Discord Chat

In joining the modern times of things that are new and shiny, WWN now has a Discord chat. You can access the server link from the sidebar, or the now renamed “chat” category in the title bar. The IRC will still remain for those of us who enjoy old things as well.

Eurogamer Short Interview

A Eurogamer interview with Nintendo’s Hitoshi Yamagami and Intelligent Systems’ Masahiro Higuchi contained an excerpt about Advance Wars and the possibility of future installments.

“Personally, I’d love to do Advance Wars, but since it’s harder to create relationships between its characters compared to Fire Emblem, I don’t have a clear idea of what kind of setting it could have.” – Yamagami

“The Advance Wars series is one that I personally have a lot of interest in. I hear some of the staff here saying that they want to make one too, so if we have a chance it’s something I’d like to do!” – Higuchi

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Unlockables and Secrets

Unlocking COs
Spoilers

Nell: Complete the Advance Campaign
Grit: Choose Max for “Max Strikes!” and Max for “Blizzard Battle” to play “History Lesson” and complete the Campaign
Kanbei: Complete the Campaign
Sonja: Clear “Kanbei Arrives” within 8 days, “Mighty Kanbei” within 10 days and “Kanbei’s Error?” within 12 days to play “Divide and Conquer”, “Sonja’s Goal” and “Sami Marches On” and complete the Campaign
Eagle: Choose Sami for “Captain Drake”, “Naval Clash”, “Battle Mystery” and “Wings of Victory” to play “Rivals!” and clear the Campaign
Drake: Choose Andy for “Captain Drake”, “Naval Clash”, “Battle Mystery” and “Wings of Victory” and clear the Campaign
Sturm: Complete the Campaign and purchase all other COs except for Nell

Game Modes
Spoilers

Advance Campaign: Complete the Campaign

Campaign Secrets
Spoilers

Dogfights: Clear this map in 2 days to get special dialogue
Special Intel: Clear every Field Training mission and return to the mode to play this map
Olaf’s Navy: Win the map by rout (instead of HQ capture) to play “Olaf’s Sea Strike”
Blizzard Battle: Play the map with Max to play “History Lesson”
Kanbei Arrives, Mighty Kanbei and Kanbei’s Error: Clear these maps within 8, 10 and 12 days to play “Divide and Conquer”, “Sonja’s Goal” and “Sami Marches On”
Captain Drake, Naval Clash, Battle Mystery and Wings of Victory: Play all four of these maps with Sami to play “Rivals”
The Final Battle: Your allied COs depend on what path you took throughout the campaign.

COArmyCriteria
OlafBlue MoonClear "Olaf's Sea Strike"
GritBlue MoonClear "History Lesson"
MaxBlue MoonDefault commander for Blue Moon
EagleGreen EarthClear "Captain Drake", "Naval Clash", "Battle Mystery" and "Wings of Victory" with Sami
KanbeiYellow CometClear "Divide and Conquer", "Sonja's Goal" and "Sami Marches On", don't unlock Eagle
DrakeGreen EarthClear "Captain Drake", "Naval Clash", "Battle Mystery" and "Wings of Victory" with Andy, don't unlock Kanbei
SamiGreen EarthDefault commander for Green Earth

Maps
Spoilers

“Nintendo” Map: Hold L+R when starting Design Maps to load a special map.
Secret Dialogue: When in Design Maps, attempt to place a unit in an illegal position 50 times in a row. You will get some special dialogue from Nell.

Golden Menus
Spoilers

Field Training: Clear every map in Field Training
Campaign: Clear the Advance Campaign
War Room: Clear every single map in the War Room
Battle Maps: Purchase every single item from Hachi
Rank: Achieve Rank 1: “Gold Dragon”
Records: Achieve an S-Rank on every single War Room map
Stats: Meet the requirements for a golden menu for both “Rank” and “Records”

Damage Changes from AW:DS to AW:DoR

This is an abbreviated list of the unit damage changes from Advance Wars: Dual Strike to Advance Wars: Days of Ruin. It is particularly helpful to see how the roles of units have changed between the two games.

