If you owned the Nintendo Entertainment System way back when, maybe you remember a game called “Base Wars.” Patrick Dubuque of NotGraphs certainly does, and I want to thank him for reminding me of one of my favorite NES video games.
As the name sort of implies, Base Wars combined the game of baseball with gladiatorial combat. Since the game was set in the 24th century, the players were all robots.
I spent many hours playing Base Wars, but I don’t think too many of my games reached the scheduled 9-inning conclusion. There were no umpires in the future; all close plays were settled through combat. If the runner won, he took the base. If the defender won, well, the runner was relegated to the scrap heap. And once a team lost too many players, the game was finished.
I kinda wish I could play Base Wars again, cheesy graphics & all. 🙂