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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 Terrain information screen. Movement cost of various units as well as defense value are shown.
Advance Wars Game Boy Advance Mission Briefing
Advance Wars Game Boy Advance Fighters are absolutely devastating against other air units
Advance Wars Game Boy Advance When Grit fires off his CO power, his units all gain an extra +2 range

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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 (38344) 4.2 Stars4.2 Stars4.2 Stars4.2 Stars4.2 Stars

The Press Says

Gaming Age Sep 28, 2001 A 100
Eurogamer.net (UK) Jan 20, 2002 10 out of 10 100
GameSpy Sep, 2001 95 out of 100 95
Game Freaks 365 2003 9.5 out of 10 95
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Oct 28, 2001 9 out of 10 90
Game Critics Jul 24, 2002 9 out of 10 90
Looki Jan 28, 2002 90 out of 100 90
Bordersdown 2001 8 out of 10 80
Game Critics Mar 26, 2000 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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NeoMoose (1103) added Advance Wars (Game Boy Advance) on Sep 19, 2001
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