During the June 2021 Nintendo Direct, Nintendo had what I would argue was one of its greatest Directs ever, making stunning announcements like Metroid Dread was alive and developer WayForward was creating a bundled remake of the first two Game Boy Advance Advance Wars games with Advance Wars 1+2: Re-Boot Camp. Both games received release dates at that time too, with Advance Wars set to release on December 3. However, that has now changed. Nintendo announced this morning that Advance Wars 1+2: Re-Boot Camp has been delayed to a nebulous spring 2022 for fine-tuning.
Frankly, from a marketing perspective alone that might be for the best. Nintendo funneled massive advertising into Metroid Dread to ensure it enjoyed a terrific launch, but to date, the company has barely made a peep about Advance Wars since its announcement at the Direct. It makes one wonder if Nintendo had an inkling the original release date may not stick. Regardless, the packed holiday season would have been a tough time to release a slightly more niche (though presumably spectacular) game like Advance Wars 1+2: Re-Boot Camp, so seeing it delayed to spring 2022 will likely help its sales.
Hello, troops! #AdvanceWars 1+2: Re-Boot Camp, which was set to launch on 12/3, will now release for #NintendoSwitch in spring 2022. The game just needs a little more time for fine tuning. You'll be battling with Andy & friends soon! Thanks for your patience. pic.twitter.com/dSi8VSsxTH
— Nintendo of America (@NintendoAmerica) October 22, 2021
It remains to be seen what benefit that “fine-tuning” will have on Advance Wars 1+2: Re-Boot Camp following its delay. Some people were underwhelmed with its graphics during its announcement trailer, so perhaps the visuals will look a little tighter for the final release. It’s unlikely the core gameplay needs much touching, as the strategic grid-based war gameplay devised by Intelligent Systems back on GBA was already pretty much immaculate.