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Super Famicom Wars

The game's title screen
Basic info
Developer:Intelligent Systems
System:Super Famicom (1998)
Wii Virtual Console (2010)
Wii U Virtual Console
North America:Unreleased
Release Dates
North America:Unreleased
Japan:Satellaview demo: April 1998
May 1, 1998 (Nintendo Power)
February 16, 2010 (Wii Virtual Console)
October 2, 2013 (Wii U Virtual Console)
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Super Famicom Wars is a game that was developed by Intelligent Systems and published by Nintendo. It was released in Japan for the Super Famicom on May 1, 1998 using the discontinued Nintendo Power (cartridge writing service), and is in that respect, a digital only game. Windows 2000 server key. Originally released exclusively in Japan, the game was later re-released for the Wii Virtual Console on February 16, 2010 and for the Wii U Virtual Console on October 2, 2013.


As the successor to Famicom Wars, the game built upon the previous one, and improved several areas. Not only did SFW have enhanced sound and graphics thanks to the new hardware, it also boasted more maps, units, and commanding officers. However, the inclusion of Fog of War and the 4-way multiplayer system were regarded as the greatest new features. Both of these features have since been carried over through the Advance Wars games.

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  • In 1988, Intelligent Systems released Famicom Wars, their first game for the Nintendo console (Famicom). This turn-based military strategy game laid the foundations for the Nintendo Wars series and introduced its hallmark mechanics and cartoonish style.
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Battle scene from Super Famicom Wars


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Like the original game, you control an army of modern units (unlike BS Fire Emblem: Akaneia Senki‎‎) against an opposing army of similar units. Also unlike Fire Emblem is the fact that each unit can be disposed and replaced, and that each unit does not have a unique and individual background. The game is a tactical role-playing game. Unlike the other “wars” games, in Super Famicom Wars, both the attacking and the defending units fire at the same time. Some units have also been added.

Super Famicom Wars BS Han[edit]

Super Famicom Wars BS Han (スーパーファミコンウォーズ BS版), meaning 'Broadcasting Satellite Version' was a prerelease demo of the game. Many of the features (including characters, settings, maps) were limited, and there are certain minor changes from the final, such as missing animations for Battle and Fort Seizing.

Famicom Wars*:Famicom Wars • Super Famicom Wars
Game Boy Wars*:Game Boy Wars • Game Boy Wars 2 • Game Boy Wars 3 • Game Boy Wars TURBO
Advance Wars:Advance Wars* • Advance Wars 2: Black Hole Rising* • Game Boy Wars Advance 1+2* • Advance Wars: Dual Strike* • Advance Wars: Days of Ruin*
Battalion Wars*:Battalion Wars • Battalion Wars 2
Cancelled games:64 Wars
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Genre(s)Turn-based tactics
Real-time strategy (Battalion Wars)
Developer(s)Intelligent Systems, Hudson Soft, Kuju Entertainment
Platform(s)Famicom, Virtual Console, Game Boy, Super Famicom, Game Boy Color, Game Boy Advance, Nintendo DS, GameCube, Wii
First releaseFamicom Wars
August 12, 1988
Latest releaseDays of Ruin
January 21, 2008

The Wars series, also known as Famicom Wars[a] and Advance Wars[b], is a series of military turn-based tacticsvideo games, usually developed by Intelligent Systems and published by Nintendo. The series debuted in Japan in August 1988. Like another Intelligent Systems series, Fire Emblem, earlier installments of the series were released only in Japan; Advance Wars (2001) was the first to reach the North American and European markets. Advance Wars was released in the United States on September 10, 2001, but put on hold in Japan and Europe due to the September 11 attacks.[1] Although released in Europe in January 2002, neither GBA game was released in Japan until the Game Boy Wars Advance 1+2 compilation which released for the Game Boy Advance on November 25, 2004 and for the Wii UVirtual Console on April 3, 2014.

In 2005, Advance Wars: Dual Strike was released on the Nintendo DS platform, which follows the basic form of its predecessors. That same year Battalion Wars, developed by Kuju Entertainment, was released for the GameCube in Japan under the title Totsugeki!! Famicom Wars, where it is considered a spin-off from the main series. Battalion Wars is a 3D action real-time strategy game, as opposed to the turn-based strategy of the main series.


The player takes the role of a Commanding Officer (CO) in an army, usually of a country called Red Star (changed to Orange Star following international releases). In the most recent title, Days of Ruin (Dark Conflict), it is replaced by a nation called Rubinelle (Laurentia in the European release). In the single-player campaign of the Advance Wars games, each level consists of a new map and opposing CO to defeat. Victory is achieved when all the opponent's units have been destroyed, their HQ is captured, or another victory condition has been met. COs take turns recruiting and commanding units on grid-based maps. Units available include infantry, tanks, artillery, bombers, and many other military units. Each turn, a unit may move around and/or perform an action, such as attacking or capturing a property. Certain actions, such as capturing, diving, or loading may only be performed at certain instances throughout the game.[2]

The original Famicom Wars game consists of two armies, Red Star (which became Orange Star in later international versions, possibly to avoid associations with Communism) and Blue Moon fighting over square grid-based maps. The two armies could either be controlled by human players, or a human player could play against an AI opponent.[3] The original Game Boy Wars games featured a system similar to Famicom Wars, except the grid was changed so that the grid squares acted more like hexagons; each square is adjacent to six other squares, instead of four. Game Boy Wars also features a different opposing army called White Moon. Otherwise, the rules remain identical, and only in Game Boy Wars 3 were unit levels and a new resource introduced.[4]Super Famicom Wars, the sequel to Famicom Wars, introduced Yellow Comet and Green Earth, bringing the number of armies playable at once to four. It returned to the basic square grid-based map style of the original game.[5]

