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Advance Wars

The game's North American boxart
Basic info
Developer Intelligent Systems
Publisher Nintendo
System Game Boy Advance
North America: "E" for Everyone
Europe: 11+ (ELSPA)
6+ (USK)
7+ (PEGI)*
Australia: G8+
Japan: N/A
Release Dates
North America: September 10, 2001
Europe: January 11, 2002
April 3, 2014 (Wii U Virtual Console)
Australia: 2001
Japan: November 25, 2004*
April 3, 2014 (Japanese Wii U Virtual Console)*
Advance Wars Guide on StrategyWiki

Advance Wars is the title of first installment of the Advance Wars series to be released outside of Japan. In it, the player is an adviser employed by Orange Star as war rages across Cosmo Land. It was followed up by a sequel titled Advance Wars 2: Black Hole Rising.

In Japan, the game was released only as part of a compilation called Game Boy Wars Advance 1+2. Advance Wars was previously scheduled for release in Japan as Game Boy Wars Advance (Japanese: ゲームボーイウォーズアドバンス) on October 12, 2001, but was cancelled.[1] There are multiple regional differences between the Japanese and English versions.

Advance Wars was re-released for the Wii U Virtual Console in North America and Europe on April 3, 2014, at a price of £6.49.[2] Previously, it was announced in the Japanese version of the February 2014 Nintendo Direct that Game Boy Wars Advance 1+2 was to be one of thirteen Game Boy Advance games to be released on the Japanese Wii U Virtual Console on the same date.[3] At E3 2021, Nintendo announced that a remake of Advance Wars alongside Advance Wars 2: Black Hole Rising will be developed by WayForward and released as part of another compilation titled Advance Wars 1+2: Re-Boot Camp.[4]

Game modes[edit | edit source]

Below are the game modes in Advance Wars.

Field Training[edit | edit source]

Field Training is the tutorial mode of the game. In it the player is taught basic gameplay in a series of small scale maps, each with its own theme. It is an obligatory mode before the player can access Campaign, War Room, Stats, and Design Maps. It also serves as an introduction to the plot of the Campaign mode.

In this mode, Olaf of Blue Moon has invaded Orange Star and it is up to the player, in the role of an advisor, and Nell, their instructor in the arts of war to hold Olaf at bay.

Campaign[edit | edit source]

The Campaign is the main mode of the game. It is where the plot unfolds and where the player can unlock new COs by meeting certain criteria, as well as earn Advance Wars Coins, the currency used in Battle Maps. There are over 30 missions in this mode, though the player will only play up to 22 of them in one run. If the player wishes to access them all they will have to clear it thrice.

After the success in Field Training there are still Blue Moon forces in Orange Star. However, Nell cannot leave the capital so the player is introduced to Andy, a new Orange Star CO. Later joined by Max and Sami they try to put an end to the war, fighting through several countries and meeting several new COs before they finally succeed in doing so.

There is also a secondary campaign, Advanced Campaign. This campaign is the 'Hard Mode' of the game. It is the same as the regular campaign with the exception of difficulty having increased. In return, the player will always receive full marks for their Power and Technique ranks.

War Room[edit | edit source]

War Room is the second mode in which the player can earn Advance Wars Coins, but no new COs or maps can be unlocked. Generally speaking, War Room missions have the player at a disadvantage compared to the opponent which is AI controlled. All War Room missions in the first Advance Wars game have clear weather and start without units. There are 20 missions in this mode, only two of which feature Orange Star COs as opponents.

Vs. Mode[edit | edit source]

Vs. Mode is the fourth battle mode of Advance Wars. In it there is a selection of maps that the player can play on, though several of these have to be bought in Battle Maps before being accessible. War Room maps can be used in this mode, as well as Special, Versus, 3 player, 4 player, and pre-deployed, but not Campaign Maps. It is also possible to play on maps created by the player in the Design Maps mode.

Stats[edit | edit source]

Stats is where the player's achievements are kept track of. There are two options:

  • Records, where the player can look up their top five scores on any War Room map.
  • Rank, where the player can view their current and past earned Advisor Rank.

Battle Maps[edit | edit source]

Battle Maps is the mode where the player can buy new maps, COs and miscellaneous items. The currency used is Advance Wars Coins, which can be earned in Campaign and War Room to a maximum of twelve for one mission. The owner of the Battle Maps is Hachi, a former Orange Star CO. Battle Maps is unlocked after the player earns their first coins.

