Just recently, I finished another entry in my “Where the Hell is…?” blog series, which is a blogging series exploring dead gaming franchises. My last blog was about Nintendo’s and Intelligent Systems Advance Wars franchise, a turn-based tactical strategy game that had its last game in 2008.
The Advance Wars series is mostly well-known for its excellent entry into the western market with Advance Wars on the Game Boy Advance, and then a subsequent release of two excellent sequels on the Advance and DS, and an entirely acceptable final game on the DS as well.
However, the series originally started on the NES as Famicom wars, where it didn’t leave Japan for 10 years. In that time, both IS and Hudson Soft made around 7 or 8 games, mostly on the Game Boy.
The updated title scree in the SNES
Ironically, while the series originally was never released in the West, it started rapidly losing its Japanese audience with its western introduction. That contributed to a downward trend in sales, culminating in the disappointing sales of Advance Wars: Dual Strike, what I consider the best game in the series.
Nintendo and IS tried to recalibrate, focusing entirely on a Western Audience with Advance Wars: Days of Ruin. This paid off with better sales than Dual Strike, but still didn’t break the 1 Million barrier.
What eventually did was IS’s Fire Emblem: Awakening. That, coupled with Advance Wars’ weakness in Japan, I think is a key reason why we didn’t see another Advance Wars game yet.
However, now that the Switch is a portable-home hybrid, I think it is the perfect chance to make another portable-friendly game with higher production values. There is definitely an audience for the genre in the console, and this has always been a very highly rated series.
If you are interested about reading a more in depth analysis, check out my blog about “Where the Hell is Advance Wars?”
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The franchise's true start on the Game Boy Advance
It's simultaneous highest and lowest point
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