Baseball Stars 2
is a 2-player baseball arcade game
released by SNK
for the Neo-Geo
console. A less cartoony console version was
released for the NES
the same year.
The Neo-Geo version was released for Virtual Console
on December 10
of SNK Arcade Classics
You can select from one of 18 teams across two leagues - Exciting
League (beginner) & Fighting League (expert):
Baseball Stars 2 for the Nintendo Entertainment System was
distributed by Romstar
in 1992. It is the
most recent installment of the Baseball Stars franchise released
for Nintendo gaming systems.
Changes made from the original Baseball Stars
, released by SNK
- RUNNING attribute intuitively affects speed on the field.
DEFENSE only affects arm strength and diving range.
- Improved pitch control. This gives the game a slightly less
realistic feeling compared to the first installment.
- Easier bunting controls; bunts are now retractable. (Hold
Down+A to bunt instead of stopping the swing partway through.)
- Ability to see lead-offs while pitching/batting.
- 6 pitchers and 4 bench players instead of 5 each.
- New music and home run animations. These include the "Power
connect" graphic for a two-run home run, an animated graphic of the
batter rounding the bases and pumping his fist for a 3-run home run
or grand slam, and a similar (yet very rare) graphic including a
Yorkshire terrier following the batter for a come-from-behind
(usually game-ending) home run in a dramatic situation.
- Inability to rename players.
Player-editable teams include:
- Milwaukee Rockets (Milwaukee
- Memphis Bluesox
- NY Comets ([[NY Yankees)
- Torrance Tigers (Romstar was headquartered in Torrance, CA when
the game was released)
- Detroit Arrows (Detroit
- Vancouver Cobras
Players can still create leagues of up to 125 games (6 teams
playing each other 25 times) and view statistics such as League
Standings and Top 10 in Average, Home Runs, Runs Batted In, Earned
Run Average, Wins and Saves. (A peculiar glitch occurs when viewing
league leaders. The last pitcher listed on any user-created team in
"View Team" does not appear in any of the Top 10 leaderboards.)
Players can still hire and fire players, and upgrade them using the
same 15-point system introduced in the original Baseball