Advance Wars fans were losing hope after the success of the three latest Fire Emblem titles: Three Houses, Fates, and Awakening. Lacking any sign for a sequel, they thought Intelligent Systems has abandoned the modern wargame series for good. Thankfully, E3 2021’s Nintendo Direct showcase has proven them wrong with Advance Wars Reboot Camp. Although not a sequel or reboot like Days of Ruin, this remake will let us relive the fun (and horrors) of the original Advance Wars and Advance Wars 2: Black Hole Rising campaigns. The game will be available on December 3, 2021, for Nintendo Switch. But the digital pre-order is already opened over at Nintendo eShop for $59.99.
Reunite with your favorite Commanding Officers from Andy, Max, Sami, to Eagle and Kanbei. And of course, PVP versus mode is back as well. Up to four players can battle on a selection of dozens of maps, and this time, you can personalize any combat scenarios with options like funds per allied base and fog of war.
Advance Wars is a turn-based tactics game that first launched on the Game Boy Advance on September 10, 2001. Developed by Intelligent Systems, it was made as a continuation of the NES Japanese-exclusive series, Famicom Wars and Super Famicom Wars. Later, Nintendo and Kuju Entertainment continue the legacy with Battalion Wars for Gamecube and Wii. The last title from this series, Advance Wars: Days of Ruin, was released on Nintendo DS on January 21, 2008.
While it took them 13 years just to release a remake, I’m pretty sure Advance Wars fans are still stoked for Reboot Camp. The character animation looks great, the 3D models and maps look nice. It definitely captures the spirit of the original games — and I hope they don’t tweak the difficulty too much either. Once this is done, let’s hope that Nintendo and Intelligent Systems can revive this franchise as they did with Fire Emblem.