Unit Damage Changes
Attacking UnitDefending UnitDamage ChangeAW3 DamageAW4 Damage
Anti-Air Tank-1025%15%
Anti-Air AW3 Mid Tank/AW4 War Tank-510%5%
Anti-Air Bomber-575%70%
Anti-Air Fighter+565%70%
Anti-Air Transport Copter+15105%120%
Battle Copter Anti-Air-1525%10%
Battle Copter Mech-1075%65%
Battle Copter Missiles-1065%55%
Battle Copter Transport Copter-1095%85%
Battle Copter AW3 Mid Tank/AW4 War Tank+1025%35%
Battle Copter Rockets+1065%75%
Battle Copter APC/Rig+1060%70%
Battle Copter Tank+1555%70%
Battle Copter Recon+2055%75%
Bomber AW3 Mid Tank/AW4 War Tank-2095%75%
Bomber Anti-Air-1095%85%
Bomber Missiles-10105%95%
Bomber Infantry+5110%115%
Infantry Artillery-515%10%
Infantry Rockets-525%20%
Infantry Missiles-525%20%
Infantry Anti-Air-25%3%
Infantry Battle Copter+17%8%
Mech Anti-Air-1065%55%
Mech Battle Copter+39%12%
Missiles Battle Copter+5115%120%
Missiles Transport Copter+5115%120%
Recon Tank+26%8%
Recon Anti-Air+44%8%
Recon Infantry+570%75%
Recon Battle Copter+810%18%
Recon Missiles+2728%55%
Rockets Anti-Air-1085%75%
Rockets Tank-1080%70%
Rockets AW3 Mid Tank/AW4 War Tank-1055%45%
Rockets Missiles-590%85%
Tank AW3 Mid Tank/AW4 War Tank+515%20%
Tank Battle Copter+810%18%
Tank Anti-Air+1065%75%
AW3 Mid Tank/AW4 War Tank Battle Copter+2312%35%

Site HTTPS Support

The site has been updated to support HTTPS through Let’s Encrypt! – This means that forum logins should no longer make Firefox and Chrome grumpy about being insecure.

The front page may take a while to be fully compliant though, it’ll take some time to convert all the links to use the new urls, so you’ll probably see the “partially encrypted” or “parts of this page are not secure” message at the top for a while.

The forum has also been updated to the latest version of the software – send me a message somewhere if you have issues with it behaving for you and I’ll see what I can work out. The required “dark” theme will be updated/enabled in a day or 12.

Minimum Turns 300 Pts Dual Strike Run by dxdydzd

User dxdydzd has put together an amazing youtube playlist showing a minimum turn-count S-Rank run of the entire campaign. Each one of the map playthroughs match or beat the current “lowest turn counts” for each of these missions. For some maps with alternative best turn counts (e.g. Snow Hunters with/without the Lab Map), both routes are shown, too!

You can watch it below, or here from this direct link.

IRC

Wars World News has an IRC channel. Come log in and talk to other WWNers (being-awake permitting!)

You can connect using the mibbit webclient and chat in-browser.
WWN IRC (mibbit)

You can also connect using a dedicated IRC client (such as mIRC, Chatzilla, colloquy, etc.)
Server: irc://irc.arg-irc.net:6667
Channel: #wwn

Basic Information


Game Platform:

  • Super Nintendo

Release Dates:

  • Japan: 1st May 1998

Digital Re-release Dates:
Wii Virtual Console:

  • Japan: 16th February 2010

Wii U Virtual Console:

  • Japan: 2nd October 2013

New Nintendo 3DS Virtual Console:

  • Japan: 28th November 2016

Other Information:

  • Players: 1 to 4
  • Game Mode: Single Player, Single-System Multiplayer
  • Virtual Console Game Mode: Single Player, Single-System Multiplayer

Lander

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The Lander is a naval troop-carrying unit. It is lightly armoured and mobile, but has no weapons of its own. It is the only way to move heavier land units across oceans.
Price: 12000G Move: 6
Built: Port Move Type: Naval Transport
Vision: 1 Fuel: 99
Ammo: None Consumption: 1 per Day
Abilities: Transport This unit is capable of transporting other units. It has the Load and Drop commands.
Details
Transports:
Capacity: Two Units
Load/Unload:
Movement Chart

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Primary Weapon: None Secondary Weapon: None

Transport Copter

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The T-Copter is a basic troop-carrying unit. It is lightly armoured and mobile, but has no weapons of its own. It allows Infantry and Mech units to be transported to areas of the map that would not otherwise be possible, due to the fact that it can fly.
Price: 5000G Move: 6
Built: Airport Move Type: Air
Vision: 2 Fuel: 99
Ammo: None Consumption: 1 per Day
Abilities: Transport This unit is capable of transporting other units. It has the Load and Drop commands.
Details
Transports:
Capacity: One Unit
Load/Unload:
Movement Chart

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Primary Weapon: None Secondary Weapon: None

APC

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The APC is a basic troop-carrying unit. It is lightly armoured and mobile, but has no weapons of its own. It also supports the army by replenishing the supplies of other units.
Price: 5000G Move: 6
Built: Base Move Type: Tread
Vision: 1 Fuel: 70
Ammo: None Consumption: None
Abilities: Supply Restores the fuel and ammo supplies of every unit adjacent to the APC. The APC automatically supplies at the start of a turn, and can also use the command manually.
Transport This unit is capable of transporting other units. It has the Load and Drop commands.
Details
Transports:
Capacity: One Unit
Load/Unload:
Movement Chart

