Orange Star still needs you… eventually.
Advance Wars 1+2: Re-Boot Camp is still on its way, according to Nintendo.
The upcoming Nintendo Switch remake of the first two Advance Wars games was due out on April 8, 2022, but was delayed due to the ongoing war in Ukraine.
Now, despite a lack of release date, Nintendo has assured fans that the remake is still on the cards.
“The release has been delayed,” a Nintendo rep told Stephen Totilo of Axios. “We will announce the new date once it has been determined.”
I asked Nintendo if Advance Wars 1 + 2 has been cancelled, given the lack of news about it since it was delayed due to the invasion of Ukraine.
Nintendo rep’s reply: “The release has been delayed. We will announce the new date once it has been determined.”
— Stephen Totilo (@stephentotilo) September 13, 2022
Advance Wars was first released in 2001 for the Game Boy Advance. A military-themed strategy game, it tells the fictional story of two neighboring nations (Orange Star and Blue Moon) who are in conflict.
The gameplay focuses on building up military units to gain control of a map against either an AI or player-controlled enemy units. Advance Wars Re-Boot Camp will feature up to 4-player online play, as well as local co-op.
Although it has nothing to do with Russia and Ukraine, it could be considered a bit too close to home. Advance Wars does not depict any real-life conflicts, nor does it depict battle in a realistic fashion, but it was deemed inappropriate to release the game during a time of real-world conflict.
“In light of recent world events, we have made the decision to delay Advance Wars 1+2: Re-Boot Camp, which was originally scheduled to release on Nintendo Switch on 08/04,” Nintendo wrote at the time. “Please stay tuned for updates on a new release date.”
The popular turn-based strategy remake is thought to be complete and ready to release. While fans were hopeful that Advance Wars 1+2: Re-Boot Camp would get an official release date at the recent Nintendo Direct, it was unfortunately omitted.
The game was originally set for release on December 3, 2021, but was delayed because the game “needed a little more time for fine-tuning”.
Want to read more about Advance Wars? Check out a glimpse of Advance Wars 1+2 Re-Boot Camp in action as well as a deep dive into its gameplay.
Ryan Leston is an entertainment journalist and film critic for Reso. You can follow him on Twitter.