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[Nintendo Switch] WBSC eBASEBALL: POWER PROS Review

[Nintendo Switch] WBSC eBASEBALL: POWER PROS Review
  • On February 17, 2023

WBSC eBASEBALL: POWER PROS from Konami brings the long-running super-deformed series to a worldwide audience. Check our WBSC eBASEBALL: POWER PROS review!


WBSC eBASEBALL: POWER PROS from Konami brings the long-running super-deformed series to a worldwide audience. The first game in the franchise – Jikkyou Powerful Pro Baseball ’94 – was released for the Super Famicom (that’s how the Super Nintendo Entertainment System was known in Japan) way back in, you guessed it, 1994. It’s since received many sequels on the Super Famicom, PlayStation, Nintendo 64, PlayStation 2, GameCube, Nintendo Wii, PSP, PlayStation Vita, PS4, and Nintendo Switch.

The first time the series got a game released outside of Japan was with MLB POWER PROS on the Nintendo Wii way back in 2007… and it was also its last time a Power Pros game was available outside of Japan. It’s now 2023, and after being part of the latest Nintendo Direct, WBSC eBASEBALL: POWER PROS is ready for you on Nintendo Switch. Yes, the game is really available for only $0.99, and at that price, it’s hard not to give it a go, right?


You can play this one in the online Championship Mode, or play against friends or the CPU in the local Versus Mode. Once you boot up the game and go over the configuration process, you’ll be greeted by Cocoro Hibikino, announcer for Powerful TV, who will guide you through things so that you can get started. Since the game has a big online component, you’ll have to go online and agree to the Terms of Use. Oh, and to the Privacy Policy. The next step will be to choose the name that will be displayed for your profile when playing online. After that, it’s time to customize your avatar!


You’ll be able to edit your avatar’s face type, skin tone, hairstyle, eyebrows, eyes, facial hair and cheeks, body type, and accessory. There are 5 different face types, 6 different skin tones, 73 different hairstyles and 48 hair colors, 4 types of eyebrows, 18 eyebrow shapes, 48 eyebrow colors, 7 different eyebrow sizes, 3 eye types, 82 eye shapes, 48 eye colors, 7 eye sizes, 49 facial hair shapes, 48 facial hair colors, 3 body types, and 25 accessory shapes. You can also pick the frame and lens colors. That’s a lot of potential combinations!


The next step will be to select the team flag and preferred game strategy for your team. You can have your team focus on batting, fielding, running, or pitching, or decide to have a balanced team. You’ll then be given a whole team’s worth of players, and can go into Custom Mode to make some adjustments here and there as needed. But before that, you should probably learn how to play the game, right? Then you definitely need to check out the tutorial!


First up will be batting practice. When batting, you can press the B button to swing the bat. You’ll have to pay attention to each pitch so that you can decide if it’s the right one to take. You can use the left analog stick to move the hit cursor and aim where you want your swing to go. This is very important, since it will help you to swing with all of your might so that you can do your team proud. If you press the R button you can change the hit cursor to a big swing. This will make it harder to hit the ball, but if you do, you’ll definitely feel its might!


Hitting the ball is all nice and well, but you also need to get your players onto a base so that you can eventually score a run by crossing the plate. You can run faster by quickly alternating between the L and R buttons. If you want to move on to the next base, then you can hold down the X button. While most of the time you’ll want to take a big swing at the ball, sometimes it’s best to just bunt to help another player move another base. This can be done by pressing and holding down the A button.


And then, there’s the pitching side of things. You’ll throw the ball from the pitching mount with the B button, which will allow you to throw a 4 seam fastball. Once you’re ready to let go of the ball, you can use the left analog stick to aim your pitch. The left analog stick can be used before you throw the ball to change the type of pitch you’ll be using. Go to a shootball, a sinker, a forkball, a curveball, or a slider to mix things up and always keep the batter on high alert! How about using a knuckleball to show them who’s boss? The pitcher should also be used to try and pickoff runners that are trying to steal a base. This is done by using the A, X, and Y buttons to try and pickoff runners on 1st, 2nd, or 3rd base.


Oh, but we shouldn’t forget about fielding! When a player hits the ball, you’ll take control of one of your field characters to try and either catch the ball before it falls, or grab one that has already hit the ground. You’ll do this with the left analog stick. The good news is that players will automatically catch a ball if it’s within their reach! You’ll have to be fast with your throw after grabbing a ball so that you can pickoff any runners by throwing the ball to 1st, 2nd, or 3rd base with the, X, and Y buttons, respectively. You can even throw to home with the B button!


It’s been a while since we last saw a POWER PROS game, having to go all the way back to MLB POWER PROS on the Nintendo Wii. The game offers a super deformed cast of character, easy-to-understand gameplay mechanics, and even an offline Versus Mode to play against humans or the CPU. Do know that the game does favor online play by way of its Championship Mode – hence the e in eBaseball – so if you don’t enjoy online gaming, you won’t be able to make the most of this budget release. You can grab WBSC eBASEBALL: POWER PROS on Nintendo Switch for the low, low price of only $0.99.

This WBSC eBASEBALL: POWER PROS review is based on a Nintendo Switch copy provided by Konami.

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POWER PROS are back at a budget price!