During today’s Nintendo E3 Direct, a remaster for the first two Advance Wars games is being released this year on December 3. This new remaster has a completely new art style and is apparently being remade from the ground up.
Advance Wars is a long-dormant series from Intelligent Systems, the creators of the Fire Emblem and Paper Mario series. The last Advance Wars game came out in 2008 for the Nintendo DS and the series has been dead silent ever since, even with Fire Emblem and Paper Mario soaring.
This remasters description on the official Nintendo website reads-
Command an army in strategic, turn-based combat as a tactical adviser for the Orange Star Army. Your expertise is needed as you move land, air, and naval units across the battlefield. Take down enemy squads and capture towns and bases to secure victory and keep the peace. Keep an eye on the game-changing terrain and weather as you lead a variety of units across multiple maps. This remake features two campaigns that cover the events of Advance Wars and Advance Wars 2: Black Hole Rising!
Defend your land with the help of Andy, Max, Sami, and other Commanding Officers, each with their own specialties and CO Powers. Andy can repair units, while Sami can boost the abilities of troops. Your opponents can use CO abilities of their own too! Throughout both campaigns, the COs you meet play a critical role both on the battlefield and in the story.
When you aren’t busy keeping the peace in one of the two campaign stories, flex your army-commanding chops in Versus Mode**. Up to four players can battle on dozens of maps. Each player chooses a CO from either campaign and can strategically use their CO Powers to turn the tides of battle. Customize your combat with options like funds per allied base and fog of war.
Advance Wars has you choosing from a plethora of army commanders with special abilities and lets you build up an army as you gain resources. Much like Fire Emblem, combat is grid based but it differentiates itself by units being expendable and having no personality.
Despite the fact that the series was quiet for so long, many consider Advance Wars to be one of if not the best in the tactical strategy genre, with an infinite amount of replayablity thanks to its map creation mode.
Advance Wars Re-Boot Camp comes to the Nintendo Switch on December 3.