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Critic Reviews

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Modojo (Sep 02, 2005)
Advance Wars is still a strategic series, so action-oriented gamers who don't like to actually think when gaming won't have their mind changed by Dual Strike. For everyone else who takes even a mild interest in anything slower-paced, the game is a must own. The in-game timer says that I have poured 33 hours into the cart so far, and I estimate that I've completed half of what the game has to offer. DS owners who opt to skip Dual Strike are missing out on the most full-featured and addictive title released for the system yet.
AceGamez (2005)
The bottom line for Advance Wars: Dual Strike is simple: if you own a DS, you MUST buy this game! I knew to expect greatness when coming into playing the game for the first time, but words simply cannot describe how blown away I am at how remarkable (and insanely addictive) this truly is. Not only is Dual Strike the best DS game to date, but it's also one of the best overall strategy games to come out in many years, and that's saying a lot, considering the strong competition that's out there.
100 (Sep 19, 2005)
Overall, this game is amazing. The only flaw that made this game suck was the uneven matches in War Room. But still, I was hyped for it the moment I heard it was coming out, and it delivered fully. Go buy it.
HonestGamers (Oct 07, 2005)
In the end, what it all builds up to is a strategy game that doesn’t hold back from being different and it is this unique feel that gives this gem such energy. The personality of the individuals, the strategy to each mission, and the various modes of play are phenomenal. Whether it be taking over that final tower with just a handful of men or using your jets to rip through the last defenses of the Black Hole’s fortress, the game rewards you with a sense of relief and accomplishment. Even when trouncing the AI is not good enough, you and a friend can square off and decide which one has to buy the other lunch for the day. In conclusion, what more can be said that hasn't been said already? If you are new to the series, buy it. If you are a veteran of the series, buy it. Both intelligent and compelling, Advance Wars: Dual Strike is far and away the best title on the DS and one you’d have to be delusional not to grasp.
Thunderbolt Games (Aug 27, 2005)
Looking back, I honestly never believed that Nintendo could ever improve on the Advance Wars series. But they’ve gone above and beyond expectations with this latest addition to the DS library. Advance Wars: Dual Strike takes everything that we hold dear about the series and redoes it for a smooth and stylish game that is sure to impress, amaze, and possibly confuse many a DS owner looking for that next great game for their handheld. This game has it all; the gameplay is solid and far more balanced than those of previous games, the many characters both return and make memorable debuts, and wide variety of new weapons, features and gaming modes will keep you coming back to quench your thirst for mass destruction. Accordingly, this game blows the competition out of the water. It may not be quite the same as actual war, but it’s far more fun.
Portable Review (Sep 11, 2005)
Overall it is the best DS game currently available. Nintendogs is not even competition for this fantastic game. Like the Tomigatchi of the mid 90s, Nintendogs will move on, but the Wars series will live on.
GamesCollection (Jan 23, 2009)
Riassumendo, Advance Wars - Dual Strike è un ottimo gioco, specialmente per chi ama i giochi di strategia a turni. Tecnicamente perfetto, profondo e longevo, merita ogni centesimo che spenderete per acquistarlo, a patto che vi piaccia il tipo di gioco. Se proprio volessi fare il pignolo, potrei dire che in caso di grande affollamento su schermo (verso il centinaio di unità) capita di incappare in qualche rallentamento, ma niente di cui preoccuparsi. Promosso con lode.
It's a little disappointing that nothing was done to update the look of the game on the new platform, but who plays Advance Wars for the visuals anyway?
In my opinion, this is the best game available for the Nintendo DS and one of the best strategy games of its generation. A must have for any DS owner and if you don't have a DS, this is a viable reason to get one.
VGPub (2005)
Advance Wars: Dual Strike is the pinnacle not only of its series, but also of the current North American DS library. If you have even a passing interest in the strategy, genre it will suck you in. If you have never played a strategy game, this is a great series to jump into due to its simplicity and extensive tutorials. The next Great War begins on August 22nd, 2005.
