Advance Wars 1+2: Re-Boot Camp revives beloved series on Switch

Advance Wars Switch

Perhaps the second biggest surprise of Nintendo’s E3 Direct presentation was Advance Wars is coming to the Switch. Advance Wars 1+2: Re-Boot Camp is not a new title, but instead a ground-up remake of the classic Game Boy Advance strategy titles. It will be the first new title in the series since 2008’s Advance Wars: Dark Ruin on the DS.

Visuals have been completely overhauled, recreating the original 2D sprites with stylised 3D models. The trailer features classic Advance Wars characters and units, with combat animations and maps lovingly recreated in 3D.

Advance Wars is itself a remake of Famicom Wars on the NES. It was developed by Intelligent Systems, creators of the Fire Emblem series. Indeed, the point of the Wars series was to offer a modern military equivalent of Fire Emblem‘s medieval battles. Intelligent Systems is returning to work on the long-awaited reboot.

The core design pits armies of different nations against one another. Army leaders have unique powers that can be used to boost their troops. Push across the map, take buildings and fortifications from your foe and destroy their forces on your march to victory.

Bringing Advance Wars to the Switch has been a frequent request from Nintendo fans for years. The Switch hardware, with its mix of portability and at-home play, is a perfect home for the series.

Advance Wars 1+2: Re-Boot Camp arrives December 3, 2021. One of the longest waits in video game history is finally about to end.

David Smith

David Smith is the former games and technology editor at The AU Review. He has previously written for PC World Australia. You can find him on Twitter at @RhunWords.