[Beyond PlayStation] Super Mega Baseball 2: Ultimate Edition Review
- On September 9, 2019
Super Mega Baseball 2 is now ready on Nintendo Switch as the definitive Ultimate Edition. Learn more in our Super Mega Baseball 2: Ultimate Edition review!
Super Mega Baseball 2: Ultimate Edition on Nintendo Switch is a baseball game that falls between a more casual arcade-style release and a full-on baseball simulator. It has a more cartoony and colorful look than, say, MLB: The Show on PlayStation 4, but that doesnâ€™t mean the game doesnâ€™t have what it takes to compete with other baseball sims. Right from the start the first thing you will notice is that the game does not feature the Major League Baseball (MLB) license, and that means youâ€™re not getting any official teams such as the San Diego Padres, the New York Yankees, or the Seattle Mariners. What you do get is a solid experience with plenty of gameplay options, as you take on teams such as the Beewolves, the Platypi, the Wideloads, the Sawteeh, the Blowfish, and more.
The controls are a bit different depending on if youâ€™re batting, running the bases, pitching, or fielding. When batting, you can aim your swing with the left analog stick, and either try to hit the ball with the A button, bunt with the B button, or hold down the Y button to release it and take a power swing with the right analog stick. When running the bases you can try to steal a base by selecting the runner and making it run with the X, Y, B, or A button, depending on the base you want to steal. If youâ€™re feeling adventurous, you can have them all steal base with the ZL button, but you will need to keep in mind your opponentâ€™s position in case you need to cancel and return all players to their base with the ZR button.
When pitching, youâ€™ll have a lot of things to consider. You can aim your pitch with the left analog stick, and select your pitch type with the right analog stick â€“ fast ball, curve ball, sinker, etc. You will then send the ball flying down towards the plate by pressing the A button for a normal pitch, or you can do a power pitch by, you guessed it, holding down and releasing the Y button. When fielding you will select a player and move it with the left analog stick, trying to catch the ball before it lands on the ground. To help you, youâ€™ll be able to jump with the R button or dive with the ZR button â€“ which you can also do by pressing up or down on the right analog stick, respectively.
To throw the ball to one of the bases, or to the home plate, you will need to press the A, X, Y, or B button, which correspond to 1st, 2nd, and 3rd base, as well as the home plate, in that order. Sure, players will technically field the ball automatically if you let them do their thing, but you also need to take into consideration the ego setting, since the higher it is, the more you will need to help your players during fielding, so if the ego is set to high, you better keep an eye on your players!
Each player has different stats for its skills, which will determine how the player performs on the field. There are offensive skills such as power (how hard you can hit the ball), contact (how easy it is to bat), speed (how fast you run the bases or run when fielding), arm (how good of an arm a fielder will have for throwing the ball), velocity (how hard you can throw a pitch), junk (how good a pitcher is at curving the ball and sliding it past home plate), accuracy (how easy it is for the ball to land where you intend it to land during a pitch), stamina (how much each pitch will end up tiring a pitcherâ€™s arms), and more.
The game offers you the option of playing this one on your own, partaking in some fun local multiplayer mayhem, or taking things online to compete in either 1 vs. 1 matches, taking on an online season, or playing a quick exhibition mode. The good news is that the online is already populated with several players waiting to you join you over the internet thanks to the offered cross-platform gaming. If you donâ€™t want this to be available, you can change it in the options menu so that you only face other players who are also playing the game on the Nintendo Switch.
Super Mega Baseball 2: Ultimate Edition on Nintendo Switch is a must-play for fans of the sport. The team at Metalhead Software has done an outstanding job at giving us a fast-paced baseball game that runs at 60 frames per second when playing in Docked, Portable, or Tabletop mode, in order to match what is offered on other versions of the game, so that cross-platform play can be fair. When cross-platform play is activated, youâ€™ll be matched with Steam, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4 players, so you wonâ€™t have an issue finding an online match to play. The game is available for $29.99, including the base game and all its DLC right from the start, and is definitely worth its asking price
This Super Mega Baseball 2: Ultimate Edition review is based on a Nintendo Switch copy provided by Metalhead Software.