Design Maps[edit | edit source]

Design Maps is the mode where the player can create their own custom maps and save them. Up to three of these maps can be saved, which can played on in Vs. Mode and Link Mode, or can be traded in Link Mode.

Link Mode[edit | edit source]

Link Mode is the mode where the player can connect their copy of Advance Wars to up to three other Game Boy Advances. There are three options:

  • To use Multi-Pak each linked Game Boy Advance needs to have its own copy of Advance Wars inserted. This mode is the same as Vs. Mode, only each player has their own copy of the game.
  • To use Single-Pak only one linked Game Boy Advance needs to have a copy of Advance Wars inserted. This mode is the same as Vs. Mode, only each player has their own screen so there is no need to pass the Game Boy Advance after each turn. All battles will take place in Fog of War, and victory must be won by rout.
  • To be able to trade maps each linked Game Boy Advance needs to have its own copy of Advance Wars inserted.

Units[edit | edit source]

These are the units available in Advance Wars:

Unit Type Cost Move Range Fuel Ammo Vision
Infantry Infantry 1000 3 1 99 - 2
Mech Infantry 3000 2 1 70 3 2
Recon Vehicle 4000 8 1 80 - 5
Tank Vehicle 7000 6 1 70 9 3
Medium Tank Vehicle 16000 5 1 50 8 1
APC Vehicle 5000 6 --- 70 - 1
Artillery Vehicle 6000 5 2-3 99 9 1
Rockets Vehicle 15000 5 3-5 50 6 1
Anti-Air Vehicle 8000 6 1 60 9 2
Missiles Vehicle 12000 4 3-5 50 6 5
Fighter Plane 20000 9 1 99 9 2
Bomber Plane 22000 7 1 99 9 2
B Copter Copter 9000 6 1 99 6 3
T Copter Copter 5000 6 --- 99 - 2
Battleship Ship 28000 5 2-6 99 9 2
Cruiser Ship 18000 6 1 99 9 3
Lander Ship 12000 6 --- 99 - 1
Submarine Submarine 20000 5 1 60 6 5
A colored background indicates a unit that was introduced in this game.

Commanding Officers[edit | edit source]

These are the Commanding Officers available in Advance Wars:

CO Country CO Power CO Meter Hit Miss
Andy Orange Star Hyper Repair 30,000 Mechanics Waking up early
Max Orange Star Max Force 30,000 Weight Training Studying
Sami Orange Star Double Time 25,000 Chocolate Cowards
Nell Orange Star Lucky Star 30,000 Wilful students Olaf
Olaf Blue Moon Blizzard 30,000 Warm boots Rain clouds
Grit Blue Moon Snipe Attack 30,000 Cats Rats
Eagle Green Earth Lightning Strike 50,000 Lucky Goggles Swimming
Drake Green Earth Tsunami 40,000 The sea Heights
Kanbei Yellow Comet Morale Boost 50,000 Sonja Computers
Sonja Yellow Comet Enhanced Vision 30,000 Computers Bugs
Sturm Black Hole Meteor Strike 50,000 ??? ???
A colored background indicates a CO that was introduced in this game.

Gallery[edit | edit source]

Artwork[edit | edit source]

Commanding Officers[edit | edit source]

Screenshots[edit | edit source]

Videos[edit | edit source]

Official English trailer
Wii U Virtual Console trailer

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Nintendo Space World 2001 software listing page for Game Boy Wars Advance (archived). Retrieved 14 October 2012.
  2. Nintendo UK (25 March 2014). "Prepare for battle! Advance Wars will storm onto #WiiU Virtual Console on 3rd April! #GBA" [Tweet]. Twitter. Retrieved 25 March 2014.
  3. Brown, Andrew (13 February 2014). "Game Boy Advance Virtual Console Finally Coming to Wii U". Nintendo World Report. Retrieved 13 February 2014.
  4. Whitehead, Thomas (15 June 2021). "Advance Wars 1+2 Re-Boot Camp Reimagines The Classics On Switch". Nintendo Life. Retrieved 29 January 2023.

See also[edit | edit source]

External links[edit | edit source]

Famicom Wars*
Game Boy Wars*
Advance Wars
Battalion Wars*
Cancelled games