Steel Diver - 3DS

Release Date:

March 27, 2011

Viewing USA:

Also on UK.


Steel Diver on the 3DS is a new submarine combat game that immerses players in 3D environments. The player can choose from three different submarines, each with touch-screen control panels that players will have to master to guide them through treacherous undersea caverns while engaging enemy submarines, dodging depth charges and battling massive sea creatures.

People who liked this also liked...

7.5 / 10
Asphalt 3D plunges players into the heart of underground racing where respect and money are won through drifts and pileups. Force your opponent’s off the road and avoid the police roadblocks ...
by Ubisoft
Release Date: 03/22/2011


  • Developer(s):
    • Nintendo
  • Publisher(s):
    • Nintendo
  • Release Date(s):
    • March 27, 2011
  • ESRB Rating:
    • Everyone 10
  • Mode(s):
    • Single-player
  • Download Play:
    • Vs 2 Players
  • 3D Mode:
    • Yes
  • Not Compatible:
    • Internet
    • StreetPass
    • SpotPass
    • Local Play

Technical Information

  • Average Playing Time:
    • 10 Hours
avatar name






When the 3DS released in spring 2011, Nintendo didn't really have a new title from one of its flagship titles to go with it. With everyone waiting around for a new Mario or Zelda adventure, the company had to come up with games that would show off the 3DS hardware and at least get people's imaginations going for what the system could be capable of.

Enter Steel Diver for the 3DS. This is the kind of game that happens when you take several tech demos and throw them together loosely into the same game. It's not that Steel Diver is a bad game, it's not. It's just it really does feel like Nintendo was hurting for games that could show off the 3DS and this is one of the ideas they came up with to feel the void. The story really doesn't add much to the game at all.

So let's talk about the gameplay. Steel Diver is a little but a puzzler, a little bit a turn based strategy game and a little bit of a a first person mini game. Like I said, multiple different tech demo concepts tied together.

The central part of the game is Mission Mode, which puts you in charge of one of three different submarines. There are seven missions to complete and each has its own objective. You make your sub go by using the stylus to move two levers, one for speed and one for depth. You can also tilt the ship using a wheel apparatus in two of the subs. You will move the sub through puzzles on the screen all while blasting away at enemies.

The game does offer some satisfying action and the few boss fights can be fun. The first person periscope mini game is a fun diversion for a few minutes at a time and there is a multiplayer strategy game packed in as well if you want to play with your friends.

Again, the game is not terrible. We just can't get over the fact of how disconnected it all feels. You're essentially buying three games that are just OK instead of one great game. To make matters worse, if this game was made to show off the 3DS system capabilities, then I'm not sure what Nintendo was thinking. The 3D has some cool moments like when enemy ships or torpedoes come at your face, but in all honesty you don't need the 3D turned on to play the game. It offers no real tactical advantage to the gameplay. You might say, "Oh wow, look at that" for a few minutes, and then you'll turn the effect off to save battery life and your gameplay won't be affected.

For a launch title, Steel Diver is sufficient. But with all of the other games that have released since then that actually use the 3DS capabilities for something more than just a demo, there's really no reason to go out hunting for a copy. Just leave it at the ocean's bottom.

Submitted by Cheat Title Rating
profile maryst Unlockable Decals
Jan 27, 2014
profile maryst Expert Mode
Jan 27, 2014

Discuss this game with other users on the Forum below.
Sign up or Login to post a thread.

Message Title Author Replies Last Updated
5 rates

Rate this game:



Release Date:

March 27, 2011

Review This Game

Find Us On