Editor's Note:

Known in Japan as "GameBoy Wars Advance".

Added on: April 20, 2001

[edit] Background

The Famicom Wars series (as it is known in Japan), made its debut on the Famicom in 1988. The series would follow a similar path that Fire Emblem went on: the earlier installments were not released outside of Japan.

That would change with the release of Advance Wars in September 2001, but the tragedy of September 11th, 2001 caused a release delay elsewhere. Europe would see this game released in early 2002, but Japan would get this game as part of a compilation with this game's sequel, Advance Wars 2: Black Hole Rising in 2004.

[edit] Game Play

Advance Wars is a Turn-Based Military Strategy Game, which is what the series is based upon. A peace between the nations of Orange Star and Blue Moon has been shattered. Olaf, the Commander of the Blue Moon Army, has launched an invasion of Orange Star, and it's up to you to drive him off!

With Ground Units you have Infantry, who require transports to get around fast but they capture properties and can traverse rivers and mountains; and Vehicles that make up the bulk of your fighting force, including Tanks. Watch the skies for Copters and Planes--they'll cause a lot of damage if left unchecked, especially Bombers! At sea include ships and Submarines, the latter of which great for sinking opposing vessels but watch out for Cruisers!

But not every unit has to be adjacent to fight. Indirect Combat Units can strike opposing targets for damage, but they can't strike back if they're attacked, nor can they attack after moving.

Introduced to the series, which wasn't in the Famicom Wars titles released prior: CO Powers. These special moves allow that particular army to gain a variety of bonuses, including increased attack, HP Recovery, striking opposing units for damage, even allowing Non-Infantry Units to move a second time in a turn!

The tutorial is a bit lengthy but includes a lot of information that will be helpful on the strategy side of things. But by completing the tutorials you'll be able to jump into any of the game's many modes. The tutorials also tie into the main story, which is a story-driven series of missions that get increasingly harder. Don't fall for the AI's tricks, especially in the extremely challenging Advanced Campaign, which is unlocked after beating the main Campaign but many times harder!

The graphics may be relatively simplistic, but it's designed as such to convey a variety of complex information in a concise manner. It's up to the player to sort it all out and decide on how to proceed to victory!

Multi-Player adds hours of fun to the game, but the bad news for those that got this on Wii U Virtual Console: the Link Mode feature doesn't work on the Wii U version. So all the multiplayer is going to be done on the one console!

For those that have the GBA version: Link Mode allows you to link up to 4 systems together for a Multiplayer battle, further adding to the fun and depth of the game! Plus you can create your own maps regardless of version for your own customized battles!

The strategy genre hadn't really made the move from Japan to the States prior to this, but after its arrival Advance Wars--and the Turn-Based Strategy Genre in general--arrived for good!

[edit] Hardware Info

  • Game Boy Advance: 1 Game Cartridge
  • Wii U: Virtual Console


Nintendo's Virtual Console releases for April impress, Advance Wars, WarioWare Inc, and Golden Sun

Make it rain Game Boy Advance titles, Nintendo

Mar 26, 2014, by Rory Young | 22 comments

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For some people the idea of diving into a strategy game may seem like quite a daunting...

Jan 19, 09 10:34am
As well as Ice age the meltdown this is an awesome strategy game for the GBA AdvanceWars
Deathsythe blogged
Dec 15, 08 1:34pm

Stemming from my Previous todo list - of which I did get quite a bit done, albeit more of the miscellaneous stuff, but still... Here's my intended todo list for the end of the year.
    Advance Wars Wiki
  • Finish several CO pages from the original Advance Wars
  • Properly categorize the COs into their proper subcategories.
    Fable Wiki
  • Develop Several Fable II Templates ({{Misc Items}} - to be used for Misc, Books & Docs, Augments, Furniture, {{Food}}, {{Potions}}, {{Gifts}}, {{Trophy}}, {{Dye}}.
  • Make/Modify Weapon Template for Fable II Melee Weapons
  • Develop Weapon Template for Fable II Ranged Weapons
    Digimon Wiki
  • Meet with Galacticdramon and go over priority list for Digimon Profile Pages, and create/work on said pages

Those are my specific goals for now, I'm sure more things will come into the pipe, and I will have my hands full else where with other miscellaneous tasks as well as day-to-day activity, but regardless...

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Deathsythe blogged
Dec 2, 08 2:51pm

The work I intend on getting done hopefully this week on the wikis.
    Advance Wars Wiki
  • Upload CO Avatars for the original Advance Wars
  • Finish several CO pages from the original Advance Wars
  • Comission help from previous members of the AW community here on Neoseeker (skythelegend, jondog, dbzmaster, etc...)
  • Properly categorize the COs into their proper subcategories.
    Fable Wiki
  • Reinstall Fable: The Lost Chapters on my desktop - play a bit and get weapon stats/info, clothing stats/info, a bit more mission info.
  • Develop a Weapon/Clothing Stats Template
  • Create the Bowerstone Market
  • Create a list of Quests in Fable II
    Digimon Wiki
  • Try to knock out as many Digimon Profile Pages off of the wanted list as possible.
  • Commission GalacticDramon to take some time away from Sonic to assist me :P
    Guitar Hero Wiki
  • Give it some LONG overdue attention.
  • Contact my previous staff members- commission their assistance - if not start removing members for inactivity.

And then the work I would like to see accomplished on other wikis I am less involved with.
  • Meet with Rome to go over the Kingdom Hearts Wiki, see what needs to be done, and where I can help.
  • Properly categorize the James Bond Wiki - take a pulse on it - see the direction it is going.
  • Get all the game pages created on the Suikoden Wiki. Set them up properly with infoboxes and neotabs.
  • Get all the game pages created and set up on the Tales Wiki, include neotabs, and infobox (the latter depending on the staff's opinion.
  • Add achievement avatars to the Gears of War 2 Achievements

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the best TBS ever! AdvanceWars
Super Vegeta
Feb 26, 05 12:47pm

Advance Wars is a turn-based strategy game and a very long and difficult one too....

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I love this game! I can play it 24 hours a day. My favorite player is Kanbei or...

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  • North America:
    • Apr 3, 2014 (wii-u)
    • Sep 10, 2001 (GBA)
  • Japan: Oct 10, 2001
  • Europe:
    • Apr 4, 2014 (wii-u)
    • Jan 11, 2002 (GBA)
  • Australia: Apr 4, 2014
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