Nintendo's sports game is as generic as its title.
A terrible video game definitely puts a damper on an otherwise fine day. Case in point, Baseball, one of the Game Boy's original launch titles that Nintendo just re-released on 3DS through the eShop. What could've been a fun take on America's favorite pastime is instead an absolute snooze fest, plagued by a lack of options, terrible controls and action that moves a few notches below a turtle's pace.
This disaster got off to a horrible start before players took the field, when we made the shocking discovery that Baseball only has two teams, the Bears and Eagles, which automatically brings the National Football League to mind.
After selecting a pitcher, we jumped into a game and struggled to remain awake through the first couple of innings. This is pitching and batting in its simplest of forms. You don't have a variety of pitches to choose from. The only thing you can do is curve the ball, something the artificial intelligence does continuously. Bottom line, there's little to no skill involved. It's all in the timing.
Once a ball's in play, Baseball goes from mediocre to downright awful. Offensively, it's almost impossible to earn runs, since the computer catches everything. Defensively, players move ridiculously slow, as does the ball.
Even worse, our defense had a nasty habit of being out of position for every pop up. When we hit, the computer was there to make the grab. Conversely, our outfielders were several feet away from the ball every time. It drove us nuts.
On top of that, the two-player option (Baseball's only saving grace on Game Boy) doesn't work, while Mario, despite appearing on the cover, exists in name only. You can't make him out amongst the generic players. Everyone looks the same.
Sadly, this is yet another blemish on the 3DS Virtual Console. Save the three bucks and watch a real baseball game on TV instead.
What's Hot: Deleting it.
What's Not: Only two teams, simple looking graphics even for Game Boy, slow moving players, computer is crazy good.