Universal acclaim - based on 49 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 49 out of 49
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 49
  3. Negative: 0 out of 49
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  1. This game has it all; the gameplay is solid and far more balanced than those of previous games, the many characters both return and make memorable debuts, and wide variety of new weapons, features and gaming modes will keep you coming back to quench your thirst for mass destruction. Accordingly, this game blows the competition out of the water.
  2. 100
    The in-game timer says that I have poured 33 hours into the cart so far, and I estimate that I've completed half of what the game has to offer. DS owners who opt to skip Dual Strike are missing out on the most full-featured and addictive title released for the system yet.
  3. There are campaigns that will keep you awake at night, second-guessing your tactics, long after you shut the DS off.
  4. Dual Strike has a lot to offer, and it looks and sounds better than ever. The game has the same traditional look as before but from a more isotopic perspective, which gives a nice 3D sppearance.
  5. AceGamez
    I knew to expect greatness when coming into playing the game for the first time, but words simply cannot describe how blown away I am at how remarkable (and insanely addictive) this truly is.
  6. I knew to expect greatness coming into playing the game for the first time, however words simply can't describe how blown away I am at how remarkable (and insanely addictive) it truly is. Not only is Dual Strike the best DS game to date and the best strategy game of the year so far, but it’s also one of the best overall games I've played all year.
  7. 95
    The pinnacle not only of its series, but also of the current North American DS library. If you have even a passing interest in the strategy, genre it will suck you in. If you have never played a strategy game, this is a great series to jump into.
  8. In my opinion, this is the best game available for the Nintendo DS and one of the best strategy games of its generation. A must have for any DS owner and if you don't have a DS, this is a viable reason to get one.
  9. With amazing tactical possibilities and very simple rules and controls, Advance Wars is a fast, satisfying and brain-teasing epic that you won't be able to put down. [GamesMaster]
  10. Dual Strike is proof that a game doesn't need to take advantage of every single unique feature of the DS to remain fun and garner rave reviews. Highly recommended.
  11. The number of unlockables is overwhelming. It will take days upon days of gameplay time to unlock everything this game has to offer.
  12. Game Informer
    If you love strategy, it really doesn't get any better than this. [Sept 2005, p.112]
  13. It's arguably the first must-have game for the Nintendo DS, and it's a perfect excuse to get the system if you haven't already.
  14. I’m still amazed at how full that tiny little DS card is full of information. I still haven’t even explained the extra modes.
  15. With the new features and the improved interface of the DS added to the virtually perfect game mechanics that have always distinguished the series, Dual Strike is arguably the best Advance Wars game to date, although the almost perfect nature of the previous games makes that a tough call.
  16. Dual Strike presents a slick invitation to turn-based neophytes without making the party boring for experienced strategists.
  17. It builds on one of the most solid foundations in recent gaming history, expertly incorporates the second screen, puts the stylus to good use, tells a decent story, and magically transforms your dust-collecting Nintendo BS into the powerful and creative Nintendo DS we had been promised all along. Talk about playing with power.
  18. Dual Strike does just about everything right – in fact, the only thing I can really complain about is that it sucked up (well, currently still sucking-up) huge blocks of my time.
  19. An excellent game and a great value, but not perfect. It has many improvements, but one or two of the new features cancel out some of the strides forward.
  20. It's a pretty big step up from "Advance Wars 2," and the new dual-CO tagging system adds a new dimension to the strategy that actually works quite well. [JPN Import]
  21. 90
    The new real-time battle mode seems abortive at best, and the AI can sometimes seem a little too easy to manipulate, but the core turn-based gameplay can't be beat.
  22. games(TM)
    Intelligent Systems has come good for Advance Wars fans and made its latest title arguably the best reason to own a DS so far. [Sept 2005, p.98]
  23. 90
    A goldmine of tactical riches. The gameplay is fast (once you've dribbled past the Teen Beat dialogue) and the game looks sharp.
  24. 90
    Excellent. A game that you must play at all costs. One or two concerns, but otherwise great.
  25. It's the epitome of turn based strategy games. I've loved AW since it appeared out of left field on the GBA and Duel Strike knocks it out of the park on the DS.
  26. 90
    It doesn't offer anything entirely new or unique, only enhancing what we've already experience twice before. Even with that said the game offers an amazing series on single and multiplayer challenges and retains some of the most engrossing turn-based action on the Nintendo DS system.
  27. 90
    The endless combat may smack of War Machines Week on The History Channel, but the contentious, jaunty chatter between friendly (and enemy) characters is pure Cartoon Network. Move out!
