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Advance Wars: Dark Conflict

AKA Advance Wars: Days of Ruin


Nintendo DS

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"tactical, streamlined, focused"
5 stars"

This is exactly what the series needed: new and restructured units that allows for more focus on your tactics and meta game, revamped CO system, more streamlined gameplay, and Wi-Fi battles over the internet.

The Campaign starts off fairly easy if your an Advance Wars vet but quickly ramps up in difficulty that provides enough challenge, but really it just seems to be a long and drawn out tutorial that prepares you for online battles. There is a lot more story and dialog behind it, but is a more realistic affair than previous outings and more to my liking.

The new CO system is great and serves to think better about the influence your CO has over the game. Just don't forget to add him/her to one of your current units, which I have done so a few times even realising half-way in some skirmishes.

Some may complain about the absence of modes like the War Room, Shop and Survival modes, but for me the shop was more of a gimmick (apart from Hachi's wisecracks) and the Survival and Combat modes just took attention away from the main game.

Also with the Map center that allows you to download maps from other users online along with uploading one of your own you made in the Map editor (with restrictions), you shouldn't have a reason to complain about new maps.

A must buy!!!

2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.
"Challenging, but fun"
5 stars"

I personally found this game quite challenging, but very fun in that regard. There's plenty of stuff to be done, like unlocking medals upon attaining certain achievements, so that means plenty of hours of gameplay. The art/design and soundtrack of the game were very good as well, and adds a lot to the whole setting of the game. If you get frustrated easily when losing a battle, then this game is not for you, otherwise there's plenty for you to enjoy in this game.

1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.
"Epic strategy game!"
4 stars"
Purchased on Mighty Ape

A lot of fun and quite challenging but I feel as though the CO powers are lame in this one compared to Dual Strike and they got rid of Stealth Planes


After a cataclysmic meteor strike exterminates 90% of the population, the survivors must battle barbarians, disease, and strongmen who seek only to secure their own power.

Advance Wars has been reinvented. Set amidst a world in chaos and featuring new characters and settings, a gritty look, an engaging storyline, and online Wi-Fi battles and map trading. Try you hand with new COs and units, realistic graphics, and a new environment.

Strategy fans will rejoice over the long-awaited inclusion of Wi-Fi play, which adds depth and re-playability. Use Nintendo WiFi Connection and battle against a friend halfway across the world, or use the map editor to create, trade and battle on your own custom maps.


  • Battle your way through a lengthy campaign through many twists and turns of a highly engrossing storyline.
  • Exchange friend codes with a close circle of military geniuses, then declare war over Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection on over 170 two-, three-, and four-player maps . You can communicate with each other using full voice chat!
  • Pit your skill against the world as you take on random players on over 170 maps. You can choose to fight against people of your own skill level or engage whoever dares try you!
  • Use the Touch Screen to design your own maps, controlling every aspect from troop placement to terrain features. Use the stylus to paint and create your perfect map, then link to a friend via local wireless communication or Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection and swap your topographical masterpieces.
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January 24th, 2008
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