The future is now
It's not uncommon nowadays to hear about a domestic sports competition starting up its own eSports league. Plenty of famous clubs and teams worldwide have also jumped on the bandwagon of acquiring well-known cyber teams in the hope they can broaden their reach and earn some extra revenue on the side. In Japan, it's no...
It's a home run!
The Legend of Zelda is just one iconic Nintendo franchise that's earned millions of fans around the world. The Triforce logo, the classic music, Link, Zelda - all are well known throughout popular culture. Baseball fans had a fun reminder of that this week. It popped up in the World Baseball Classic semi-final this week between USA...
A home run for Nintendo's bottom line
We reported back in April that Nintendo hoped to sell it's majority stake in the Seattle Mariners. It appears that the sale could close this week which would be great news for Nintendo's bank balance in advance of launching Nintendo NX in March 2017. It's been reported that Major League Baseball owners were set...
Recently Nintendo announced the sale of their majority stake in the Seattle Mariners, which is a shame as the story of how the Japanese company came to rescue Seattle's baseball team is a fascinating one. In 1992, the Seattle Mariners were on the verge of moving to Florida. When a group of investors led by Nintendo stepped in, it sparked...
Knocking it out of the park
Minor league baseball team Frisco Roughriders has something of a habit of getting its players to wear unique shirts based on pop culture icons, and this year the team is harnessing the power of Gunpei Yokoi's finest creation, the Nintendo Game Boy. The Roughriders - who play at the amusingly-named Dr Pepper Ballpark -...
Wii U eShop / NES
America’s 8-bit pastime
Is there anything more American than hotdogs and apple pie? Yes. Yes there is. It’s baseball. The answer is baseball. It’s a game that has permeated the American culture and inserted itself firmly into so many of our lives. As such, it comes as no surprise that there are a plethora of video games available based on the...
3DS eShop / NES
Can this old timer still make contact?
Back in the mid-to-late 80s, when the NES was the dominant force in video games, cyber sporting wasn’t exactly the complex affair that it is now. With modern controllers having about a dozen buttons and joysticks to manage, it’s common for every one of those to be utilized for numerous functions —...
Wii U eShop
Swing and a miss
Wii Sports Club has had a rather odd history to date. Released in increments that have been surprisingly spread out, it's attempted to recapture the magic of the Wii bundle title while throwing in Miiverse, MotionPlus controls and GamePad features. Online play has also been a vital inclusion, yet the piecemeal distribution and...
Baseball and Boxing arrive as downloads on 26th June
Just yesterday Nintendo of Europe confirmed details for a Wii Sports Club retail version along with release dates for the final two downloadable parts — Wii Sports Club: Baseball and Wii Sports Club: Boxing. Nintendo of America ha
That's for Europe, anyway
After Japanese release details let the cat out of the bag, Nintendo has confirmed European release details for both Wii Sports Club: Baseball and Wii Sports Club: Boxing on the Wii U eShop, while also announcing a retail disc version that will combine all f
Take me out to a real ball game...
Arc System Works' latest casual sports title, Arc Style: Baseball 3D, contains the same extensive customisation options of Arc Style: Soccer!! 3D, but it also retains the sluggish, repetitive gameplay and adds some new issues to boot. There is fun to be had in the local multiplayer and even the single player...
Full-scale baseball on deck for 15th May
Did Rusty's Real Deal Baseball's bite-sized minigames leave you hankering for a full-on baseball title? You're in luck, as Arc System Works is bringing Arc Style: Baseball 3D, released last year in Japan, to the North American 3DS eShop on 15th May. Following in the footsteps of Arc Style: Soccer 3D and Arc...
Wii U eShop / NES
Not quite a grand slam
Originally released alongside the launch of the Nintendo Entertainment System in the 1980s, Nintendo's Baseball is one of several simple, lean titles that, while primitive and slow by today's standards, still show a special Nintendo pedigree. Ideally these games would be released as a compilation; the content in Baseball,...
The team paid their respects before the game against Kansas City Royals
Seattle Mariners held a moment of silence for Hiroshi Yamauchi, the team's majority owner, before their game against the Kansas City Royals yesterday. The former Nintendo President, who guided the company into the age of video games, died last week at the age of 85. In 1992 he...
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