World Series Baseball '96 (Mega Drive)

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World Series Baseball '96
System(s): Sega Mega Drive
Publisher: Sega
Licensor: Major League Baseball Properties, Major League Baseball Players Association
Sound driver: GEMS
Peripherals supported: Six Button Control Pad
Genre: Sports

Number of players: 1-2
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Mega Drive
$59.9959.99[2][3] 1242
ESRB: Kids to Adults

World Series Baseball '96 is a baseball game in Sega's World Series Baseball franchise. The game is a roster update to World Series Baseball '95. It was released exclusively for the Sega Mega Drive in North America. A PC version was planned[4], but cancelled.


The game plays identically to World Series Baseball '95 for the Sega Mega Drive. It features all 28 teams and 700 players from the 1996 MLB season, along with all 28 ballparks. The game additionally features several special teams: the American League Stars, National League Stars, and MLB Stars (consisting of the best players from each league or from both leagues) and the American League Legends, National League Legends, and MLB Legends (all-star teams including historical players such as Babe Ruth).

  • Exhibition: A single game against a human or computer player. The player can also watch two computer-controlled teams play. Assigning control to a human is done before the game by moving the player to a team with Left or Right, then the game is started with  START .
  • League: Plays a season of games that culminate in the World Series. The player can choose the number of games (13, 26, 52, 104, or a full 162 games) and the number of divisions (4 or 6). The game has the ability to draft and trade players. There is a mid-season All-Star Game whose members are chosen based on the player's season. The game uses a battery backup to save the player's progress.
  • Playoffs: A truncated season with only the play-offs. Progress in this mode is also saved using the battery backup.
  • Batting Practice: The player practices batting. There are no outs in this mode. The player can select a left- or right-handed pitcher, a left- or right-handed batter, the type of pitch, and the venue.
  • Home Run Derby: Players have 10 attempts to hit as many home runs as possible. A missed attempt is a hit that is not a home run; there are no strike-outs. This mode can be played by up to 8 players taking turns.
  • Classic Home Run Derby: This mode is a home run competition that retains outs and innings. Like a standard baseball game, the player pitches during one half of the inning and hits in the other half, but there is no fielding or baserunning. The player with the most home runs after nine innings is the winner. It can be played by one or two players.

The scoreboard is shown at the beginning of the game and after each play (and can be shown by calling a time-out with  START ). The scoreboard has a menu that allows players to set the batting line-up, change the defensive position of each player, and choose the starting and relief pitchers. Starting pitchers have more stamina than relief pitchers, but players can have up to two relievers warm up to their maximum stamina in the bullpen. The scoreboard also provides options including selecting the difficulty for pitching and batting separately (Rookie, Veteran, or All-Star), setting the length of the game (3, 6, or 9 innings) before the first pitch, and toggling auto-fielding.

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On each pitch, the player positions the pitch using the D-Pad and chooses the type of pitch to throw with A, B, or C. Each pitcher has a repertoire of three pitches from eight different possible pitches (fastball, split-finger, slider, sinker, curveball, change-up, screwball, or knuckleball). The strike zone appears in brackets in the center of the screen.

After choosing the type of pitch and its position, the player chooses the speed of the throw: A for slow, B for medium, or C for fast. The pitcher can also throw to base with the D-Pad (Right for first, Up for second, or Left for third) to pick-off runners trying to steal a base or throw a pitchout (a pitch deliberately thrown outside of the strike zone to make it easier to catch) with Down to prevent baserunners from stealing a base or to thwart a squeeze play.

When fielding, the D-Pad controls the player closest to the ball. If auto-fielding is enabled, the fielders automatically move toward any ball hit near them. The position of the ball is highlighted with a yellow circle when it is near the ground. The player can have the nearest fielder dive for the ball by pressing B while holding a direction or jump by pressing B while the fielder is standing still. Once the ball is in possession, it can be thrown to base by pressing C while holding a direction corresponding to the base (Right for first, Up for second, Left for third, or Down for home). If no direction is held, the ball is thrown to the cut-off man or to the pitcher.

The player can open the scoreboard with  START  to check the score, warm up relievers, substitute pitchers or fielders, play a replay, or change the options. There is also the ability to change the defensive strategy by changing the depth and shift of outfielders and infielders.

