‘Not once, not twice, but thrice’
This week sees another classic SNK title resurrected on modern platforms by retro-fans Hamster. It’s time to batter up as 1990’s Baseball Stars Professional is back, on PS4, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch.
Released in arcades and on the Neo Geo home platform, this was SNK’s first attempt at a baseball game, though it certainly wouldn’t be their last. Unlike the more prolific 2020: Super Baseball from the following year, Baseball Stars Professional is an altogether more traditional affair, although it does play very similarly, in terms of engine mechanics.
One or two players can pick from one of a selection of teams, all with great names like “The SNK Crushers” “The Lovely Ladies” and “The Ghastly Monsters” (Yup, BSP even featured inter-gender matches, nice one, SNK) before taking to the field for some simple-but-fun baseball action.
If you fancy entering a league of your own, then Baseball Stars Professional is available worldwide on Xbox One and Nintendo Switch, and in Japan on PS4, priced at around $8.