Video baseball fans who haunt-ed arcades in the'80's will be very familiar with Batter Up by IMamco for the Game Gear. Yep, Batter Up is yet another translation of Vs. Baseball/R.B.I. Base- ball without the Major League Baseball license (so all the teams are fictional). Everything here is the same as in that first coin-op - cutesy music, chubby players, limited strategy, etc.
In Batter Up, you can choose between two stadiums, Marine (Park) and City. The City stadium has high fences that make hitting a home run hard. The Marine stadium has artificial turf, so a ball hit in the gap will roll to the wall.
Each team has four pitchers, and four bench players. Choose either a 5-inning or a 9-inning game against the computer or a friend (with another Game Gear, a cable, and another B.U. cart). A password system saves a 15-game season.
This cart is basic video baseball - batting, bunting, stealing, and fielding. There are only two enhancements - Prime Hitters and the Lucky 7th inning. Prime hitters are the players most likely to get a hit. They waggle their bats when they're at the plate. In the Lucky 7th inning, all players become Prime Hitters.
Batter Up is a solid, colorful baseball cart that's sure to hold your interest even though the sounds strike out. It may not be the most complex baseball simulation around - but sometimes something simple is all you need!
- Fielders who have the ball run at double speed when they chase you. Be extra careful running the bases!
- All bench players are "prime hitters."
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O.K. Game Gear-sters, if you've been hankering for some hard hitting, basestealing fun your wait is over. Thanks to Namco's Batter Up, you can have a day at the ball park anywhere, anytime. There are 14 teams and two stadiums to choose from, and you can play either five or nine inning games. Aside from the regular baseball game plays, team members can also perform those great baseball stunts: bunting and stealing bases. Also, pinch hitters and relief pitchers can be called in when needed. Grab a Game Link and you can enjoy a double header with a friend.