Major League Baseball Instruction Manual (for NES)

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           //         / ENTERACTIVE(TM) VIDEO GAMES /          // NES-BS-USA
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       //          |     OFFICIAL LICENSEE       |         //
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     //            |  |   [Baseball Picture] |   |       //
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  //               |   MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL(R)  |    //
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//                  INSTRUCTION BOOKLET                 //


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 ------------------------       Treat Your LJN 
|                        |    Game Carefully
|                        |    
|      THIS GAME IS      |    * This LJN Game Pak is a precision-
|  LICENSED BY NINTENDO  |      crafted device with complex electronic 
|     FOR PLAY ON THE    |    circuitry. Avoid subjecting it to undue
|                        |    shock or extremes of temperature.
|                        |    Never attempt to open or dismantle
|       (NINTENDO)       |    the Game Pak.
|                        |
|                        |    * Do not touch the terminal leads or
|      ENTERTAINMENT     |    allow them to come into contact with                                                   
|        SYSTEM(R)       |    water or the game circuitry will be
|                        |    damaged.                                                         
|                        |    
|      [Nintendo Seal    |    * Always make sure your NES Control
|       of Quality]      |    Deck is SWITCHED OFF when inserting                                                       
|                        |    the Game Pak or removing it from the                                              
|                        
|    NES Control Deck.
|  NINTENDO AND NINTENDO |                                                    
|   ENTERTAINMENT SYSTEM |    * Never insert your fingers or any
|     ARE TRADEMAKRS OF  |    metal objects into the terminal portion
|NINTENDO OF AMERICA INC.|    of the expansion connector. This can
|                        |    result in malfunction or damage.
|                        |    
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  INTRODUCTION                          
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Sure you've always wanted to be a professional ball player but 
have you ever thought about managing? Well, here's your chance 
to prove yourself both on and off the field.

* You choose your starting line-ups based on individual stats and 
playing situations. Each of the 26 major league teams is 
represented with its own full  roster.

* You make managerial decisions like using a pinch hitter, bringing in a relief 
pitcher, choosing a D.H. to face a lefty or having a switch hitter swing from the 
other side.

* You pitch, catch, hit, bunt, pitch out, steal bases, make spectacular fielding 
plays and even throwing errors.

...and because this is the only officially licensed Major League Baseball video 
game cartridge, you can actually play American and National League regular season 
games, All-Star games and World Series using all your favorite teams, complete 
with home and away uniforms.

This is Real baseball...for Real baseball fans.

* TABLE OF CONTENTS
    HOW TO USE THE CONTROLLER ......................... 4
    GAME GUIDE ........................................ 5
    CHOOSING YOUR STARTING LINE-UP .................... 7
    USING THE CONTROLLER - IN THE FIELD ............... 9
    USING THE CONTROLLER - AT BAT .................... 11
    A/B BUTTONS AND CONTROL PAD FUNCTIONS ............ 12
    AMERICAN LEAGUE TEAMS ............................ 14
    NATIONAL LEAGUE TEAMS ............................ 16

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 {1}HOW TO USE THE CONTROLLER                                    
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 -----------------------------------------------------------------
|The CONTROL PAD and A/B BUTTONS are used differently for fielding|
|and batting. Please refer to pages 8 to 11 for details.          |
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CONTROL PAD                                             A/B BUTTONS

                  [Picture of a Control Pad] 

SELECT BUTTON:                                  START BUTTON:
select game, league, team,                      start the game and for TIME
players, etc.                                   OUT to change pitchers or
                                                        insert pinch hitters.

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 {2}GAME GUIDE                                                   
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* There are two game screens; the infield Screen and a scrolling view
of the entire stadium. Once the ball is hit, the infield Screen auto-
matically changes to the scrolling Playing Field Screen.

* Before starting the game, you must make many managerial
decisions; select either 1 PLAYER or 2 PLAYERS, GAME SELECTION,
LEAGUE SELECTION, WITH or WITHOUT DESIGNATED HITTER, TEAM
SELECTION and SELECTING THE STARTING LINE-UP.

* If you select the 1 Player mode, you play against the computer and
it automatically selects its own starting line-up after you select both
teams and your starting line-up.

The PLAYER SELECTION SCREEN contains all of the players' statistics,
from which you pick your Starting Line-Up.




