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  • Summary: Feel the crack of the bat in a collection of baseball-themed minigames!

    Then, take a breather and haggle with hilarious ol Rusty to lower the real-life Nintendo eShop* price of additional batting, pitching, and fielding minigames, plus a whole lot more!

    Knock it out of the park in a
    series of baseball-themed minigames that will have you swinging at disappearing fastballs, bringing down UFOs with the help of some rubber tires, or even becoming an umpire and ringing up batters. But before you play ball, youll have to haggle with that miserable mutt, ex-pro baseball player Rusty Slugger, to lower the actual Nintendo eShop* purchase price of each minigame! Dont worry, you can use weird in-game items like donuts and nose hair trimmers (thats not a typo) to help you get the lowest price possible.

    -Hit, catch, toss, and more in individually priced baseball-themed challenges
    -Haggle with Rusty Slugger to lower the real-life price of each minigame
    -Use discount tickets and in-game items to lower prices
    -Share your high score achievements via the StreetPass feature

    *Broadband Internet access. For more info, go to
    StreetPass Features:

    Share your high score achievements.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 6
  2. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. Apr 29, 2014
    This is the National Pastime deconstructed. This is also Nintendo’s past commingling with its future: A perfect, tiny game, forced into this strange new shape and sold piecemeal.
  2. Apr 3, 2014
    Nintendo really took a chance with something as screwball as Rusty, and it ended up being one of the most innovative takes on the free-to-play model in some time.
  3. Apr 8, 2014
    Though lightweight, the selection of games in Rusty's Real Deal Baseball are solidly fun. Wrap them up in a compelling (if weird) story, and we have an example that Nintendo knows how to do free games right, despite being a newcomer to the system.
  4. May 21, 2014
    Proof that Nintendo can handle free-to-play and make it fun, you'll enjoy haggling with Rusty almost as much as you'll enjoy the wealth of mini-games Rusty's has to offer.
  5. Apr 5, 2014
    At the very least, Rusty's Real Deal Baseball is worth downloading. You can decide for yourself how much money you want to spend on it.
  6. Apr 8, 2014
    A little more than half of the minigames in Rusty’s Real Deal Baseball are fun and arcadey, wrapped up neatly in Rusty’s darkly humorous story, but it’s hard to separate the good from the bad before committing to a purchase.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 5
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 5
  3. Negative: 1 out of 5
  1. Apr 20, 2014
    This game is surprisingly great. The actual baseball mechanics in the minigames are some of the best ever and would make for a great full game. If you've played the MLB Power Pros/Jikkyou Powerful Pros series, this has a similar feel: simple but perfect controls, somewhat exaggerated pitch dynamics, and an emphasis on timing. This might be the first baseball game where fielding is actually fun. The minigames themselves are very addictive and have about a million levels and high score challenges, so at about $1.50 each (if you haggle down the price), they're a great value. Sometimes, unexpected ones (like umpiring) can be the most fun. The whole haggling concept is so weird and original, as is the storyline, and it's so nice to see Nintendo bother to bring over one of those bizarre Japanese games that's probably destined for a cult audience. If you're a baseball fan, this game is especially for you, but I would recommend it to anyone. Expand
  2. Apr 4, 2014
    one of best free-to-play game ever!
    the mini games are awesome and customize the baseball bat is grate as well
    i enjoyed changing shirts on
    the game but i wish they let you customize the shirts, pants etc Expand
  3. Apr 4, 2014
    So far it's been a solid game. Your mileage may vary on the minigames, but listening and talking with Rusty so far has been a hoot. I'm still on the fence whether the "haggle for lower prices on micro-transactions" is exceptionally brilliant, or disturbingly scummy. But I can't deny it's satisfying. Play this one for the novelty and the humor, rather than the basic but fun minigames. Expand
  4. Apr 5, 2014
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. A disturbingly solid, addictive game. Purchases are high at first, but you negotiate price with a little dog in a Phoenix Wright type of system to turn four dollar purchases into 2 bucks or under (minimum 1.50 per game). Fun, addictive, pricey but a guilty pleasure even for me, a guy who normally hates baseball. Expand
  5. Apr 3, 2014
    I was kinda eager to play this, now I'm a little disappointed, I expected a little more from the free version.
    it is basically a demo of the
    game ( literally, you get just a demo of a in-game mini-game ). and Rusty is overly dramatic, I mean it, I think this is pretty bad for kids who will feel pressed to buy the games to make him happy, even I felt like some pressure was being put on me for it, that's playing dirty.
    but in all fairness the demo of the game he provides is simple, but fun, but the content presented on the free version is very scarce, I think it's not enough to get many people into buying the mini-games.
    and the mini games are way too simple for the prices they are asking, not to mention there don't seem to be a lot of variation on them.