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Bases Loaded II: Second Season
Bases Loaded 2 box art.jpg
North American boxart
Developer(s) TOSE
Publisher(s) Jaleco
Platform(s) NES
Release date(s) August 10, 1988 (Japan)
1990 (U.S.)
Genre(s) Sports: Baseball
Mode(s) Single-player, two player
Media NES cartridge
Input methods NES game controller or joystick

Bases Loaded II: Second Season (Moero 3!! Pro Yakyuu '88 - Kettei Ban in Japan) is a video game for the Nintendo Family Computer released in 1988. It is the sequel to Bases Loaded (video game) and is continued by Bases Loaded 3. As opposed to the original, Bases Loaded II (and the sequels) was developed directly for Nintendo's consoles and never saw an arcade version.

The game is the second installment of the Bases Loaded series. The series spanned three generations of consoles and eight total installments. The original Bases Loaded title was an arcade game that Jalelco ported to the NES. Only the original Bases Loaded was an acrade game; the rest of the series were exclusive to their particular consoles. There are four video games in the Bases Loaded NES series, Bases Loaded II: Second Season, Bases Loaded 3 and Bases Loaded 4. There was also a Game Boy version of Bases Loaded. The series continued onto the SNES platform with Super Bases Loaded, Super Bases Loaded 2, and Super Bases Loaded 3. The final entry to the series was Bases Loaded '96: Double Header, released for the fifth generation consoles Sega Saturn and PlayStation.

Gameplay

Like its predecessor, Bases Loaded II offers both a single-game mode and a single- player "pennant race" mode. In the "pennant race", a player must first achieve at least a 75-55 record during the regular season, then win a best-of-7 "World Series" against L.A. or N.Y. depending whether you have chosen a team from the Eastern or Western league respectively.

Though some characteristics remained the same between Bases Loaded and Bases Loaded II (e.g. the same fictitious 12-team league returns in this game, with new players. It is worth noting that all of the players on the Washington, D.C. team are named after famous politicians, while all of Los Angeles's players take their names from Hollywood luminaries. In addition, one of Hawaii's pitchers is named Ho.), there are several noteworthy changes. One new feature was the "biorhythm" concept; players in the game had "biorhythms" that could be monitored to ensure optimal performance. Bases Loaded II had a little faster play action then the original game, and the point of view once a ball was hit into play was also different. In Bases Loaded the view was from behind home plate, whereas in Bases Loaded II the view was either from the first-base line if the home team was at bat, or from the third-base line if the visiting team was at bat.

One big improvement over the original Bases Loaded included the ability to modify the starting lineup and batting order for the user controlled team, and clearly defined pitcher's roles which were outlined clearly in the detailed rosters included with the instructional manual.

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