World Series Baseball (Game Gear)

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World Series Baseball
System(s): Sega Game Gear
Publisher: Sega
Developer:
Licensor: Major League Baseball Properties, Major League Baseball Players Association
Peripherals supported: Gear-to-Gear Cable
Genre: Sports

















Number of players: 1-2
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Game Gear
US
$44.9944.99[2] 2439
Videogame Rating Council: GA

World Series Baseball for the Sega Game Gear is an baseball game released exclusively in North America. It is the successor to The Majors: Pro Baseball and the first game in Sega's World Series Baseball franchise. It was followed by World Series Baseball '95.

The game is the first Sega sports title to have licenses from Major League Baseball as well as the teams. All of the players and teams from the 1993 MLB season (including the expansion teams, the Colorado Rockies and the Florida Marlins) are present with accurate statistics.

Gameplay

The game follows the rules of MLB baseball. Players can choose from any of the 28 teams from the 1993 season, plus the American League All-Stars and National League All-Stars ("dream teams" consisting of the best players from each league) and up to two custom teams created by the player. The game has the following modes:

  • Open Mode: An exhibition mode, for playing a single game against the computer. The player selects a team to play as well as a team to play against (which can be the same team).
  • Versus Mode: The two-player mode, allowing two players to play a game against each other over a Gear-to-Gear Cable. Player one decides the length of the game, the stadium, who bats first, and whether to allow designated hitters.
  • Pennant Race: Plays a season of 32, 84, 123, or a full 162 games against computer-controlled teams. The game cartridge stores the player's progress so it can be continued at any time.
  • Team Edit: Allows the player to create up to two custom teams composed of any of the players from any of the teams in the game. The teams are stored on the cartridge and can be played in Open Mode.
  • Player Data: View the statistics for any of the 700 players in the game.

Before each game, players can choose a pitcher and create a batting line-up by ordering the starting members or swapping reserve players. Players can toggle auto-fielding or voice samples as well as choose the length of the game (from 3, 5, 7, or a full 9 innings). In Open Mode, players additionally can toggle designated hitters and whether to play as the home or visiting team (home bats last). Finally, players have a choice of a dome, grass, or turf stadium.

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Defense
All pitcher/batter confrontations use the same perspective from behind the umpire (with corresponding directional controls). When pitching, use Left and Right to position the pitcher on the mound. Throw the ball with 2; use Left and Right for a breaking ball, Up to throw a change-up (slow pitch), or Down to throw a fastball. Faster pitches are harder for the batter to hit but more likely to travel farther or potentially result in a home run. The batter is eliminated when three strikes are thrown; the batter gets a free base if the pitcher throws four balls or hits the batter.

Pitchers have a stamina gauge. Fastballs and curve balls wear out pitchers faster. When a pitcher is low on stamina, the ball becomes harder to control. The player can substitute a relief pitcher by pausing the game with  START  and pressing 2.

When fielding, the D-Pad controls all of the fielders simultaneously (with the camera focused on the one closest to the ball). The player can have the nearest fielder jump by pressing 2 or dive by pressing 2 while holding a direction. Once the ball is in possession, throw it to base by pressing 2 while holding a direction corresponding to the base (Right for first, Up for second, Left for third, or Down for home) or press 2 by itself to throw to first base.

If auto-fielding is enabled, the computer controls the player's outfielders automatically, but the player can take control at any point by pressing the D-Pad.

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Offense
When hitting, the D-Pad positions the batter in the batter's box. Swing with 2; the batter stops the swinging motion when the button is released. Square up a bunt by holding 1+2; the batter can be moved around while holding the bunt. The player can instruct a baserunner to lead-off by holding a direction corresponding to a base (Right for first, Up for second, Left for third, or Down for home) and pressing 1 or steal a base by holding a direction and also holding 1.

The player can substitute a pinch hitter by pausing the game with  START  and pressing 2.

Teams

The National League teams at the time were not organized strictly by geography (with both the Atlanta Braves and the Cincinnati Reds being placed in the Western Division despite being in the Eastern Time Zone) out of a desire to balance the strength of the two divisions.

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

Magazine articles

Main article: World Series Baseball (Game Gear)/Magazine articles.

Promotional material

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Physical scans

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
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0 review
Sega Retro Average 
Publication Version Score
Game Players (US) NTSC-U
86
[3]
GamePro (US) NTSC-U
75
[2]
Sega Game Gear
81
Based on
2 reviews

World Series Baseball (Game Gear)

Game Gear, US
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Cover
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Cart
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Manual

Technical information

ROM dump status

System Hash Size Build Date Source Comments
Sega Game Gear
 ?
CRC32 3d8d0dd6
MD5 59359fc38865cff00c90d6eb148ddc2f
SHA-1 ccfd03edf130f28e6bb4c2764df7ace7bbe9e159
256kB Cartridge (US) 128B backup
Sega Game Gear
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CRC32 bb38cfd7
MD5 05cac33029f0caac27774504c1aa8597
SHA-1 333dd99f11781d6de5720043530a460a409d652b
256kB Cartridge (US) (Alt) 128B backup

References


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Games in the World Series Baseball Series
Sega Mega Drive
World Series Baseball (1994) | World Series Baseball '95 (1995) | World Series Baseball '96 (1996) | World Series Baseball 98 (1997)
Sega Game Gear
World Series Baseball (1993) | World Series Baseball '95 (1994) | Nomo's World Series Baseball (1995)
Sega 32X
World Series Baseball Starring Deion Sanders (1995)
Sega Saturn
World Series Baseball (1995) | World Series Baseball II (1996) | World Series Baseball 98 (1997)
Windows PC
World Series Baseball '96 (1996)
Arcade
World Series 99 (1999) | World Series Baseball (2001)
Sega Dreamcast
World Series Baseball 2K1 (2000) | World Series Baseball 2K2 (2001)
Xbox
World Series Baseball (2002) | World Series Baseball 2K3 (2003)
World Series Baseball related media
Book
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