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 Sturm's CO power
Advance Wars Game Boy Advance Deployable air units
Advance Wars Game Boy Advance Campaign map. The second officer is Grit, who specializes in long range units.
Advance Wars Game Boy Advance Deployable sea units

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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 (52652) 4.2 Stars4.2 Stars4.2 Stars4.2 Stars4.2 Stars

Critic Reviews

AceGamez 2001 10 out of 10 100
Nintendojo 2001 10 out of 10 100
GamePro (US) Sep 10, 2001 4.5 out of 5 90 Jan 30, 2002 90 out of 100 90
Edge Nov 02, 2001 9 out of 10 90
TotalVideoGames (TVG) 2001 9 out of 10 90
HonestGamers 2001 8 out of 10 80
Super Play (Sweden) Oct, 2001 8 out of 10 80
Bordersdown 2001 8 out of 10 80
Just RPG 2001 75 out of 100 75


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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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