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Not many Americans know about Pro Yakyuu Spirits Baseball. Why? Because it's a Japanese baseball game and a lot of people are too lazy to weed through the menus to get a game going. Based on feedback from our Baseball (Other) Forum, the series is the best, baseball has to offer. Check out the new Spirits Translation website, which translates the Japanese text in the game, into English. If you are patient, you will be surprised at just how deep this game is.

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"The purpose of this site is to help English speakers play one of the best baseball games ever made - Pro Yakyuu Spirits Baseball! The game is programmed to display mostly Japanese text and Kanji characters, but no worries you can learn to play the game quickly by following the instructions here. Not only do we offer translations, but you'll also find tips, advice and tutorials to get you up to speed. This website covers the current version (PYS 2010) but in the future we plan on adding PYS 6 which has the 'World Baseball Classic' mode which comes with US players.

This is a BIG game with lots modes, settings and things to do. Translating every word would be a daunting and most likely an impossible task. The main goal here is to show you how to understand each mode of play and I think we accomplished that with flying colors. Anyone can now play this game, the barriers of entry are officially gone!"

Member Comments
# 1 kennyacid @ 08/03/10 09:14 AM
ive played it and i must say it is the BEST baseball game around. The gameplay is just so much fun, the play the players interact with the impires and just the overall feel of the game.
 
# 2 Frythatchicken @ 08/03/10 10:44 AM
far superior to any american basebal title... i have played it for years...
 
# 3 MukaMuka @ 08/03/10 11:09 AM
A million thanks to steve for plugging our site!

To all the hardcore baseball gamers out there, if you are looking for a deep, polished sim title out there to accompany The Show (and you are tired of waiting for 2K to get it right), this is the perfect game for you. If you have played Power Pro before, imagine the Power Pro gameplay turned full blown sim with life-like physics (especially on the bat-to-ball contact) and graphics.

We took 3 months to take each picture and write each paragraph with care and there is so much content that it may be impossible to read everything in 1 sitting...so bookmark us and come back whenever you are bored! Hopefully once you go through some of our pages you will be tempted to try out the game too!
 
# 4 UnusualMattyB @ 08/03/10 11:51 AM
I wish they had an updated version for XBOX 360...the game looks pretty sweet...once again the baseball options for XBOX 360 are found wanting
 
# 5 Ermolli @ 08/03/10 12:31 PM
I'm watching some videos about this game and they're very good.
 
# 6 NoDakHusker @ 08/03/10 01:47 PM
wish this was for 360...looks like a pretty awesome game.
 
# 7 daflyboys @ 08/03/10 02:39 PM
Some may be lazy, but the other is that some want an MLB game. So I'm sure customization has been discussed about this game at length in other forums/threads. Why wouldn't the developer/producer recognize the American/English speaking community and make a version that is immediately comprehended?
 
# 8 JLiven61 @ 08/03/10 02:52 PM
Ok just a question. Can you play this, without any accessory for the ps3, since it is an import? Also, what is the best way to purchase?

Thanks..

J
 
# 9 Shakedowncapo @ 08/03/10 02:59 PM
Its region-free, meaning you can just pop the disk in and play. As for your other question, if you're near a major city(NYC for example) you could try some import shops!

If not, import sites like play-asia.com are well known. Ebay is another route you could go! And probably the cheapest.
 
# 10 JLiven61 @ 08/03/10 03:05 PM
Yeah just checked play-asia, they are on-back-order. Ebay had only a couple for PS3 and they were $80-$100. I am just a BIG sim player and have always wanted to try this game. May keep checking.

Thanks..

J
 
# 11 Fullgatsu @ 08/03/10 03:08 PM
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Originally Posted by daflyboys
Some may be lazy, but the other is that some want an MLB game. So I'm sure customization has been discussed about this game at length in other forums/threads. Why wouldn't the developer/producer recognize the American/English speaking community and make a version that is immediately comprehended?
Maybe because of the MLB exclusive third party license. Though Pawapuro could make Jikkyo Powerful Major League 2009 without Take-Two Interactive involvement if I remember correctly? maybe someone can clarify this license.

They could publish the game through 2K Sports to use the license but it's uncertain if 2K Sports want to do that or the conditions of it. Konami could feel there is too much risk making a game designed to the North American market.

