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Famicom Wars

The game's box art
Basic info
Developer Intelligent Systems
Publisher Nintendo
System Family Computer
North America: Unreleased
Europe: Unreleased
Australia: Unreleased
Japan: A (Virtual Console)
Release Dates
North America: Unreleased
Europe: Unreleased
Australia: Unreleased
Japan: August 12, 1988 (Famicom)
May 19, 2009 (Wii Virtual Console)
December 26, 2012 (3DS Virtual Console)
December 3, 2014 (Wii U Virtual Console)
December 12, 2019 (Nintendo Switch Online)
Famicom Wars Guide on StrategyWiki

Famicom Wars, the very first installment of the Nintendo Wars series. Released in Japan on August 12, 1988 for the Family Computer (Famicom). The game was developed by Intelligent Systems and published by Nintendo, and a lot of what is present in Advance Wars harkens back to this game.

The game saw multiple re-releases in Japan for the Wii Virtual Console on May 19, 2009, the 3DS Virtual Console on December 26, 2012, the Wii U Virtual Console on December 3, 2014, and the Nintendo Switch Online service on December 12, 2019. While it never released outside of Japan, an unofficial translation patch became available in 2006, which opened up the previously little-known game to Western audiences.

Gameplay[edit | edit source]

With the player controlling either Red Star or Blue Moon, the two countries fight over the course of fifteen maps. Two additional maps are unlocked after completing the Campaign with either country.

Legacy[edit | edit source]

The maps found in this game and Super Famicom Wars are also found in all the Advance Wars games, including Advance Wars: Days of Ruin.

Gallery[edit | edit source]

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Samus Aran makes a guest appearance as a Commanding Officer on the Donut Island map.
  • A group of five soldiers from Famicom Wars appear in the Wii game Captain Rainbow, where they aspire to win the gold medal for volleyball.

Videos[edit | edit source]

Commercial (with subs)
Promotional video
Famicom Wars*
Game Boy Wars*
Advance Wars
Battalion Wars*
Cancelled games