Nintendo 3DS Gets Another Free-to-Play Game Next Week

By Ishaan . March 28, 2014 . 9:00am

Rusty’s Real Deal Baseball, Nintendo’s next free-to-play game for Nintendo 3DS, will be available on April 3rd, Nintendo of America announced via Twitter.


As detailed in past reports, Rusty’s Real Deal Baseball has you purchasing items from a sporting goods store run by a dog named Rusty. Rusty has a family of ten puppies to feed, and he’s selling mini-games at his store in order to make money. The first mini-game will be free, but subsequent  games will cost $4 each.


The catch is, you’ll be able to haggle on the price of each game by listening to Rusty’s problems and cheering him up, or by offering him his favourite doughnuts. So, it’s a free-to-play game with paid items that… encourages you to pay as little as you can.

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  • Paul Rodriguez

    Lame. I don’t know what people see in f2p games. I have as much interest in f2p games as I do with DLC in video games, which is none.

    • Altin

      There are some good F2P games. PSO2 and Dota 2 being one of the very few examples of F2P done right.

  • Otto Cerqueira

    F2p my ass. More like microtransactions. :/

    • Kouji Tamino

      You can actually haggle down the prices to zero, I’ve heard. So yes, F2P.

      • J_Joestar

        really? makes me tempted to get the game just to try and get everything at zero if thats true.

    • popyea

      What kind of F2P game doesn’t have microtransactions? Otherwise they’re just giving it away with no opportunity to profit.

      • Otto Cerqueira

        Not really interessed in f2p model on my 3DS, of course, it’s a personal preference, but I find the term ‘Free to play” really odd since you can’t really play the game in it’s fullest unless you keep buying. I rather pay the full price and play in peace, haha.

  • D. Collins

    I really would live to play a demo of Azure Striker Gunvolt. Oh and the Conception 2 demo is fun

  • Slickyslacker

    Rusty’s Real Deal Virtual Shovelware, with unfair microtransactions.

    …Eh. This looks like one of the better console F2P games, for what it is.

  • James Enk

    if anything else this is going to be interesting

  • pressstart

    I liked what I saw in the Nintendo Direct. Definitely going to try it out!

  • Spirit Macardi

    While this isn’t my type of game, I do like the concept of being able to reduce the price of DLC/microtransactions depending on your actions in-game. I’d like to see that concept be explored a bit more; it’s certainly a more tangible reward than an achievement or trophy.

    • CozyAndWarm

      My thoughts exactly. This is a great concept/experiment, I just wish the game itself was a bit more exciting.

    • GH56734

      It seems possible in this one to get it down to 0$ actually. But extremely challenging/obscure.

  • Guest

    The meta-game of getting a discount is hilarious… I’m not a fan of this business model to be honest, but I’d have to try it myself to get a clear idea.

  • otakumike

    that dog is creepy lookin.

  • E.T.993

    Fans:”Nintendo rehashes the same franchises over and over again.”
    Nintendo:”Let’s try something new.”
    Fans:”Hey!It’s a new game!Let’s not care about it because it’s not Mario,Zelda, or Metroid.”
    This is why, gentlemen, we can NEVER have nice things.

    • grevlinghore

      Well, there are fans who know what they´re talking about (a rare breed), and fans who don´t know what they´re talking about. The latter group are the ones who make claims like “Zelda is always the same”, “They´re just milking dead franchises”, “Everything was better before.”
      These people neglect the fact that all of Nintendo´s flagship franchises are very dynamic. They keep bringing in new ideas and concepts, and generally do a great job at renewing some things while keeping true to the old – but a lot of people are seemingly unable to recognize this fact. Take Mario for instance. When has a main-series 3D Mario game not brought something fresh to the table compared to the installment that came before it? Never, that´s when. Sunshine is vastly different from 64, Galaxy vastly different from Sunshine. Galaxy 2 expands on Galaxy 1, and 3D World is its own thing entirely as well. The same goes for The Legend of Zelda, but here too, people complain for reasons I will never comprehend.

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