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Advance Wars is a turn-based strategy game developed by Intelligent Systems and released in North America for the Game Boy Advance in 2001. In Japan, the game only became available recently as part of a bundle with the sequel, Advance Wars 2: Black Hole Rising. It is the first of the Nintendo Wars series to reach North America and Europe.

Advance Wars is often heralded for its deep yet accessible gameplay and unique art style.

Commanding Officers (COs)

Orange Star

Blue Moon

Yellow Comet

Green Earth

Black Hole

Unlocking COs

AdvanceWars Sami

Sami, one of the COs

When you first play Advance Wars, the only COs available to you are Andy, Max, and Sami. However, as you progress through the game, you will be able to unlock other COs for use in the War Room and in Versus mode. The ways to unlock them are:

  • Olaf - Choose Andy at level 4, Max Strikes!
  • Grit - Choose Max at level 4, Max Strikes!
  • Kanbei - No special requirements; he unlocks automatically the first time you complete the campaign.
  • Sonja - Defeat Kanbei in the his first level in 8 or fewer days, second level in 10 (or fewer) days, and third level in 12 (or fewer) days. When you defeat Kanbei with the right time requirements, you will get Sonja once you complete the three missions against her.
  • Drake - Choose Andy for all four Green Earth Missions (against Drake & Eagle)
  • Eagle - Choose Sami for all four Green Earth Missions (against Drake & Eagle)
  • Sturm - Unlock every other COs besides Nell.
  • Nell - Unlock Sturm.

Note that after fulfilling the above conditions, that campaign must then be completed. After that, the CO(s) appears in Battle Maps for purchase.


Nintendo Wars series
Famicom Wars | Super Famicom Wars
Game Boy Wars | Game Boy Wars 2 | Game Boy Wars 3
Advance Wars | Black Hole Rising | Dual Strike | Days of Ruin
Battalion Wars | Battalion Wars 2
Facts about "Advance Wars"RDF feed
Australian Game Boy Advance Release2001 +
Australian Release2001 +
ComposerTaishi Senda +
ContentTypeVideo Game +
DeveloperIntelligent Systems +
DirectorToru Narihiro +
DisplayNameAdvance Wars +
ESRBE +
European Game Boy Advance Release11 January 2002 +
European Release11 January 2002 +
GameCatVideo Game +
Game Boy Advance Release10 September 2001 +, 11 January 2002 +, 25 November 2004 + and 2001 +
GenreTurn-based Tactics + and Strategy +
Japanese Game Boy Advance Release25 November 2004 +
Japanese Release25 November 2004 +
NameAdvance Wars +
NamePageAdvance Wars +
NamesAdvance Wars +
North American Game Boy Advance Release10 September 2001 +
North American Release10 September 2001 +
PageNameAdvance Wars +
PageTypeVideo Games + and Games +
PlatformGame Boy Advance +
PlatformTypeConsole + and Handheld +
ProducerTakehiro Izushi +
PublisherNintendo +
RatingBodiesESRB +
RatingsESRB-E +
RegionNorth America +, Europe +, Japan + and Australia +
SeriesNintendo Wars +
StatusReleased +
Year2001 +, 2002 + and 2004 +

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