Nicktoons MLB

Common Sense Media says

Fun baseball mash-up somewhat hampered by control issues.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

As a baseball game, Nicktoons MLB promotes sports and physical exercise, even if it does so indirectly.

Positive role models

There's nothing drastically wrong with the behavior of any characters in the game. Stimpy picks his nose and some of the cartoon players have braggy audio bites, but they're still all out playing ball and following the rules.

Ease of play

The Kinect controls are very simple to learn, but can sometimes be oversensitive (e.g., you accidentally make your batter swing when you scratch an itch behind your ear). The "easy" setting makes the AI teams simple enough for young kids to beat.

Violence & scariness
Not applicable
Language

Nothing beyond some flatulence-like sound effects (which are not frequently heard).

Consumerism

The MLB logo is obviously present in the game. As are characters from loads of Nickelodeon TV shows. The game, in a way, promotes about ten cartoons at once.

Privacy & safety
Not applicable

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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Kids say

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?

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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.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about playing real-life sports and getting physical exercise. Parents can discuss the importance of active play with their children.

  • Can you look at the characters in this game as good role models, because they engage in sports?

Game details

Platforms:Xbox 360, Nintendo Wii, Nintendo DS
Price:$29.99–$39.99
Available online?Not available online
Developer:2K Play
Release date:September 12, 2011
Genre:Sports
ESRB rating:E for Comic Mischief (Nintendo DS, Nintendo Wii, Xbox 360)

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Teen, 15 years old Written byskeletonslife441 July 29, 2013
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10
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I like Nickelodeon,

but this is not really a good game.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much consumerism
Easy to play/use
Safety and privacy concerns
Teen, 13 years old Written byTheBombFunn July 28, 2013
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7
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Teen, 17 years old Written byTheTrillonaire July 4, 2013
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5
QUALITY
 

Really good

Great Game.
What other families should know
Easy to play/use

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