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Advance Wars: Days of Ruin (Nintendo DS)

by Nintendo
Nintendo DS
 Ages 12 and Over
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
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  • Platform:   Nintendo DS
  • BBFC Rating: Suitable for 12 years and over Suitable for 12 years and over. Not for sale to persons under age 12. By placing an order for this product, you declare that you are 12 years of age or over.
  • Media: Video Game
  • Item Quantity: 1

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  • ASIN: B0012NWBH4
  • Product Dimensions: 14.5 x 12.6 x 1.6 cm ; 18 g
  • Release Date: 25 Jan 2008
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,896 in PC & Video Games (See Top 100 in PC & Video Games)

Product Description

For those in the know, the best strategy games aren’t on the PC or home consoles but Nintendo portables. This war game is fast and accessible without ditching complexity in the level of control it gives you over your huge army of tanks, planes, and warships. The superb online multiplayer mode is the real draw, and there’s even a chance to make and share your own maps. If you’ve been turned off by past Advance Wars games, give this latest entry a try. The streamlined rules, new units, and improved graphics make it a winner.


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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
Advance Wars: Dual Strike has always been my favourite game on the Nintendo DS, possibly even my favourite game from the past few years, racking up over 120 gameplay hours on it over the 2 years that I've had it. So when I heard that there was a sequel coming out, I just couldn't wait and I wasn't dissapointed in the slightest. In fact, it even exceeds my expectations.

Simply unbeatable. The actual structure of the gameplay is fairly straight forward - you have an army of units where you take it in turns with your opponent(s) to move your units strategically and eliminate all of their units or capture their HQ.
The game can either be played using the stylus and touch screen (which is my preferred way of playing, as it is faster and easier to use) or by using the d-pad and A, B, X, Y, L & R buttons.

The visuals on the map screen in Dark Conflict aren't the best and aren't much better than they were back on the Gameboy Advance AW titles. The new gritty style to the game adds more seriousness to it and the animations do seems to be a lot better than the previous DS game. It just goes to show though that next-gen visuals are not all a game needs to make it brilliant.

SOUND - 3/5
Dark Conflict has lost it's quirky, memorable Nintendo tunes that were present in Dual Strike and have replaced it with rock guitar music that is ok, but not great. It does fit in with it's new image very well however.

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
... but the bar has always been incredibly high when a series is this good. I feel many are being too critical about the new story and style - I feel the style and tone don't stray too far away from past titles in the series (especially Advance Wars 2 for the GBA) but, like many others, was not as impressed by the story as I was with the fresh concept of the first, or the tongue-in-cheek fantasy elements in Dual Strike. The plot is interesting, but quite empty in places - the dialogue and dated character interaction scenes just aren't enough to carry it anymore.

Even with these negatives points, this was never going to be awful. Don't get me wrong, it's not. Punishingly hard at times, but aren't they all? Stick to Dual Strike, get this when it drops to £20 or so.

Good times, though.
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By Dragonlord TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
Advance Wars: Dark Conflict is like Command And Conquer with Chess mixed together. You have your troops, tanks, aeroplanes, battleships, helicopters and factorys for building more units. Altogether there are 26 different types of troops and transport you can build. When I say it is a bit like Chess it is because you have to take it in turns at moving your army. To begin with I found the game easy but as you progress you really do have to think about each move you make in order to win. Alongside Zelda and Mario Kart this is My next favourite DS game so far it's that good.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great little turn based strategy game 8 Jan 2014
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I decided to visit this classic after buying a 3DS XL just before Christmas rather than an Xbox One (no good games out until mid 2014 at least).

Graphics are quirky and fun, and still look pretty good through the 3DS XL larger screens (advance wars is from the old DS, but the 3DS systems are backwards compatible).

Gameplay is addictive, pretty simple to pick up but hard to master and think ahead. A lot of the missions you can stumble through but to constantly get 'S' grade (highest), you will have to think beyond the first few missions. When you get on a destructive roll there is a real sense of achievement with the soundtrack and battle animations upping the action.

