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Advance Wars: Re-Boot Camp - What We Know So Far

At Nintendo's E3 2021 Direct, the company revealed "Advance Wars 1+2: Re-Boot Camp," a welcomed return of the classic strategy RPG. This new remake for Nintendo Switch combines "Advance Wars" and "Advance Wars 2: Black Hole Rising" into a single package, similar to "Tony Hawk: Pro Skater 1+2."

From its trailers, "Advance Wars 1+2: Re-Boot Camp" sticks with the Saturday morning cartoon visual style of the original while also giving it a fresh take that looks more modern. The tactical military game involves navigating troops, tanks, and other military vehicles across grid-based maps, aiming to take down opponents and capture buildings. The reboot also features a returning cast of commanders that look like they could have been pulled from Cartoon Network prior to their time in the army. This is the first "Advance Wars" game to release in over a decade, with the last game being the 2008 Nintendo DS game "Advance Wars: Days of Ruin." While this isn't exactly the "new" "Advance Wars" game that fans were hoping for, it's a step towards getting a brand new game. Here's what we know about "Advance Wars 1+2: Re-Boot Camp" so far. 

Advance Wars 1+2: Re-Boot Camp release date

"Advance Wars 1+2: Re-Boot Camp" is coming to Nintendo Switch on December 3. Being a remake and not a brand new release, it got a release date less than six months away from its initial announcement. Nintendo occasionally does these short marketing windows, like "Paper Mario: The Origami King" which was announced in May and released two months later in July of 2020.

WayForward is developing "Advance Wars 1+2: Re-Boot Camp" instead of the original developer Intelligent Systems, which recently released "WarioWare: Get It Together." WayForward is best known for making the "Shantae" series and helping publish other titles like "River City Girls." 

According to its official description on Nintendo's website, one of the biggest differences between this remake and the two original games is the ability to play online multiplayer. Players can choose commanding officers from either game, mixing the gameplay for both titles in a single multiplayer match.

Advance Wars 1+2: Re-Boot Camp trailer

Nintendo put together a blowout trailer for the announcement of "Advance Wars 1+2: Re-Boot Camp" offering over a minute of gameplay and returning characters. While a minute might seem short in most circumstances, that's pretty long for a Nintendo Direct trailer, especially during the E3 2021 showcase. The trailer shows off brand new graphics and the modern designs of the Orange Star nation's commanding officers, including Andy, Max, and Sami. From the trailer, it appears that both the original game and the sequel will have the same redone art style in "Advance Wars 1+2: Re-Boot Camp." The trailer was a short montage announcing that the game was a remake of the first two "Advance Wars" titles, while showing the new design for some of the commanding officers. The trialer also offered glimpses of troops, tanks, planes, and boats in combat sequences.

For those people who want a tactical military game that's somehow kid-friendly, this seems to hit that mark. Despite being about war and defeating invading armies, the game is still rated E10+, presumably thanks to the cutesy art style and lack of graphic violence. One of the things missing from the announcement trailer was any footage of the four-person multiplayer mode also included in the game.

Advance Wars 1+2: Re-Boot Camp Gameplay

After the E3 2021 Nintendo Direct, Nintendo showed off about 30 minutes of gameplay footage of "Advance Wars 1+2: Re-Boot Camp" during its Treehouse Live show. The gameplay primarily showed off some of the early campaign missions, letting the hosts navigate the very simply designed overview map as they battled for supremacy. The preview also showed off the commanding officers' abilities, like Nell's Lucky Star ability, which gives all available troops on the battlefield a temporary luck buff, increasing how much damage they can deal.

The Treehouse demonstration also showed off the classic battle screen, which zooms towards whatever environment the troops are currently in and shows them dealing damage to one another, adding a little more visual stimulation to the game. Despite the new graphics, "Advance Wars 1+2: Re-Boot Camp" is still, at its core, two classic Game Boy Advance games packaged together. The gameplay is fairly simple, but still offers enough strategic elements to make for an excellent game. Anyone that enjoyed the original games will be happy to re-experience "Advance Wars."