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Nintendo’s Free-to-Play Steel Diver: Sub Wars Available Now for Nintendo 3DS

by Ron Duwell | February 14, 2014February 14, 2014 8:30 pm PDT

Nintendo had mentioned it was taking one of its franchises to free-to-play, but only through whispers did we hear it was Steel Diver. The Nintendo 3DS side-scrolling submarine simulator found small success with fans as a launch title for the Nintendo 3DS, so Nintendo is hoping this new approach will give the blooming series a second chance.

Steel Diver: Sub Wars scraps the 2D perspective and jumps straight into the driver’s seat. Nintendo President Satoru Iwata described it as a “contemplative FPS,” as opposed to the running and gunning of the genre norm. Steel Diver: Sub Wars will require more planning and timing with each shot, and every torpedo will carry a lot of weight in the endgame. Be sure to use them wisely.

Battles will be a 4-on-4 multiplayer affair that can be played locally and online, and the game will be controlled completely with the touch screen. Speed, depth, and firing will all be touch based.

Best of all, the game is available now on the Nintendo 3DS eShop, so be sure to check it out. It’s free, so why not? Nintendo did not reveal any microtransaction costs in the game, but I suppose we’ll just have to find out about them ourselves.


Ron Duwell

Ron has been living it up in Japan for the last decade, and he has no intention of leaving this technical wonderland any time soon. When he's not...

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