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Video Game / Power Pro-kun Pocket 12

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The One With a suspicious Baseball videogame found in some garage sale.

Power Pro-kun Pocket 12 is a 2009 Baseball simulator + dating sim + card game + turn based RPG developed by Pawapuro Production, formerly Diamond Head, and published by Konami for the Nintendo DS.

Outer Success Mode: Electronic Brain Baseball Edition

Although "Hero 12" has enjoyed Baseball since he was a child, he ended up working on a very plain company after graduating from University. Not that it matters since it went bankrupt. His friend Guchi Kaida recommends some virtual reality games to improve his mood while they work part-time, but then gets swallowed by ghastly hands coming out of his monitor. Hero 12 finds the cause is a cursed "Happy Stadium" baseball videogame and is determined to prevent it from claiming more victims.

Inner Success Mode: Secret Society Edition

An alchemist belonging to the Silver Shield monster-hunting organization sets out to investigate rumours of a demonic invasion from a mysterious floating castle.

This game features the following tropes:

  • Advancing Wall of Doom: In the final boss minigame, Hero 12 must escape from Happy Stadium's grabby hands while avoiding falling debris.
  • Anti-Frustration Features: There's an alternate mode in the Baseball gameplay where you don't need to aim while batting.
  • Art Shift: In Happy Stadium, characters have the chubby appearance they had back in the first Power Pro games.
  • Back from the Dead: Ranger Pink had been destroyed by Hero 7 and Mao back in Pawapoke 7, but shows up alive as a human girl in this game.
  • The Cameo: The staff roll shows Hero 1.3 and Kameda, Hero 6 and Horuhisu, and then Hero 9.
  • Easter Egg: Again, click and hold the bottom left corner of the touch screen in the minigame menu to play a hidden one.
  • Haunted Technology: The "Happy Stadium" Baseball videogame devours those who lose to it.
  • It's a Wonderful Failure:
    • The despairing haiku game over screen shows up if Hero 12 is unable to continue his investigation. Another one shows him crying in frustration upon being blamed and arrested for the disappearance of his friends.
    • If Hero 12 is killed by the conspirators or devoured by the cursed videogame, it cuts to an ominous Dead Hat Shot of his empty bedroom with the computer still turned on.
    • There are three main endings showing Hero 12 getting hired as a Baseball coach, a salaryman or a salesman... and then a fourth one showing him still sad and unemployed.
    • If Hero 12 fails to help Pacardi defeat the Tsunami organization's dragon bioweapon, she is injured and hospitalized. Then poor Pacardi gets kidnapped, mutilated and reduced to being a Brain in a Jar. The game actually shows her fate on-screen, barely obscured, during the epilogue.
    • Pennant's game over screen shows a monochrome shot of the protagonist striking a familiar pose: he raises his fist like Fist of the North Star's Raoh in his iconic death scene but instead of doing so defiantly he is openly crying and wracked with regret.
  • New Game Plus:
    • From the second playthrough of the Outer Success scenario onwards, you can use points to purchase up to three starting items.
    • You can enter custom characters in My Pennant mode to play a year-long season.
  • Unexpected Gameplay Change: One of the minigames is a simple but fairly nice Tennis mode.
  • Upgrade vs. Prototype Fight: Fukiko is able to kill her upgraded counterpart Kai due to the gap in gunfighting experience between the two.
  • Your Mind Makes It Real: Hero 12's condition in the virtual world is reflected in reality.