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Base Wars

Cyber Stadium Series: Base Wars (commonly shortened to Base Wars or BaseWars) is a futuristically-themed sports game, released for the Nintendo Entertainment System on June 1st, 1991. Set in a 24th century wherein baseball team owners have grown tired of paying outrageous player salaries, they decide to replace their rosters with robots.


While maintaining basic baseball elements of pitching, batting, fielding, and base running, Base Wars adds a fighting element to the game featuring four robot classes; a traditional cyborg, a tank, a flybot, and lastly a mycycle. A player's robots can be upgraded with new and advanced weaponry and repaired with money earned for game wins during tournaments.


While fighting is a rare occurrence in traditional baseball, fights are an integral part of the game in Base Wars. Fights occur when a base runner is tagged out; and tag-outs are made much more common because there are no force-outs in Base Wars. The fights between the runner and the robot tagging him are fought from the side-view. The result of the fight determines whether the runner is safe or out. A robot that has lost too many fights in one game will die by exploding and leave its team with one less robot. Three robot deaths on a team result in a forfeit, thus a player can win a Base Wars game by fighting alone.


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