Story is bizarre but i prefer the darker tone to the older games. CO powers aren't as powerful as before in the last game. I miss this a bit as they could really get you out of a pinch or up the challenge when the enemy commander uses theirs just as you think you're winning.

Scary to look at how many hours I've 'wasted' on the 3DS game log, but you just have to play that next turn.
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12 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars so much moralising! 25 Jan 2008
By Claudia
Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
Ok, we get it, war is bad. But if you're going to make a war game, don't sermonise endlessly about the evils of blowing up enemy tanks. The makers of advance wars seem to have come over all guilt-ridden, and there is an awful lot of rather clunky dialogue about how terrible it is to be forced into a position where you have to blast all enemy units out of the water/sky/etc. And my god, do they talk! On and on...

Having said that, gameplay is just as good as in previous versions. Just as absorbing and addictive. There are a few new units to get used to, new graphics and animation (the city conquering one in particular makes an entertaining noise) and having briefly flicked through the instant battle options it looks as though they have created loads and loads of new maps to play with. I'm only a little way in so I can't comment on the length of the game.

They've taken out the different commander skills that appeared in Dual strike, which I quite liked, but other than that this is much like previous versions other than the dreary colours and depressing chat. Bring back the cheerful combat, I say.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent tactical gameplay with a modern twist
One of the best Nintendo DS games. This entry to Advance Wars brings a fresh bunch of COs to the table but also addresses balancing issues of the previous games. Read more
Published 3 months ago by A Filipowski
3.0 out of 5 stars Its Advance Wars!!
I'm going to tell it as it is, this is Advance Wars, plain and simple! Those who love the others will love this, those who don't quite simply wont. Read more
Published on 21 Dec 2010 by Smally
3.0 out of 5 stars ho-hum
An OK game - graphics a bit dull but serviceable, gameplay solid. Story is at Stilton levels of cheese, with awkward and annoying emotional asides. Read more
Published on 9 Sep 2010 by Mountain lady
3.0 out of 5 stars impossible to buy...
for some reasons this game (not books i.e) was impossible, for you, to deliver to Sweden ... but we think this is a good game..:)
Published on 5 Sep 2010 by thomasn
5.0 out of 5 stars Great game - even has map editor and can play over wifi.
Fantastic game. The best game I currently have for DS. They have introduced experience to units now, so its more worthwhile buying the more expensive units during gameplay. Read more
Published on 2 April 2010 by Sam S. Ung
2.0 out of 5 stars shame as i love all the other advance wars
i have been completely addicted to all the other advance wars game.they are perfection.this one has no redeeming features,i cant even see what the vehicles are supposed to be. Read more
Published on 5 Nov 2008 by Mr. J. Fowler
2.0 out of 5 stars Gloom and doom
Not half as enjoyable as the bright, quirky and cartoonish Dual Strike. Muddy, indistinguishable colours are hard on the eyes. Reams of tedious dialog. Read more
Published on 29 Sep 2008 by Vaci
5.0 out of 5 stars A return to form for the Advance War series
After the slightly disappointingly bloated Dual Strike, this is a brilliant return to form. The dual-screen and outrageous commander powers are out, the emphasis is back on simple... Read more
Published on 12 Mar 2008 by Jagdpanzer
2.0 out of 5 stars I expected so much more
1: My daughter, three years old, invents WAY more interesting stories than this. The dialog is emabarasing. Read more
Published on 8 Mar 2008 by Rune Wold
5.0 out of 5 stars A big step-up for Advance Wars,BUT DON'T BUY IT IF YOU'RE A NOVICE.
Advance wars has always been a successful series with two games on the game boy advance(gba) and another on the ds (Advance Wars Dual Strike) But this second ds title Advance Wars... Read more
Published on 27 Jan 2008 by A. Walton
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