It's not important how changed the game is over its predecessors. What's important are the level set ups, the involving strategy, time consuming back-and-forth matches, and constant fun. The only thing missing here is online play (which Nintendo has yet to address) though the wireless feature of the DS is a major improvement over the Game Boy Advance. As redundant as it sounds, this is yet another potential game of the year candidate on the DS, a system that is quickly becoming a dominating force and it's all because of software like this.
Gaming Target (Aug 30, 2005)
Advance Wars: Dual Strike is a highly addictive game that will keep you glued to your DS for hours. While not a radical departure from the formula that made Advance Wars and Advance Wars 2 such great games, it does offer enough new content to be worth a purchase for Advance Wars vets. Dual Strike is proof that a game doesn't need to take advantage of every single unique feature of the DS to remain fun and garner rave reviews. Highly recommended.
DS-x2 (2005)
Advance Wars: Dual Strike builds on the successful franchise it has become, and adds many more features. With more units, maps, characters and action then any other Advance Wars before it, this makes it an essential purchase for strategy fans and non-strategy fans alike.
94 (Aug 23, 2005)
Sure, you can enjoy Kirby’s extraordinary canvas adventure, puzzle your way through meteoric battles against Geolyte, or even have a quiet, comforting afternoon with your cute Nintendog. But nothing, nothing can prepare you for the incomparable combat experience that Advance Wars: Dual Strike offers. This is the definite must-have title for the Nintendo DS, and is the game that will prove once and for all a reality that you may not be aware of: war can be entertaining.
94 (Sep 05, 2005)
Advance Wars: Dual Strike is a top-notch strategy game. Very few games contain the same level of entertainment quality. And the fact that it is on a handheld system makes it even better. Dual Strike is a big step in the right direction when compared to the two GBA games. The game play is so addicting, players will be sure to get their fix at least once a day. Go out and buy this game right now. Don’t have a DS? Go buy one for this game. It is that good. The addicting gameplay and wireless multiplayer mode will have DSs glued to gamer’s hands for quite some time. And the number of unlockables is overwhelming. It will take days upon days of gameplay time to unlock everything this game has to offer. Because this is such a great game, it is a wonder as to how Intelligent Systems will improve upon itself. Too bad this game wasn’t online. That is ok though. Intelligent Systems needs something new to do for their next Advance Wars.
DarkZero (2005)
Although the series was far from becoming stale on the GBA Intelligent Systems has reinvented Advance Wars on the DS. Although only subtle changes were made to the formula and it still has the distinct Advance Wars feel, it manages to feel both new and exciting. During the course of writing this review I noticed that the whole game can be played without using any of the “innovative” DS features, the two screen aspect is the only real big change to the formula. Infact I never took the stylus out of its holder during the whole course of campaign. Regardless of this Advance Wars really is without doubt a must have game and some would argue the first must have game the DS has brought us. With a great single player experience and a respectable multiplayer mode Advance Wars: Dual Strike is highly recommended and also a perfect example of touching not being good!
Die Steuerung mit Touchscreen ist absolut sauber gelungen, wer es vorzieht, kann aber auch bei der gewohnten Steuerkreuz-Kontrolle bleiben. Spielerisch ist euch Dual Strike exzellent. Anfänger sollten sich vielleicht erst das Tutorial aus dem ersten GBA-Teil geben.
I'm just going to come out blunt in conclusion: I love this game. Nintendo and Intelligent Systems have served up three straight strategic masterpieces. The Advance Wars series has always been good, and fans of strategy or the AW series should definitely buy Dual Strike. It's easily the best DS game, and I might go out on a limb to say that it's my favorite strategy game. Advance Wars rocks.
93 (Nov 14, 2005)
Advance Wars Dual Strike es un juego de estrategia mucho más serio y profundo de lo que pueda sugerir su desenfadado aspecto. Es un juego donde hay que utilizar la inteligencia antes de cada movimiento, teniendo en cuenta todo tipo de factores. A pesar de lo que pueda parecer, es un juego que aprovecha casi al máximo todas las posibilidades jugables de Nintendo DS, siendo uno de los mejores juegos de estrategia que se puede jugar en una consola portátil, por no decir el mejor. Ojalá todas las guerras fueran como esta, en una consola y así de divertidas.
