Advance Wars
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Most people will be aware of Nintendo's turn-based 'Wars series' that includes titles like Advance Wars and Advance Wars 2: Black Hole Rising. However, fewer people will be aware of the series's proper origins: the Japan-exclusive Famicom game, Famicom Wars, released all the way back in 1988.

Much like the titles that came after, the game features two warring armies (referred to here as Red Star and Blue Moon) and tasks players with capturing the enemy base, through savvy military spending and dominance on the battlefield. Sadly though, it never received a Western release for the NES, with fans being none-the-wiser about what they missed until years later.

Now, though, thanks to a new English language patch, it's the perfect time for people to familiarize themselves with this often-overlooked part of the series's history. The patch is the work of the hacker Garrett Greenwalt (aka, Pennywise), the graphics designer Graphicus, and three translators including Ryusui, SnowyAria, and Lazermutt4. It is a completely different effort from the 2008/2016 translation.

If you want to try the patch out for yourself, you can download it now from More information and instructions can be found in the readme.txt available on that page. You can watch a video of it in action below:

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