Battleship (Wii, DS, 3DS)

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Marc Saltzman, Common Sense Media
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Less violent version of movie-based game uses strategy.

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Educational Value

Battleship wasn't created with educational intent, and we don't recommend it for learning.

Positive Messages

You are an Admiral tasked with defending Earth from an alien invasion. But this action-strategy hybrid is rooted in combat, including firing at and sinking enemies.

Positive Role Models & Representations

You don't know much about your character. As Admiral of a U.S. Navy, it's assumed the protagonist is a positive role model; however, he issues orders to fire on enemies. You must defend the world from an alien invasion, so this combat is out of necessity.

Ease of Play

The Nintendo Wii version played for the purposes of this review is fairly easy to control, though you do have to use the Wii Remote to select a spot on the grid to fire at, which requires a somewhat steady hand. The Nintendo DS and 3DS version utilizes the d-pad, analog stick (3DS), and face buttons, too.


Similar to the board game of the same name, gamers must position their battleships on grid-based maps to attack alien vessels. This includes selecting a target and firing missiles. Small explosions can be seen on the map. Some cinematic cut-scene sequences show ships being attacked, exploded, and crew members jumping overboard.


The game is based on the current movie, Battleship, which is based on the classic naval board game from Milton Bradley. There aren't any in-game plugs for the movie or board game but it's clear this Nintendo product is part of the same brand and serves to advertise it.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Battleship for Nintendo's platforms -- Nintendo Wii, DS and 3DS -- is a strategy game based on the Battleship movie. This version has less violence than the shooter game of the same name for the PS3 and the X360. Battleship has gameplay and cinematics that show mild violence; specifically, you're firing missiles at enemy vessels in an effort to destroy them. Small explosions can be seen and in some mini-movie sequences, people jump overboard when their ship is hit.

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Adult Written bycommonmom01 May 27, 2012

The Indruduction to Battle type games: Best Game for Strategizing Next Moves, After Each Turn.... The Ultimate Thinking Game!!!

Battleship board game has always been a game to help incourage thinking and strategizing your next move based on what the oponets move is. You also have to hav... Continue reading

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What's it about?

While this Nintendo game is different than the Battleship created for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, it's also based on Universal Pictures' Battleship film, and is loosely tied to the classic board game of the same name. As an Admiral in the U.S. Navy, you must fend off a mysterious alien threat off the coast of Hawaii by deploying naval units to go up against enemy vessels. The turn-based strategy game follows the classic tactics of the board game -- attempt to destroy the other fleet of ships before they can do the same to you -- but also has a story mode, more action elements, and unique Navy personnel, each with their very own special abilities.

Is it any good?

While more enjoyable than the pricier Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 version (a first-person shooter), this Nintendo version of Battleship still isn't a great game -- especially given there are free online and mobile versions of the game with the same core mechanics. On one hand it's enjoyable to direct real-world naval vessels -- such as submarines, destroyers, frigates, patrol boats, and of course, battleships -- plus you can unlock maps and unique naval officers to use in a customizable "skirmish" mode. But despite a few additions and cinematics, there isn't much more to the game. Plus, it feels like a shameless marketing tie-in with the movie. If you love the movie, then maybe this new version of the classic naval board game is worth a rental.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about why movie-based video games are usually disappointing. Are these games rushed to be released in time with the feature film? Are developers handed the materials to work with opposed to an original concept? Are there content limitations on what can be done with an existing intellectual property?

  • Families can also talk about playing strategy games. What makes them fun?

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