Remember Nintendo's 'R.B.I. Baseball'? It's returning to a smartphone near you

Nintendo classic 'R.B.I. Baseball' is returning to a smartphone near you

Nintendo's 'R.B.I. Baseball' was the first console game ever to be licensed by the MLB Players Association.

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Hot on the heels of news that 2K Sports canceled its Major League Baseball video game series, Major League Baseball Advanced Media announced the return of a classic.

MLB Advanced Media will revive the hit 1980s video game “R.B.I. Baseball,” according to MLB public relations. The original game was released in 1986 for the original Nintendo console, but “R.B.I. Baseball14″ will debut in the spring for use on multiple platforms. The game will be available “across current and next generation consoles and smartphones and tablets,” according to MLBAM.

“R.B.I. Baseball” was the first console game ever to be licensed by the MLB Players Association, giving it the unique distinction of using actual MLB players’ names. The game didn’t use team nicknames or logos, though, since it wasn’t licensed by Major League Baseball, and had to list each team by city.

For nostalgia’s sake, check out the video below to see a re-creation of the 1986 World Series on “R.B.I. Baseball.”

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