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Before each pitch, the player chooses the type of swing: A for contact, B for normal, or C for power. Contact is a light hit to put the ball into play; power is a hard hit to try to get a run. The strike zone appears in brackets in the center of the screen. Hitting comes down to aim and timing. The player moves a batting bar at the ball with the D-Pad and swings with C or bunts with A. The batting bar is shaped like a bat and indicates where the bat will make contact with the ball. It has two vertical lines that indicate the "sweet spots" on the bat. On Rookie difficulty, the player does not need to aim the hit and only needs to swing. On Veteran, the batting bar is always the same size, while on All-Star, the size of the bar and the positions of the vertical bars vary depending on the batter.

After selecting the type of swing, runners can be instructed to lead-off by holding B while tapping a direction on the D-Pad corresponding to the base that the runner is currently on ((Right for first, Up for second, or Left for third, or Down for all baserunners). Runners can attempt to steal a base by holding B while holding a direction on the D-Pad.

When running, the player can slide to base with C. The player can control the runners on base by holding a direction on the D-Pad (Right for first, Up for second, Left for third, or Down for all baserunners) with B to run to the next base or A to return to base.

The player can open the scoreboard with  START  to check the score, make substitutions, play a replay, or change the options.


League Division Team
American Western California Angels
Oakland Athletics
Seattle Mariners
Texas Rangers
Central Chicago White Sox
Cleveland Indians
Kansas City Royals
Milwaukee Brewers
Minnesota Twins
Eastern Baltimore Orioles
Boston Red Sox
Detroit Tigers
New York Yankees
Toronto Blue Jays
National Western Colorado Rockies
Los Angeles Dodgers
San Diego Padres
San Francisco Giants
Central Chicago Cubs
Cincinnati Reds
Houston Astros
Pittsburgh Pirates
St. Louis Cardinals
Eastern Atlanta Braves
Florida Marlins
Montreal Expos
New York Mets
Philadelphia Phillies

Production credits

  • Developed by: BlueSky Software
  • Game Design: Chuck Osieja, Jay Panek, Dana Christianson
  • Producer: Chris Smith
  • Assistant Producer: David Perkinson
  • Product Manager: Brad Hogan
  • Lead Artist: Scott Seidel
  • Artists: Rick Randolph, John Seidel, Joe Shoopack, Drew Krevi, George Simmons, Ray Ferro, Phil Gordon, Brian McMurdo, Chris Kreidel, Amber Long, Dok Whitson, Geoff Knobel
  • Lead Programmer: David Dentt
  • Programmers: Bill James, Larry Claque, Kevin Baca, Mike Nana, Dave Kunkler
  • Sound, Speech, and Music: Sam Powell
  • Voice Talent: Steve Mollenhauer, Tim Stavlor, Scott Seidel, Chuck Osieja, Jay Panek, John Holland
  • Manual: T.S. Flanagan
  • Test Lead: Dave Paniagua
  • Assistant Lead Tests: Lorne Asuncion, Danny Dunn, Matt Prescott
  • Testers: Rey Alferez, Don Carmichael, Marc Dawson, Mike Dobbins, Scott Farrar, Sam Ford, John Fosnaugh, Chris Garrett, Rob Hernandez, Roderick Hong, Christina Hurley, Ryan Hurth, Matt Ironside, Jeff Junio, Ian Levin, Chris Lucich, Matt Lucich, Tony Lynch, Conner Morlang, Darren Nagtalon, Raul Orozco, Sean Potter, Tony Ragano, Ben Rubright, Len Sayers, Kathleen Silkworth, Jeff Silveria, Tim Spengler, Brian Thoroman, Ferdinand Villar, Pat Walsh, Jeremy Wheat, Charlie Yang, Peter Young
  • Sega Sports Team: Chris Cutliff, Gerald DeYoung, Rosie Freeman, Tracy Johnson, Scott Rohde
  • Marketing: John Gillin, Anne Moellering, Christine Nunn
  • Special Thanks: John Carlucci, Tom Carrol, Tom Dipace, James Doval, Angela Edwards, Sean Hennessy, Michael Kramer, Mark Lorenzen, Willie Mancero, Matt McDonald, Mike McMahon, Joe Miller, Tom Moon, Mark Paniagua, Steve Payne, Karl Robillard, Helene Sheeler, Matt
US manual
World Series Baseball 96 MD US Manual.pdf

Magazine articles

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Physical scans

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World Series Baseball '96 (Mega Drive)

Mega Drive, US
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World Series Baseball 96 MD US Manual.pdf

Technical information

ROM dump status

System Hash Size Build Date Source Comments
Sega Mega Drive
CRC32 04ee8272
MD5 c72fa1e851cc03077a31cb10f6480b5d
SHA-1 f91eeedbadd277904f821dfaae9e46f6078ff207
3MB 1996-05-03[9] Cartridge (US)


World Series Baseball '96 (Mega Drive)

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