Nintendo is experimenting with the free-to-play model through two 3DS eShop releases, Steel Diver: Sub Wars and Rusty’s Real Deal Baseball, the company announced today during their Nintendo Direct presentation.
Steel Diver: Sub Wars is described by president Satoru Iwata as a “contemplative” first-person shooter, in that—playing as submarines—the game has a slower, more thoughtful pace than other titles belonging to the typically quick-moving genre. Steel Diver, which was made available immediately following the Nintendo Direct presentation, is available in two versions: a free one and a premium version. The free version of Steel Diver gives players access to two of the seven single-player missions and the 4-on-4 multiplayer, but only two of the submarines available in the multiplayer. The premium version, which can be purchased for $9.99, unlocks all seven missions and all available subs.
The other free-to-play title announced today was Rusty’s Real Deal Baseball for 3DS, which is coming to the eShop in April. Rusty’s Real Deal Baseball, according to Iwata, revolves around the theme of “good feelings.” And baseball. Using real-world money, players can purchase baseball-inspired minigames from Rusty Slugger, owner of a sports shop selling these minigames. Each game is priced $4 (that’s, again, real-world dollars), though players can haggle down the price by bargaining and bartering with Rusty. The minigames vary in style, ranging from playing as an umpire who must call balls and strikes to batting against a pitching machine or catching ground balls.