Video Game: Live Powerful Pro Baseball
Jikkyou Pawafuru Puroyakyū
Let's play baseball!: MLB Power Pros
is a Japanese baseball game series which has been created by Konami
and developed by Pawapuro Production
ever since 1994. It is one of the most long running sport series with a lot of spinoffs in Japan.
The series is known for the unique character design. The character used in this game have short, small, big head
, no nose, no mouth and no leg. Another feature the series is famous for is the unique "Success Mode"
, which is a game mode where you create your own character, advance through anime-ish story, develop his baseball stats and finally get to use him freely after you've complete the Success Mode. MLB Power Pros
is the only of series that has been translated into English, from the results that Japanese baseball players were able to MLB league, thus the proper licensing and uses of the Major League Baseball elements. The rest of the series is associated with Nippon Professional Baseball league (NPB), resulting in no localisation outside Japan.
It has appeared in two Konami crossovers, Konami Krazy Racers
and DreamMix TV World Fighters
The trope used in this series are:
- The Ace: No doubt, you have to become one.
- Cast of Snowflakes: Almost every major character in a Success Mode has very unique. heads. The new generation of the series is also almost on par with Mii when it comes to character customization.
- Chew Toy: Marvin. With a right card, you can drag him into your affairs for comedic results.
- Cute Sports Club Manager: Usually a love interest.
- Darker and Edgier There are some Success modes that are lots more darker than the others even if they're from the same title. MLB Power Pros 2009 also had it darker and more dramatic than the original.
- Dating Sim: Since Pawapuro 4, you can date one of the girls who appear in the story.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: There gotta be that guy with huge eyeglasses on his face who'll be your best friend and/or your room mate.
- Identical Stranger: Yabe has a bunch of lookalikes in "Power Pro-kun Pocket" games. Marvin is his U.S.A counterpart, and Yabeta is his female self.
- Insistent Terminology: The spine labels for the PS1 installments romanizes the word Pawafuru as it is, despite the fact that Pawafuru is simply a Japanese transliteration of the word "Powerful".
- Fanservice: Despite being SD, Konami dished out costumes for the three recurring females which includes Sexy Santa Dress, Miko, Kimono Fanservice, swimsuits, and even apron which can be downloaded and worn in the middle of a ballgame.
- Luck-Based Mission: Any Success mode, because of the random chances to get bonus, items, injury, extremely bad luck, and fatigue that ruins your entire career.
- CPU autoplay can easily mess up a match, putting you in a position where no matter how good you play, you cannot win (This isn't a case if you're a pitcher, where you may control the defense. Even real time AI defense is more reliable than using Time Skip.).
- Drawing a match causes the rematch that you won't get to play, meaning it's 50% or less chances you'll win.
- Ordinary High-School Student: Or college student, depending on the games.
- Overprotective Dad: Becky's father, the Major League scout
- Recurring Character:
- Passionate Sports Girl: Aoi, Misaki, and Hijiri are all national-level (and even professional) players in their respective teams despite being females.
- Password Save: Characters created in one game wil generate a set of long password which can transfer the character's stat into the next game. Success Mode's characters' real stats also can be unlocked via a password input (something that is banned in an online play).
- Save Game Limits: The one save slot in the Japanese games' Success mode acts as a quicksave, which deletes itself upon a load or a game over. MLB Power Pros games allows Save Scumming, otherwise.
- Serious Business: Any hard mode scenarios involving "elite baseball school" or an army of sort. You'll be constantly tested of your skills and will get a game over really fast if you're not up to the standards.
- Super-Deformed: short, big head, no nose, no mouth and no leg.
- The Power of Friendship: Getting your teammate to like you allows special training and events with them, where they help you rack up your skill points.
- The Power of Love: To the lesser extent to the above, getting a girlfriend does net you with better fatigue and stat boosts, especially if the girl is an athlete who likes dragging you on a workout for a date.
- Team Pet: A recurring puppy (Gunder) usually appears as the series mascot. In-game, it acts as a supporting cast that forces you into extra trainings.
- Tertiary Sexual Characteristics: Few of the Success Mode's scenarios let you play as a woman... which is the regular Powapuro-Kun with eyelashes and a huge ribbon.
- Yabita Akiko is basically Yabe with a woman's hair. Hilarity Ensues if you manage to get them both into your team.
- Tournament Arc: A local baseball cup spans at least a quarter of a Success Mode. Losing a match usually means a game ending sequence; therefore, the longer you persist in the tournament, the longer you can develop your character.
- Tsundere: Becky
- You ALL Look Familiar: Before the MLB games, every player in the actual gameplay has only one appearance. You also can't change your look outside skin color. This is quickly inverted into Cast of Snowflakes since then.
- Unwanted Harem: Hakusetsu High School scenario in the iOS app. Your character trains hard to get enrolled into Hakusetsu's baseball club, only to find out there's only women playing there. Worse off at least four girls got attached to him, so the team's principle forces you to play date with them to keep the morale up.
- Victorious Childhood Friend / Unlucky Childhood Friend: Becky Fox, depend on whatever you woo her or not.
- Visual Novel: The Success Mode, a rare case you'll see your character on screen.
- Widget Series