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Wednesday, March 29, 2023

Wii U and 3DS eShops are GONE, but now you can See the Story of Rusty's Real Deal Baseball for Free

By LUDWIG VON KOOPA - No more micro-transactions! Or macro-transactions, either.

Well over a year ago, I explained and warned about how the Nintendo Wii U and Nintendo 3DS eShops would be obliterated on March 27, 2023. I didn't buy anything on the Wii U or 3DS in 2022 or 2023, since I'm not a procrastinator, and if I had wanted something, I would've gotten it a long, long time ago.

Apparently, the world is full of procrastinators and it was a scramble in March 2023 for many people to buy things they could've gotten in March 2022. To be fair, if you did wait until March 2023, in certain circumstances, you could get some big savings in sales. But now if you try to access a Nintendo 3DS game page on, it'll redirect to the support page for Service Discontinuation: Nintendo eShop for Nintendo 3DS. And if you try to access a page on the Wii U or 3DS eShop, it'll say it's unavailable for purchase. If you try to access a game's in-product online store, depending on the game it'll say it couldn't find any products or no products are available for purchase. Even the “My Nintendo 3DS & Wii U Memories” website no longer exists, despite it featuring on Nintendo's question and answer page on this topic.

Nintendo 3DS shut down this software is currently unavailable after March 2023
Maybe I can still get Kirby Triple Deluxe physically.
Or never and I can be satisfied with that, since I had nine years to get it but chose not to.

It's not all bad news with no silver lining. At least one free-to-play game, Rusty's Real Deal Baseball, lets you get to the game's story ending after the 3DS eShop has shut down. This assumes you downloaded the game before it shut down, since you can't download it now. The plot of the game is that Rusty, a married father of ten pups, runs a baseball-themed sports shop of minigames, but his wife has apparently left him and his shop is falling apart. You could pay a maximum of $40 on his ten games, but you could haggle him and get discounts down to a total price of $16 for the games. That's real money for his in-game wares.

Rusty's Real Deal Baseball after Nintendo 3DS eShop shut down continue to advance the story without purchase
While I can't play the games, I can at least advance the story. (Which is spoiled if you keep reading.)

Rusty's Real Deal Baseball doesn't have a good story, and I can't tell you if it has good gameplay because I never actually bought the games. But today I did get to the “end” of the game after having never bought anything for the past many years. It turns out that Rusty's wife isn't gone forever and is coming back, but the kids destroy the shop by ramming his truck into the building. He rents out the sports store to someone else, who turns out to be his wife, who cleans up the shop to sell snacks, and it's all happily ever after. It makes as much sense as I made it out to be, which is that it doesn't make sense.

Rusty's Real Deal Baseball Pappy Rusty favorite pompadour wig
I didn't (and couldn't) pay for the minigames, but I can still advance through the story.
You're supposed to use this wig when haggling with Rusty to get him to lower his price on a game, but I didn't bother.
That said, the haggling process is where a lot of the game's dialogue and lore(?) comes into play, but I wanted to pump Rusty with as much fake money as I could.
He's shocked by me actually “paying” him full price.

It's thanks to my repeated purchases (as their best and arguably only customer) that Rusty and his family could make a living and come back from the brink of calamity. Back when the 3DS eShop was around, this “gameplay” (of spending your real money) and story were integrated, but now that the eShop has shut down and I can do this for free, the storyline has a much more twisted interpretation. It's basically the equivalent of if I bought everything in Rusty's shop on a credit card and then charged it back (without returning anything), but Rusty had already made his own purchases and renovations based on that credit exchange. Since he didn't operate on a cash basis, his whole world is going to come crashing down. Fortunately for my conscience, I don't plan to turn on Rusty's Real Deal Baseball and encounter Rusty ever again. He ultimately admitted to running out of things to talk about with me, anyway.

Rusty's Real Deal Baseball Rusty Slugger Jacket Golden Statue
Rusty funded the golden statue by me not actually buying anything he sold.
Is this really a happy ending?

If you happened to buy Pokémon Super Mystery Dungeon on the 3DS, Ludwig would love to rescue you if you get in trouble. And if you downloaded Team Kirby Clash Deluxe, you can't buy Gem Apples anymore, so you should read this guide on how to use the ones you can get efficiently.


  1. Wow what a momentous occasion! Of course I'm not so into this game either but i can appreciate the weird style it was going for with the fluctuating prices. Being one of the earliest 3ds games, it makes me happy to know you can still in a sense make your way through the game now that the Eshop is closed.

    I would have appreciated the offer to be rescued in Super Mystery Dungeon a couple years ago but i will keep it in mind just in case i decide to go back and fully complete Super Mystery Dungeon. Although i think i did get most evry legendary... either way its high time we had a NEW Pokémon mystery dungeon game.

    1. Completion means going through every mission to have every Pokémon join your team. Even Arceus.

    2. Which begs the indirectly related question, are there Pokémon athiests? If so, does Arceus know?

  2. I had fun with this game when I played it, although I never finished it. I don't remember how much I played.

    1. I don't remember having fun with the one free thing they gave you.

  3. Hi! I know this is an old post but I'm hoping you see this and can respond anyway
    I was talking to my partner today and she mentioned that when she was younger she saw that Rusty's Real Deal Baseball had installed itself on her 3DS, and seemed confident that this was just a thing that happened to everyone. I have absolutely NO idea what she means by this, but I'm more than willing to accept my memory is faulty. Do you remember this being a thing when the 3DS was actually alive, or is this just a situation where someone installed that game without telling her about it?

    1. If your SpotPass settings were on, Nintendo could in fact send this to you to auto-download.


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