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  • Summary: Run up the score in a relaxed slugfest or push the limits of your reflexes in this refined baseball simulator. Super Mega Baseball 3 features an all-new Franchise mode, major graphical enhancements, and on-field additions including pickoffs and situational player traits.
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  1. Positive: 8 out of 9
  2. Negative: 0 out of 9
  1. May 26, 2020
    100
    Where MLB The Show is basically just refining its (admittedly very good) formula while it waits around for the next generation, and RBI Baseball chose this year to take a step backwards, SMB3 feels like a substantial improvement over its predecessors — which I already loved without reservation. It’s fun, it’s simple, it’s got about as much depth as you could want in a baseball game. Just about the only thing missing at this point is a create-a-player feature — which, I hope, is in the cards for my presumptive 2023 GOTY, Super Mega Baseball 4.
  2. 95
    Super Mega Baseball 3 continues the masterful mix of arcade and simulation baseball to make one of the best sports games ever made.
  3. May 22, 2020
    95
    The pitching mechanics have improved, the base-stealing is light-years better than before (it actually takes good timing and skill to execute), and the game’s performance is excellent. There were only a couple hiccups I experienced, but that was in online play which could’ve just been connection related. If you’ve been looking for a great baseball game to play on the Switch, Super Mega Baseball 3 should be your first choice. They’re also offering a free demo that allows you to play the online Pennant Race mode, play the Exhibition games, and access to player customizations. Hope to see you in-game sometime soon!
  4. May 26, 2020
    86
    If you’re a Switch owner with a passing interest in baseball, Super Mega Baseball 3 is a must buy. One of the best independent titles to date on the platform – and arguably the best indy sports title, period – it does everything its predecessors did…only better.
  5. Jun 11, 2020
    80
    SMB3 is a surprisingly engaging video game recreation of the famous sport. Despite its accessible nature, this won’t be for everyone. But for those who have even an inkling for some ballpark action SMB3 still knocks it out the park.
  6. May 23, 2020
    80
    What it lacks in hyperrealism and officially-licensed teams, Super Mega Baseball 3 more than makes up for with a carefully adjusted set of physics that are deep enough to cater to RBI Baseball players while offering up the welcome addition of some improved modes. Franchise mode alone feels like a proper extension of the brand, with its irreverent sense of humour lending a welcome nuance to an otherwise content-heavy sports simulation.
  7. 70
    Super Mega Baseball 3 feels like the baseball games I used to love from a few generations ago. Liberated of the "depth" of modern sports games, there's an efficiency to the action that is appealing, and the gameplay modes that it does offer are all compelling. On the pitch, the difficulty curve is perfectly tuned, and while the game doesn't innovate and is ultimately destined to be the kind of thing that you pick up for short bursts of play at a time in multiplayer, the accessibility makes this one so much more appropriate for that than most other sports games out there. It's good, honest and clean entertainment, and that's something a lot of sports game developers have lost sight of in their efforts to monetise every moment of their content.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 10
  2. Negative: 1 out of 10
  1. May 30, 2020
    10
    Wow I dont own any other sports games or watch/play any sports. Still this game is so hard to put down. The cross play is great , there'sWow I dont own any other sports games or watch/play any sports. Still this game is so hard to put down. The cross play is great , there's always matches to be found in penant race (online 5 inning game). I'm glad I got the switch version portable play is amazing. Expand
  2. Dec 18, 2021
    10
    If you want old school baseball that is actually fun like Baseball Stars and Griffey, this is your game .
  3. Aug 27, 2020
    10
    This game is a must get. The new features as well as the new franchise makes Super Mega Baseball 3 a must play for everyone.
  4. Aug 29, 2020
    8
    Solid game. Very good but in desperate need of presentation improvements. The gameplay and fun factor is very high and probably the bestSolid game. Very good but in desperate need of presentation improvements. The gameplay and fun factor is very high and probably the best baseball game next to the show. Expand
  5. Dec 14, 2020
    8
    Very funny gameplay and art. It has issues with the way they decided to designs the player market and overall statistics through many seasons.
  6. May 13, 2020
    7
    TLDR:
    Great gameplay, a little more difficult than before, less silly, more realistic, but more features and strategy:
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    TLDR:
    Great gameplay, a little more difficult than before, less silly, more realistic, but more features and strategy:
    -Full Review:

    The third iteration in this franchise holds many of the same values as the last two, but adds franchise mode, where you can take a team from the start and grow both your current players, and sign new ones as seasons go on. These are all welcome additions for players interested in more customization, though may limit new players looking for more of an arcade experience. As far as I’ve seen, there are no obvious issues with the switch port. The updated graphics are nice, but the feel has changed from outlandish and goofy to a bit closer to reality. There are still silly looks and sounds, but I’m missing a bit of the ridiculousness that the previous iterations brought. The gameplay seems to be a bit faster than before, with pitching and hitting being a little harder to time at first. Despite this, it remains a great game all around. If I had to make a change, it would be to bring updated graphics and game mechanics to the old silly character models, where butts stick out to make the characters look like an S.
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  7. Aug 18, 2020
    2
    Do not buy the hype!
    Very shallow gameplay and terrible difficulty system, fun for about 5 hours then you will never touch it again.

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