Mobile Tech Review (Oct, 2005)
In the end, Dual Strike doesn't disappoint. All new units, new COs and the Comm. Towers add more depth to the Advance Wars series. New units, music, modes, and the tag powers, take Dual Strike to a whole new level. The crisp, detailed graphics still look good and watching infantry units get blown off the screen is better than ever. Fans of the Advance Wars series and of this game genre should look at this installment as a must-have title.
Ultimately, the gameplay at its core is still the same, but the new additions such as the multi-front battles, CO experience, and wireless multiplayer take the series to all-new heights. If you love strategy, it really doesn't get any better than this.
Worth Playing (Oct 02, 2005)
Prevailing over both sets of concerns, Advance Wars: Dual Strike presents a slick invitation to turn-based neophytes without making the party boring for experienced strategists. With the wacky approach to art design, characters and storytelling, it's not exactly a case of everything for everyone, but that makes it no less compelling an introduction. For gamers who've already done a couple tours of duty on the GBA, Dual Strike is a worthy continuation of the Advance Wars saga.
FOK!games (Oct 27, 2005)
Advance Wars: Dual Strike is wederom een ijzersterke game. De game is qua spelen voor een groot deel wel hetzelfde als de vorige twee, maar is tot nu toe absoluut de beste. Er is genoeg nieuws in gestopt om je bezig te houden. Er zit een goed verhaal in dat je aanzet om verder te spelen. In het begin lijkt het allemaal vrij simpel, maar er komt meer strategie bij kijken dan je in eerste instantie denkt. De dual screen functie werkt ontzettend prettig en er zijn genoeg verschillende spelopties beschikbaar om iedereen uren zoet te houden. En mocht dat eventueel nog gaan vervelen, dan biedt de map editor vrijwel onbeperkte mogelijkheden. De matige Combat Mode en de mindere graphics en sound zijn eigenlijk de enige minpuntjes, waarbij die laatste twee niets afdoen aan het plezier dat je aan Advance Wars zult beleven. Kortom, voor de Advance Wars-liefhebber een must-have en voor de mensen die Advance Wars niet kennen een absolute aanrader om eens nader te bekijken.
GameSpot (Aug 19, 2005)
The brilliantly designed, addictive Advance Wars series of strategy games has found itself a comfortable new home on the Nintendo DS, and it couldn't be more welcome. Originally created for the Game Boy Advance back in 2001, Advance Wars now is on to its third installment, which significantly broadens the scope of this very deep and incredibly fun series while not messing with the fundamentals that made it so great. The result is Advance Wars: Dual Strike, the biggest and in many ways best game in the series yet. It offers a tremendous value and is sure to provide you with hour after hour of fun-filled, surprisingly brisk turn-based gameplay. A terrific presentation and tons of different modes of play, in addition to some great Wi-Fi multiplayer support, put this one way over the top. It's arguably the first must-have game for the Nintendo DS, and it's a perfect excuse to get the system if you haven't already.
Nintendojo (2005)
With those points under consideration, Advance Wars: Dual Strike is an excellent game and a great value, but not perfect. It has many improvements, but one or two of the new features cancel out some of the strides forward. Anybody with an inkling for a strategy game should purchase it. This game will be loved warts and all.
NZGamer (Oct 19, 2005)
The honeymoon period is officially over, and it’s obvious Intelligent Systems are searching for new ways to keep Advance Wars fresh without wrecking the formula. It’s a tricky balance for all developers, and Dual Strike only succeeds this round by a hair’s breadth. The new dual CO system may inject new strategy, but it’s just as fun to play with a single CO. At the end of the day Advance Wars: Dual Strike may not be a revolution in warfare, but it’s polished to a shine and fat with return value, and this shouldn’t be forgotten. Dual Strike may not push the boundaries of the Nintendo DS, but there are few games out there as lengthy or addictive as this one.
