Advance Wars 5? Could a fifth game in the critically-acclaimed Strategy series from Nintendo be in the works next?
Now that Nintendo first-party developer Intelligent Systems has finished the amazing and incredibly well-received Fire Emblem: Awakening (a game that completely sold out, much to the surprise of Nintendo, who shipped few copies of the game. It’s still hard to find a hardcopy today, but it can be bought via eShop digitally)… It is not a stretch to assume that Advance Wars may be next in the pipeline.
Especially considering the fact that Fire Emblem: Awakening has sold so well. This definitely should give Nintendo some conference in it’s two core Tactical franchises, and give them renewed hope that a new Advance Wars could sell just as well as Fire Emblem: Awakening (which was the first game in the Fire Emblem series outside of Japan to sell well).
Interviewed by “8-4”, the project manager of Fire Emblem: Awakening had this to say when asked about a new Advance Wars title (for either 3DS or Wii U):
“Well, whether it’s Fire Emblem or Advance Wars, we never want to put an end to any series we’re involved with. We always want to make games that provide a lot of fun to gamers, so if we have the chance, we’d certainly like to make another Advance Wars title.”
While somewhat of a general statement, it certainly sounds like he is excited at the prospect of doing a new Advance Wars/Battalion Wars/Nintendo Wars. But time will tell.
The Wii U definitely could use the boost of a new Advance Wars title or a game styled similar to Battalion Wars, but with the 3DS’ Fire Emblem: Awakening selling so well, and the Advance Wars series being primarily a portable franchise, it is most likely that Nintendo would develop a new game on the 3DS.
Still, no one can deny the awesome-ness that would come from having the game on the Wii U and being able to use the GamePad and all the possibilities it could open up. Hopefully they’ll release an Advance Wars 5 version of the game on both 3DS AND Wii U, and hopefully give us connectivity between the two versions.
A new Advance Wars would effectively be the fifth game in the Advance Wars series. The series as a whole is known as “Nintendo Wars”, and started on the Famicon (Japanese NES) way back in 1988 with “Famicon Wars”. That game got a sequel in 1990 with “Game Boy Wars”. The series didn’t see another entry for a long time, not until “Game Boy Wars Turbo” hit the scene in 1997 and “Game Boy Wars: Famitsu Version” also released in 1997.
Amazingly, a Super NES game was actually released in 1998 by Nintendo, and it was “Super Famicom Wars”, the true sequel (the Game Boy versions being more of a downgrade) to the original Famicon Wars. That game was then followed by Game Boy Color titles that updated the “Game Boy Wars” series with “Game Boy Wars 2” in 1998 and “Game Boy Wars 3” in 1999 for the good ol’ GBC.
From there, Nintendo finally truly revived the series and brought it into the modern age with the Game Boy Advance. “Advance Wars”, released in 2001, and in America and the West in 2002; Marking the first time the series was released outside of Japan. Advance Wars 2: Black Hole Rising followed (GBA) in 2003. In 2005 the series hit the DS with “Advance Wars: Dual Strike” and that game received a follow-up called “Advance Wars: Days of Ruin” (Dark Conflict in Europe) in 2008. 2005 also saw the first ever console entry in the series with a game called “Battalion Wars” for the GameCube, and that game got an update for Wii called “Battalion Wars 2” in 2008.
Phew. *wipes brow* Did you get all that? 🙂