Nintendo Switch 'Advance Wars 1+2: Re-Boot Camp' Release Date, New Features, Cost and More

Advance Wars 1+2: Reboot Camp finally has an official release date—and it's tantalizingly close.

If you are not familiar with the Japanese Wars series, it's an anthology of military strategy games where opponents take turns issuing orders to their respective armies. Commanding tanks, air support and mech units, the objective is usually to either annihilate the competition's ranks or to capture their headquarters.

Over the years, this franchise has gone through several different iterations. First, there was the original Famicom Wars in the 1980s(which was never released in the U.S.) and then you also had the likes of Game Boy Wars and Battalion Wars, the latter of which debuted in the sixth console generation.

Arguably the most famous spin-off though (at least for western audiences) is Advance Wars, which was the first title to make the trip across the Pacific Ocean and get released in America. This was then followed up by the equally popular Advance Wars 2: Black Hole Rising, which came out on the Game Boy Advance system and had cutting-edge graphics for a handheld outing at the time.

Both of these classics are now being given a fresh coat of paint for the Nintendo Switch, similar to The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening update back in 2020. Bundled together in one completed package (titled Reboot Camp) they will benefit from a visual makeover, various audio improvements, new gameplay features and online functionality. Here is everything you need to know.

What's Different About Advance Wars 1+2: Re-Boot Camp?

The original Advance Wars titles were released on the Game Boy and Game Boy Advance, so they are naturally showing their age a bit. The Re-Boot Camp versions will retain the same core gameplay and storyline, but they've been given a next-gen upgrade.

The biggest difference is with the low-resolution graphics, as the old, pixelated art style and untextured sprites have been replaced with 2.5D visuals and a blocky aesthetic that makes it look like you are playing with an army toy set. It's an undeniably vibrant look and the colors will certainly be eye-popping if you have an OLED edition Switch.

The audio has also been enhanced for modern hardware, with every commanding officer character now having their own individually voiced dialogue.

In addition to these stylistic changes, there are a few extra gameplay features in Advance Wars 1+2: Re-Boot Camp. A custom-map generator has been added (letting you design and share your own battle grids), both online and local multiplayer will be supported, and there is an arcade "War Room" mode that lets you chase high scores.

Even the fundamental mechanics have undergone some tweaks, courtesy of a few quality-of-life improvements. For instance, you will now be able to fast-forward through gameplay (including your opponents' turns) and there is also a rewind button that will let you undo any catastrophic decisions.

Advance Wars 1+2: Re-Boot Camp Release Date and Price

Like most new games for the Nintendo Switch, Advance Wars 1+2: Re-Boot Camp will cost $59.99. It is available to pre-order now from the eShop but will not be available to play until its release date of Friday, April 8.

While you wait, you can catch up on another beloved franchise on the Switch, now that all of the mainline Kingdom Hearts entries have been added to the eShop.

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