I'm Loving Power Pros / Pawapuro / MLB Power Pros

Back in the early 1990s, I was a fan of Baseball Stars 2 for the insanely expensive NEO-GEO console. The only way I could play it was on a coin-operated NEO-GEO arcade machine. In 1999, I found it for free as a ROM file for the MAME arcade game emulator. And today, it is available for the PlayStation 2 as part of the SNK Arcade Classics anthology. Here is a video of action from the original Baseball Stars 2 ROM (1992):

As I graduated college in 1995, I wasn't aware that Japanese game developers were advancing the 'anime baseball' genre with the 'Power Pro Baseball' series. There have been 15 versions of the game in Japan, known formally as Jikkyō Powerful Pro Yakyū (or Netto Power Pro Kun, or Pawapuro, or Power Pros).

Here's a video clip of Pawapuro 14 for the Nintendo Wii in Japan (2007):

And in North America, we now have MLB Power Pros 2007 and 2008 for the PlayStation 2 and the Nintendo Wii. Here is some action from MLB Power Pros 2007 for the Nintendo Wii:

Power Pros is fun and addictive, and it is a great find for those who are sticking with the tried-and-true PlayStation 2. Here are some trade reviews.