2K Sports, makers of the excellent MLB 2K series, is currently putting the finishing touches on a much more light-hearted take on America's favorite pastime. Imagine, if you can, Phillies hurler Cliff Lee working a full count on SpongeBob Square Pants while a capacity crowd at the Poseidome--the fictional underwater ballpark based on the SpongeBob universe--rises to its feet.
It's those kinds of bizarre moments--when fact meets fiction, and the fiction gets funny--that Nicktoons MLB will provide.
Baseball purists might balk at the idea of of Larry the Lobster and the Yanks' Robinson Cano appearing in the same game. But the Sports Gamer says: Lighten up. Sports games have gotten overly serious over the years, which makes a game like Nicktoons MLB exactly the sort of welcome, goofball fun that gamers--like me--crave.
Other MLB superstars--over 300 in all--who will appear in the game include Matt Holliday, Jason Heyward, Andre Ethier, and Miguel Cabrera, among others. All 30 MLB teams will be represented. Most importantly, you'll get all the knucklehead characters from the Nickelodeon universe including Danny Phantom, Fanboy and Chum Chum, Gaz and ZIM, and even Ren and Stimpy. Doing play-by-play in the booth is Perch Perkins from SpongeBob and GIR from Invader Zim.
The game hits stores on September 13th for the Xbox 360 (and yes, Kinect owners, there's Kinect support), the Wii and the Nintendo DS. I'll have more info for you in the coming weeks, so keep an eye on the blogs if you know what's good for you.
The Sports Gamer's real name is Scott Jones. He played football for 12 years before hanging up his cleats and jumping into video game writing. In his time covering the gaming world, Scott has interviewed star athletes such as Venus Williams, Tony Hawk and David Wright.