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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 Infantry vs infantry - fight in city's streets
Advance Wars Game Boy Advance Artillery massacre infantry units.
Advance Wars Game Boy Advance Mission Briefing
Advance Wars Game Boy Advance Those blue units have almost no chance against the meteor

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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 (55397) 4.2 Stars4.2 Stars4.2 Stars4.2 Stars4.2 Stars

Critic Reviews

AceGamez 2001 10 out of 10 100
Game Vortex 2001 100 out of 100 100
Pocket Gamer UK Oct 21, 2005 10 out of 10 100
Nintendojo 2001 10 out of 10 100
IGN Sep 10, 2001 9.9 out of 10 99
Game Informer Magazine Sep, 2001 9.5 out of 10 95
Gameswelt Jan 25, 2002 93 out of 100 93
The Video Game Critic Oct 25, 2003 A- 91
GameSpot Sep 10, 2001 9.1 out of 10 91
Jeuxvideo.com Dec 31, 2001 18 out of 20 90


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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 (1089) added Advance Wars (Game Boy Advance) on Sep 19, 2001
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