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Rusty's Real Deal Baseball Gets Into the Swing of the 3DS eShop on 3rd April

Posted by Thomas Whitehead

Stepping up to the plate

During the most recent Nintendo Direct broadcast in February, Nintendo announced Rusty’s Real Deal Baseball, a quirky take on the "freemium" model coming to the 3DS eShop in North America. It'll come with one free mini-game in the download but will have a number more — incorporating different aspects of the sport such as batting and pitching — available for purchase separately. Intriguingly you'll be able to haggle the price with main character Rusty the Dog, potentially triggering discounts by offering him items or simply listening to his problems.

There's much curiosity in how it'll pan out, and it seems North American gamers won't have long to wait before they can see for themselves. Nintendo of America has confirmed that the initially-free title will be in next week's update, hitting the store on 3rd April.

This title is currently North America-only, possibly due to baseball not being hugely popular in Europe and Australia; on the flipside European gamers have Nintendo Pocket Football Club kicking off on 17th April.

Are you in North America and looking forward to trying this one out? Let us know in the comments below.

Thanks to Aqueous for the tip.

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User Comments (41)

audreypots

#2

audreypots said:

i want both, this and pocket football club... hope they bring the football one to the US

Magikarp3

#3

Magikarp3 said:

I actually like baseball more than football. In fact I like just about everything more than football. I can't help but feel my opinion is unpopular in my region though :/

Prof_Clayton

#4

Prof_Clayton said:

I can't wait to feel the Good Feeling of batting.
And the Good Feeling of catching.
Oh, and the Good Feeling of running.
And who could forget the Good Feeling of being Water boy? :o
Quite frankly, if I wanted to feel like I'm playing baseball... I'd play baseball.
Guess I'll try it though, but right now it makes no sense.

Aqueous

#5

Aqueous said:

@Thomas - You're welcome.

I thought it was two games not one? Either way next week I'll download and try it, no idea if I plan to buy anything from it.

ArcanaXVI

#7

ArcanaXVI said:

I'm not the biggest fan of baseball, but I'll give it a swing (no pun intended). I was already pleasantly surprised by Sub Wars; maybe Nintendo can surprise me again.

MadAdam81

#12

MadAdam81 said:

@barnetbee1 it costs quite a bit to release downloadable software in UK, Germany, rest of Europe and Australia, and takes a lot of time, and that's just the classification process. There's a great in-depth article on here somewhere.

Whopper744

#15

Whopper744 said:

Baseball is my favorite sport and I like video games... But my baseball video games mostly consist of Mario Baseball instead of MLK-Whatever games.... Though this game may be right up my alley

iphys

#16

iphys said:

I think the only thing people will enjoy about this game is trying to bargain for the prices, but I don't think any of the games will be worth even the lowest price you can pay for them.

StarDust4Ever

#17

StarDust4Ever said:

Not a big baseball fan so I'll give it a pass. I'd be willing to bet however, that the "haggle" system uses a simple algorithm, that this algorithm gets discovered via experimentation, and people will post strategy guides online detailing specifically how to haggle the lowest possible price, every time. That will take some of the allure out of playing yes, but people will get top value for their dollar as a result. Interseting DLC strategy nonetheless. I'll probably download it just to preview the haggling engine, and see how low I can get the offers, and still not bite on it. See how desparate the old mutt can get... :p

3DS Sub Wars, on the other hand, was a brilliant concept. I bought everything in the game. Nice to be able to unlock "historic" subs early on without the need of earning medals, many of which are better than the "stock" sub you start with, even if they give veterans little advatage over regular unlockables. B-)

GalacticMario28

#18

GalacticMario28 said:

I'm a big baseball fan, so I'll be checking this out. I'm curious to see how the haggling works in depth.

shane1228

#19

shane1228 said:

I could probably get into an acrade type baseball game like the ones from the NES but the sim baseball games are boring.This one looks not so serious and like it could be fun.

Noonch

#20

Noonch said:

I think Nintendo will have one very successful free to play and one less so successful this year. Sub Wars is awesome.

Knuckles

#21

Knuckles said:

Did anyone else notice in the ND that this was revealed in that it said copyright NONTENDO 2014? And, yes, my typo was intentional.

TwilightV

#22

TwilightV said:

I hope they dont end up charging sales tax for every single game. That annoyed me with the historical subs in SD:SW.

rockodoodle

#23

rockodoodle said:

Looks cool.... I'll probably get it. Steel Diver was a good one. Wish they had a Wii U version

Artwark

#25

Artwark said:

@TwilightV Those subs are completely optional incase you're wondering. Its not like in Sonic Dash where if you want to get something ( like playing as Knuckles or getting items) you'd have to pay for it. In this, every ship is well balanced.

sinalefa

#31

sinalefa said:

I wasn't expecting this one so soon. Definitely downloading it next week. This is a new Nintendo IP, might as well support it with our wallet AND our mouths.

Starwolf_UK

#32

Starwolf_UK said:

Its free so I can't get it (due to the stupid decision to require a Nintendo Network ID and to lock this to a single eShop, progress it meant to go forward not backward...I'm so stockholm about it that I'd be willing to pay rather than be completely locked out). Then again I'm European so am not even at first base yet (game not yet announced).

@Artwark I took the comment of @epicdude12302 meaning they hope the reviews will tell them which of the DLC games are worth buying.

LittleIrves

#35

LittleIrves said:

I'm so so happy this came over. Very intrigued. And I love the experimental pricing model, and how the gameplay is actually tied to the price. Fantastic idea. Let's see how it goes... I'm optimistic. (I also loved Let's Catch, so I'm a fan of simple mechanics with underlying story elements.)

statnut

#37

statnut said:

I'm a big baseball fan, but I'd rather have Pocket Football Club. This does not look like it will scratch the baseball itch for me.

BulbasaurusRex

#39

BulbasaurusRex said:

@barnetbee1 You didn't read the article about the difficulty of getting games rated in Europe, did you?

I love baseball, so I'll be grabbing this ASAP. Only 2 more days until Opening Day!

Kolzig

#41

Kolzig said:

Shame it's not coming to Europe, but the football game sounds very interesting.

I wasted quite many years during high school on Sports Interactive's Championship Manager/Football Manager.

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