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* INFIELD SCREEN AND INFORMATION AREA

* INNING                                                * BATTING
                                                          ORDER
* SCORE         [Picture of the         * PLAYER
                         batting screen]          NUMBER
* BALL SPEED                                    * BATTING
  (M.P.H.)                                                AVERAGE

                                                        * STRIKE/BALL
                                                          COUNT
                        [Goofy picture of two
                       guys playing baseball]

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 {3}CHOOSING YOUR STARTING LINE-UP                               
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Move the cursor with either the SELECT BUTTON or CONTROL PAD.
Make the following selections with either the START or A BUTTON.

 ---------------------    ---------------------    --------------------- 
|1 or 2 PLAYER        |  |GAME SELECTION       |  |LEAGUE               | 
|SELECTION            |  |                     |  |SELECTION            |
|---------------------|  |---------------------|  |---------------------|
|select either the 1  |  |select one of three  |  |If you choose REGULAR|
|PLAYER or 2 PLAYERS  |  |games: REGULAR GAME, |  |GAME in the GAME     |
|mode.                |  |ALL STAR GAME or THE |  |SELECTION screen,then|
|                     |  |WORLD SERIES. If the |  |select either        | 
|                     |-\|ALL STAR GAME is     |-\|AMERICAN LEAGUE or   |-\
|                     |-/|selected, Player 1   |-/|NATIONAL LEAGUE.     |-/
|                     |  |will automatically be|  |                     |  
|                     |  |the AMERICAN LEAGUE  |  |                     |
|                     |  |and Player 2 will be |  |                     |
|                     |  |the NATIONAL LEAGUE  |  |                     |
|                     |  |                     |  |                     |
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   ---------------------    ---------------------    --------------------- 
  |DESIGNATED           |  |TEAM SELECTION       |  |PLAYER               | 
  |HITTER               |  |                     |  |SELECTION            |
  |SELECTION            |  |                     |  |                     |
  |---------------------|  |---------------------|  |---------------------|
  |AMERICAN LEAGUE      |  |Select 1 of the 26   |  |choose the players   |
  |REGULAR GAMES always |  |MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL|  |for your starting    |
  |use a D.H. and       |  |teams.               |  |line-up from the     | 
-\|NATIONAL LEAGUE      |-\|                     |-\|various "position"   |
-/|REGULAR GAMES never  |-/|                     |-/|listings on the      |
  |do.                  |  |                     |  |bottom half of the   |  
  |The D.H. selection is|  |                     |  |screen. You can      |
  |optional in ALL STAR |  |                     |  |switch "position"    |
  |and WORLD SERIES     |  |                     |  |listings with the B  |
  |GAMES. The D.H. can  |  |                     |  |BUTTON. Once         |
  |only hold the number |  |                     |  |selected,the player's|
  |9 spot in the batting|  |                     |  |name appears in the  |
  |order.               |  |                     |  |top half of the      |
  |                     |  |                     |  |screen and any       |
  |                     |  |                     |  |selection can be     |
  |                     |  |                     |  |changed until the    |
  |                     |  |                     |  |START BUTTON is      |
  |                     |  |                     |  |pressed. ALL STAR    |
  |                     |  |                     |  |line-ups are chosen  |
  |                     |  |                     |  |by pushing the SELECT|
  |                     |  |                     |  |button to show the   |
  |                     |  |                     |  |individual TEAM      |
  |                     |  |                     |  |SCREENS. You can     |
  |                     |  |                     |  |select a player or   |
  |                     |  |                     |  |players from any TEAM|
  |                     |  |                     |  |SCREEN or move on to |
  |                     |  |                     |  |the NEXT team.
   ---------------------    ---------------------    ---------------------
                                                                                  ||
                                                                                  \/
                                                                       -----------------
                                                                      | GAME START      |
                                                                      |-----------------|
                                                                      | Press START     |
                                                                      | BUTTON          |
                                                                       -----------------

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 {4}USING THE CONTROLLER - IN THE FIELD
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* PITCHING:
* Press the A BUTTON to pitch the ball, while using the CONTROL
PAD to control its speed and course.

[Vertical   upper position........................................ change up
 row of     
 Control    lower position........................................ fast ball
 Pad        
 pictures]  right/left position...... inside or outside, depending on batter
            
            middle ............................... straight, at medium speed

* After pitching the ball, you can make the ball curve right or
left with the CONTROL PAD.

[More       right position............................... curve to the right
 pictures   
 of         left position................................. curve to the left
 Control
 Pads]

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* STAYING POWER
A pitcher's staying power is directly related to the speed at which he throws 
and the number of specialty pitches he uses.

