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First off: this game is really funny! A lot of thought was put into the dialogue. I want to purchase all the games just to see where the story goes with Rusty and his wife.
Second: the minigames are fun! There are a ton of challenges, with endless modes and streetpass high scores.
Third: Haggling is an enjoyable mechanic. It's rewarding, and fun to see how low you can bring Rusty on his prices. The choice of dialogue, use of items, etc, all impact your bottom line spending on the games.
I went from batting, to more batting, to fielding, to umping. The batting cage stuff, while cool, was unnecessary right away. I'd recommend fielding or umping, for a nice change of pace. Fielding for some quick reflex stuff, or umping for something completely different.
God damn, I love this game. Not every game is the same level of quality, but there's a whole lot of simple, fun, novel content here. And it really DOES nail the satisfaction of many aspects of baseball. Even the story aspects make me laugh out loud! Rusty rules.
Next time that someone says that Nintendo never has any new IPs, I'm gonna be like, "Shut up and play Rusty's Real Deal Baseball!" And then when they come back with "Yeah, but I mean new IPs on the level of Mario and Zelda!" I'm gonna say, "Shut up and play Rusty's Real Deal Baseball!"