Tank Troopers

Tank Troopers is a tank-based action third-person shooter game developed and published by Nintendo, with assistance from Vitei, for the Nintendo 3DS.[1] The game was released on the 3DS eShop in Japan in December 2016 and worldwide two months later.[2][3]

Tank Troopers
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Developer(s)Nintendo EPD
Director(s)Takaya Imamura
Atsushi Obata
Producer(s)Tadashi Sugiyama
Designer(s)Takao Kurebayashi
Programmer(s)Giles Goddard
Daniel P. Wright
Alex Miyamoto
Nathan Heckel
Shintaro Iguchi
Artist(s)Yuki Kaneko
Ryo Koizumi
Ryuusuke Yoshida
Keisuke Okubo
Composer(s)Ryo Nagamatsu
Platform(s)Nintendo 3DS
  • JP: December 21, 2016
  • WW: February 16, 2017


Tank Troopers is an action, third-person shooter game in which players control a customizable tank, each with a unique ability or feature.[3] The game includes more than 30 tanks to select from, and features a local wireless multiplayer mode in which up to six players battle each other in either team-based or free-for-all battles.[3] The game also includes a single-player mode, featuring 30 different stages each with a unique challenge.[3]

Reception and legacyEdit

Nintendo World Report scored Tank Troopers an 8 out of 10. The staff called the lack of online multiplayer "baffling", but praised the gameplay along with its responsive and smooth controls, stating that it would be "a great addition to any gamer's Nintendo 3DS library".[4]

Nintendo Life reviewed the game, scoring it a 6 out of 10 stars, saying that "The problem is, despite solid foundations, the title falls short simply because it does not offer any online functionality".[5]

Japanese video game magazine Famitsu gave it a score of 32 out of 40, calling it a very fun and simple game with great local wireless multiplayer. Having no online multiplayer was the most common criticism.[6]

Destructoid gave the game a 6 out of 10, noting "you have five friends nearby who also have a Nintendo 3DS, and you’re all interested in playing Tank Troopers, go ahead and buy it because you are the only type of gamer who will get the maximum enjoyment out it. For everyone else, it’s an easy pass".[7]

According to Vitei founder Giles Goddard, in an interview with MinnMax, the studio developed a Nintendo Switch version of Tank Troopers which was canceled. Goddard mentions that Vitei’s rendering engine is what made the Switch version possible. The technology was multiplatform where it could be easily scaled which allowed the development team to dial back resolution if needed.[8]


  1. ^ "TANK TROOPERS(タンク トゥルーパーズ) [3DS]". Famitsu. Enterbrain, Inc. Retrieved 31 July 2018.
  2. ^ "Tank Troopers Trailers Demonstrate Special Abilities For Its Heroes". Siliconera. Retrieved 18 February 2017.
  3. ^ a b c d "Tank Troopers, The Third-Person Tank Shooter Game Is Now Available On 3DS eShop". Siliconera. Retrieved 18 February 2017.
  4. ^ "Tank Troopers (3DS) Review". Nintendo World Report. Retrieved 18 February 2017.
  5. ^ "Tank Troopers Review (3DS eShop)". Nintendo Life. 6 April 2017. Retrieved 6 April 2017.
  6. ^ "TANK TROOPERS(タンク トゥルーパーズ)のレビュー・評価・感想". Famitsu. Retrieved 31 July 2018.
  7. ^ "Review: Tank Troopers". Destructoid. 24 February 2017. Retrieved 6 April 2017.
  8. ^ "Giles Goddard - MinnMax Interview: (timestamp: 20:35)". YouTube. 24 May 2021. Retrieved 13 October 2021.

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