* PICK-OFF PLAY
[Control    Select which base to throw to with the CONTRL PAD and push
 Pad        B BUTTON at the same time.
 picture]

* FIELDING:
* Catching the ball:
Direct the fielder to the ball using the CONTROL PAD.
[Control    * Throwing the ball:
 Pad        After catching the ball, use the CONTROL PAD to pick which base
 picture]   to throw the ball to and press the A BUTTON at the same time.
If you press the B BUTTON instead, the fielder will run towards that
base without throwing the ball.

* RELIEF PITCHER:
Press the START BUTTON to take a TIME OUT. The PLAYER SELECTION
screen is displayed and you can select a relief pitcher.

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 {5}USING THE CONTROLLER - AT BAT
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* BATTING
Press the A BUTTON to swing the bat, while using the CONTROL PAD
to control the swing as follows:
[Control    right/left position: hit an inside or outside pitch,
 Pad        depending on the batter.
 picture]   Press the upper or lower positions of the CONTROL PAD to
move the batter back and forth in the batter's box.
If you release the A BUTTON halfway through the swing, the batter will
bunt or check his swing.
* BASE RUNNING
Use the CONTROL PAD to select which base to run to and press the B
BUTTON at the same time. Also use this method to steal a base.
If you must return to the last base you were on after starting to run,
select the base you want to return to using the CONTROL PAD and
press the A BUTTON at the same time. You can cause all runners to
return to their bases by pressing the HOME PLATE position of the
CONTROL PAD and the A BUTTON at the same time.
* PINCH HITTER
Press the START BUTTON to take a TIME OUT and the PLAYER SELECTION
screen is displayed. Select one of the PINCH HITTERS.

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 {6}A/B BUTTONS AND CONTROL PAD
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 ------------------------------------------------------------------
|PITCHER:                                                          |
|------------------------------------------------------------------|
|PITCHING          | A BUTTON                                      |
|------------------|-----------------------------------------------|
|SPEED AND COURSE  | upper and lower positions of the CONTROL PAD  |
|                  | for speed, right and left positions for       |
|                  | direction.                                    |
|------------------|-----------------------------------------------|
|BALL CONTROL      | after pitching the ball, right and left       |
|                  | positions of the CONTROL PAD for direction.   |
|------------------|-----------------------------------------------|
|PICK-OFF PLAY:    | Select which base to throw to with the CON-   |
|B BUTTON          | TROL PAD and push B BUTTON at the same time.  |
|------------------|-----------------------------------------------|

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|FIELDER                                                           |
|------------------------------------------------------------------|
|CATCHING          | use the CONTROL PAD to move the fielder to    |
|                  | the ball.                                     |
|------------------|-----------------------------------------------|
|THROWING          | select which base to throw to with the        |
|                  | CONTROL PAD and press the A BUTTON at the     |
|                  | same time.                                    |
|------------------|-----------------------------------------------|
|TAGGING           | select which base to run to with the          |
|                  | CONTROL PAD and press the B BUTTON at the     |
|                  | same time.                                    |
 ------------------------------------------------------------------

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     FUNCTIONS
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|BATTER                                                            |
|------------------------------------------------------------------|
|BATTING           | A BUTTON, plus right or left position of      |
|                  | CONTROL PAD to hit an inside or outside pitch.|
|------------------|-----------------------------------------------|
|POSITION          | upper or lower position of CONTROL PAD to     |
|                  | move back and forth in the batter's box       |
|------------------|-----------------------------------------------|
|BUNT/CHECK SWING  | release A BUTTON halfway through swing.       |
 ------------------------------------------------------------------

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|RUNNER                                                            |
|------------------------------------------------------------------|
|ADVANCING         | select which base to run to with CONTROL PAD, |
|                  | press B BUTTON at the same time.              |
|------------------|-----------------------------------------------|
|RETURNING TO BASE | select which base to run to with CONTROL PAD, |
|                  | press A BUTTON at the same time.              |
 ------------------------------------------------------------------

