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World Stadium
The logo for World Stadium.
Developer(s)Namco
Publisher(s)Namco
Year introduced1988
Genre(s)Baseball

World Stadium (the complete Japanese title: Pro Yakyū World Stadium プロ野球ワールドスタジアム, lit. Puro Yakyū Wārudo Sutajiamu), is a series of eleven baseball arcade games that were released by Namco between 1988 and 1999, exclusively in Japan. They were inspired by that company's 1986 Famicom game Pro Yakyuu Family Stadium (released in the United States as R.B.I. Baseball) and its immediate sequel Pro Yakyuu Family Stadium '87.

  • World Stadium (1988), World Stadium '89 (1989), World Stadium '90 (1990): The first three titles in the series ran on Namco System 1 hardware and featured twelve teams from the "Urban League" (the Giants, Cars, Drasans, Sparrows, Wheels, and Titans), and "Country League" (the Lionels, Bravos, Hornets, Fires, Orients, and Buckaroos); they also featured three stadiums for their matches to take place in (Kōrakuen, Kōshien and Mejā).
  • Super World Stadium (1991), Super World Stadium '92 (1992), Super World Stadium '92 Gekitōban (1992), Super World Stadium '93 (1993): The next four titles in the series ran on Namco System 2 hardware and featured sixteen teams (the Lionels, Buckaroos, Fires, Orients, Giants, Cars, Wheels, Drasans, Sparrows and Titans from the first three titles, along with six new teams - the Blue Arrows, Homes, Orbies, Fifties, Nationals, and Americans); they also featured four stadiums for their matches to take place in (Dome, Kōshien from the first three games, Seaside and Manhattan).
  • Super World Stadium '95 (1995), Super World Stadium '96 (1996), Super World Stadium '97 (1997): The next three titles in the series ran upon Namco's NB-1 hardware, and featured twelve new teams from the "Central League" (the Yomiuri Giants, Chūnichi Dragons, Hiroshima Carp, Yakult Swallows, Hanshin Tigers and Yokohama Baystars) and "Pacific League" (Seibu Lions, Orix Blue Waves, Kintetsu Buffaloes, Fukuoka Daiei Hawks, Chiba Marines, and Nihonhamu Fighters); they also featured six stadiums for their matches to take place in (Hillside, Trad, Urban, Kaihei Dome, Air Dome and Seaside from the last four games). SWS '96 also introduced five "optional ball clubs" - the Sixties, Seventies, Eighties, Nineties and USA.
  • Super World Stadium '99 (1999): The eleventh and final title in the series ran upon Namco System 12 hardware, and featured eighteen teams (the twelve main teams from the last three games, and that USA team from the last two, along with five new teams - the Central League, Pacific League, Namco Stars, Gals, and User Team). It also featured twelve stadiums for its matches to take place in (Seaside from the last seven games & Hillside, Air Dome, Urban, Trad and Kaihei Dome from the last three games, along with the new Bay Area, Owari Dome, Naniwa Dome, Forest, Setōchi, and Kasenjiki). Due to the fact that it runs on System 12 hardware, it was also the only title in the series to feature three-dimensional polygonal graphics.