Review: R.B.I. Baseball 17 (Nintendo Switch)

Your breakout MLB season is on Nintendo Switch! R.B.I. Baseball 17 returns in the fourth edition of the classic franchise, developed by


  • 3.1GB Download size.
  • Decent graphics.
  • Roster update downloads.
  • Set your favourite team.
  • Two control schemes- Modern or classic.
  • Fielding option- Assisted or standard.
  • Three AI difficulties- Easy, Medium and hard.
  • Ball height indicators- Classic, Static or off.
  • Full roster management.
  • Baseball gameplay!
  • Official teams and players.
  • 30 official stadiums.
  • Three game modes- Exhibition, Season and post season.
  • Two player local support.
  • Game options- Roster size, Length, Mercy and time of day.
  • Game length 1-9 innings.
  • Day/Night.
  • Tutorial pop ups.
  • Surprisingly easy to pick up.
  • Atmospheric.
  • Good loading times.
  • Two button controls.
  • Pro controller support.
  • Faster experience with games over a lot quicker.
  • Fun to play.
  • Looks good on the big screen.


  • Roster update can take a while.
  • No team ratings.
  • Lacks a practice area.
  • Slight learning curve as you get used to the various mechanics like controls and ball speed.
  • No online.
  • AI are really good.

The Numbers:
  • 8/10
    Graphics - 8/10
  • 8/10
    Sound - 8/10
  • 8/10
    Accessability - 8/10
  • 7/10
    Fun Factor - 7/10
  • 7/10
    Length - 7/10


I am not the biggest Baseball fan in the world so I approached this game with some hesitancy. I am pleased to report that I really got into it by the end. I may not know the players or stadiums but I managed to grasp the controls and get the games rolling. It was very inviting to the new player and with simple controls made the whole experience a lot more approachable. I personally preferred playing against mates locally than the AI as I felt they just kicked my ass too much. In short this is a solid Baseball game and fits the Switch library.

Jim Smale

Gaming since the Atari 2600, I enjoy the weirdness in games counting Densha De Go and RC De Go as my favourite titles of all time. I prefer gaming of old where buying games from a shop was a thing, Being social in person was a thing. Join me as I attempt to adapt to this new digital age!

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