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Dusty Diamond's All-Star Softball (released in Japan as Softball Tengoku) is a one- or two-player NES video game where players can select various fictional softball players and customize their own team to take to the championship.

Despite the game being a softball game, the rules are more reminiscent of baseball with the exception of each game played to a maximum of 7 innings (unless extras are needed to break a tie). Players can choose to play either "fast pitch" or "slow pitch" and assemble their teams from 60 characters some of whom with noticeable trademarks. for instance:

Diablo: looks like the devil bats with a club but runs very slowly. Zelda: looks like a witch bats with a mop. Mike: skips as he runs Binky: Has the ability to float while playing defense.

The game features 6 different "arenas" to play each with their own features and ground rules:

Sandlot: Based on a traditional sandlot the field has areas with high grass and rocks with can interfere with a live play. To hit a home run the player only has to hit a ball over the "home run line" not beyond the fence. Park: the area beyond the home run line has several park benches are trash cans with can interfere with the play. Cliff: The smallest field. any ball that rolls under the picket fence in right field is a ground rule double. School: Based on a schoolyard. a home run is scored if a ball goes over the home run line, but if it breaks a window on the school's building it's an automatic out. Island: similar to a professional field, there are 2 small lakes in foul territory which are out of play. Professional (in 2-player mode only): standard field.

Players may also choose their team name from a list of 25 names each from a different letter of the alphabet (I does not have a team):

The game also features a mercy rule, with the game ending if someone leads by 10 or more runs after an entire inning is played.

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ReleasedOct 27, 1989
PublisherTonkin House

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