Game Revolution (Aug 24, 2005)
If I didn't know Intelligent Systems made Advance Wars: Dual Strike, I'd think it had been made by the Swiss Army. It builds on one of the most solid foundations in recent gaming history, expertly incorporates the second screen, puts the stylus to good use, tells a decent story, and magically transforms your dust-collecting Nintendo BS into the powerful and creative Nintendo DS we had been promised all along. Talk about playing with power.
Advance Wars: Dual Strike is a highly addictive game that will keep you glued to your DS for hours. While not a radical departure from the formula that made Advance Wars and Advance Wars 2 such great games, it does offer enough new content to be worth a purchase for Advance Wars vets. Dual Strike is proof that a game doesn't need to take advantage of every single unique feature of the DS to remain fun and garner rave reviews. Highly recommended.
Armchair Empire, The (Aug 30, 2005)
Advance Wars: Dual Strike does just about everything right – in fact, the only thing I can really complain about is that it sucked up (well, currently still sucking-up) huge blocks of my time. If you’re a fan of turn-based games, Dual Strike is at the top of the heap.
90 (Apr 16, 2007)
Mit Advance Wars: Dual Strike und Castlevania: Dawn of Sorrow sind nun endlich zwei ausgezeichnete Kaufgründe für den Nintendo DS erhältlich. Mit der Notwendigkeit von strategischem Denken und der vergleichsweise hohen Spieldauer hat das Nintendoprodukt aus meiner Sicht allerdings die Nase vorn. Selten hab' ich mich so in ein Videospiel vertieft, dass schon einmal ein ganzer Sonntag Nachmittag nahezu nicht existent verstrich. Immer auf den Schutz der eigenen Truppen bedacht, werden Taktiken und Strategien entwickelt, um gegnerische Truppenverbände mit möglichst wenig Verlusten zu besiegen. Wenn man dann auch noch vom Befehligen der eigenen Truppen träumt, wird schnell klar, dass Advance Wars: Dual Strike süchtig macht.
Go Fanboy (Aug 14, 2005)
Advance Wars: Dual Strike is the pinnacle not only of its series, but also of the current North American DS library. If you have even a passing interest in the strategy, genre it will suck you in. If you have never played a strategy game, this is a great series to jump into due to its simplicity and extensive tutorials. The next Great War begins on August 22nd, 2005
Pelit (Oct, 2005)
Dual Strikessa on yllättävän tuore fiilis, vaikka kyseessä on jo kolmososa. Pelatessa tuntee jatkuvasti saavuttavansa jotain, sillä kampanja lisää taistelu taistelulta sääntöihin uusia jippoja, yksittäistaisteluissa avautuu aina lisää pelattavaa ja komentajat keräävät kokemusta oppien uusia kikkoja. Koukuttava kokonaisuus nousee kirkkaasti DS-pelien kärkikastiin eikä viihdyttävä moninpeli heikennä menoa yhtään.
Nintendo Spin (Sep 12, 2005)
Closing: Overall, Dual Strike is a fantastic game that really pushes the series forward. The presentation is flashy and energetic, and everything looks great until you get to the actual battlefield. Ho-hum unit graphics don’t dampen the superior gameplay the series has always been acclaimed for, however, and there’s enough new content here to keep gamers occupied for a very long time. Dual Strike is deeper in both substance and strategy than any other Advance Wars game, which is definitely a complement considering the series’ pedigree. Fans of the series should not hesitate in picking this game up, while gamers looking for a DS title with plenty of substance and depth need not look any further.
Jive Magazine (Oct 12, 2005)
Advance Wars: Dual Strike is a great portable game that every strategy game fan should own. The developer, Intelligent Systems, has done a spectacular job with this new title that will appease hardcore fans as well as newcomers to the series.
N-Europe (Nov 21, 2005)
War, such a terrible thing... Now if you'll excuse me i'm off to Omega land to go and nuke the hell out of the Black Hole army.
