Bases Loaded (NES)

Game Review

Bases Loaded Review

USA USA Version

Posted by Damien McFerran

Not quite a home run.

To herald the start of the new baseball season in the USA, it seems fitting that Bases Loaded should get a Virtual Console release. When this was first released on the NES twenty years ago there wasn’t really much that came close to it. The simple, yet innovative gameplay struck a home run with baseball fans all over the world.

Like other baseball games of the era, Bases Loaded offers two gameplay options: you can play a single game against the CPU or a friend, or play through an entire season spanning over 100 games against 11 different fictitious teams.

Thankfully, unlike some sports games, it isn’t too hard to get to grips with the controls here. Batting is a straightforward affair and before long you will pick up on tells from the pitcher so you can predict what type of ball to expect. Pitching is simple too, and a bit of experimentation will allow you to pull off more challenging pitches for your opponent to hit.

Whilst the graphics predictably show their age, they were state of the art at the time the game was released. A nice innovation was a behind-the-pitcher camera view which gave a sense of realism to the proceedings. The music is nothing remarkable but there is some cool digitised speech from the umpire which would have no doubt impressed at the time as well.


If baseball is your thing, you could do a lot worse than Bases Loaded. It offers lots of replay value if playing with a friend, and if you are determined enough working through a season will no doubt take you several weeks of determined play. However, while Bases Loaded has aged gracefully and still offers a solid gaming experience, realistically you are going to probably get more enjoyment out of Baseball Stars 2 for the Neo Geo, which is also available on the Virtual Console. Nevertheless this is still worth considering as another take on the beloved American sport.

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User Comments (4)



NodesforNoids said:

Bases Loaded wasn't bad, Ken Griffey and Roger Clemens were alright and Neo Geo (at the time) was overpriced. So my brother (who played AAA baseball) and I were head and shoulders into the RBI baseball games. Which, I can't lie, I loved.



XCWarrior said:

Be nice if this got cross buy. Even better if it got cross save... I still might pick up 1 of the versions, but kind of waiting on the whole cross buy rumors to either be squashed or come true before buying VC ATM.



Priceless_Spork said:

No baseball game has ever sucked this hardcore. The reviewer is so wrong about it being the best the NES had to offer. Only a simp would buy this back in the day. Arrmixer is obviously a simp. There was a game called Baseball Stars that was and is still one of the best baseball games ever made even in 2016. Baseball stars is not just one of the best games ever for the NES it is also one of the best baseball games ever for ANY console.. Get it.

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