For most of us savages who's playing days are well behind us, these were the games that defined our childhood, and helped to develop our initial love for the game of baseball.
I remember just logging hours upon hours on the original for SNES like it was crack to my system. I remember when I got Ken Griffey 64 for Christmas, and how pumped I was. I remember just battling on the sticks, with heated games usually spilling over to fisticuffs. As a big retro video game guy, I still own an original SNES and now the SNES mini classic as well as an N64. When the time is right, Griffey baseball gets fired up, and emotions run hot. During my last trip to Afghanistan when we had limited down time, Griffey got fired up and the boys got after it.
I will argue that the the first two in their respective platforms were better than the two sequels. Ken Griffey 64 to me is an all time classic video game along with the original for Super Nintendo. I played a good amount of Winning Run for super, however it left something to be desired in comparison to the first. While the original for super was fun, upbeat and savage, the second installment slowed down the pace a little bit, and the format and controls that made the first so successful, were altered.
The same goes for the original for N64 and its sequel in Slugfest. The hitting controls I felt in the original with the yellow circles was amazing. While dudes like Griff and Edgar Martinez had circles the size of the screen, guys like Jay Buhner had circles the size of thumbtacks. You could still line up that small circle just right and slaughter one with guys like Glen Allen Hill. Slugfest went away with the hitting circle and the results just weren't the same for me.
I did hate the SNES version for not having real player names, instead parodies and everyone had one of like 4 body types, my two favorites being the massive steroid dude and then the tiny pipsqueak. The opening national anthem was also electric.
The original for N64 is my personal favorite because the game just had it all. Real player names, in depth season modes to include two player season modes, and stat keeping which was huge for statistic fanatics like myself.
Anyway you look at it though, the Ken Griffey Jr baseball series was legendary. I totally feel like it deserves some sort of reboot as well, because it was just so epic. Ken Griffey Jr baseball helped build my love for the sport and I know it did for most of you guys too. Do the right thing and slay a few games this weekend if you have the chance, and bring back that loving feeling.
Never forget Griff's Savage circle.