90 (UK) (Sep 29, 2005)
It's certainly true enough that Dual Strike doesn't appear to offer much more than the previous versions on the surface, but dig a little deeper and it's obvious there's so much more to it. As long-term fans might expect, Intelligent Systems' uncanny knack of being able to come up with fresh ideas and more challenging maps and missions is the reason we keep coming back. Whether you've played it before or you're a newcomer wondering what the fuss is about, it stands out as one of the finest handheld games ever. Resistance is futile. Buy it, play it, love it.
Indeed, it'd be reasonable to say that this is a more courageous step forward from it's predecessor than Advance Wars 2 was from Advance Wars. And, in general, it's a step taken in the right direction. Admittedly, there's the odd addition here that was never necessary, and we only hope Intelligent Systems are perceptive enough to know which parts will need trimming for the follow-up. As for achieving perfection, well that can wait: right now, we've another Advance Wars to get through.
GamesRadar (2005)
Tack onto all this a robust soundtrack, a comprehensive level editor and a war room filled with new maps and unlockable features and you’ve found one of the longest, most rewarding DS games out there. Put this online and it'd be damn near perfect.
Yahoo! Games (Aug 24, 2005)
If you loved the first two games, you've likely drooled your way through half of this review, not needing to read the rest. If you're new to the series and are looking for a deep strategy game that's easy on the eyes and light on the tone, Advance Wars Dual Strike is a must-have title that'll more than pay for itself in sheer replay value. The endless combat may smack of War Machines Week on The History Channel, but the contentious, jaunty chatter between friendly (and enemy) characters is pure Cartoon Network. Move out!
GamerDad (Nov 07, 2005)
The key to this series' success is the streamlined strategy that you can play in bite-size chunks anytime or anywhere. The Nintendo DS doesn't add anything really groundbreaking to the series, but all the enhancements are welcome, however slight. The game was designed completely around portability with the ability to just save and quit at nearly any point during play. What's cool is you can hop right back in a day or a week or a month later and it's like you never stopped. The core gameplay is just so entertaining that you keep coming back to it over and over again too. If you have a friend to play multiplayer with you, that really makes the game diabolical as a time sink. Advance Wars: Dual Strike probably isn't a game that demands you buy a Nintendo DS just to play it, but if you have one, you'd be crazy not to own it. Here's hoping this series continues for a long, long time.
90 (Sep 30, 2005)
Eine Anleitung zum Glücklichsein für Feldherren: Geht zum Händler eures Vertrauens. Kauft euch, falls nicht vorhanden, einen Nintendo DS. Kauft euch dazu Advance Wars DS. Geht in den nächsten Supermarkt. Kauft euch, falls nicht vorhanden, jede Menge Lebensmittel. Kauft euch dazu Toilettenpapier. Geht nach Hause. Schmeißt, falls vorhanden, eure Verwandten raus. Atmet tief durch. Entspannt euch. Schaltet den DS ein. Und dann, Freunde der rundenbasierten Kriegsführung, taucht ihr ein in das taktisch anspruchsvollste, abwechslungsreichste und umfangreichste Strategiespiel der fast zwanzigjährigen Wars-Reihe. Es ist einfach zu verstehen, schwer zu meistern und in Sachen Missionsdesign intelligenter als jeder andere Rundenkrieg da draußen. Ihr mögt Schach oder knifflige Denkaufgaben? Dann schlagt zu.
90 (Nov 21, 2005)
This is a game you win by thinking ahead and taking the initiative, not letting the enemy come to you. As a turn-based strategy, Advance Wars: Dual Strike quite rightly rubs shoulders with the likes of Civilization IV on merit: it's one of the best strategies of the year. As a DS title, along with Meteos and Nintendogs, it's one of the standout reasons to own a DS. Go buy.
