Nintendo lets you haggle over microtransaction prices in this 3DS baseball experiment

While the base game is free to download, if you want to get the game's extra modes, you can haggle to get a better deal in Rusty's Real Deal Baseball.

At Nintendo's latest investor conference, company president Satoru Iwata talked in broad terms about the future of mobile development and microtransactions for Nintendo games. And part of that plan came to light today during the Nintendo Direct presentation for a game called Rusty's Real Deal Baseball.

Gameplay wise, the baseball game looks like the same kind of minigame collection that Nintendo seems to do so well. The base game, where you swing at balls like any standard baseball title, is a free download. But you have to purchase the other modes that let you act as the umpire or have you trying to catch balls.

The price on those modes isn't fixed, though. For $4.00, you can buy them outright from Rusty, or you can haggle with Rusty in the game to try and bring the price down. By talking with him and offering him items that you earn in game you can "significantly" lower the price.

It's an interesting experiment, but how do you feel about it? You can either pay more for instant gratification, or work for a lower price.

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Discussion

38 comments
Super_C
Super_C

I'm not opposed to micro transactions if they behave mostly like DLC where I get a whole game and can pay a little extra to get bonus content.  Pikmin is a perfect example of how I think it can be done well.  However, where micro transactions comprise the whole game- no thank you.

nintendoboy16
nintendoboy16

It's kind of a dickish (and maybe a bit hypocritical) thing of me to do, but this is an occasion. This is something of Nintendo's I actually want to fail. I cannot believe they are considering microtransactions, one of the worst trends in gaming in recent memory. I know it's an option due to haggling, but then again, so were the microtransactions in Tomb Raider 2013.


I expected better from you Nintendo, I really did.

GunBladeHero
GunBladeHero

It's certainly interesting, don't think I ever saw something like that.

peterdavid12345
peterdavid12345

When the company looking to make F2P games mean it's a sign of weakness ...

NINTENDO IS DOOM !!!

JDWolfie
JDWolfie

LOL. At first I thought the picture said, "Bait and Switch."

blackothh
blackothh

if it was in game currency haggling, id say sure have at it, but enough with the microtransaction bullcrap

TenraiSenshi
TenraiSenshi

Any experiment involving microtransactions feels like a human rights violation.

Nev3rtime
Nev3rtime

The game doesn't appeal to me but if it did I'd probably find having to haggle annoying.

Thanatos2k
Thanatos2k

The only proper price for a microtransaction is $0.00.  It's called unlocking something in the game.  And it should always be free.

Dannystaples14
Dannystaples14

Most likely what would happen with this is, I'd play the game gathering these bartering items and bring the price down as far as I physically can before I realise that I don't actually want to pay any money at all for it and I just don't bother.

HonorOfGod
HonorOfGod

How about I choke him out instead.

BeefoTheBold
BeefoTheBold

Finding a cute way to do microtransactions doesn't stop them from being microtransactions, which doesn't stop them from being an utter and complete scam.


This may not be as blatant as most, but this is one gamer that you will NEVER convince that theres any "right way" to do this type of pricing approach.


I very much hope that this is not successful because I can already see how this can be abused by just setting the "starting" price higher and letting people bargain down to the price that the company wanted to charge all along and making them feel like they're getting a bargain.

hochstreck
hochstreck

From my perspective this looks like a clever innovation to "tradional microtransactions", but I doubt this game will be highly successful.

JustPlainLucas
JustPlainLucas

I dunno... I don't really like the idea of Nintendo experimenting with microtransactions... could ultimately end up having Mario games where you have to pay for power ups.    

Kjranu
Kjranu

This game should be free to play if they're going to parcel out the game piece by piece on how much you are willing to pay. 

Wrathesoul
Wrathesoul

Micro transactions are BS. Nintendo is already down due to lack of third party support now they are looking at crapo transactions. I don't see a very bright future for them.

Butt_Chunx
Butt_Chunx

I wonder what Nintendope was smoking when they came up with this...

Sefrix
Sefrix moderator moderator

The only microtransaction idea that is good is the idea of not having microtransactions.

EasyComeEasyGo
EasyComeEasyGo

I got CASH so I couldn't careless what people say about Microtransaction because it's there for those who want it or not so stop your whining.

AdderD
AdderD

"You can "significantly" lower the price."


i.e. $3.99

i_police
i_police

stop this nonsense, micro transactions WILL rune the gaming industry as allot of people will not have a second look at games in general when they see these models popping up like an STD.


I seriously will dump my ps4 if this will be the only way to play a game.

Free2play, pay2win, pay4play.. fuck 'm all..




zequex
zequex

@Thanatos2k  Seriously? Always free addons for a free game? Do you get your groceries from the dumpster?

Link3301
Link3301

Geez, it's litterally 4 bucks. This is Dungeon Keeper of Candy Crush. It's like when app devs used make "lite" apps and then allow you to upgrade for a couple of bucks.

Lhomity
Lhomity

@BeefoTheBold   All microtransactions are scams? 


Everything costs money. The game costs nothing upfront and allows you to pay only if/when you feel like it, and that's after you've tried the game and decided whether or not you want to continue playing. 

Its very easy to enjoy some F2P games without ever spending a cent or certainly less than the average retail game. The only real difference is that you chose when to pay and what parts to pay for. Providing customers with choices, and a sense of personalisation does not equate to a scam. But, fear can be very powerful.

EasyComeEasyGo
EasyComeEasyGo

Pokemon could be there next step. People will pay to get those special event Pokemon if they miss out the event.

EasyComeEasyGo
EasyComeEasyGo

With all due respect but I'm getting sick and tired of everyone complaining on this whole I don't wanna see Microtransaction and as always, it's optional and no one is forcing you to buy it. Let the gamers spend the money if they want to or not.

sdnoriko
sdnoriko

@i_police Old Nordic micro transactions have runed the gaming industry.

Sefrix
Sefrix moderator moderator

@EasyComeEasyGo  Oh I'm cool with others having an opinion so no worries there. I am simply speaking mine. For me personally, I have yet to buy DLC or Microtransactions and therefore I always feel like I do not get the full experience as I miss out on a lot of gameplay because of it. If there was at least an option to earn it all in game, or simply buy the game in full then it'd be different. The problem is that the choice you're speaking of, is limited. We aren't given choices as gamers except buy or don't. It's an all or nothing deal for most devs. I'd love more options.

meep50
meep50

@19James89 @i_police  He was saying that he would throw it out if this is the only way to play games in the future. I don't think he was talking about this game in particular.

runtheplacered
runtheplacered

@Sefrix @EasyComeEasyGo  


" therefore I always feel like I do not get the full experience"


This has always been a terrible argument, and this is no exception.  You *are* getting a "full experience". What you're saying is completely meaningless.  What you really want is for the price of games to not go up.  You want them to be the same as they were back in 1985, and that's just not going to happen and nor should it.  Publishers wouldn't be able to support half of the games you love without DLC subsidizing the price of development.  Personally, I like my developers having a budget, so I hope they continue doing what they have to do to keep their doors open.

chibi-acer
chibi-acer

@Sefrix @EasyComeEasyGo  What if the microtransation content is visual only, like player skins in LOL?  At least you aren't missing out on any gameplay because of it.