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)
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