Though I would say the series have some potential of making such a jump, look at the Sister series Pawapuro who entered the NA market with MLB Power Pros and Winning Eleven/PES also from Konami have acchived success in the international market. Pro Yakyu Spirits is quite a young franchise so when they feel they are developed enough they might make the jump.
 
# 12 e0820 @ 08/03/10 03:17 PM
How about Konami just sell an English version? There are not many Sim style games to compete with.
 
# 13 Shakedowncapo @ 08/03/10 03:42 PM
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Originally Posted by JLiven61
Yeah just checked play-asia, they are on-back-order. Ebay had only a couple for PS3 and they were $80-$100. I am just a BIG sim player and have always wanted to try this game. May keep checking.

Thanks..

J
Well you don't have to get 2010 if its too pricey at the moment. I ordered PYS6 off gamebaz for $47 and its just to get myself into the series. I haven't received my copy yet but the website seemed legit enough. This is the version that has the WBC so you can play as a good number of american players.
 
# 14 Shakedowncapo @ 08/03/10 03:47 PM
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Originally Posted by e0820
How about Konami just sell an English version? There are not many Sim style games to compete with.
Not sure what you're asking...Do you want a version like this with all MLB teams or taking the current title and translating into english?
 
# 15 JLiven61 @ 08/03/10 03:52 PM
Shakedown, do you know, does PYS 2010 have a manage only mode like MLB the Show? Just curious.

Thanks..

J
 
# 16 Fullgatsu @ 08/03/10 03:53 PM
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Originally Posted by e0820
How about Konami just sell an English version? There are not many Sim style games to compete with.
Well many people care alot for the MLB license, compare the popularity between MVP 05 and NCAA 06, EA haven't developed a new baseball game for some time now if I recall. Many people in NA have no interest in japanesse baseball so making a game focused on japanesse baseball to the NA market maybe doesn't make too much sense financally.

Many of the potential non-japanesse customers end up getting the game anyway since the langauge barrier isn't as daunting as it sounds and now with the translation site it's even easier.
 
# 17 Shakedowncapo @ 08/03/10 03:58 PM
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Originally Posted by JLiven61
Shakedown, do you know, does PYS 2010 have a manage only mode like MLB the Show? Just curious.

Thanks..

J
http://www.spiritstranslation.com/ge.../mainmenu.html

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Pennant Race: Your Season Mode with a twist. You may play as the whole team, 1 player on the team only (similar to Road to the Show), or Manage.
Seems like it..Though Im sure someone else could give you a more definite answer.
 
# 18 swaldo @ 08/03/10 04:07 PM
Great site guys thanks! I've been playing Pro Yakyuu for awhile, just "getting around" in exhibition games because I couldn't understand a whole lot. Already though I see a ton of things on your site that now make sense, and I can vouch for this game being a solid baseball sim experience.

If I were to put it into football terms I'd say...

Pro Yakyuu = NFL 2K
The Show = Madden
MLB2K = Backbreaker

I think Pro Yakyuu has the best gameplay & atmosphere. The Show has the best graphics & animation while MLB2K is maybe a couple years from greatness. If they make an English version it will be the best of times for baseball gamers! That's not even including great text sims available such as OOTP, PC Replay Baseball and PureSim.

Also, XBOX360 owners keep in mind Pro Yakyuu also has a PSP version.
 
# 19 JLiven61 @ 08/03/10 04:10 PM
Thanks Shakedown for the info. Think I am gonna give this a try and the translation site will be priceless.

J
 
# 20 Fullgatsu @ 08/03/10 04:11 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by JLiven61
Shakedown, do you know, does PYS 2010 have a manage only mode like MLB the Show? Just curious.

Thanks..

J
I will try to answer your question but will give you a description since I don't remember that mode in the show.

You can play as the manager, being in charge of how the hitter should act when batting: Do you want him to try for a HR or should just try to get good contact on the ball, maybe you want him to bunt to get a runner over to second. Pitcher will get choices like if the should try to strikeout the batter, pitch to contact or pitch around the batter. You also get to control which shift your defense will play.

This mode is both in PYS 6 and PYS 2010 maybe PYS 5 aswell can't remember.
 

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