Etwas böse könnte man Advance Wars als kinderfreundliches Kriegsspiel definieren. Doch trotz der einfachen Spielbarkeit weist das Spiel eine hohe Komplexität auf und kann alle Altersgruppen begeistern, die auch nur im Ansatz etwas mit rundenbasierten Spielen anfangen können. Einsteiger werden anwenderfreundlich ins Spielgeschehen eingeführt und Profis finden in den späteren Missionen ebenfalls neue Herausforderung. Die Steuerung mit dem Touchscreen funktioniert hervorragend und die Kämpfe an zwei Schauplätzen bringen frischen Wind und neue taktische Elemente zum Vorschein. Mit ein paar neuen Einheiten wird das Spiel nicht wirklich grossartig aufgewertet, doch im Kern soll das Spielprinzip auch nicht verändert werden. Umfangreiche Multiplayer-Optionen und die Möglichkeit eigene Karten zu kreieren und zu tauschen, machen Advance Wars: Dual Strike zum besten Teil der Reihe.
90 (Sep 28, 2005)
Advance Wars est décidément un excellent représentant du jeu de stratégie au tour par tour sur portable. Cet épisode Dual Strike utilise de façon intelligente le double écran de la console, et le maniement au stylet apporte un confort de jeu certain. Le contenu est riche en solo, et les parties à plusieurs en Wi-Fi garantissent des heures de plaisir de jeu, aussi bien pour les stratèges accomplis que pour les néophytes qui souhaitent découvrir le genre en s'amusant.
GamePro (US) (Aug 10, 2005)
The new real-time battle mode seems abortive at best, and the AI can sometimes seem a little too easy to manipulate, but the core turn-based gameplay can't be beat. If you're a strategy gamer, put Advance Wars: Dual Strike on your wishlist.
GameZone (Sep 14, 2005)
This is another great title for the Nintendo DS. The DS is finally shaping up to be a great system and this is another game that owners should check out. The number of options available in the game is incredible. The gameplay just works and will keep you going for hours upon hours.
90 (GAF) (Dec 24, 2005)
Nintendo has added a lot to the Advance Wars universe with Dual Strike, but there are still some things missing (As much as we all love Mario Kart, where's the online AW action?). I've found through the months there to be a lot of replayability stuffed into this tiny cart, and I'm sure it will spend a good while in your DS.
NintendoWorldReport (Aug 31, 2005)
All in all, Advance Wars: Dual Strike obviously faces the same challenge as every other sequel faces. The game has to be different enough from its predecessors – more so than Black Hole Rising was - but not too different and thereby alienate fans of the series. This balance is something Dual Strike handles beautifully. It retains the series’ renowned easy-to-learn-yet-difficult-to-master gameplay formula, but also adds an extreme amount of new modes, levels, and units to try out, options to tinker with, and statistics to look through and improve upon. The end result is a huge, compelling game that feels fresh yet familiar at the same time.
NintendoWorldReport (Aug 08, 2005)
Advance Wars: Dual Strike's tag-team system definitely adds an extra layer of strategy -- a prudent move for a strategy game, right? Along with entirely too many game modes and wireless multiplayer, well, that's enough gameplay to ruin a human brain. Force rank abilities probably weren't really necessary, but it hasn't really broken the game, either. AW: DS comes highly recommended for fans of the series, and hey, everyone else, too. Click here to order the U.S. version from Lik-Sang!
Cubed3 (Sep 22, 2005)
The Nintendo DS has already had some high quality product released for it, but Advance Wars: Dual Strike is definitely of 'AAA' standards. Whilst the gameplay will be all too familiar for some, the extras included and changes in gameplay to suit the DS setup ensure that this is the best outing in the series so far. Do not fancy raising a mutt? Go get this instead...
Aside from some inherent balance issues which will frustrate even the most patient gamers, Duel Strike is firing on all pistons. If parents think videogames are mindkillers, have them take a closer look at the fantastic amount of strategic planning that is required in even the simplest of battles. Duel Strike will awaken areas of your brain that have either remained dormant for years or simply haven't been developed yet. Your DS and your cerebral cortex is in dire need of Duel Strike.
