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  • Summary: Just when you thought you'd seen the last of them, the Black Hole Army is storming back in this sequel to the award-winning Game Boy Advance strategy game. With new COs under his command, Sturm is leading a new invasion force, and it'll take advance strategy to stop him!
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 34 out of 34
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 34
  3. Negative: 0 out of 34
  1. The increased difficulty and lack of a Tutorial mode may turn off newcomers to the Wars series, but the fun, depth, and replayability of this game make it a killer ap for the GBA just as much as the original.
  2. Packaged with a new, longer campaign, an expanded roster of COs, a bunch of new maps, and a new constructible unit, the game boasts plenty of original content.
  3. It might look old-fashioned, but Advance Wars 2 is incredibly satisfying, pleasingly intelligent and never less than tremendous fun, even when it gets horribly hard. [GamesMaster]
  4. Nothing has changed too much from the first title, but I spent over 100 hours with it, and thanks to the new editions that Intelligent Systems did include, I'm likely to do the same again.
  5. 90
    The game is made for players looking for more of the same, not for players looking for "more." It's such an incremental improvement over the original that the number 2 in the title honestly doesn't deserve to be there.
  6. Electronic Gaming Monthly
    82
    The sequel packs the same simple visuals and strategy system, but I think the rewarding gameplay's even better this time around. [July 2003, p.122]
  7. 80
    Just like its predecessor, Advance Wars 2 is a great, excellently balanced, and super-fun strategy game, but it feels more like an expansion pack than a sequel. If you never played the first one, skip right to number two.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 49 out of 49
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 49
  3. Negative: 0 out of 49
  1. NikkW.
    Aug 3, 2003
    10
    it rocks but i cant get a S rank on the blue moon 'factory blues' can someone give me a walkthrough or something?
  2. LemonPie
    Jun 17, 2003
    10
    ALL HAIL ADVACE WARS!!! YOU SHALL FALL TO MY POWER.
  3. JedC.
    Oct 24, 2007
    10
    This game is the best strategy game I have played in my life luckily for me I downloaded it but trust me NEVER avoid it in the shops.
  4. Brian
    Oct 17, 2003
    10
    Incredile game. Nintendo ought to make more games that contain the spirit and challange as Advance Wars. It is a great addition to any Incredile game. Nintendo ought to make more games that contain the spirit and challange as Advance Wars. It is a great addition to any person's library of GBA games. Expand
  5. EricL.
    Feb 1, 2005
    10
    This is really a great game. I don't care what other fools say, but I love the graphics, gameplay, and music a lot. The story is chessy This is really a great game. I don't care what other fools say, but I love the graphics, gameplay, and music a lot. The story is chessy and dumb, but you can at least skip it. The great variety of COs to play as offers a playing style to choose from, form the mass-producing Colin, to the highly tactical Lash and Sonja, and the brute "monkeys", Max, Flak, and Kanbei, AW2 is addictive, like nicotine, only it's safe ;-). Expand
  6. N.ZipkilB.
    Jan 13, 2006
    10
    its a cool game i play it much with my friend and we always win even if its on it hard and the last level is a piece of cake.
  7. Marc
    Mar 21, 2004
    8
    How can something so small hold so much fun and depth? Unbelievable...but it does. In spades.

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Awards & Rankings

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#6 Most Discussed Game Boy Advance Game of 2003
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#22 Most Shared Game Boy Advance Game of 2003