- Jun 15, 2019
Interesting to see Pro Baseball Spirits coming to Switch (only Switch?) as it’s primarily been a Playstation only franchise on both console as well as portable, besides a one-off on 3ds in 2011.
Konami has mainly been focused on the Mobile version, but it’s nice to see it coming to Switch.
It used to release yearly until 2015, after that the next console version was in 2019 on ps4/vita. This new one will be the first non-mobile version since then.
Pro Baseball Spirits 2021 is Switch exclusive, and its an interesting example of how the success of the Switch has changed third party's strategy. Let's look at the recent history of Konami's baseball games:Is there another PlayStation version coming?
[platform] Game - (first week) / (ltd)
[PS3] Pro Baseball Spirits 2015 - 63,648 / 125,608
[PSV] Pro Baseball Spirits 2015 - 38,519 / 90,666
[PS4] Jikkyou Powerful Pro Baseball 2016 - 75,505 / 208,867
[PSV] Jikkyou Powerful Pro Baseball 2016 - 46,314 / 100,626
[PS3] Jikkyou Powerful Pro Baseball 2016 - 38,519 / 90,666
[3DS] Jikkyou Powerful Pro Baseball Heroes - 28,145 / 125,946
[PS4] Jikkyou Powerful Pro Baseball 2018 - 133,555 / 255,850
[PSV] Jikkyou Powerful Pro Baseball 2018 - 58,211 / 119,754
[NSW] Jikkyou Powerful Pro Baseball - 75,505 / 225,614
[PS4] Pro Baseball Spirits 2019 - 175,189 / 259,227
[PSV] Pro Baseball Spirits 2019 - 44,270 / 70,763
[NSW] eBaseball Powerful Pro Baseball 2020 - 94,876 / 269,648
[PS4] eBaseball Powerful Pro Baseball 2020 - 91,547 / 189,649
[NSW] Pro eBaseball Spirits 2021 - ??? / ???
Nintendo has gone from getting chibbi spinoffs to an exclusive mainline game. As long as Nintendo doesn't fuck up in the next few years, they could have the best Japanese third party they've had since the SNES days.