Rusty's Real Deal Baseball
is a free-to-download game on the Nintendo 3DS
eShop. However, to advance the story and unlock more games to play, the player must actually buy them from the eShop at $4.00 each (totaling $40 plus tax, or $16 plus tax in a perfect run
). Haggling comes into play, to reduce the price and earn discounts.
This game provides examples of:
- 10-Minute Retirement: Rusty closes up his shop in Chapter 5 and puts the shack up for sale; when he returns to see who the new tenant is, he's shocked to see that his wife's replaced it with a restaurant. However, she happily combines it with his sporting goods store, thus bringing in more money than he could have hoped.
- And Your Reward Is Clothes: Earning gold medals in the Home-Run Derby games in each title will unlock uniforms for your Mii to wear.
- Bland-Name Product: Nontendo and the 4DS.
- Bribing Your Way to Victory: It is possible to buy all ten games right away to breeze through the plot, but you'll be out $24 more.
- Bumbling Dad: Rusty himself.
- Discount Card: As you play the games and earn stamps, you'll also earn discount cards to use on the non-key games. They come in "Half Off", "30% Off", "10% Off", "$1.00 Off", "$0.50 Off", and "$0.30 Off". However, once the price lowers enough for the entire price tag to be marked red, the remaining percent can't lower it any further, and only up to 3 cards can be used.
- Do You Want to Haggle?: in-game mechanic when you haggle minigames for real money.
- Explosive Breeder: Rusty has 10 puppies, all that look alike, so much that he can't tell which ones are sons or daughters! The only difference is the names, like "Rusty Jr.", "Rusty III", etc.
- Exposition Fairy: The pup you choose. They'll even help you out when you're stuck during the haggling process because they enjoy screwing their dad over.
- Lethal Chef: Rusty, implied. The pups, shown onscreen.
- Missing Mom: Played straight then subverted near the end.
- Mission Pack Sequel: "Cage Match" is mostly the same as "Bat & Switch", but more complicated.
- One Of These Is Not Like The Others: "Bat Master", unlike the other games, is where you can create your own bat for hitting games. It lacks Challenges and Hi-Score Derby.
- Rank Inflation: The challenges give you C, B, or A ranks; the Hi-Score Derbies also have an A+ rank.
- At the beginning, Rusty gives the player a Nontendo 4DS, which he bought from "Nontendo". He insists it's not Nintendo, as he also had Romeo and Squeegee to fix his sink.
- The Ultra Machine is popularized in this game, as a perfect pitcher.
- Trademark Favorite Food: Rusty and his donuts. So much so that feeding him one initiates the haggling sequence.
- Variable Mix: Every minigame has a theme; as you rise in ranks, that theme gains instrumentation.
- Virtual Training Simulation: The games, at least from the Mii's perspective. The pups say it best, the 4DS, "it's... really immersive."
- We're Still Relevant, Dammit: In-universe. Rusty started selling video games because his baseball equipment wasn't selling well anymore. He figured: kids like video games, so if he wanted them to be interested in baseball again, he could get them interested in baseball video games.