Advance Wars (Series) Review

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Posted: 7 months ago, last updated 5 months ago.

Author: Andy Robertson.


Advance Wars is a strategy war game where you control different units on a small map made of squares. Each unit has different abilities and must be used carefully and strategically to win. Each player takes it in turns to make their move, meaning there is plenty of time to strategise.

Advance Wars, was based on a Gameboy game from the 80s. It became popular when it arrived on Gameboy Advance:
  • Advance Wars (2001) on Game Boy Advance and on Wii U via Virtual Console.
  • Advance Wars 2: Black Hole Rising (2004) on Game Boy Advance and on Wii U via Virtual Console.
  • Advance Wars: Dual Strike ((2005) on Nintendo DS and added ability to have two commanders.
  • Battalion Wars 2 (2007) on the Nintendo Gamecube and Nintendo Wii as a spin-off from the main series.
  • Advance Wars: Days of Ruin / Dark Conflict (2008) Nintendo DS with more troops and story modes.
Advance Wars By Web is an official version of the original game that added online multiplayer modes but had no single player mode.


Rating: PEGI 7+, ESRB EVERYONE 10+

Release Date: 11/01/2002

Platforms: Nintendo 2DS/3DS, Nintendo DS, Nintendo Wii and Nintendo Wii U.

Genres: Action, Shooting, Strategy and Turn-Based.



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Duration: This game will take between 14 hours and 20 hours to complete.
Players: This is a single player game. The time to beat these games varies and is extended by the battle maps played against a computer or human opponents to achieve a high score. Advance Wars: Dual Strike offers two-player game on two systems, with just one cartridge via the Download Play feature.


Does not offer in-game purchases, 'loot boxes' or 'battle/season passes'.

Multiplayer on DS or 3DS is available with one copy of the game, via Download Play feature.

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Advance Wars is rated PEGI 7+ for violence, apart from Advance Wars Dark Conflict that is rated PEGI 12+ for violence and language.

This game has been rated ESRB EVERYONE 10+.


Accessibility for this game is as follows:
System Settings

The Wii has a few helpful settings, like disable rumble, but you have to use gesture controls for most games and the system menu. The Wii U has some limited settings, such as disabling rumble and selecting mono audio... read more about system accessibility settings.

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