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Top 5 best strategy games

Your best strategy games on Nintendo consoles

Fire Emblem week continues on ONM as we look at the best strategy games ever to have been released on Nintendo consoles. If you've read our Fire Emblem Awakening review, you'll know that we consider it to be the finest Fire Emblem game to date. But this isn't about us - it's about you. We asked you to vote for your favourite strategy games on Nintendo cosnole and here is your top 5. Of course, this could all change this week as the first Fire Emblem 3DS game is released.

Anyway, on with the top five. To kick us off, Intelligent Systems' other strategy game.

5. Advance Wars: Dark Conflict (DS)

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Advance Wars actually predates Fire Emblem, the first game in the series having been unveiled in 1988. 17 years later Intelligent Systems would bring the war to DS. It looked like not a great deal had changed from the Advance Wars: Black Hole Rising on GBA to be honest as almost all of the Commanding Officers from the previous two games returned. And, of course, you still moved your troops around a grid hoping to defeat the Black Hole Army before watching the land, sea and air battles take place.

However, as this was Dual Strike, not only did it make use of the dual screens but you could also use two COs at once, switching between them in the middle of a conflict, or using the Dual Strike move to use two moves in one turn.

As for the battles, the conflict was now displayed on the touchscreen with the battlefield on the upper screen. But in some battles, a second front would be displayed on the upper screen, a second battle that was being held at the same time. That's why you need two COs in the battles which feature new units such as the Megatank, aircraft carrier and stealth bomber.

You see, you mustn't fooled by its cute good looks for while Advance Wars looks more welcoming, it can be as complex as Fire Emblem.

You say: This game is a treasure trove of charm and craziness. While it sadly doesn't have an online multiplayer - which I think people would still be playing since people still love this game - it almost makes up for it with the sheer amount of content (all those units and characters!) and customisation. I can see the logic behind why people call this game gimmicky or flawed but I have to admit, while I'm glad CO powers were powered down in the next game, the 'dual strike' CO powers were a lot of fun. The dual-screened battles were also pretty neat. liberal

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  1. KH81314 Tuesday 16th Apr 2013 at 09:29

    Have to play some of these. Only ones that I have played are Pikmin and Advance Wars.

  2. mattzere Tuesday 16th Apr 2013 at 09:42

    Advance Wars: DS has got to be my favourite. Pretty much the most fun strategy game I've ever played. I really want to get into Fire Emblem, but the GBA one that 3DS Ambassadors got just didn't grab me. In the process of downloading the 3DS demo now though, so I guess I'll find out if they're for me...

  3. Waldy565 Tuesday 16th Apr 2013 at 11:03

    Yeah, might pick up FF Tactics for the DS, will probabaly wait for Advance Wars on the GBA to be totally fair. I mean, it's kind of a no brainer to be honest, and they're so many GBA titles I never got to try in my youth, so I'll be waiting for these to appear on the VC. And as for the awesome-sauce that is Pikmin? Hmmm, I'm absolutely torn whether to get 3 for Christmas then save up for Pokemon Y, thus delaying my tradition of getting a main series Pokemon game at an important event, or get Y at Christmas then save up for Pikmin 3. I can't wait for my birthday, so I finally don't have to use "my car" as a damn excuse! Haha!

  4. imbusydoctorwho Tuesday 16th Apr 2013 at 13:04

    Loved Advance Wars Dark Conflict,I hope we'll see a new one on 3DS soon.

  5. Commandervideo Tuesday 16th Apr 2013 at 15:31

    Where's Pokemon? It is Turn based strategy.

  6. King Slazo Tuesday 16th Apr 2013 at 15:39

    Love how for Dark Conflict you've used a picture from the vastly superior Dual Strike. :P

    (edit - I'm an idiot, its the title that's wrong, not the picture :lol: )

    Where's Pokemon? It is Turn based strategy., they're turn-based RPGs.

  7. Dark nemisis Tuesday 16th Apr 2013 at 15:43

    I'm seeing a screenshot of Advance Wars: Dual Strike not Dark Conflict

  8. Twinkle Tuesday 16th Apr 2013 at 16:20

    I remember playing Pikmin. It was really good and deserves to be in Top 5! :wink:

  9. kingdra king Tuesday 16th Apr 2013 at 16:32

    On #5 you've put the title as Dark Conflict the picture from Dual strike then talked about Dual Strike?please fix

  10. Legendary Tuesday 16th Apr 2013 at 16:38

    Pikmin and Fire emblem games that's it, don't like the others.

  11. Stoneador Tuesday 16th Apr 2013 at 21:20

    Advance Wars Dark Conflict (Days of Ruin for us in the US) is one of my favorite strategy games. Are you guys talking about it or Dual Strike?

  12. IG-42 Tuesday 16th Apr 2013 at 23:10

    that darned ambassador program got me hooked with fire emblem: the sacred stones

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