A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this game.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Nicktoons MLB is a baseball game that features 30 real-life Major League teams in addition to a slew of Nickelodeon cartoon characters, like Invader ZIM, Fanboy and Chum Chum, Ren and Stimpy, and SpongeBob. The cartoon characters act as they would on TV, so some indulge in bragging, moaning, or making gross-out noises. The heart of this game is based in real baseball, though, so the action is mostly kept to home runs and double plays.
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What's it about?
NICKTOONS MLB is a bizarre blend of real baseball and crazy cartoon hijinks. Real-life MLB players from 30 different teams can be pitted against or teamed up with a wide array of Nickelodeon cartoon stars, including characters from SpongeBob SquarePants, Avatar: The Last Airbender, Fanboy and Chum Chum, and Ren and Stimpy. The console versions use motion controls (and the Kinect version is the first baseball game for that system).
Is it any good?
The concept behind Nicktoons MLB is intriguingly wacky. Can your favorite major leaguers strike out SpongeBob or score a home run off of Danny Planet? And it's admittedly fun to see these characters onscreen with the real-life players. It's a bit disappointing though to see that the cartoon guys aren't loaded up with over-the-top, unrealistic cartoon moves. They mostly just affect the way the ball looks when they touch it (like the Avatar: The Last Airbender characters leaving trails of fire or water behind a pitch).
The controls are a mixed bag on the Kinect version, with pitching feeling great (the angle and speed of your arm determines what kind of pitch you throw) and batting feeling glitchy and oversensitive at times (where almost any move you make is interpreted as a swing). The Wii offers controls that are more in keeping with other Wii baseball games.
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