Arcade

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The Arcade version of RBI Baseball was the first version of RBI released in the United States.

Arcade vs Nintendo

The Arcade version of RBI is very similar to the NES version. From a graphic and gameplay standpoint, they are exactly the same. That being said, here are some of the differences:

  • Faster Gameplay - Overall, the arcade game is slightly faster than its Nintendo counterpart. Nothing major, but just enough to screw up your rhythm when switching back and forth...
  • No BOPs - BOPs (aka computer errors) do not exist in the arcade version, taking away some of the randomness...
  • Super Carry - The fly balls go much higher and travel much deeper, making for many more homers...
  • Timer - You only have a certain amount of time to throw or make a substitution, otherwise the computer will throw the pitch or cancel. This makes sense when you consider the game is played on a quarter-by-quarter basis. Also, after a set amount of time, your credit is up and you have to put another quarter in.
  • Instant Ending if losing to the CPU - If you play the computer and are losing at any point, the game instantly ends. Though this seems sucky at first, it does add a slight challenge to the woeful CPU opponent...
  • No Extra Innings - If a game is tied after 9 innings, it simply ends that way. Easily the most frustrating aspect of the arcade, as any game that gets that far deserves to have a winner.