Is SteelDiver Subwars Nintendo’s Next Free-to-Play Game?

By Ishaan . November 20, 2013 . 9:30am

The Australian Classification Board has rated a game titled SteelDiver Subwars, with Nintendo listed as the game’s publisher.


The original Steel Diver was a game released alongside the Nintendo 3DS at the device’s launch. It was a slow, deliberate side-scrolling title where one navigates a submarine through treacherous waters, avoiding obstacles and destroying enemy ships.


While SteelDiver Subwars hasn’t been officially announced, one could make an educated guess as to what it is. Earlier in the year, Nintendo’s Shigeru Miyamoto shared that the company was working on a new free-to-play Steel Diver game focused on multiplayer. That could be what Subwars is.


At the time, Miyamoto stated: “There is something we’re doing with the Steel Diver idea that I think is going to open things up with that game… It’s going to be very fun. We’re exploring from a perspective of where we can take that from a multiplayer standpoint—it’s going to have this four-player battle mode that I think is going to be very interesting.”


This would make SteelDiver Subwars Nintendo’s second free-to-play game. Earlier in the year, the company launched Darumeshi Sports Shop on the Nintendo 3DS, which marked the first of their free-to-play efforts. You can read more about that game here.


We’ll have more to report on SteelDiver Subwars as details are made available.

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  • ronin4life

    WiiU with Gamepad perioscoping(or however that is spelled…@[email protected]) maybe?

    I still need to check out Darumeshi…

  • Weeb

    Free is the exact amount I would pay for another Steel Diver.

  • leingod

    So… is the original Steel Diver any good? I’m looking for a 10-15 dollar game that’s worth it :)

    • Try it.
      The game like a tech demo to nearly every feature of the handheld, the control scheme touch heavy, graphics have a nice 3D effect. Minigame has gyro option. The strategy mode was pretty interesting take on Battleship.
      You have to be a patient gamer, the controls work but have its set of rules and quirks that the game is built upon. That and the campaign mode makes you play the game with each ship and have to “grind” in the minigame to unlock powerups.

      • leingod

        Sounds interesting enough… thanks!

    • Laer_HeiSeiRyuu

      You can find em for 3 dollars

    • If you can find it for $5, yes. Anything more is daylight robbery.

  • Suicunesol

    I think they could have done so much more with Steel Diver, especially from a narrative standpoint. Anyone ever see submarine movies like Hunt for Red October? Or played Ecco the Dolphin? A deep sea to explore or a compelling story can do wonders for these little games.

  • 60hz

    i thought they announced this was f2p a whiles back o.O

  • Mrgrgr and Unacceptable World

    Considering how i really love Steel Diver and the immense potential the game had, i am really looking for this game.^_^

    I would even be more pleased if they actually implemented the price bargaining feature from Darumeshi where we as player are actually rewarded for our better skills/performance.^_^

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