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Official Website: www.advancewars.com
New Gameplay/Story Trailer (Note: looks like the same as the first link, but its different.)
Published By: Nintendo
Developed By: Intelligent Systems
For: Nintendo DS
---North America: January 21st 2008
---Europe: January 25th 2008
---Australia: January 25th 2008
---Japan: TBA 2008
Genre: Turn-Based Strategy
Wi-fi Compatiblility: Yes
Players: 1-4 Wi-Fi and Local. Full voice chat
So what's going on with the new Advance Wars?
Advance Wars Days of Ruin is the 4th installment of the Advance Wars series. Fans of the series will see a new style introduced into the game . Out is the old 'cartoonish happy-go-lucky' style of the previous games and in is a new gritty and dark approach to redefine the series and give it a more "war" type feel. Past COs are now gone and a new team of COs will be introduced.
The Story So Far...
The Days of Ruin story unfolds through the eyes of a weaner new recruit named Will who was stuffing his face in the lunch room when a meteor attack devastated the planet. With enough food to last for months, he was able to survive and dig his way out of the rubble -- only to be attacked by ruthless scavengers. The game begins when he is rescued by a hardened war hero named Captain Brenner that is scouring the land looking for survivors.
Why should you be excited about this game?
Well, it's Advance Wars. Intelligent Systems first Advance Wars brought to the GBA a perfect formula of Turn-Based Strategy and pure fun. Little has changed through the other Advance Wars game, keeping the game play solid. New units, new maps, campaign, and map editors help keep the game entertaining for a long time and now wi-fi & voice chat will add even more replay value. In addition, there are plans for an online map-sharing database which will allow players around the world to try each other's maps.
What's New in Advance Wars: Days of Ruin?
Well, first and foremost, out are the old COs. In are the new. A totally new cast of characters will be introduced. The standard turn-based strategy remains and is solid as ever, but CO powers and such have been revamped.
COs still have a "innate" ability that boosts their units, however, COs must be riding with a unit in the field to give units this boost. In addition, this boost has a certain AOE radius. As the unit the CO is riding with kills enemies, your COs special bar increases. This will increase the radius of your COs innate ability. This creates a strategic choice during battles: do you unleash your Special CO ability or keep the increased radius bonus?
Units also have the ability to "level up" as they kill enemies, they advance from no rank to 1st rank, 2nd rank and Ace rank. Units carrying a CO are automatically promoted to Ace rank. This puts a stronger focus on combining units and keeping them alive, whereas before there wasn't as much a bonus to combining units.
Also in, is Wi-Fi play. You can now battle up to 4 people on Wi-Fi. You can also battle friends. The map-maker returns, but now there is a Map Center where you can upload maps and download user-created maps.
Also, as expected, there are new units of war:
The Bike: A motorcycle mounted infantry unit provides mobile infantry for capturing cities and reconnaissance
The Anti-Tank: A new indirect unit that has the ability to fire after moving, and counter-attack. As it's name suggests, it is probably very effective against tanks of all sorts.
The Flare: New tank that can light up 13-square areas affected by fog of war. Equipped with machine guns.
The Mobile Factory: Possibly also the APC, provides the ability to build temporary properties such as airports, and factories to produce units.
Duster: New air unit, possess the ability to fire upon both ground and air units, providing greater flexibility.
Gunboat: A transport naval unit with the ability to fire once upon an enemy naval ship
Sea Plane: Produced from Carriers, not much is known, only that they make carriers more useful now.
Media hands on etc.
Links at the bottom!
Screenshots of Awesomeness
Screens of COs:
Main Character Will, and CO Lin:
IGN DS various hands on and previews
1UP Exclusive AW: DoR Multiplayer hands on and Interview
Kotaku individual CO Artwork Gallery
IGN DS Screens and videos
Gametrailers various vids
IGN vids on new units: The Bike and The Duster
See you on the battlefield!