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Virtual Console is awesome again ⊟

Nintendo has trickled out a few Virtual Console classics in recent months, but today’s U.S. releases are exceptionally nice! On the Wii U, we now have Super Mario Kart (SNES), Mega Man 5 (NES), and awesome mecha action game Cybernator/Assault Suits Vaiken (SNES)!

The 3DS Virtual Console only gets one game, but it’s The Mysterious Murasame Castle, the first-party Famicom Disk System game that looks very much like the original Zelda, though it plays very differently. While the game never released outside of Japan in its original form, it’s featured in recent titles like Samurai Warriors 3, Nintendo Land, and the new Smash Bros.

In other eShop news, Steel Diver: Sub Wars also received an update with new local Friend Battle stages, unlockable subs and crew members, and, finally, features for battling with friends online.

GIFs are via Laser Lobotomy, Brain Trash, Rabid Rodent, and VG Junk.

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Steel Diver: Sub Wars update on the way ⊟
Wow, cool! Nintendo is updating Steel Diver: Sub Wars to a “version 2.0,” taking advantage of one of the better trends of F2P gaming: continued support. Here’s director Takaya Imamura explaining the changes in a Miiverse post:

In Version 2.0, in Internet Battle mode, you will now also earn bonuses for consecutive victories in Matched Skills Battles. Additionally, owners of the Premium Version will have access to a larger arsenal of subs as they level up, and more subs will be made available for purchase in the Online Shop within the game.
We also received a lot of feedback via Miiverse about players attacking their allies. In Version 2.0, players who torpedo their allies will receive a warning message on their screen, and points will be deducted for every hit. We’re also planning to add a new multiplayer stage, and to continue to fine-tune the submarine stats, among other things.

The matchmaking with friends isn’t fixed, sorry Fran! The update is due sometime in May. Oh, and the image is actually of the Steel Diver item in the new Smash Bros.
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Steel Diver: Sub Wars update on the way ⊟

Wow, cool! Nintendo is updating Steel Diver: Sub Wars to a “version 2.0,” taking advantage of one of the better trends of F2P gaming: continued support. Here’s director Takaya Imamura explaining the changes in a Miiverse post:

In Version 2.0, in Internet Battle mode, you will now also earn bonuses for consecutive victories in Matched Skills Battles. Additionally, owners of the Premium Version will have access to a larger arsenal of subs as they level up, and more subs will be made available for purchase in the Online Shop within the game.

We also received a lot of feedback via Miiverse about players attacking their allies. In Version 2.0, players who torpedo their allies will receive a warning message on their screen, and points will be deducted for every hit. We’re also planning to add a new multiplayer stage, and to continue to fine-tune the submarine stats, among other things.

The matchmaking with friends isn’t fixed, sorry Fran! The update is due sometime in May. Oh, and the image is actually of the Steel Diver item in the new Smash Bros.

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Oh yeah, Steel Diver: Sub Wars still exists ⊟

I played one game of Sub Wars, thought “this is really cool,” and then never got back to it. Anyone who thinks it’s been a slow time for games isn’t playing handheld stuff!

Anyway, here’s this new trailer to remind me (and maybe you) that this free-to-play game is out and cool, and hey, maybe you want to spend money on it. In related news, developer Vitei also got an award at BitSummit over the weekend for its Oculus Rift game Modern Zombie Taxi Driver!

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Yoshi’s head is a submarine now ⊟
So Steel Diver: Sub Wars just came out on eShop and Yoshi’s New Island is on the way. Why not cross-promote them on your Facebook page?
Why not turn Yoshi’s head into a submarine? Why not.
Actually, this isn’t just a weird crossover. Yoshi can turn into a submarine in Yoshi’s New Island. Why not.
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Yoshi’s head is a submarine now ⊟

So Steel Diver: Sub Wars just came out on eShop and Yoshi’s New Island is on the way. Why not cross-promote them on your Facebook page?

Why not turn Yoshi’s head into a submarine? Why not.

Actually, this isn’t just a weird crossover. Yoshi can turn into a submarine in Yoshi’s New Island. Why not.

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Steel Diver: Sub Wars

The 3DS FPS (first-person submarine!) will be released for free on eShop today after the Nintendo Direct presentation. A “premium version” will also be available for not-free, with more subs and missions.

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Free-to-play Steel Diver in the works

Nintendo has floated around the idea of testing a free-to-play game for a while now — though it’s hesitant to try it out with Mario or Pokemon, due to fears of devaluing those franchises — but it’s finally revealed the unlikely series it’s tinkering with: 3DS launch title (and DS tech demo) Steel Diver.

I’m actually happy this is the game the company picked, as it seems like a throwaway series, and I actually really enjoyed Steel Diver when it came out. Check out these GIFs from H3DS — doesn’t that look fun? The problem was it’s hella short and doesn’t feel worth the $40 Nintendo initially asked for it. Even when it was discounted to $20, that still seemed too expensive. You can now get it for like $5 if you look around.

And soon, you’ll be able to get it for nothing! Nintendo’s Shigeru Miyamoto told IGN, “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.”

