Game Boy Wars 3

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Game Boy Wars 3
GBW3 boxart.jpg
The game's boxart
Basic info
Developer: Hudson Soft
Publisher: Nintendo
System: Game Boy Color
North America: N/A
Europe: N/A
Australia: N/A
Japan: Unknown
Release Dates
North America: N/A
Europe: N/A
Australia: N/A
Japan: August 30, 2001

Game Boy Wars 3 was released in Japan for the Game Boy Color in August 2001, and was the final Nintendo Wars game to be released in Japan exclusively.

The development was started by Intelligent Systems, and was referred to as Game Boy Wars Pocket Tactics while under their control. The title Game Boy Wars 3 was adopted once development was passed to Hudson Soft.

Additions and Improvements[edit]

Map screen from Game Boy Wars 3

GBW3 featured another round of upgrades from the previous Game Boy Wars games, including improvements to the Map Design mode, and Unit Information window, as well as a new order-issuing interface.

The game is also unique in the series, due to an element of real-time strategy being included - the player must manage two resources, funds and "materials". In order to manufacture additional units, the player must obtain sufficient amounts of both resources.

Campaign Mode[edit]

The game's Campaign Mode is unique in the series, though it parallels Fire Emblem to an extent, in that the player can redeploy units that have survived previous battles, and this results in the unit being able to be deployed at no material cost. This is part of the so-called "Arrangement" system.

Arrangement System[edit]

Any surviving units from previous maps can be redeployed through any producing building, allowing them to join the current battle. This can be done by going to the Unit List (first choice on the menu), selecting a unit marked in the lower-right corner with a Kanji and selecting the first choice (Arrangement), and finally choosing the property where it shall be deployed from.

The property used for Arrangement is unable to do any more for the remainder of the turn, which means that you can only Arrange as many units as there are available properties.

Arranged units have the advantage of retaining experience amounts from previous battles, while also having their HP, Ammo and Fuel restored whenever a map is cleared.

Unit Promotion[edit]

A unit is able to promote once it reaches S Rank, and will be able to do so the next time it waits for Arrangement. A Promoted unit cannot be demoted, and it is therefore a permanent change.

Most of the time, a unit that is Promoted is better, though promotion may require a change in strategy due to key changes in the unit, which at times may make the unpromoted form more desirable.

By promoting a unit, you will also reset the experience amount of the unit, resulting in the unit returning to D Rank, a unit's lowest rank.

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