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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 Deployable ground units
Advance Wars Game Boy Advance Some level features fog of war. Infantry units gain a bonus to sight range when they are on mountainous terrains.
Advance Wars Game Boy Advance Battlefield
Advance Wars Game Boy Advance Campaign clear, but there's still a lot to see and do in the game

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Advance Wars Screenshot
Advance Wars Screenshot
Advance Wars Screenshot
Advance Wars Screenshot

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User Reviews

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 (55056) 4.2 Stars4.2 Stars4.2 Stars4.2 Stars4.2 Stars

Critic Reviews

Gaming Age Sep 28, 2001 A 100
Thunderbolt Games Aug 24, 2003 10 out of 10 100
IGN Sep 10, 2001 9.9 out of 10 99
Netjak Sep 23, 2002 9.3 out of 10 93 Nov 14, 2003 9 out of 10 90
Cubed3 Aug 28, 2003 9 out of 10 90 Jan 30, 2002 90 out of 100 90
TotalVideoGames (TVG) 2001 9 out of 10 90
Edge Nov 02, 2001 9 out of 10 90
Game Critics Mar 26, 2000 8 out of 10 80


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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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NeoMoose (1099) added Advance Wars (Game Boy Advance) on Sep 19, 2001
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