The company hopes to show off the free-to-play submarine game “really soon”, though it’s still trying to figure out a pricing model for the project. Apparently there will be a packaged version of the new Steel Diver, though it’s unclear how that would work out. We still don’t know if this is for 3DS or Wii U or Sega Saturn or what.

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Price matching Best Buy’s sale on the submarine game, Amazon has marked down Steel Diver to $4.99. Pretty much everyone agreed that this 3DS launch title was absolutely not worth its initial $40 asking price, but I think it’s a no-brainer at five bucks.

I thought it was a pretty fun game! And it’s a cheap way to get Club Nintendo points! And it’s probably the only new Nintendo game that doesn’t have a Rule#34 entry!

See also: More Steel Diver posts
[Steel Diver figures image via Sinbobbo]

All right, I’m not likely to make it out to a Best Buy, but I’m super curious about this, so somebody go try it out. Nintendo is offering a coupon through the “Nintendo Zone” wifi hotspots in Best Buy stores, through which you can save 50% on a selection of games.

According to CAG, the sale goes through Feb. 5 and includes Rayman 3D, Pilotwings Resort, Steel Diver, Asphalt 3D, and Madden Football. I’m not terribly interested in the selection, but the implication is wonderful. We have demos for retail games, good downloadable games, and now exclusive Wifi hotspot content. The 3DS is starting to live up to its promises.

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Star Fox 64 and Steel Diver figurines, part of the Nintendo Mechanical Kit Collection of (I think) capsule toys.
For ¥300 yen ($4) a piece, Japanese consumers will be able to get miniatures of the Arwing, Landmaster tank, and the Blue Marine submarine, along with… man, I don’t know, I didn’t play Steel Diver long enough to learn the names of the subs.
These will be sold in Japan starting in May. I’d be way surprised if these didn’t show up for import pre-order soon. Then you can have your own tiny little vehicles, which you can imagine are full of the teensiest furries, all squeaking out adorable, barely-audible catchphrases.
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[Via Siliconera]

Star Fox 64 and Steel Diver figurines, part of the Nintendo Mechanical Kit Collection of (I think) capsule toys.

For ¥300 yen ($4) a piece, Japanese consumers will be able to get miniatures of the Arwing, Landmaster tank, and the Blue Marine submarine, along with… man, I don’t know, I didn’t play Steel Diver long enough to learn the names of the subs.

These will be sold in Japan starting in May. I’d be way surprised if these didn’t show up for import pre-order soon. Then you can have your own tiny little vehicles, which you can imagine are full of the teensiest furries, all squeaking out adorable, barely-audible catchphrases.

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Tiny Review: Steel Diver

Things have been super busy at the Tiny Cartridge office in recent weeks (hence the slowed updates), but I was able to find two to three free hours in my schedule to complete and review Steel Diver for the Nintendo 3DS — yes, it’s as short an experience as everyone’s saying!

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Steel Diver reminding me to take a break after an extended play session. Nintendo doesn’t want your eyes spontaneously combusting from staring at the 3D screen too long — though this message popped up while I was playing with the stereoscopic 3D effects turned off.
Wouldn’t it be great if all 3DS titles had essentially the same warning message (they don’t) except with that last bit changed to make it appropriate to your game character? Like “Don’t forget to take a break, soldier!” in Ghost Recon: Shadow Wars, or “Take a break, dino-butt!” in Bust-a-Move Universe, or “Get outta here, pedo!” in the inevitable Doki Doki Majo Shinpan 3DS.
Anyway, if you have any questions about Steel Diver, other 3DS games, or the hardware itself, ask away!
Preorder: Steel Diver, Our 3DS Buyer’s Guide
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Steel Diver reminding me to take a break after an extended play session. Nintendo doesn’t want your eyes spontaneously combusting from staring at the 3D screen too long — though this message popped up while I was playing with the stereoscopic 3D effects turned off.

Wouldn’t it be great if all 3DS titles had essentially the same warning message (they don’t) except with that last bit changed to make it appropriate to your game character? Like “Don’t forget to take a break, soldier!” in Ghost Recon: Shadow Wars, or “Take a break, dino-butt!” in Bust-a-Move Universe, or “Get outta here, pedo!” in the inevitable Doki Doki Majo Shinpan 3DS.

Anyway, if you have any questions about Steel Diver, other 3DS games, or the hardware itself, ask away!

Preorder: Steel DiverOur 3DS Buyer’s Guide

See also: More Nintendo 3DS news and media

New Japanese overview video for Steel Diver, one of the three first-party launch games that will appear alongside the Nintendo 3DS come March 27th. 

Along with demonstrating the game’s sidescrolling and periscope gameplay modes, this trailer shows the first footage I’ve seen for Naval Battle Mode (4:00 mark), the turn-based, Battleship-style multiplayer that can be played with two copies or via single-cart download play.

Here are some silly Japanese commercials for the game — I love the goofy way the announcer says “Steel Diver”.

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[Via @NintenDaan]