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Advance Wars (Game Boy Advance)

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This turn-based strategy game hails back to a classic Japanese strategy game titled Famicom Wars. Advance Wars pits players against very computer AI in a number of battles involving submarines, warships, infantry, tanks, helicopters, and other weapons. During the maps, players may capture buildings to increase financial resources and repair damaged units. During combat, two units go head to head with the results determined by how the two stack up against each other, terrain conditions, and other factors. Up to four players can play using the Game Link Cable or by swapping a single Game Boy Advance at the end of each player's turn.


Advance Wars Game Boy Advance Artillery Infromation Screen
Advance Wars Game Boy Advance ...and the terrain gets covered in snow affecting combat
Advance Wars Game Boy Advance Grit's units already have +1 range
Advance Wars Game Boy Advance Artillery massacre infantry units.

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Wicked! Patrick Robertson (5) 4.6 Stars4.6 Stars4.6 Stars4.6 Stars4.6 Stars
A must own for any Game Boy Advance fan Travis Russell (3) 3.8 Stars3.8 Stars3.8 Stars3.8 Stars3.8 Stars
Great game, although perhaps too simple Kate Jones (453) unrated
Great war on little screen 666gonzo666 (39196) 4.2 Stars4.2 Stars4.2 Stars4.2 Stars4.2 Stars

The Press Says Feb 12, 2006 5 out of 5 100
Game Vortex 2001 100 out of 100 100
Nintendojo 2001 10 out of 10 100
IGN Sep 10, 2001 9.9 out of 10 99
NZGamer Apr 16, 2004 9.7 out of 10 97
Game Informer Magazine Sep, 2001 9.5 out of 10 95
GameSpot Sep 10, 2001 9.1 out of 10 91
Pelit Feb, 2002 88 out of 100 88
VGPub 2004 8.7 out of 10 87
RPG Kingdom Feb 21, 2007 17 out of 20 85


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1001 Video Games

The Game Boy Advance version of Advance Wars appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.


  • Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences
    • 2001 - Handheld Game of the Year Award
  • GameSpy
    • 2001 – Game Boy Advance Game of the Year

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