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Advance Wars, known as Game Boy Wars Advance 1 in Japan, is a turn-based strategy game and the first game in the Advance Wars series released outside Japan.

A remake produced by WayForward will be part of Advance Wars 1+2: Re-Boot Camp, a compilation for Nintendo Switch that also includes a remake of Advance Wars 2: Black Hole Rising.


The game takes place in Cosmo Land, a region of Wars World split between four main countries:

A period of relative peace between these countries is interrupted by the meddling of a mysterious new army: Black Hole.

The story of the Advance Wars campaign begins with the nation of Orange Star in a war against the neighboring country of Blue Moon. As a tactical adviser for Orange Star, the player follows the war effort through all four countries over the course of the game. In the end, it is revealed that the enigmatic Black Hole Army, under the command of Sturm, is the true enemy. Using a CO doppelganger clone of Andy, Sturm stirred up war among the four countries in order to confuse, weaken, and eventually conquer them. Once this is revealed, the four countries unite to drive Black Hole out of their land. Along the way the player gains access to three COs; Andy, Max and Sami. In the final battle of the game the allied COs can vary, based on certain choices made and battles fought.

Field Training

The game begins with a small "Field Training" section. Under your role as adviser you go through several levels under the guidance of Nell, an Orange Star CO. While doing these missions you learn that Olaf of the Blue Moon army is invading Orange Star land. You are able to skip the other training levels if you are able to finish the last mission about Fog of War (Special Intel not required to be beaten).

  1. Troop Orders
  2. Terrain Intel
  3. Base Capture
  4. Unit Repair
  5. APC ABCs
  6. Tank Ops
  7. Copter Tactics
  8. Air Assault
  9. Air Defense
  10. Dogfights
  11. Naval Forces
  12. Climate Status
  13. Fog of War
  14. Special Intel


Orange Star and Blue Moon fighting.

After completing the Field Training, players are then allowed to do the main "Campaign" mode. At the start the Adviser is introduced to Andy, another Orange Star CO. In the following missions, the player must defeat Olaf, before fighting Grit and then Eagle of Green Earth. After the fight with Eagle, Max is introduced. The player is then given the choice of which character to go with: northeast with Andy, or east with Max.

1. It's War!
2. Gunfighter!
3. Air Ace!

Division - Max and Andy have separate paths

Andy's Path

4. Max Strikes!
5. Max's Folly?
6. Olaf's Navy!
7. Olaf's Sea Strike*

Max's Path

4. Max Strikes!
5. Sniper!
6. Blizzard Battle!
7. History Lesson!

Division Ends

8. Sami's Debut!
9. Kanbei Arrives!
10. Mighty Kanbei!
11. Kanbei's Error?
12. Divide & Conquer!*
13. Sami Marches On!*
14. Sonja's Goal!*

Division - Andy, Max and Sami have different levels but under the same name

15. Captain Drake!
16. Naval Clash!
17. Wings of Victory!
18. Battle Mystery!

Division Ends

19. Andy Times Two!
20. Enigma
21. The Final Battle
22. Rivals!*

*Denotes a bonus mission. The player must do something special in the previous mission to unlock it.

Playable Characters

Orange Star

Blue Moon

Green Earth

Yellow Comet

Black Hole