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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 Firing at a Lander (personnel carrier) with Missile trucks
Advance Wars Game Boy Advance Campaign map. The second officer is Grit, who specializes in long range units.
Advance Wars Game Boy Advance The tutorial doubles as the prologue for the main story

Promo Images

Advance Wars Screenshot
Advance Wars Screenshot
Advance Wars Magazine Advertisement
Advance Wars Screenshot


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User Reviews

Wicked! Game Boy Advance Patrick Robertson (5)
A must own for any Game Boy Advance fan Game Boy Advance Travis Russell (3)
Great game, although perhaps too simple Game Boy Advance Kate Jones (480)
Great war on little screen Game Boy Advance 666gonzo666 (65872)

Critic Reviews

TigerChainsaw Game Boy Advance 2020 9.5 out of 10 95
The Video Game Critic Game Boy Advance Oct 25, 2003 A- 91
WiiDSFrance Wii U Apr 28, 2014 9 out of 10 90 Game Boy Advance Jan 30, 2002 90 out of 100 90
Edge Game Boy Advance Nov 02, 2001 9 out of 10 90
Cubed3 Game Boy Advance Aug 28, 2003 9 out of 10 90
GamePro (US) Game Boy Advance Sep 10, 2001 4.5 out of 5 90
Pelit Game Boy Advance Feb, 2002 88 out of 100 88
VGPub Game Boy Advance 2004 8.7 out of 10 87
RPG Kingdom Game Boy Advance Feb 21, 2007 17 out of 20 85


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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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