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
, 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.