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2020 Super Baseball
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20 Sep 1991

 
 
SNK's futuristic baseball extravaganza should have had a lot more going for it. It's cool, fun to play, full of character and surprisingly memorable - it's just that it remains forever in the shadow of the first Baseball Stars Professional (1990) and its brilliant sequel Baseball Stars 2 (1992).
To be fair, as arcade baseball games go this is as good as it gets. The gameplay has changed little since SNK's Famicom classic Baseball Star (1989) and the futuristic setting is a refreshingly original idea that is implemented very well.
Cyborg teams, robot referees, giant 'future dome' fields and loud and brash presentation make for a vintage early-90s arcade experience, very similar to Soccer Brawl (1992).
What does make it stand out against its predecessors is its zany additions to the rules of baseball: the field is riddled with giant 'Stop' and 'Jump' pads, explosive mines appear throughout the game, and you can now power-up specific members of your robot team by using money earned from successful plays.
It's all very slick - but not... quite... there, for some reason. The arcade was a money-eater that needlessly 'timed out' after a few minutes (a complete game can cost up to 5 credits) and while the home versions are very enjoyable, the game is forever relegated to 3rd spot in SNK's trademark 'Neo Geo Baseball' series.
Pah. The game is fine really. If you are a fan of arcade-style baseball mayhem, you could a lot worse. After all, the game was successful enough to warrant third-party conversions on both the Super Famicom and Mega Drive, and that's more than you can say for most Neo Geo sports titles.

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2020 Super Baseball
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NEO GEO
DETAILS
Format Neo Geo
Released 25 Oct 1991
Publisher SNK
Product ID NGH-030
Size (cm) 22 x 17 x 4
Weight (kg) 0.70
PRICE
STATUS
Wacky and completely OTT take on the SNK baseball formula.
There's plenty of fun to be had here (especially 2-player) but overall it is just tipped to the finish line by the superior Baseball Stars 2 (1992).

Soft-case Neo Geo packaging, 46-Meg cartridge, monochrome booklet.

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SUPER FAMICOM
DETAILS
Format Super Famicom
Released 12 Mar 1993
Publisher KAC
Product ID SHVC-SA
Size (cm) 19 x 10.5 x 3
Weight (kg) 0.16
PRICE
STATUS
Standard Neo-to-SFC conversion fare from KAC: good work, but the package just doesn't do very well without the Neo Geo's technological oomph.
Still, it's becoming quite a collector's item these days.

Standard SFC packaging, 12MBit cartridge, 40-page colour booklet.

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MEGA DRIVE
DETAILS
Format Mega Drive
Released 3 March 1994
Publisher Electronic Arts
Product ID EM20027
Size (cm) 17.8 x 12.8 x 3.2
Weight (kg) 0.22
PRICE
STATUS
The Mega Drive version also does well, bringing a more than decent version to Sega screens.
Becoming quite hard to find.

Large EA MD packaging, 16MBit cartridge, 20-page monochrome booklet.

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NEO GEO CD
DETAILS
Format Neo Geo CD
Released 25 Feb 1995
Publisher SNK
Product ID NGCD-030
Size (cm) 14.2 x 12.4 x 1
Weight (kg) 0.10
PRICE
STATUS
Direct port of the arcade / Neo Geo original for the Neo Geo CD.
Like all Neo CD titles, the conversion is flawless in every way, and benefits from a remixed CD soundtrack.

'Neo Geo' CD case, Neo Geo CD disc, monochrome booklet, spine card.

 



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