Here’s a throwback ad from 1992 of Roger Clemens’ MVP Baseball for the Super Nintendo. Roger ‘The Rocket’ Clemens is a former professional baseball player who played for various MLB teams including the Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees.
In 1991 he won All Star, Cy Young and MVP awards, and had the game with his namesake released by Nintendo. Around this time developers were looking to base games off of the sporting prowess of superstar athletes. For example, Mike Tyson’s Punch Out!! had been released several years earlier.
Clemens would later be accused of taking anabolic steroids to enhance his performance, an ongoing reminder to companies of the risks they take in sponsoring athletes.
The copy in the ad above shows has far gaming has come since the days of 16-bit consoles where the graphics were “as good as it gets, with true over-the-shoulder perspective.“