Famicom Wars (game)

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Famicom Wars
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The game's boxart
Basic info
Developer: Intelligent Systems
Publisher: Nintendo
System: Famicom (1988)
Virtual Console (2009)
North America: Unreleased
Europe: Unreleased
Australia: Unreleased
Japan: A
Release Dates
North America: Unreleased
Europe: Unreleased
Australia: Unreleased
Japan: August 12, 1988
May 19, 2009

Famicom Wars, the very first Nintendo Wars game, was released in Japan in August 1988 for the Famicom, the Asian equivalent to the Nintendo Entertainment System. It was developed by Intelligent Systems and published by Nintendo, and a lot of what is present in Advance Wars harkens back to this game.

While this game was never released outside of Japan, a translation became available in 2006, which opened up the previously little-known game to Western audiences. The game was eventually re-released for the Virtual Console on May 19, 2009.


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.


The turn-based gameplay that Intelligent Systems developed for Famicom Wars is very similar to that found in Fire Emblem.

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.



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

The Games of the Nintendo Wars series
Famicom Wars*: Famicom WarsSuper Famicom Wars
Game Boy Wars*: Game Boy WarsGame Boy Wars 2Game Boy Wars 3Game Boy Wars TURBO
Advance Wars: Advance Wars*Advance Wars 2: Black Hole Rising*Game Boy Wars Advance 1+2*Advance Wars: Dual Strike*Advance Wars: Days of Ruin*
Battalion Wars*: Battalion WarsBattalion Wars 2
Cancelled games: 64 Wars