The Strategic Side Of Steel Diver

By Spencer . February 25, 2011 . 4:02pm

steeldWhile Steel Diver is a submarine simulator with a touch screen control panel, it also has a strategic mini-game that is kind of like Battleship.


Steel Commander gives you and a friend a fleet of ships plus a submarine. The goal is to explore the hexagon grid using your submarine’s sonar. When you spot a ship you pop out in periscope mode and literally turn around to shoot the ship. Steel Diver uses the Nintendo 3DS’ gyroscopic sensors for aiming.


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Steel Commander mode supports download play so you only need one cartridge for two Nintendo 3DS systems. Steel Diver comes out on March 17 in Japan and March 27 in North America.

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  • Wow $39.99 for a glorified version of Battleship seems kind of pricey. I wonder how fast this game will tank in retail pricing. It seems like it would be the flagship title of 3DSware. I wonder why they did not offer it on that service instead. (I wonder if they will improve the murky waters by the time the game releases?

    • Icon

      You really couldn’t read that first paragraph, could you? Man, I thought trolls weren’t allowed on Siliconera. In any event, as far as I’m concerned, this game is a … DAY ONE BABY, DAY ONE! :-)

      • Yes he is a troll!
        The game has a full campaign, online multiplayer, and mini games. When games like Madden, and Ridge Racer won’t even have online at all.

        I tell you one thing this game reminds me of a old NES game called Silent Service. If it has a free mode that allows you to travel the world. I’m sold!

        • mirumu

          Silent Service on NES was a port of the original developed by Sid Meier, creator of Civilization. They actually made a sequel that came out on Amiga, ST and PC. They were both very cool games for the time.

        • SolidusSnake

          lol ya I thought of Silent Service when I saw the screens too. It was a good game!

      • SolidusSnake

        Looks kinda like a modernized, more advanced version of Silent Service, my favorite submarine game on the NES. Actually looks really fun, I’ll def be looking to pick this one up whenever I get around to buying a 3DS

    • mirumu

      This isn’t the actual game, it’s a minigame within the full game. Personally Steel Diver is one of the few early 3DS titles that I actually want to buy.

      • It is quite satisfying to play, actually. My first thought when I saw it was that it seemed like a game that would be more suited to another system, but it hooked me more than a lot of the other offerings, in the end. Still not sure I’d want to buy it at full price, but it is a lot of fun.

      • It’s the only 3DS launch title I want to buy. I can’t wait for it. I keep playing the DS tech demo over and over. But for some reason I can no longer make it in time, even though I used to be able to and I’ve going full speed.

      • RupanIII

        Yea, I’m not getting a 3ds at launch, but if I was I’d be nabbing this, Pilot Wings & Ridge Racer. Sometimes less is more, and simple games/graphics can be more addictive/fun than whatever latest multi-million dollar HD game.

  • Phoenix_Apollo

    That first screenshot reminded me of Advance Wars. I hope they go that in depth with this game.

  • This is one game I’m not going to play in public.

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