Super Mega Baseball 3
If you enjoyed Super Mega Baseball 3's predecessors, you're in for a treat. SMB3's identity as a quirky but committed sports title remains intact. With promising post-release updates ahead, SMB3 will satisfy your baseball cravings for the indefinite future. The Metalhead team listened to its community and implemented their feedback. For that, they deserve extensive praise and thanks.
Super Mega Baseball 3 is a refinement done right. The series' accessible action remains easy to pick up and play, but teensy tweaks to systems such as base stealing add immeasurable depth to the overall experience. It's the multi-season Franchise mode that's the real star of the show here, though, adding just enough economical depth to keep you engaged in the storyline of your squad, while still ensuring that you spend more time out on the field than in spreadsheets.
Super Mega Baseball 3 is charming semi-arcade style fun that sporting fans in general can enjoy without the seemingly prerequisite affinity for the game of baseball. It's accessible, fast-paced, whimsical, and a smash for playing with friends at home or online. A few bugs keep it from being a homerun, but a patch a two could easily tally an RBI.
What it lacks in hyperrealism and officially-licensed teams, Super Mega Baseball 3 more than makes up for with a carefully adjusted set of physics that are deep enough to cater to RBI Baseball players while offering up the welcome addition of some improved modes. Franchise mode alone feels like a proper extension of the brand, with its irreverent sense of humour lending a welcome nuance to an otherwise content-heavy sports simulation.
Super Mega Baseball 3 is certainly not trying to be a downright authentic virtual baseball experience. It does get the job done at providing a more lighthearted approach to the beloved sport, allowing certain things that wouldn't hit home in a real game (see how long this next pun took to get here?).
Super Mega Baseball 3 is not a total home run, but the franchise and its brand of wacky baseball continue to trend in the right direction.
If you're a Switch owner with a passing interest in baseball, Super Mega Baseball 3 is a must buy. One of the best independent titles to date on the platform – and arguably the best indy sports title, period – it does everything its predecessors did…only better.
The pitching mechanics have improved, the base-stealing is light-years better than before (it actually takes good timing and skill to execute), and the game's performance is excellent. There were only a couple hiccups I experienced, but that was in online play which could've just been connection related. If you've been looking for a great baseball game to play on the Switch, Super Mega Baseball 3 should be your first choice. They're also offering a free demo that allows you to play the online Pennant Race mode, play the Exhibition games, and access to player customizations. Hope to see you in-game sometime soon!
Super Mega Baseball 3 will available on Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and Steam for $44.99 USD.
Super Mega Baseball 3 is a fun arcade sports game with plenty to offer for those looking for something to pick up and play. It lacks depth, but makes up for it in simple fun.