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Star Fox's Iconic Blue-Marine Is Descending To Steel Diver: Sub Wars

Posted by Damien McFerran

Be sure to grab the premium version before June 19th

As we all know, Steel Diver: Sub Wars has a strong bond with the Star Fox series — it was co-developed by Vitei, the company formed by ex-Argonaut and Nintendo employee Giles Goddard, who worked on the original Star Fox back in the early '90s.

Sub Wars already features a nod to the famous space combat franchise with the inclusion of Peppy Hare as one of its characters, but now Nintendo is making that link even stronger by adding Blue-Marine to the roster of available subs — the very same underwater vehicle used by Fox McCloud and his team.

As the tweet above suggests, those who own the premium edition of the game prior to June 19th will get Blue-Marine free of charge, which presumably means it will be made available as a paid-for sub on or around that date. Update 2.0 of the game is expected around this time as well [UPDATE: It's actually available right now].

Are you still playing Steel Diver: Sub Wars? If not, will the inclusion of this legendary craft encourage you to pick it up again? Let us know with a comment below.

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longtimegamer said:

I havent played in awhile. I'm definitely gonna start playing this again as I've been waiting for the new update and this sub is really cool.



6ch6ris6 said:

@kingston589 i dont think you have a choice. you can not play online unless you update. beware that users of the free version have to pay 2 playcoins to participate in online battles now



Jazzer94 said:

@6ch6ris6 Wait what I have to waste play coins to play online that sucks, well I won't be playing this much anymore.
Is it two play coins a match or day?



Nintenjoe64 said:

I would definitely buy a Wii U version of this. Failing that, Silent Service on the VC would be nice.



6ch6ris6 said:

@Jazzer94 no idea. i have bought the premium version when it came out^^
i guess it is for every session. if you end the game you have to pay again next time. THAT'S JUST WHAT I GUESS !!



MixMasterMudkip said:

@Jazzer94 I think it's two every time you go online. So you can play how many matches you want, but if you leave the game and come back you have to pay again.



MegaWatts said:

Really looking forward to this. It's nice that they're looking to update the Premium Version as time goes on. I wonder if you'll be able to get the Star Fox team as crew members?



Ichiban said:

I really hope this is a hint we will be seeing a new Starfox game at e3, dont toy with me Nintendo!!
And it better be on Wii U. You have been warned!



6ch6ris6 said:

@BooJoh oh well that's stupid. glad i got the premium versionright when it came out. totally worth it. played 73 hours so far



Jazzer94 said:

@BooJoh well the amount of people playing online is going to take a hit hopefully this doesn't kill the game.



SeVok said:

@Jazzer94 That or the amoun of people moving over to premium will increase. The play coin thing is fine for casual play, anything beyond => buy the game it's worth it. Free2play isn't charity, it's a stepping stone for the product at sale.



Whopper744 said:

I may need to dive into the premium version. How much is it in the US? I am a Star Fox fan since the 64, and I've enjoyed the free version of this game.



MoonKnight7 said:

I don't want to get my hopes up, but could this be a sign of great things to come at E3?? I've had a tingling feeling that Star Fox is coming......


It's been a while since I played so it may have changed, but it was $9.99.



sinalefa said:

Now I really have no choice. Update and extra sub. That is the way it is done, throw in a goodie with a deadline to force our hand.

I hope Peppy is that sub's captain.



RedBeanPorridge said:

well i've seen quite a decrease in players in same region mode. just played 3 matches and only one other person showed up per match sso it was 1-on-1, which was a bit dull. Unfortunately I've never been one of those people who were motivated to rack up on playcoins, so this change lost me as an active player :/ and presumably many other players like me who dont decide to go premium.



iphys said:

It's going to be maddening for the free users that pay the 2 coins and then get disconnected, lol. But I think that's fair that they should have to invest something in the game, because I felt like some of them just went on there to troll people and friendly fire.



DefHalan said:

To get the Blue Marine you have to have the Premium version then go into the Ship Shop and download the Blue Marine for free



Artwark said:

Star Fox is coming?????? Does this mean that Nintendo is making a NEW STAR FOX GAME?!?!?