  28. 90
    With intuitive controls, tons of strategic depth, and lots of worthwhile single-player game modes, this is a seriously enjoyable game with serious legs.
  29. Nintendo Power
    AWDS has what "Advance Wars 2" lacked: a substantial number of new unit types. [Oct 2005, p.101]
  30. The game doesn't stray much from the original formula, but it certainly improves upon it in every imaginable way.
  31. One of the best strategy game franchises gets even better with the addition of new DS-specific features and tweaks.
  32. The number of options available in the game is incredible. The gameplay just works and will keep you going for hours upon hours.
  33. Whether you've played it before or you're a newcomer wondering what the fuss is about, it stands out as one of the finest handheld games ever. Resistance is futile. Buy it, play it, love it.
  34. The cute Japanese animation belies the tactical intricacy.
  35. Pelit (Finland)
    Dual Strike has a very simple set of rules, which means the game is fast and addictive. Some AI would be nice, though. [Oct 2005]
  36. Without a doubt the finest DS game in existence to date. Buy it, play it, lose days, weeks, even months of your life to it; and the best bit? You won't want them back.
  37. The game has great gameplay, good graphics, nice controls using the DSs touch-screen, it has great new units, and it's just plain fun.
  38. Tack onto all this a robust soundtrack, a comprehensive level editor and a war room filled with new maps and unlockable features and you’ve found one of the longest, most rewarding DS games out there. Put this online and it'd be damn near perfect.
  39. A one of kind strategy war game that brings the cute into the battlefield.
  40. Electronic Gaming Monthly
    It's the expanded portfolio of vehicles and strategic subtleties and wealth of new commanding officer combos that really make this game sing... Result? Super-addictive strategy gaming. [Sept 2005, p.118]
  41. The sheer amounts of gameplay modes both in single player and in wireless multiplayer make this one of the best DS releases in sometime.
  42. Engaging as other installments of the series, Advance Wars Dual Strike doesn't stray far from the formula. If you're looking for a complex tactics game look no further.
  43. Play Magazine
    A remarkably deep military strategy game. [Sept 2005, p.62]
  44. 85
    Don't let the Saturday morning cartoon vibe fool you. This turn-based war game is more hardcore than Stratego, Risk and that final episode of M*A*S*H where Pierce goes insane all rolled into one.
  45. Edge Magazine
    Thank heavens, then, for the brilliant Survival mode. Of all Dual Strike’s little reinventions it’s the only one to twist the template into a persuasive new shape. [Sept 2005, p.97]
  46. 80
    Those who became addicted to either of the first two Advance Wars titles will surely be hooked by this one, too.
  47. The most substantial – and perhaps the most essential - title on the DS right now, and the perfect antidote to the short-lived fun of gimmicky mini-games.
  48. Computer Games Magazine
    Quotation forthcoming. [Nov 2005]
  49. 80
    Those anticipating another dose of what is possibly one of the most fantastically additive games of the past few years will be more than pleased by this installment.

Awards & Rankings

#4 Most Discussed DS Game of 2005
#4 Most Shared DS Game of 2005
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 195 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 7 out of 195
  1. Feb 23, 2012
    Simply a timeless, amazing game. Even if your not a fan of TBS, it's a must try. The amount of options for gameplay are staggering, and theSimply a timeless, amazing game. Even if your not a fan of TBS, it's a must try. The amount of options for gameplay are staggering, and the multiplayer and interesting new combat mode just sweeten the deal. Only thing missing is wifi battles, but that is included in days of ruin. Full Review »
  2. HamishB.
    Aug 8, 2006
    Advance Wars: Dual Strike starts off very well indeed, with fun, clear-cut and achievable missions, not to mention the beautiful art style Advance Wars: Dual Strike starts off very well indeed, with fun, clear-cut and achievable missions, not to mention the beautiful art style and great use of the DS's features, but unfortunately (just like its predecessor Black Hole Rising) it gets far too hard, far too quickly. I am pretty much a strategy game novice, but still, getting totally stuck on Mission 8 (of about 30) is surely not on. It became absolutely impossible. Of course it Full Review »
  3. Drivvel
    Nov 9, 2005
    i could accept the quality of graphics and gamplay on old SNES but that was years Ago . seems like every DS fan is blinded by some loyalty to i could accept the quality of graphics and gamplay on old SNES but that was years Ago . seems like every DS fan is blinded by some loyalty to nintendo. Full Review »