|System: Wii||Review Rating Legend|
|Dev: Now Production||1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid||4.0 - 4.4 = Great|
|Pub: Activision||2.0 - 2.4 = Poor||4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy|
|Release: Aug. 5, 2008||2.5 - 2.9 = Average||5.0 = The Best|
|Players: 1-4||3.0 - 3.4 = Fair|
|ESRB Rating: Everyone||3.5 - 3.9 = Good|
Little League World Series is a decent-looking game; the different fields you can play in, while few, look pretty nice. Animation is smooth and the physics of the game, particularly as they relate to the baseball itself, is surprisingly impressive. The anime-inspired visuals of the title do little to push it forward as a realistic baseball sim, but I suppose they do get the job done. The music is a bit worse, with little actual "music" and some less-than-great commentary.
Ultimately, the biggest problem with Little League World Series, try as it might, is that it just doesn't offer enough depth. Admittedly, it's got more meat to it than Wii Sports baseball, but frankly that's not saying much. The batting and pitching feel great, but the same just can't be said for other aspects of the game.
We haven't gotten a truly great Wii-specific baseball game yet, and Little League World Series does little to change that. It does showcase what's possible for a Wii baseball game, but an MLB license and a fully-fleshed-out gameplay mechanic would go a long way to showing fans how great a real baseball game could be on the Wii.
That's not to say it's not worth a look. If you're really into baseball, you'll still find something to love with Little League World Series. But it doesn't always feel like a full-fledged baseball game, despite the inclusion of some addictive collectibles and mutliplayer modes. MLB Power Pros remains the best baseball game on the Nintendo Wii thanks to its surprising depth, limitless customization, and MLB License. But if you're looking for a baseball game that could only be done on the Wii, give Little League World Series a chance.
CCC Freelance Writer