Baseball Stars 2
Neo Geo Box cover
Developer(s)SNK, DotEmu (Steam, Humble Bundle), D4 Enterprise (Wii Virtual Console), M2 (PS Network)
Publisher(s)SNK (Arcade), Romstar (NES), D4 Enterprise, Valve (Steam)
Release dateArcade
JP April 28, 1992
Neo Geo
JP April 28, 1992
PAL 1992
INT 1992
Neo Geo CD
JP 1994
PAL 1995
Virtual Console
JP November 13, 2007
NA December 10, 2007
AUS November 30, 2007
PlayStation Network
NA July 19, 2011
Microsoft Windows
Humble Bundle:
WW January 9, 2016
WW April 27, 2016
Game modesSingle-player, 2-player
RatingsPlayStation Network & Wii Virtual Console
3 & 7 (PEGI)
Everyone (ESRB)
Platform(s)Arcade, Neo Geo, NES, Neo Geo CD, Virtual Console, PlayStation Network, Microsoft Windows

Baseball Stars 2 is a 2-player baseball arcade game released by SNK in 1992 for the Neo-Geo console. A less cartoony console version was released for the NES by Romstar the same year. The Neo-Geo version was re-released as part of SNK Arcade Classics Vol. 1.

Arcade versionEdit

You can select from one of 18 teams across two leagues - Exciting League (beginner) & Fighting League (expert): Exciting League:

  • New York Monsters
  • Tokyo Ninjas
  • Napoli Angels
  • Taipei Hawks
  • Seoul Ivories
  • Sydney Griffons
  • Oaxaca Rockets
  • Barcelona Flames
  • London Lifeguards

Fighting League

  • USA Bisons
  • Japanese Samurais
  • Korean Dragoon
  • Italian Waves
  • Taiwan Dragons
  • Aussie Thunders
  • Mexican Typhoons
  • Spanish Galleons
  • British Knights

NES versionEdit

Changes made from the original Baseball Stars, released by SNK in 1989, include:

  • RUNNING attribute intuitively affects speed on the field. DEFENSE only affects arm strength and diving range.
  • Improved pitch control. This gave the game a slightly less realistic feeling compared to the first installment.
  • Easier bunting controls. (Hold Down+A to bunt instead of stopping the swing partway through.)
  • Ability to see lead-offs while pitching/batting.
  • 6 pitchers and 4 bench players instead of 5 each.
  • New music and home run animations. These include the "Power connect" graphic for a two-run home run, an animated graphic of the batter rounding the bases and pumping his fist for a 3-run home run or grand slam, and a similar (yet very rare) graphic including a West Highland terrier following the batter for a come-from-behind (usually game-ending) home run in a dramatic situation.

Teams include:

  • Tempe Matadors
  • Texas Towers
  • Los Angeles Superstars
  • Chicago Fireballs
  • Oakland Knights
  • Toronto Captains (a suspiciously similar logo was used by Chinese Taipei in the 2006 World Baseball Classic)
  • Houston Eagles
  • San Diego Samurai
  • Boston Apaches
  • Denver Dragons
  • Nebraska Jets
  • Miami Pirates

User-created teams include:

  • Milwaukee Rockets
  • Memphis Bluesox
  • New York Comets
  • Torrance Tigers
  • Detroit Arrows
  • Vancouver Cobras

Players could still create leagues of up to 125 games (6 teams playing each other 25 times) and view statistics such as League Standings, Average, Home Runs, Runs Batted In, Earned Run Average, Wins and Saves. Players could still fire players and upgrade them using the same 15-point system introduced in the original Baseball Stars. Players could also trade players among user-created teams. The game also contained a glitch that would keep the last pitcher listed on a team's roster from appearing in any of the league standings.


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