I noticed that Rusty Slugger looked kinda off-putting in the new Rusty’s Real Deal Baseball screens, but I didn’t realize that he was off-putting in a different way from his Japanese counterpart Inuji until a reader pointed it out.
Yep, he’s been redressed and reskinned with some big USA Cartoon Eyes for the American release.
I’m pretty sure it’s a good change, despite the fact that I kind of just don’t like looking at him. If the Japanese character were released as-is over here, he would be perceived as an insulting caricature of Japanese people.
And “no but the game is actually Japanese so” or whatever is a bit too involved for a game Nintendo is hoping to use to promote free-to-play adoption on the 3DS.
And don’t think I don’t see you back there, suddenly blond boxart batter.