Star Wars Famicom

The Advance Wars games introduced several new elements. The most notable is that COs now have special abilities called CO Powers that can affect the battle in different ways, giving the CO a temporary advantage over the other COs, such as providing allied units with increased firepower or causing damage to opposing units. Black Hole Rising introduced Super CO Powers, and Dual Strike introduced Tag CO Powers.[2][6] Conditions such as fog of war, rain, and snow affect the abilities of units to reveal the map and move around.[7]Days of Ruin removed many of the features added to previous Advance Wars games, greatly weakening CO Powers and reintroducing a unit level system.[8]


Multiplayer mode is an important part of the Nintendo Wars series. This allows players to compete against friends, each choosing a Commanding Officer to play and country to represent. The Advance Wars series of games, along with the far lesser known Game Boy Wars 3, include map editors, giving them increased replayability. In the original Famicom Wars, two players were allowed to play; in Game Boy Wars, players could play hotseat multiplayer games.[4] Currently the only release to lack hotseat multiplayer is Game Boy Wars Turbo. The Advance Wars series on the Game Boy Advance allowed link-play using link cables. Online multiplayer was originally planned for Dual Strike, but was only later implemented in Days of Ruin.[9][10]Battalion Wars 2 introduced online multiplayer over the Wii's Wi-Fi connection. The game had 3 modes and 16 maps to play on. The multiplayer section was well-received but was criticized for not supporting voice chat.[11]

Famicom Wars


Game TitleDeveloperPublisherSystemReleaseNotes
Famicom WarsIntelligent Systems, Nintendo R&D1NintendoFamily Computer1988First game in the series.
Only released in Japan.
Game Boy WarsIntelligent Systems, Nintendo R&D1NintendoGame Boy1991Only released in Japan.
Game Boy Wars TurboHudson SoftHudson SoftGame Boy1997Enhanced version of Game Boy Wars with better AI, more maps, and Super Game Boy support.
Only released in Japan.
Super Famicom WarsIntelligent SystemsNintendoSuper Famicom Satellaview, Nintendo Power1998Only released in Japan.
Game Boy Wars 2Hudson SoftHudson SoftGame Boy Color1998Playable with Game Boy or Game Boy Color.
Only released in Japan.
Game Boy Wars 3Hudson SoftHudson SoftGame Boy Color2001Exclusively for Game Boy Color.
Only released in Japan.
Advance WarsIntelligent SystemsNintendoGame Boy Advance2001Originally only released in North American and PAL regions.
In 2004, it was released in Japan as Game Boy Wars Advance 1+2, along with Advance Wars 2: Black Hole Rising.
First game of the series to feature a story mode.
Advance Wars 2: Black Hole RisingIntelligent SystemsNintendoGame Boy Advance2003Released individually in North America and PAL region.
Released in Japan only as the compilation Game Boy Wars Advance 1+2, along with Advance Wars.
Advance Wars: Dual StrikeIntelligent SystemsNintendoNintendo DS2005
Battalion WarsKuju EntertainmentNintendoNintendo GameCube2005Originally titled Advance Wars: Under Fire, but the name was changed for Western audiences as the game was considered a spin-off of the Advance Wars series rather than a direct sequel.
Labeled under the Famicom Wars brand in Japan.
Battalion Wars 2Kuju EntertainmentNintendoWii2007
Advance Wars: Days of RuinIntelligent SystemsNintendoNintendo DS2008Originally only released in North American and PAL regions. A Japanese release date was planned but later cancelled.
In 2013, it became available in Japan through download on the Nintendo 3DS for any players with a platinum status reward through Club Nintendo.

Advance Wars


  1. ^Japanese: ファミコンウォーズHepburn: Famikon Wōzu
  2. ^Japanese: ゲームボーイウォーズHepburn: Gēmu Bōi Wōzu, 'Game Boy Wars'


  1. ^'Advance Wars Review - Page 1 // GBA /// Eurogamer - Games Reviews, News and More'. Retrieved August 8, 2008.
  2. ^ ab'Advance Wars 2: Black Hole Rising Review for Game Boy Advance'. GameSpot. Retrieved August 26, 2009.
  3. ^'Famicom Wars NinDB'. NinDB. Retrieved August 28, 2009.
  4. ^ ab'Game Boy Wars NinDB'. NinDB. Retrieved August 28, 2009.
  5. ^'Super Famicom Wars NinDB'. NinDB. Retrieved August 28, 2009.
  6. ^'Gamespot — Advance Wars: Dual Strike Review Page 2'. GameSpot. Retrieved August 28, 2009.
  7. ^'IGN: Advance Wars 2: Black Hole Rising Review'. IGN. Retrieved August 26, 2009.
  8. ^'Advance Wars: Days of Ruin First Look - DS News at GameSpot'. GameSpot. Retrieved August 28, 2009.
  9. ^'GameSpot — Advance Wars DS First Look'. GameSpot. Retrieved August 28, 2009.
  10. ^'Advance Wars: Days of Ruin Preview Feature #3: Battling Around the World'. GameSpot. Retrieved August 28, 2009.
  11. ^'Battalion Wars 2 Review - IGN'. IGN. October 31, 2007. Retrieved August 29, 2015.

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