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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 Wiping out half of enemy fighters as a pre-emptive strike.
Advance Wars Game Boy Advance Mission Briefing
Advance Wars Game Boy Advance Time to buy new units
Advance Wars Game Boy Advance Battle against mysterious Sturm

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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 (480) unrated
Great war on little screen 666gonzo666 (60773) 4.2 Stars4.2 Stars4.2 Stars4.2 Stars4.2 Stars

Critic Reviews

Nintendojo 2001 10 out of 10 100
AceGamez 2001 10 out of 10 100
64 Power / big.N / N Games Sep, 2001 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
Thunderbolt Games Aug 24, 2003 10 out of 10 100
Game Freaks 365 2003 9.5 out of 10 95
GamePro (US) Sep 10, 2001 4.5 out of 5 90
Game Critics Jul 24, 2002 9 out of 10 90 Jan 30, 2002 90 out of 100 90
Pelit Feb, 2002 88 out of 100 88
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 (1274) added Advance Wars (Game Boy Advance) on Sep 19, 2001
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