Nintendo’s “free” crane game for the 3DS requires a dollar for every five tries with the crane. Some companies would just tell you to pay and leave it at that. Not Nintendo. They’ve got a cartoon rabbit ready to explain to you why Nintendo needs to do this.

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All screenshots here are from the game/app/3DS-decorating program Nintendo Badge Arcade, which was released in Japan last year and made it to North America and Europe yesterday.

The blue word balloons in the shot above and this next one represent the player’s dialogue choices.

Bear in mind, folks, Nintendo is also the company that releases a baseball-themed microtransaction-based game that featured a depressed dog with whom you could haggle in order to lower the real-world price of various purchasable items.

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Oh, Nintendo. You are so... you.

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