- This article is about the official game. For the stage, see Steel Diver. For the universe, see Steel Diver (universe).
North American box art.
|Release date||NAMarch 27, 2011|
EUMay 6, 2011
AUMay 12, 2011
JPMay 12, 2011
|Ratings||E10+ for Everyone 10 and up|
Steel Diver is a simulation video game developed and published by Nintendo, with assistance by Vitei, for the Nintendo 3DS. In the game, the player controls a submarine via a set of touch-screen based levers and wheels. The game was released in 2011, and was followed up by a free-to-play sequel in 2014, titled Steel Diver: Sub Wars.
Steel Diver consists of 3 main modes: Missions, Periscope Strike and Steel Commander. Missions is further broken down into 2 modes: Campaign and Time Trials. The main gameplay occurs during Campaign. In Campaign, the player uses sliders and dials on the touchscreen to maneuver a submarine through side-scrolling levels displayed on the top screen, sinking enemy submarines, battleships and avoiding naval mines and depth charges as required. There are seven missions available, playable with different subs and difficulty modes, which usually involve goals such as eliminating enemy fleets or infiltrating enemy bases by reaching the goal in a time limit. Time Trials features the same gameplay style and controls, however the levels are shorter and are not connected to the story, instead being solely to achieve a fast time through a complex path. Periscope Strike mode is played after every successful mission or can also be played separately, or as part of Steel Commander. This mode sees the player moving the system to rotate a periscope to fire torpedoes at enemy ships. Steel Commander is playable against the CPU or a human opponent via Download Play. It is a strategy game in which the two players command a fleet of battleships and submarines and try to sink each other's fleet.
In the Super Smash Flash series
In Super Smash Flash 2, the ND-03 Blue Shark submarine of this game appears as a stage, appropriately named Steel Diver. Like in this game, the stage takes place underwater and features floaty underwater physics.
A techno remix of this game's title theme appears as the main music track of Steel Diver in SSF2.
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