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Primary Weapon: None Secondary Weapon: None

Infantry

InfantryInfantryInfantryInfantryInfantry
The basic foot-soldier unit available to all armies. They have low firepower and are inexpensive, but are essential due to their ability to capture properties.
Price: 1000G Move: 3
Built: Base Move Type: Foot
Vision: 2 Fuel: 99
Ammo: None Consumption: None
Abilities: Capture Allows the unit to capture neutral properties, or properties held by the enemy. Captures 1 point per current HP.
Mountain Vision Improves the unit’s vision by 3 when standing on a Mountain tile.
Movement Chart

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Primary Weapon: None Secondary Weapon: Machine Gun
Range: 1-1
Damage Chart
55%--
45%--
12%7%
5%30%
1%--
1%--
14%--
15%--
25%
5%
25%

Basic Information


Game Platform:

  • Nintendo DS

Release Dates:

  • North America: 21st January 2008
  • Europe: 25th January 2008

Digital Re-release Dates:
DSiWare:

  • Japan: 30th October 2013 (Club Nintendo Reward)

Other Information:

  • Players: 1 to 4
  • Game Mode: Single Player, Single-System Multiplayer, Multi-Cartridge Multiplayer, Nintendo Wifi Connection (Ceased: 20th May 2014)
  • DSiWare Game Mode: Single Player, Single-System Multiplayer, Multi-Cartridge Multiplayer

Basic Information


Game Platform:

  • Nintendo DS

Release Dates:

  • Japan: 23rd June 2005
  • North America: 22nd August 2005
  • Europe: 30th September 2005

Digital Re-release Dates

  • Japan: 20th April 2016
  • North America: 1st December 2016
  • Europe: 3rd March 2016

Other Information:

  • Players: 1 to 8 (1 to 4 on Wii U)
  • Game Mode: Single Player, Single-System Multiplayer, Multi-Cartridge Multiplayer, Download Multiplayer
  • Wii U Game Mode: Single Player, Single-System Multiplayer
  • Accessory Support: GBA to NDS Game Link

Basic Information


Game Platform:

  • Nintendo Gameboy Advance

Release Dates:

  • Japan: 25th November 2004 (As a compilation in Gameboy Wars 1 & 2 Advance)
  • North America: 24th June 2003
  • Europe: 3rd October 2003

Digital Re-release Dates:
Wii U: Virtual Console

  • Japan: 3rd April 2014 (As a compilation in Gameboy Wars 1 & 2 Advance)
  • North America: 20th August 2015
  • Europe: 2nd July 2015

Other Information:

  • Players: 1 to 4
  • Game Mode: Single Player, Single-System Multiplayer, Multi-Cartridge Multiplayer, Download Multiplayer
  • Wii U VC Game Mode: Single Player, Single-System Multiplayer
  • Accessory Support: Game boy Advance Link Cable

Basic Information


Game Platform:

  • Nintendo Gameboy Advance

Release Dates:

  • Japan: 25th November 2004 (As a compilation in Gameboy Wars 1 & 2 Advance)
  • North America: 9th September 2001
  • Europe: 11th January 2002

Digital Re-release Dates:
Wii U: Virtual Console

  • Japan: 3rd April 2014 (As a compilation in Gameboy Wars 1 & 2 Advance)
  • North America: 3rd April 2014
  • Europe: 3rd April 2014

Other Information:

  • Players: 1 to 4
  • Game Mode: Single Player, Single-System Multiplayer, Multi-Cartridge Multiplayer, Download Multiplayer
  • Wii U VC Game Mode: Single Player, Single-System Multiplayer
  • Accessory Support: Game boy Advance Link Cable

Language Lockout Disabler (AW4) by Xenesis


Base Game: Advance Wars: Days of Ruin (U)
Release Date: 15th November 2012
Version 1.0: Download (XDELTA Format)
Forum Thread: View
Short Description: Enables all Languages in the US version of the game that would normally be disabled by a software lock. Allows the game’s Japanese, German and Italian translations to be used by setting your NDS Region to that language.
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Hacks and Mods on the main page

I’ve added a new section to the frontpage for hacks and mods. At present, there’s only one item listed but I’m willing to add more as people want to have them submitted.

I’ll only be putting up ‘complete’ hacks of any variety, for your WIP stuff, use the forum.

It opens with the War Room Hack 2012, I’ll add more in the near future.

Hacks

Full Hacks:

Minor Hacks & Patches:

Patching Utilities: (From Romhacking.net)

  • Lunar IPS (Windows) – For applying IPS Patches
  • UIPS (Mac OS X) – For applying IPS Patches
  • XDelta GUI (Windows) – For applying XDELTA Patches
  • Multipatch (Mac OS X) – For applying IPS, XDELTA Patches

Resources: