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Advance Wars 2: new again

September 29, 2007

deja vu

Nintendo’s marketing dept aint the most creative, seeing as they’re naming the sequel to Advance Wars DS, Advance Wars DS 2, thereby making a second Advance Wars 2 on a Nintendo handheld. Advance Wars, having the “DS” appendage, was ok. But Advance Wars DS 2? Think of a new name for F’s sake. Especially when you’re giving the game an extensive facelift.

AW DS 2 did receive a compelte overhaul in terms of design. Gone are Max, Andy and the others, replaced by a whole new crew. IS went with a whole new, more realistic, miltary look, and quite frankly, it seemed like a pretty wise move. Graphically-wise, the look went with the new design, though it looked pretty much the same. New combat animations were pretty low-quality though, blurry and badly animated. Surely that’s gonna be fixed by the time it comes out. Had time to notice a new unit – bike infantry unit – and that pretty much sums it up.

Ok, semi-extensive. But what’s there sounds quite satiable. Advance Wars was always a tight game wrapped up in questionable artistic choices. I wasn’t a fan of the childish story married to the premise of war. It tried to be more epic than the graphical design allowed, and thus never really felt as big as the characters in the game wanted it to be. This, however, is something i can get behind. Soon as they think up a better name.

For the record, Intelligent Systems is the developer of the Paper Mario games. They mean business. Hope they mean wifi, too.

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7 Comments leave one →
  1. September 30, 2007 12:29 am

    Wifi is the onl thing that would get me back into RTS. Command had me back on genesis and WoW2 online had me for a while also. Thats about it.

    Now would be a great time to hook me with a game this polished and with WiFi.

    Nintendo is so predictable.

    Game Title
    Super Game Title
    Game Title 64
    Game Title DS

  2. September 30, 2007 3:16 am

    I actually dug the art style and general feel of the advance wars series, and I’m sad to see it go.

  3. September 30, 2007 1:05 pm

    I can’t wait to see it. I just might hate it. But otherwise, i won’t be missing the old style. Got good feelings about the new direction.

  4. October 1, 2007 5:34 pm

    Me too… I had a hard time dealing with my commander sending dozens of soldiers to their deaths while wearing iPod headphones…

    About the title, the picture shows clearly that this is a “temporary title”, so we’ll see. I highly doubt they will just append a “2” if they are really going to change the cast!

  5. October 1, 2007 5:38 pm

    Yea, i hope so too. Battalion Wars spent a lot of time calling itself “Cube Wars” before they changed it, so there’s hope yet.

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