'R.B.I. Baseball' is hands down the best baseball game to ever hit the vintage Nintendo console and one that stands the test of time, even to this day. It still comes up in discussions as arguably one of the greatest sports games of all time. Real rosters, easy and "realistic" game play, stats, and more.
The first console game of its kind to secure licensing by the Major League Baseball Players Association (MLBPAP), RBI was ahead of its time, allowing the game to use actual player names, unlike other baseball video games in the 80s. It was, however, not licensed by Major League Baseball (MLB) itself; it easily got around that problem by avoiding any official logos and simply using two-tone color uniforms, while listing the eight playable teams by their city name: Boston, California, Detroit, Houston, Minnesota, New York, St. Louis and San Francisco.
It was a dream come true for video-game playing baseball geeks everywhere.
Of course there were great titles such as Ken Griffey Jr. Presents Major League Baseball, World Series Baseball, MVP Baseball and The Show, but if you are looking to bring on pure nostalgia -- RBI Baseball is the king of kings.
You can just hear it now...
If there is one player in today's game that encapsulates the RBI Baseball mentality -- grip and rip it -- it's the Chicago Cubs' Kyle Schwarber.
Since breaking into the bigs, all this kid has done has hit. Last year was somewhat of a roller coaster after an outfield collision with Dexter Fowler, in just his second game of the season, resulted in a torn ACL and MCL. Much to everyone's surprise, No. 12 was cleared to DH in the World Series, and it was like he'd never been away. Schwarbino went 7-for-17 in the Fall Classic with three walks to four strikeouts, even adding a stolen base for good measure in a pivotal Game 7. Regardless of where he plays on defense, Schwarber remains among the best young hitters in the game.
SchwaR.B.I. Baseball is one shirt any gamer should own.