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Tank Troopers

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Tank Troopers
タンク トゥルーパーズ
Tank Troopers logo.png
English game logo
Developer(s): Nintendo
Publisher(s): Nintendo
Platform: Nintendo 3DS
Category: Shooter
Players: 1-6
Predecessor: N/A
Successor: N/A
Copyrights: N/A
Release dates
N. America:

February 16, 2017[2]


December 21, 2016[3]


February 16, 2017[4]





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Tank Troopers is a Nintendo 3DS tank-themed combat game. The game was released digitally on the Nintendo eShop in December 2016 in Japan, and was released in early 2017 in other regions.


Players control one of several troopers inside of a tank in six-player matches. Each of the different troopers has their own unique special abilities which can be used during combat.

In addition to a single-player mode, the game also features multiplayer through both local and Download Play.[6]


According to Vitei's Giles Goddard, the idea of a tank-themed combat game originated with director Takaya Imamura.[7] In a Nintendo Dream interview, it was stated that the idea was thought of while working on updates for Steel Diver: Sub Wars.[1] While initially designed as a more serious combat game in the same vein as the Steel Diver titles, Takaya Imamura of Nintendo asked other Nintendo developers to help with the sound and design to make the game more "Nintendo-esque" and allow players to easily pick up and play, as many tank combat games already existed.[1]

When composing the game's music, the whistle was chosen as the main instrument, with a quiet orchestra to support it. The music was made more quiet than in other games so that it would not get in the way of other sounds. The voices for the game's characters were done by Nintendo employees and their families, with the intention of having each one "be unique and leave a lasting impression."[1]

According to Goddard, Tank Troopers was planned to have online play, but these features were removed by Nintendo; Goddard has said that the online was likely removed due to time constraints (although the team was ahead of schedule).[7]

Technical details[edit]

Technical Details

Digital download (Nintendo 3DS)

Download size

1,242 blocks

Supported features

Local Play / Download Play (1-6 players)

Input / compatible controllers

Nintendo 3DS

External links[edit]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Tank Troopers – developed by Vitei, how the game came to be, voice acting from Nintendo staff. Nintendo Everything (December 31, 2016. Retrieved December 31, 2016.
  2. NoA PR - New Games Starring Mario, Yoshi and Pikmin Coming to Nintendo 3DS in 2017. GoNintendo (January 24, 2017). Retrieved January 24, 2017.
  3. Upcoming Japanese eShop Releases (12/21/16). Nintendo Everything (December 13, 2016). Retrieved December 14, 2016.
  4. Attention! Prepare to roll out at our Tank Troopers website. Nintendo UK (February 1, 2017). Retrieved February 1, 2017.
  5. DRAGON QUEST VII, Rhythm Paradise Megamix, Nindie eShop titles and more featured in Nintendo Direct! Nintendo Australia (September 2, 2016). Retrieved September 2, 2016.
  6. Nintendo 3DS Direct 9.1.2016. Nintendo (YouTube; September 1, 2016). Retrieved September 1, 2016.
  7. 7.0 7.1 Straight from the Source: Giles Goddard (Former Nintendo Employee, Vitei Games CEO). Source Gaming (July 2, 2017). Retrieved July 2, 2017.