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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 massacre infantry units.
Advance Wars Game Boy Advance Obliterating heavy tanks with my own bomber
Advance Wars Game Boy Advance Main Menu
Advance Wars Game Boy Advance Deployable air units

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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 (454) unrated
Great war on little screen 666gonzo666 (37910) 4.2 Stars4.2 Stars4.2 Stars4.2 Stars4.2 Stars

The Press Says

Eurogamer.net (UK) Jan 20, 2002 10 out of 10 100
Game Informer Magazine Sep, 2001 9.5 out of 10 95
The Video Game Critic Oct 25, 2003 A- 91
TotalVideoGames (TVG) 2001 9 out of 10 90
Mygamer.com Aug 12, 2004 9 out of 10 90
Jeuxvideo.com Dec 31, 2001 18 out of 20 90
Play.tm Jan 30, 2002 90 out of 100 90
PGNx Media Oct 24, 2002 8.8 out of 10 88
HonestGamers 2001 8 out of 10 80
The Next Level Oct 03, 2001 B- 67


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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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