N-Zone (Oct 25, 2005)
Mir hat Advance Wars: Dual Strike insbesondere wegen des klasse Multiplayer-Modus sehr viel Spaß gemacht. Die Auswahl an Maps ist gigantisch und sogar einige der besten Karten der Game-Boy-Advance-Versionen sind enthalten. Der Echtzeitkampf ist zudem eine nette Bereicherung für bis zu acht Spieler. Dieser Titel wird noch für lange Zeit im Schacht meines DS bleiben.
Extreme Gamer (Aug 21, 2006)
Advance Wars: Dual Strike is a one of kind strategy war game that brings the cute into the battlefield. Dual Strike is more of the same, but that's what the fans wanted. Besides the questionable multiplayer, this updated and reformatted Advance Wars rocks!
1UP (Aug 16, 2005)
That said, Advance Wars: Dual Strike is still a goldmine of tactical riches. The gameplay is fast (once you've dribbled past the Teen Beat dialogue) and the game looks sharp. While there's still some wiggle room for improvement (Intelligent Systems could simplify multiplayer battles for quicker bouts, and either flesh out the combat mode or ditch it), the Advance Wars brand is fast becoming the standard against which other strategy games, handheld or otherwise, should be judged.
IGN (Aug 19, 2005)
The Nintendo DS game is very much like the Game Boy Advance, which is definitely not a bad thing by any means because the original game is a highly addictive and recommended experience. That also affects its impact because it doesn't offer anything entirely new or unique, only enhancing what we've already experience twice before. Even with that said the game offers an amazing series on single and multiplayer challenges and retains some of the most engrossing turn-based action on the Nintendo DS system. Don't miss this one.
GameSpy (Aug 29, 2005)
Multiplayer problems aside, Advance Wars Dual Strike is a must-have game for fans of strategy games or anyone curious about them. With intuitive controls, tons of strategic depth, and lots of worthwhile single-player game modes, this is a seriously enjoyable game with serious legs.
MAN!AC (Oct, 2005)
Brilliante Strategie-Fortsetzung mit tonnenweise neuen Features und bequemer Stylus-Steuerung.
90 (Dec 23, 2005)
Playing strategy games was never my favourite pastime activity and Nintendo consoles have never been in my possession. Until the day both were united in the form of Advance Wars: Dual Strike for the Nintendo DS. Consequence: I finally obtained a Nintendo console and -slap my ars and call me Charly- but I enjoyed it too.
Lawrence (Aug 23, 2005)
On top of this great single-player gameplay, Advance Wars features enough bells and whistles to keep it fresh for a while. Mapmaker options are available, as well as wireless multiplayer for up to 8 players. Graphics while not extraordinary by any means are bright, vivid, and feature a unique art design. The battle screen features a good layout, and seeing the action onscreen is never an issue. Music in Advance Wars sounds great coming out of the DS speakers, and the tunes themselves couldn't be more fitting. All of the different CO's can level up, and you'll get ranked at the end of every battle in terms of Speed, Power, and Technique. Even if you beat the game with relative ease (which would be surprising), there's plenty of reason to go back and try to get an S ranking on every mission. While it may not make the best use of the unique DS hardware, it's certainly one of the best games on the system, and is well worth a purchase.
Well there you have it. I am finally done. Yes, the Advance Wars series is most definitely one of the best is the genre, and Dual Strike is not an exception. This game is amazing, with tons to do, play, and unlock. You will seriously have hundreds of hours of gameplay with this one. And, if it is like AW2, then once you beat Campaign mode, you get Hard Campaign mode, as if it wasn't difficult enough...And yeah, the game isn't easy, especially in other modes and the difficulty you can set it as...It's brutual. But don't get scared away, it is an amazing game that I suggest to EVERYONE. Go, get it. Now. It's like, the highest rated DS game ever, for serious.
