Rusty's Real Deal Baseball 3DS

Metascore
74

Mixed or average reviews - based on 6 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 6
  2. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. Apr 29, 2014
    81
    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. May 21, 2014
    80
    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.
  3. Apr 8, 2014
    80
    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. Apr 3, 2014
    80
    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.
User Score
7.4

Mixed or average reviews- based on 23 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 6
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 6
  3. Negative: 1 out of 6
  1. Apr 5, 2014
    8
    This review contains spoilers, click full review link 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. Full Review »
  2. Apr 4, 2014
    8
    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 stillSo 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. Full Review »
  3. Apr 20, 2014
    10
    This game is surprisingly great. The actual baseball mechanics in the minigames are some of the best ever and would make for a great fullThis 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. Full Review »