98: R.B.I. Baseball 3

Genre: Baseball

Developer: Tengen
Publisher: Tengen
Year: 1991

Basic Idea:  Standard baseball game, with all the teams from the 1990 season plus every playoff team from 1983 to 1989.

Review: The second and third games of this series are virtually identical, with the exception that the third game added said playoff teams to the mix, allowing the player to match-up various good teams from the decade.  The third game makes the list because of this nice addition.  Like all the RBI games, the controls are pretty easy to master and there’s virtually no frustration with the gameplay.  The ability to jump and dive were added as well.  However, the game has retained its arcade type scoring without the arcade feel.  It was if the series decided to get serious, but kept the computer AI dumb and the home runs ridiculously easy.  At least you get distance markers for your home runs.  I remember our family kept track for a while who had hit the longest one.  At one point I held the record with Howard Johnson.

Playing one-player is pretty monotonous, but it can still be fun with two players.  However, there are better bangs for your buck as far as two-player NES baseball games go.

4 thoughts on “98: R.B.I. Baseball 3”

  1. True fact: I have absolutely no recollection of there being sequels. I love baseball, NES, and RBI Baseball. I have no idea how this can be the case, but here we are.

    1. There was also a sequel for the SNES, but it was pretty terrible. In fact, I think pretty much every SNES baseball game was terrible for one-player for the same reasons as this game. They were trying to be serious, but had awful computer A.I. and so many ways to exploit the defense. The best 2-player SNES game was probably from Tecmo.

  2. I was a pretty big Baseball Simulator 1.000 fan. Tornado batting! Bowling ball pitches! Crazy hop grounders!

    I never played much RBI, but a friend of mine was a fanatic about it.

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