The Complete History of Advance Wars - All Games Listed - Prima Games

The Complete History of Advance Wars – All Games Listed

This series goes back a lot further than you think...

by Nikola "Nick" Jovanovic
The Complete History of Advance Wars - All Games Listed

The new Advance Wars 1+2: Re-Boot Camp remake of two classic Game Boy Advance games is finally coming to Nintendo Switch soon, after a few delays. Although we all remember these two strategy titles from the early 2000s the most, this series has a much longer and more interesting history that reaches back to the early days of the 8-bit Famicom and OG Game Boy days. So, let’s explore the complete history of the (Advance) Wars series.

Related: Nintendo Delays Advance Wars: 1+2 Re-Boot Camp Due to “Recent World Events”

The Complete History of Advance Wars – All Games Listed

Check out the list below for the complete list of all “Wars” games that Advance Wars came from:

Just look at this cover from the Famicom version (1988)
  • Famicom Wars – NES, 1988 – Japan only
  • Game Boys Wars – Game Boy, 1991 – Japan only
  • Game Boy Wars Turbo – Game Boy, 1997 – Japan only (Improved original version with better AI and Super GB support)
  • Super Famicom Wars – Super Famicom, 1998 – Japan only (Also available via Satellaview, re-released for Nintendo Wii Virtual Console in 2010.)
  • Game Boy Wars 2 – Game Boy Color, 1998 – Japan only (Game Boy & Game Boy Color support)
  • Game Boy Wars 3 – Game Boy Color, 2001 – Japan only (Game Boy Color exclusive)
  • Advance Wars – Game Boy Advance, 2001 – Worldwide release (Delayed in EU and Japan because of 9/11)
  • Advance Wars 2: Black Hole Rising – Game Boy Advance, 2003 – US and PAL only
  • Advance Wars: Dual Strike – Nintendo DS, 2005
  • Battalion Wars – Game Cube, 2005
  • Battalion Wars 2 – Wii, 2007
  • Advance Wars: Days of Ruin (NA) / Advance Wars: Dark Conflict (EU) – Nintendo DS, 2008
  • Advance Wars 1+2: Re-Boot Camp – Nintendo Switch, 2023 – Remake of original Advance Wars and Advance Wars 2

Related: When is Advance Wars 1+2 Coming Out? – Final Release Date Revealed

So there you have it, the complete history of the “Wars” series. As you can see, until the Game Boy Advance times, this series was almost 100% exclusive to Japan only, but some of these games were later released in the West through the Virtual Console service and other re-release compilations.

Certainly Advance Wars 1+2: Re-Boot Camp represents the first real full remake of games from this series that will revive this somewhat forgotten franchise when it arrives at the end of next month.

Advance Wars 1+2: Re-Boot Camp is coming out exclusively for Nintendo Switch on April 21, 2023.

About The Author

Nikola "Nick" Jovanovic

Nick has been a Prima Games Staff Writer since May 2022, an old-school gamer, and a gamer journalist with over 25 years of expertise. Our resident micro-influencer from Serbia! When he's not driving through Belgrade, he's probably racing in Gran Turismo or Forza, playing some strange JRPG games or just watching pro wrestling.

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