Granted I've never played Star Fox but if the new Star Fox is coming in the way, I AM SO GONNA GET IT!!!!!!



Klimbatize said:

@iphys It is. The kids on Miiverse are all annoyed and saying Nintendo has "lost them as a customer" because they have to use play coins. Of course, they haven't paid for the game at all yet, so using the word "customer" is pretty funny.

I love the update. The play coins thing minimizes team killing immensely because most of the TKers were people who hadn't invested in the game and were using the free version. In fact, I haven't been fired upon by a teammate yet, and that's saying something. I'd say once every four or five matches some free sub user would see my level and take a few shots at me. It made the game nearly unplayable.

All fixed now! I can go to Matched Skills (win streaks count there with the update) and every sub in there is a premium user level 40+. Every battle is difficult and fun now. My win/loss ratio is going to take a major hit, but it's worth it because many matches were decided in the lobby simply based on who had more new players on their team.



Klimbatize said:

Plus they changed up the spawn points, making maps like Hot Springs more fun. Before, staying put and playing defense was smarter on that map. Now, you could be spawned on either side of the wall.

The new map is interesting, too. It's a medium-sized map full of icebergs.



Mk_II said:

Nice update but i'm a bit disappointed in the new Artic Circle map; it's too claustrofobic for my taste



Klimbatize said:

It would have been cool if that map's layout was dynamic, meaning the icebergs are always different. They could move around during the battle as well, and if a torpedo hits them they break apart. The battlefield always changing would be interesting strategically.



LittleIrves said:

Ooh. This might bring me back to the Sub Wars waters. I went Premium soon after it came out and haven't regretted it, but interest wanted after a dozen or so hours. Which is still a good value in my book. Would love to get back into it. And the #StarFox usage on the tweet? That's gotta mean something...



Shambo said:

@6ch6ris6 @Jazzer94 That's the first I hear of paying play coins for actually playing something! It's a nice concept, I'd say. It's still free after all! Got the premium at launch too, so no worries here.

And I love another Starfox nod! Now a full game!



Azikira said:

Ahha, I was looking for a reason to get back into Steel Diver Sub Wars. Good thing I already have the Premium version :3



SuperMikey said:

This update seems fantastic to me because as stated above removes the trolls and actually gives playcoins a bigger use. I've always been hoping for some cool way to use playcoins like unlocking characters, weapons, (Super Monkey Ball 3D and Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D are great examples of this) or to play a specific game.



Aqueous said:

Excellent, my favourite sub has a stronger form! I've been meaning to play again, especially since @Iphys got ahead of me.

@Klimbatize - I hope not, I'm only in my 20's



ultraraichu said:

Well I guess this will light a fire under my bum to get the paid version of the game. I only played it 3 times months ago (game backlogs) so I know I'm doom in online mode now.



B3ND3R said:

If Star Fox for Wii U gets announced next week... I WILL scream with joy.



2Sang said:

It's nice when they have little crossovers like this to pay homage to fan favorites. I wish they did this all the time.



TheRavingTimes said:

Iwata: We would like to announce the next entry in the Star Fox series ... Star Fox U: Slow Moving Blue-Marine Edition, now with Slippy's chances of getting tailed by the enemy tripled. You'll hear memorable quotes such as "FFFFFOOOOXXXXX" or "Get this guy of my tail" and who can forget that minute long scream of Slippy.



AshFoxX said:

The blue marine was always my least favorite Star Fox vehicle in the series, but it is featured in the level where Slippy and Peppy have that awkward sexual tension moment.

PEPPY: It's a good thing you prepared Slip!

SLIPPY: Keep shooting! We got lots of torpedo's!

PEPPY: You're the best, Slippy!

SLIPPY: Thanks, Peppy!

FALCO: This thing will NEVER hold together!

and then...

PEPPY: Slippy's not such a screw-up after all.

SLIPPY: Thanks a LOT Peppy...

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