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{7}-------------------------------------------------------------------------
 |
 |      [American League Emblem]                        
 |
 |        EAST              WEST              [Orioles picture]
 |BALTIMORE ORIOLES   CALIFORNIA ANGELS
 |BOSTON RED SOX            CHICAGO WHITE SOX
 |CLEVELAND INDIANS   KANSAS CITY ROYALS              [Indians picture]
 |MILWAUKEE BREWERS   MINNESOTA TWINS
 |DETROIT TIGERS      OAKLAND ATHLETICS
 |NEW YORK YANKEES    SEATTLE MARINERS          [Yankees picture]
 |TORONTO BLUE JAYS   TEXAS RANGERS  
 |
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                                                                           |
[Red Sox picture][Angels picture][White Sox picture]                       |
                                                                           |
[Tigers picture][Royals picture][Brewers picture][Twins picture]           |
                                                                           |
[Athletics picture][Mariners picture][Rangers picture][Blue Jays picture]  |
                                                                           |
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{7}-------------------------------------------------------------------------
 |  
 | [National League emblem]
 |
 |      EAST                 WEST                [Braves picture]
 |CHICAGO CUBS          ATLANTA BRAVES
 |MOTREAL EXPOS         CINCINNATI REDS 
 |NEW YORK METS         HOUSTON ASTROS           [Dodgers picture]
 |PHILADELPHIA          LOS ANGELES
 |   PHILLIES               DODGERS
 |PITTSBURGH PIRATES    SAN DIEGO PADRES         [Pirates picture]
 |ST. LOUIS CARDINALS   SAN FRANCISCO
 |                          GIANTS
 |   
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       [Cubs picture]       [Reds picture]       [Astros picture]          |
                                                                           |
       [Expos picture]       [Mets picture]       [Phillies picture]       |
                                                                           |
       [Cardinals picture]       [Padres picture]       [Giants picture]   |
                                                                           |
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COMPLIANCE WITH FCC
REGULATIONS

This equipment generates and uses radio frequency energy and if not 
installed and used properly, that is, in strict accordance with the 
manufacturer's instructions, may cause interference to radio and 
television reception. It has been type tested and found to comply 
with the limits for a Class B computing device in accordance with 
the specifications in Subpart J or Part 15 of FCC Rules, which are 
designed to provide reasonable protection against such interference 
in a residential installation. However, there is no guarantee that 
interference will not occur in a particular installation. If this equipment 
does cause interference to radio or television reception, which can be 
determined by turning the equipment off and on, the user is encouraged 
to try to correct the interference by one or more of the following measures:

- Reorient the receiving antenna
- Relocate the NES with respect to the receiver
- Move the NES away from the receiver
- Plug the NES into a different outlet so that computer and receiver are on    
  different circuits

If necessary, the user should consult the dealer or an experienced 
radio/television technician for additional suggestions. The user may 
find the following booklet prepared by the Federal Communications 
Commission helpful: How to Identify and Resolve Radio-TV Interference 
Problems. This booklet is available from the U.S. Government Printing 
Office, Washington, DC 20402, Stock No. 004-000-00345-4.

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LIMITED WARRANTY

LJN TOYS, LTD. warrants to the original purchaser of this LJN software 
product that the medium on which this computer program is recorded is 
free from defects in materials and workmanship for a period of ninety (90) 
days from the date of purchase. This LJN software program is sold "as is," 
without express or implied warranty of any kind, and LJN is not liable for any 
losses or damages of any kind resulting from use of this program. LJN agrees 
for a period of ninety (90) days to either repair or replace, at its option, free 
of charge, any LJN software product, postage paid, with proof of date of 
purchase, at its Factory Service Center.
        This warranty is not applicable to normal wear and tear. This warranty 
shall not be applicable and shall be void if the defect in the LJN software 
product has arisen through abuse, unreasonable use, mistreatment or neglect. 
THIS WARRANTY IS IN LIEU OF ALL OTHER WARRANTIES AND NO OTHER 
REPRESENTATIONS OR CLAIMS OF ANY NATURE SHALL BE BINDING ON OR 
OBLIGATE LJN. ANY IMPLIED WARRANTIES APPLICABLE TO THIS SOFTWARE 
PRODUCT, INCLUDING WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY AND FITNESS FOR 
A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, ARE LIMITED TO THE NINETY (90) DAY PERIOD 
DESCRIBED ABOVE. IN NO EVENT WILL LJN BE LIABLE FOR ANY SPECIAL, 
INCIDENTAL, OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES RESULTING FROM POSSESSION, 
USE OR MALFUNCTION OF THIS LJN SOFTWARE PRODUCT. 
        Some states do not allow limitations as to how long an implied warranty 
lasts and/or exclusions or limitations of incidental or consequential damages 
so the above limitations and/or exclusions of liability may not apply to you. 
This warranty gives you specific rights, and you may also have other rights 
which vary from state to state.

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[Back Cover]
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Ljn (R)
   TOYS LTD.
1107 BROADWAY, NY,NY 10010

TM and (C)1987 LJN Toys, Ltd.
(C)1987 MLB. All rights reserved.
Nintendo and Nintendo Entertainment System(R) are trademarks of 
Nintendo of America, Inc.
                  Game Pak "NES-GP"                                     Printed in Japan
 
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