Nintendo 3DS Gets Free-To-Play Steel Diver Game

By Ishaan . February 13, 2014 . 2:14pm


Steel Diver is getting a new game, and this one will take place from a first-person viewpoint. Nintendo president Satoru Iwata described it as a “contemplative FPS,” due to its slower pace as compared to regular first-person shooters.


The game will include 4-on-4 team battles in both local or online multiplayer. The game will be released as both a paid download as well as a free game.


The free version will allow you to play the beginning of single-player mode (the first two missions) as well as the entire multiplayer mode. The paid version will give you access to the full single-player mode.


Steel Diver: Sub Wars will be available via the Nintendo eShop for Nintendo 3DS today.

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  • sd28

    this looks like it could be fun

  • Kaetsu

    I’ll try it since it’s free but I think I could easily spend a few hours online.

  • Zoozbuh

    Ooh, this will be free to play? I’m suddenly a bit more interested

    • J_Joestar

      the single player is locked to 2 missions and you can only get the first 2 subs and a more limited selection of crewmen. But you can freely compete with other players in the multiplayer mode, it is still early though so i don’t know how big a gap there will be with later pay-only subs vs. player skills.

  • ive been pretty interested in this since they announced it awhile back

  • Guest

    The avoiding projectiles mechanics is interesting as is not that usual in modern FPV-type games, I will look forward to this.

  • Laer_HeiSeiRyuu

    This game is really fun. NIntendo showing their F2p chops of doing it better than anyone else.

    No wonder their employee’s call everything else free to start XD

    • s07195

      I was wondering where any of them called that at all. Did I miss a memo?

      • Laer_HeiSeiRyuu

        Read Nintendo’s Q&A for their investor meeting ( The one where they talked about the leapfrog stratagem)

  • Namuro

    I tried the game just now, and I was really impressed!

    The control seems a little hard to use at first, but you’ll get used to it pretty quickly. You can even play the game using the touch screen entirely (though, I prefer the buttons. But even then I still use the touch screen for dive/submerge, etc.). The feeling of controlling the submarine is quite nice, it feels heavy and cumbersome, but not immobile. Even stuff like the scope that seems gimmicky is actually very useful. I even managed to snipe an enemy down from long range using the scope.

    The online battle is where the real fun is, though. It’s pretty cool to sneak around the sea, trying to catch players off-guard and sink them down. The game’s also fairly balanced that I could retreat and counter attacked high level players evenly.

    I think I’m gonna get the premium version for sure!

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