Nintendo’s First Free-To-Play Game Coming To North America

By Sato . February 14, 2014 . 1:51pm

Some of you may remember that we previously reported an oddball Nintendo 3DS game, titled Darumeshi Sports Shop. This is an eShop title about a gag manga-styled dog who runs a sporting goods store full of mini-games. The game will be released with a makeover, and titled Rusty’s Real Deal Baseball in North America.


To bring you up to speed, ex-pro baseball player Rusty Slugger owns a sports shack and he’s broke with 10 puppies to feed. In order to help him out, you’ll be purchasing various mini-games such as Bat & Switch, Cage Match, Drop & Pop, Volley Bat, and more that will be testing out your virtual baseball reflexes and hitting abilities.


While Rusty’s Real Deal Baseball and its first mini-game will be free, additional games start at $4 apiece; however, you’ll be able to haggle on prices by offering Rusty his favorite doughnuts or just by listening to his problems and putting him in a better mood.


Rusty’s Real Deal Baseball will be available this April for Nintendo 3DS. You can also check out more details on the game in our earlier report. While the game is Nintendo’s second free-to-play 3DS title in the west—the first being Steel Diver: Sub Wars—in Japan, it was the first.



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  • TheExile285

    Cool. I wonder why they didn’t mention this during the Direct yesterday.

    • They did, actually! Your stream might’ve cut out during it.

      • TheExile285

        Ah makes sense. My stream was cutting out a lot before I switched to YouTube lol.

        • Yeah, it did the same for me, too, but I managed to catch this particular bit over it.

  • ronin4life

    Love the haggling bit, but…

    4$ is a bit steep, considering what that could get you on the Eshop…

    • Laer_HeiSeiRyuu

      2 copies of Gunman clive?

      • ronin4life

        Hell yeah! ^ ,^;;

        But also any of the Guild 01/02 games this week, the titles in the Go series, Just a tiny bit more can get an entire VC game…

        I couldn’t see these Rusty games being as fully featured as any of these other titles.

        • Laer_HeiSeiRyuu

          In the words of Reggie.

          PLAY. THE. GAME.

          • LanceCS

            Whoa there, sit down and chill. They said “I couldn’t see” and not “This game is absolutely awful”.

          • Laer_HeiSeiRyuu

            Dont make me come over there Geoff

          • LanceCS

            Whatever in the world that could be.

    • LunarKnite

      Yeah, the base is $4 per mini game, but I think part of the goal is to haggle. It’s this weird, interesting thing Nintendo’s doing to give consumers even more incentive to play their games besides for the entertainment value–it can save you money!

  • Eric Harris

    what is the lowest price you can get? Seeing as they are simple mini games. I really hope it’s 99 cents per game.

    • Laer_HeiSeiRyuu

      Did you play them?

      • Eric Harris

        They look like simple timing mini games like in Rhythm Heaven like swing the bat to hit the ball. Have you even seen them? You think each of the 100+ mini games on Rhythm Heaven are worth $2.00 a piece?

        • Seta Soujiro

          let’s just wait and see.

        • Laer_HeiSeiRyuu

          I’ve been playing Darumeshi sports store on my Japanese 3DSLL. You can get the games for free if you’re good at haggling. And patient. You can also get 50 yen coupons to take 50 yen off.

          Doing favors and haggling can bring the price down quite a bit

          The game rewards you for playing it with free stuff while you play you silly baseball games.

          It got popular because people wanted someone to talk to on the train. Waifu’s are frowned on in public.

          Seriously, wouldnt you like to psych trip a dog into giving you a game for free?

          • s07195

            Just downloaded the JP version, and for the first time haggling, the kid dog stops me from haggling below 200 yen. Any help here?

            Yude Tamago –> Nose hair tweezers –> talking and bargaining –> stuck at 200 yen.

          • Laer_HeiSeiRyuu

            The first game only goes down to 200 yen from my experience.
            You can haggle lower for each successive title, I’ve developed some suspicions about how he responds to be haggling later in the day vs early in the morning

    • Mrgrgr and Unacceptable World

      A single mini game is actually consisted of two to three modes though. so i surely said that it actually worth the 2 bucks price.(For your info, i collect all the game for my JP 3DS here.^_^)

    • I hear you can get them free if you’re good enough.

  • Space_Ghost

    Europe gets a “football” version, obviously. ;)

    • FJLink

      If you are talking about Nintendo Pocket Football that’s a different game.

  • NintendoPSXTheSecond

    I thought the first f2p was Steel Diver, or is the fact you can purchase a “premium” version discount that?

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