One of the criticisms lobbied against the Nintendo 3DS is that there’s a dearth of sports games during its launch, particularly baseball games. 2Kplay, along with Nickelodeon, were the first to fill the sports void for Nintendo’s latest handheld with Nicktoons MLB 3D.
Nicktoons MLB 3D is basically a 3D handheld version of 2Kplay’s MLB franchise, with one awesome difference: the roster includes your favorite Nicktoons characters, such as Jimmy Neutron, Spongebob Squarepants, Stimpy, Aang, and many more. The roster is not made up exclusively of Nicktoons characters, since they are also joined by real life major leaguers, which prove to be an interesting way of mixing franchises (The Marlins’ Hanley Ramirez on third base, while Spongebob Squarepants is batting? Priceless).
Nicktoons MLB 3D comes with all the modes of play you would expect from a 2Kplay sports game – from Quickplay to Season and Tournament – and don’t forget that this is meant to be a Kids’ game, so there’s also a serviceable amount of card collecting available. The gameplay is decent enough to warrant the purchase, and kids will be having fun with MLB 3D if they are a fan of baseball AND Nickelodeon. There’s a bit of an input lag during swings that prevent the experience from being smooth, but it’s a hitch that can be ignored, especially once you grow accustomed to the controls.
The graphics are nothing special, but they do the job well. MLB 3D takes advantage of the 3DS’ beefier hardware, so it looks like it was developed with the 3DS in mind, unlike a lot of early titles that looked like they were made for the DS. The 3D effects are serviceable, but like majority of the games on the handheld, you’re probably going to turn them off after the first few playthroughs, in order to conserve battery and because you don’t want to hurt your eyes during long plays.
All in all, Nicktoons MLB 3D is perfect for kids looking for a baseball game on the Nintendo 3DS, and the roster is varied enough that adults looking for a serious baseball simulation can still make do, simply by ignoring the Nicktoons characters. There are better baseball games out there, but Nicktoons MLB 3D is your best choice if you’re looking for a Nintendo 3DS baseball game. The addition of Nicktoons characters is a welcome bonus, even if just for novelty’s sake.