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.