The resurgence of Fire Emblem on the Nintendo 3DS has only fueled the thirst for developer Intelligent System’s other strategy franchise, Advance Wars. Many want to see the cartoonish war series get another go in the modern world, and Nintendo both hears and shares their desire to see it happen.
Speaking with Eurogamer, Nintendo’s Hitoshi Yamagami definitely has interest in revisiting the series, but he has one problem with the series’ setting that just doesn’t gel with him.
Personally, I’d love to do Advance Wars, but since it’s harder to create relationships between its characters compared to Fire Emblem, I don’t have a clear idea of what kind of setting it could have.
Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia Producer Masahiro Higuchi from Intelligent Systems also shared that moral was high in his studio to see the franchise again.
The Advance Wars series is one that I personally have a lot of interest in. I hear some of the staff here saying that they want to make one too, so if we have a chance it’s something I’d like to do!
Oh man, that screenshot make my heart burst!
Advance Wars doesn’t need no stickin’ relationships
Advance Wars has been around since the days of the Famicom in Japan, but only in 2001 did North Americans finally get to play on the Game Boy Advance. Boy oh boy, did we love it! The original Advance Wars is a fabulous strategy game that will really force you to think and strategize your way through its grueling maps. It doesn’t provide any RPG elements to lean on either, so only your brain power can get you through this one.
The sequels never quite lived up to the balance of the original, but a Nintendo Switch reboot would certainly be welcome among fans. If “relationships” are all that’s holding Yamagami back, allow me to give some advice… drop them all together! Fire Emblem is about heroes at the center of is plot, and it’s easy to form bonds with the familiar faces. However, Advance Wars focuses on trash mobs and lobbing your namless units into certain death behind enemy lines.
They aren’t even around long enough to tell you their names, let alone form a “relationship” with them.
Leave the flowers, cake, and hearth-throbbing for Fire Emblem and its beautiful waifus and husbandos. Advance Wars doesn’t need that extra fluff.