Gameswelt (Oct 16, 2005)
Zwar halten sich die Neuerungen in 'Advance Wars: Dual Strike' arg in Grenzen, doch alleine der sinnvolle Einsatz von Dual Screen und Touchpad macht das Spiel zu einem Genuss. Trotz grafischen Stillstands ein weiterer Meilenstein im Handheld-Bereich.
Game Force (Feb, 2006)
Advance Wars: Dual Strike is one of, if not the best, games the Nintendo DS has to offer. This is a must have for DS owners and Advance War fans alike, and you would be a fool not to at least try this game once. Advance Wars provides you with hours of entertaining gameplay along with challenging puzzles for novices and veterans alike. Do yourself a favour and pick this game up, as its' a worthy game for your collection.
Advance Wars: Dual Strike is a worthy addition to the series and to anyone's DS library. The sheer amounts of gameplay modes both in single player and in wireless multiplayer make this one of the best DS releases in sometime. A very highly addictive and very time-consuming gameplay engine has this reviewer playing every spare minute I can squeeze in as Dual Strike really does take me back to my old school gaming days, where simplicity and depth meld into one of the best things going. I would chalk this up to a very well constructed game by a developer who clearly has honed their craft, well-done Intelligent Systems.
Like learning how to have sex or operate a Ferris wheel, you'll spend your first few nights fumbling around with the controls. Our advice: stick with it, Schwarzkopf. With some patience and a little trial and error, you'll find this cart to be one of the most sophisticated, most addictive handheld games on the market.
Pocket Gamer UK (Sep 30, 2005)
Ideal for thoughful turn-based warmongers, Advance Wars: Dual Strike's deep strategic glories aren't for the pick-up-and-play brigade.
Bordersdown (Nov, 2005)
As previously mentioned, Advance Wars 2 on the GBA was very much an enhancement of the original rather than a fully fledged sequel. Although Dual Strike appears on new hardware that boasts revolutionary new features, it remains as much of an enhancement as Advance Wars 2 was. This isn’t a bad thing by any means, but those expecting something amazingly different will be disappointed. However, those anticipating another dose of what is possibly one of the most fantastically additive games of the past few years will be more than pleased by this installment.
Gamestyle (2005)
Still, after a while you'll settle into the game's regime, and despite the addition of a few useless units (witness yet ANOTHER type of tank) and a campaign mode that is easier than its predecessors, there is little here to deter the faithful. Advance Wars: Dual Strike has made a successful (albeit not a major) leap onto the DS and feels right at home on Nintendo's dual-screen machine.
G4 TV: X-Play (Sep 15, 2005)
While this is overall a very familiar game, it’s also a very good one. Those who became addicted to either of the first two Advance Wars titles will surely be hooked by this one, too. The value is also extraordinary with all the modes and options if even you have an inkling of interest in strategy games you will be rewarded by Dual Strike again and again.
It’s been quite a few years since the original Advance Wars was released, and the series has definitely changed for the better. Strategy games are rather hard to market on portable systems due to their time-consuming nature that wreaks havok on battery life, but the original proved that it could be done well. It also helped that the gameplay was excellent. Advance Wars: Black Hole Rising, muddied the waters, due to the fact that it wasn’t a true sequel, rather it was more like an expansion pack to the original. Black Hole Rising only adding one new unit, CO Super Powers, and a snazzy menu, but the excellent gameplay was still intact, making it quite fun anyway. Now that the third ’true’ AW is here (Nintendo changed the GC AW game to Battalion Wars for a reason), the others can be put to bed as Advance Ward: Dual Strike rocks, and it rocks hard.
78 (Jan 01, 2007)
The best thing about this game is the ability to save and quit at any time during your turn. Combined with the encapsulated battle system (each battle is a standalone quest to conquer), you can pick up the game at any time and start right where you left off. Don’t count on being able to put this one down easily, though!
With some graphical upgrades and the above-mentioned additions, Advance Wars: Dual Strike is recommended for those that already have the DS and want to experience a game that tests their gray matter instead of their trigger fingers. If you're a fan of the GBA series and you're looking for something new and different - keep looking - and let me know when you find it.