Nintendo Developers Still Interested in Advance Wars

Tuesday, April 2nd, 2013

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8-4 recently interviewed Intelligent Systems, the development studio behind the Fire Emblem franchise. Considering that they are also the people behind the Advance Wars series, the question of whether or not they would return to that series was also asked. Masahiro Higuchi, the project manager for Fire Emblem: Awakening, gave an optimistic response.

“Well, whether it’s Fire Emblem or the Advance Wars,” Higuchi explains, “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.”

The last game in this series was Advance Wars: Days of Ruin. That game was released back in 2008. Since the team finished up Fire Emblem: Awakening, now seems like a good time to make another entry in this franchise. You can read the full interview here.

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  • HOLY &*(^@#& I was just telling them that they should make one. I think i am going to have a heart attack…O_O

  • I vastly prefer fire emblem. However with awakening and the cross over: I’ve been well fed with the series. Bring on advance wars for the fans. I can wait for the cross over while they have their fun.

    • Yapp

      I’d much rather advanced wars for theme and story alone. Just something about it scratched my itch just so well.

  • I’ve never played Advance Wars. But if it’s anything like Fire Emblem, I have to ask myself why I haven’t.

    • You really should try them. The games are really cheap too.

    • I’ve played the advance war series. Its ok really, It doesn’t have the strong story and characterization that fire emblem has but the gameplay is similar. Its kinda like fire emblem lite or fire emblem zero depending on if your a pepsi drinker or not.

    • handsomejack47

      It’s also a tactical RPG, but you fight with military soldiers/vehicles instead of individual characters like the Fire Emblem series. So they’re similar, but rather different when it comes to gameplay.

    • Oreoluwa Babarinsa

      On the surface, they’re similar since they’re both tactical RPGs, but from there the gulf is pretty wide. In fact, Advance Wars isn’t a tactical RPG at all since there are no experience bars, or character customization features whatsoever, however, the strategy (IMO) is much deeper. There’s a massive emphasis on unit formations, using terrain and weather to your advantage, knowing when to sacrifice units, manage resources and unit production, and how to shape your army so it counters your enemy’s force.

      To give an analogy, Fire Emblem is to Dungeons and Dragons as Advance Wars is to Chess. This isn’t to say one is better than the other, but just to highlight how different the gameplay is.

  • fire emblem awakening was awesome, i can’t wait to see how good this one is going to be.

  • equalsign

    I’m glad it’s no longer April Fool’s Day. I’ve played quite a few games in both series, and I couldn’t pick between which I like more.

    Fire Emblem has more forward momentum and it’s cool to see your units grow more powerful. You really grow attached to your team after a while. Victory feels more satisfying.

    Advance Wars is much more chilled out. You don’t have to worry about losing units forever like you do in Fire Emblem. The multiplayer is a blast. I played that with my friends for years. It’s really easy to set up, because you only need one system. Some of my friends still play the GBA game and make custom maps to this day. The multiplayer’s only fault is that losing can take a long time, and there’s no way to come back from a few critical losses.

    • equalsign

      I guess I should mention that there are also some CO balance issues in the Advance Wars series.

    • Oreoluwa Babarinsa

      Don’t even remind me. Eagle + Sammy broke AW : DS.

  • Fire Emblem X Advance Wars with time travel elements

  • I’ve put well over 100 hours into the first game. Besides Dr. Mario (which I play with my wife) it is by far the game I’ve spent the most time with since getting back into gaming as an adult. Some of those S ranks are so darn elusive….

  • KYTim89

    How cool would it be for the developer of the recent XCOM RTS game, Fireaxis, collaborated with Intelligent Systems to make a console version of Advanced Wars for the Wii U. This could be done to appeal to western gamers that would keep up with Fireaxis’ work?

    • Have you ever played Battalion Wars, the RTS console cousin of Advance Wars? I haven’t, and I’m curious to know what others think, but I’ve never met anyone who’s played it.

    • Oreoluwa Babarinsa

      I have, they’re pretty mediocre honestly. And the difficultly curve is way out of control (you quickly go from easy, to somewhat reasonable to WTF hard).

    • Appealing to western gamers scares me. That usually means excessive blood, violence, forced mulitplayer and becoming a shooter, the genre the western market is in bed with.

    • Oreoluwa Babarinsa

      I definitely share that concern. Trying to explicitly pander to a certain audience never usually works out. I think it’d be better for old fans and new fans if they just try to make a good game without trying to hook in ‘western gamers’.

  • FrancisUnderwood0482

    I’d prefer more FE (perhaps WiiU with online elements, after all it’s now a proven seller in NA) but I’ll take another Advance Wars or anything IS does for that matter.

  • MusubiKazesaru

    as long as it isn’t as freaking hard as Days of Ruin, it took me over 50 tries to get past that one freaking level