Little League Baseball: Championship Series

LITTLE LEAGUE BASEBALL! It's the game every kid in America loves to play ... And now you can experience the fun and excitement of Little League Baseball at any time of the year, rain or shine, day or night - right in your own living room!

Create your own winning team of players with batting, fielding, pitching, and running characteristics you can tailor to your own specifications. Then challenge a friend or the computer to a worldwide Championship Series tournament.

You are in full control of your players: jump or dive for a tricky catch ... Choose a full swing or a bunt for your batter ... Shift fielders at will... Send in a pinch hitter or runner ... Select a fast ball, slow ball, or curve ball for your pitcher ... Steal a base if you dare ... Or you might even try a squeeze play!

Little League Baseball has been an American institution for 50 years - and you can be a part of it. If you're a Little League fan or a Little League player - or if you ever wanted to be - here's your chance to go for the glory!

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Oh, I can hear you Big League hardball freaks snickering already. Hey, eat some peanuts and Cracker Jack! Little League's no joke! And Little League Baseball from SNK definitely has the muscle to stand out among baseball's big boys.

International Hair

Right off the bat Little League's graphics and animation will grab you. The screens are highly detailed and the characters sport clean, well-defined lines.

You get your choice of 16 teams to play, 8 domestic teams and 8 foreign teams from Asia and Europe. In one player mode you play the computer in an international tournament. For two players, you each have a squad in the tourney. All games are seven innings long.

To help you pick a team, a Power Analysis screen enables you to see how teams rate on hitting, pitching, overall defense, and running.

ProTip: Korea, California, Texas, and New York are strong, well-balanced teams.

Little Kills, Big Hits

At the plate, you get the typical baseball view above and behind the batter. Your players, like kids in real-life, come in all shapes and sizes. You can move batters around in the batter's box, and they can take either an upper cut to dig out low fast balls or a normal swing.

Bunting can be an effective offensive weapon. There's a kind of drag bunt that catches the defense off-guard, although the contact accuracy is low, and a sure-fire bunt where the batter's usually thrown out but runners always advance.

ProTips:

  • If you're at bat with no outs, bunt. Keep bunting till you make an out. The computer has a hard time defending against this strategy. The top of the order is usually most effective.
  • Versus the computer, try a squeeze play with the bases loaded. If it works, do it again!

Moves on the Mound

Pitchers can burn 'em in, slow 'em down, spin'em right, or curve'em left. Slide the pitcher around on the rubber to throw inside or outside. Don't throw the ball in too tight or you'll been the batter (and, boy, do they look hurt!).

You can put real movement on your pitches by pressing Left and then Right just after you throw the bail. Try pressing them as fast as you can to really fool a batter.

If the runners take a lead, try a pick off play or just fake your move to make them jam back to the bag.

On defense, all players can dive for balls or jump up to snare line drives. In-fielders can tag one base and throw to another. As in other games, you must maneuver outfielders while they're still off-screen by following the shadow of the ball across the ground.

To throw to a base, select the base by pressing the directional pad and then press A. But to throw in a hurry, press both buttons simultaneously.

A great defensive plus here is the ability to move players into pre-set defensive shifts, for example, to defend deep against power hitters or play up for bunts.

Little League Ain't Little

Don't let the Little League label fool you. The video baseball here is top notch, as good as any around. The graphics are excellent; the animation is notably quick and smooth. Also, this game's full of nice visual details, still and animated, that really add to the quality of the game-play.

Little League Baseball is guaranteed to send some Big League baseball games down to the minors. Bye, bye, Baby!

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Published and developed by SNK Corporation, the video game was released in 1990.

The player gets the choice of 16 teams to play: eight domestic teams and eight foreign teams from Asia and Europe. There is a One-Player mode where you can play the computer in an international tournament. In the Two Players, each player has a squad in the tourney. The games are seven innings long. Power Analysis screen helps you to select a team, enabling to see how teams rate on hitting, pitching, overall defense, and running.

When you are up to bat you are able to move around in the box, control your swing, and bunt. Pitcher's have a choice of fastball and changeup, curving the ball left and right. On defense, all players can dive for balls or jump up to snare line drives. A great defensive plus in the game is the ability to move players into pre-set defensive shifts, to defend against pull hitters or bunts, for example.

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