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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 Helicopter on island.
Advance Wars Game Boy Advance Transporter has no chance.
Advance Wars Game Boy Advance Get ready to move out!
Advance Wars Game Boy Advance Battle won. Credits can be used to buy new challenge maps.

Promo Images

Advance Wars Screenshot
Advance Wars Screenshot
Advance Wars Screenshot
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 (61591)

Critic Reviews

Game Vortex Game Boy Advance 2001 100 out of 100 100
64 Power / big.N / N Games Game Boy Advance Sep, 2001 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100 (UK) Game Boy Advance Jan 20, 2002 10 out of 10 100
AceGamez Game Boy Advance 2001 10 out of 10 100
Gaming Target Game Boy Advance Mar 19, 2002 10 out of 10 100
NZGamer Game Boy Advance Apr 16, 2004 9.7 out of 10 97
Game Informer Magazine Game Boy Advance Sep, 2001 9.5 out of 10 95
Gameswelt Game Boy Advance Jan 25, 2002 93 out of 100 93
Game Critics Game Boy Advance Jul 24, 2002 9 out of 10 90
Looki Game Boy Advance Jan 28, 2002 90 out of 100 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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