 1990. A mobile phone version exists as well. Bases Loaded was released on April 7, 2008 in Japan and on April 12, 2008 in North America for Wii's Virtual Console, at the cost of 500 Wii Points.
The game is the first installment of the Bases Loaded series, followed by seven sequels across three generations of consoles. There are three more video games in the Bases Loaded NES series, Bases Loaded II: Second Season, Bases Loaded 3 and Bases Loaded 4. There was also a Game Boy version of Bases Loaded. The series continued onto the SNES platform with Super Bases Loaded, Super Bases Loaded 2, and Super Bases Loaded 3. The final entry to the series was Bases Loaded '96: Double Header, released for the Sega Saturn and PlayStation.
Bases Loaded is also the first in a series of eight sports Famicom games known in Japan as "Moero!!". This series is all generic sports games. Three of the games were localized in the Western Markets as Bases Loaded, Bases Loaded 2, and Bases Loaded 3, and the basketball game as Hoops. Four titles went unreleased stateside or in the Pal regions..
These eight games, by release date, are as follows: Moero!! Pro Yakyuu (Red) (Bases Loaded), Moero!! Pro Tennis (Racket Attack), Moero!! Pro Yakyuu '88 - Kettei Ban (Bases Loaded II: Second Season), Moero!! Junior Basket - Two on Two (Hoops), Moero!! Pro Soccer (Japan Only), Moero!! Shin Moero!! Pro Yakyuu, Moero!! Juudou Warriors (Japan only), and Moero!! Pro Yakyuu '90 Kandouhen (US Bases Loaded 3).
The game allows the player to control one of 12 teams in either a single game or a full season. For single games, there is also a two-player option.
Bases Loaded featured a unique television-style depiction of the pitcher-batter matchup, as well as strong play control and a relatively high degree of realism, which made it one of the most popular baseball games of the early NES.
One unique feature of the game is that the pitcher can provoke a batter to charge the mound. Each team has only one batter (usually the team's best hitter) who can be provoked in this manner, however; it is up to the player to discover who it is.
At the time Bases Loaded was released, few video games were licensed by major league sports. Therefore, the league depicted in Bases Loaded is a fictitious league of twelve teams. They are:
- Boston - has above-average starting pitching with Bopper, Fine, and Page; a strong bullpen; and a powerful lineup powered by Freida, Norkus, and Angel
- D.C. - carries a great offense led by Doreo, Fendy, and Boro but has below-average starting pitching and a average bullpen
- Hawaii- has a strong hitting lineup led by Brutus, Debro, and Moon; reasonable starting pitching; and an average bullpen
- Jersey - boasts the most explosive offense in the game anchored by Paste (best hitter in the game with a .467 avg. and 60 HRs), Bay, and Ford but has starting and relief pitching that is average at best, unreliable at worst.
- Kansas - features a starting rotation led by Patson, who has the fastest fastball in the game (102 mph) and good relief pitching, but an average offense, led by Patty and Baker, that has decent power but low hitting averages
- L.A. - features a lineup with decent hitting averages but little power led by Wales and Bacon but has an average starting rotation led by Tucker and mediocre bullpen
- Miami- holds the best starting pitching rotation with Henter (best pitcher in the game with a 1.85 ERA), West, and Jarvis; average bullpen led by closer Irving; and weak offense led by Warner
- N.Y. - has a great starting rotation of Carter, Howe, and Cora; an excellent bullpen led by Errico and Fiore; and a starting lineup led by Star that lacks some home run power but hits solidly throughout
- Omaha- has average starting pitching led by Rennor, fair bullpen, and below-average lineup led by Lyonse and Carus
- Philly - boasts the best overall pitching staff with the second best starting rotation with Gantos, Car, and Rush; the best bullpen led by Ellis; and a lineup with a solid middle of the order of Evans, Oko, and Rubin but otherwise average offense
- Texas - has a high hitting offense anchored by Marcus but a very porous pitching staff
- Utah- has one of the best offenses in the game led by Agua and Harlan, featuring a Jekyll and Hyde pitching staff with a strong starting pitching rotation led by Quinta, Lep, and Stava and an inconsistent bullpen led by Bella, one of the best closers in the game, but also features three of the five worst ERAs.
Also noteworthy is the fact that the umpires' names are given, and are as follows:
- PL: Yuk
- 1B: Dum
- 2B: Boo
- 3B: Bum
Disembodied catcher's mitt
One of the trademark images of the Bases Loaded franchise was the disembodied catcher's mitt, also referred to as the "phantom paw", that would catch pitches that were thrown extremely outside. Developer Heep Sop Choi claims it was programmed to show the catcher making some terrific snatches without any bodily movement.
Computer Gaming World compared the game disfavorably to Accolade's Hardball, both focusing primarily on the confrontation of pitcher and batter. The review described Bases Loaded's viewpoint behind the pitcher as making it far too difficult to discern the position of, and subsequently hit, the ball. Other annoyances during gameplay, such as the inability to see where outfielders were before the ball got to them, were contrasted against the game's good graphics and animation.
- ^ Sulpher, Brian (October 2007). "Bases Loaded FAQs | GameFAQs.com". http://www.gamefaqs.com/nes/587113-bases-loaded/faqs/30570.
- ^ Kunkel, Bill (December 1988). "Video Gaming World: Batter Up!". Computer Gaming World: pp. 64–65
Bases Loaded NES series Super Bases Loaded SNES series Bases Loaded fifth generation installmentBases Loaded '96: Double Header Moero!! SeriesMoero 1!! Pro Yakyuu (Bases Loaded) · Moero 2!! Pro Tennis (Racket Attack) · Moero 3!! Pro Yakyuu '88 - Kettei Ban (Bases Loaded II) · Moero 4!! Junior Basket (Hoops) · Moero 5!! Pro Soccer · Moero 6!! Shin Moero!! Pro Yakyuu · Moero 7!! Juudou Warriors · Moero 8!! Pro Yakyuu '90 Kandouhen (Bases Loaded 3)
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