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Baseball Stars Professional
ベースボールスターズ プロフェッショナル

26 Apr 1990


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One of four launch titles for the Neo Geo arcade hardware, Baseball Stars Professional was almost certainly commissioned to tap into the massive stateside success of Baseball Star (1989).
A colourful, dynamic and entertaining baseball game, it injected a welcome touch of comedy into the rather glum Neo Geo launch lineup (NAM-1975, Magician Lord) and served as an efficient, mainstream-friendly showcase of the machine's powerful capabilities.
The game keeps the same basic template as its predecessor, but spices things up considerably by throwing in comical character designs, a jazzy soundtrack and a tongue-in-cheek 'live' announcer full of hilarious comments about the players / game / weather. The visuals are good, but it's the audio that is a real high point here - for a 1990 release this was nothing short of breathtaking.
The game's fast pace, in-your-face presentation and quirky gameplay create a really enjoyable atmosphere, and as a 2-player game it can be downright hilarious.
It went on to become an icon of the Neo Geo era, inspiring two sequels: 2020 Super Baseball (1991) and Baseball Stars 2 (1992).
Play ball!

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Baseball Stars Professional
ベースボールスターズ プロフェッショナル
NEO GEO [CARDBOARD]
DETAILS
Format Neo Geo
Released 1 July 1991
Publisher SNK
Product ID NGH-002
Size (cm) 22 x 16.5 x 4
Weight (kg) 0.70
PRICE
STATUS
Original 'cardboard box' release of the first Neo Geo baseball game.
Very hard to find in good condition!

Cardboard Neo Geo packaging, 50Mbit cartridge, monochrome booklet.

Baseball Stars Professional
ベースボールスターズプロフェッショナル
NEO GEO [SOFT CASE]
DETAILS
Format Neo Geo
Released 1 July 1991
Publisher SNK
Product ID NGH-002
Size (cm) 22 x 16.5 x 4
Weight (kg) 0.70
PRICE
STATUS
Plastic 'Soft Case' edition of SNK's wacky baseball arcade game.
More common than its 'Cardboard' box counterpart, but still surprisingly hard to find.

Standard Neo Geo case, 50Mbit cartridge, monochrome booklet.

Baseball Stars Professional
ベースボールスターズ プロフェッショナル
NEO GEO CD
DETAILS
Format Neo Geo CD
Released 21 Apr 1995
Publisher SNK
Product ID NGCD-002
Size (cm) 14.2 x 12.4 x 1
Weight (kg) 0.10
PRICE
STATUS
Despite being a launch game for the Neo Geo, the Neo CD version took much longer to appear.
It eventually showed up six months after the Neo Geo CD version of Baseball Stars 2 (1992).

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

 



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