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Nintendo Wars (universe)

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Nintendo Wars (universe)
Logo of the first Advance Wars game for Game Boy Advance. Cropped from warswiki:File:AW_NACover.jpg.
Developer(s) Intelligent Systems
Kuju Entertainment
WayForward Technologies
Publisher(s) Nintendo
Genre(s) Turn-based strategy
Console/platform of origin Famicom
First installment Famicom Wars (1988) Japan
Latest installment Advance Wars: Days of Ruin (2008)
Article on Advance Wars Wiki Nintendo Wars (universe)

The Nintendo Wars universe (ファミコンウォーズ, Famicom Wars) is a series of military-themed turn-based strategy games developed by Intelligent Systems and published by Nintendo. Originally Japan-only as Famicom Wars, Super Famicom Wars and Game Boy Wars. Advance Wars, the first game to be released internationally, was released in North America in 2001 and Europe in 2002; with subsequent international releases following for the Game Boy Advance and Nintendo DS. Its original success on the Game Boy Advance is frequently cited as a driving force for bringing its sister franchise, Fire Emblem, outside of Japan. After a decade-long hiatus since Advance Wars: Days of Ruin, the franchise was revived on the Nintendo Switch in 2021 with Advance Wars 1+2: Re-Boot Camp, being developed in collaboration with WayForward Technologies.

In Super Smash Bros. Brawl[edit]

Official artwork of the Infantry and Tanks in Brawl.

Assist Trophy[edit]

Infantry and Tanks: They appear as a single Assist Trophy in Brawl, using their original sprites from the Advance Wars games. Soldiers and tanks will drop from the sky, causing minimal damage, and they will then travel left or right. The Infantry will fire their guns, while the tanks will blast from their turrets, both inflicting fair knockback.


Infantry & Tanks

Units first introduced in Famicom Wars, where they fight battles against enemy forces. Infantry are the least expensive to deploy of all units. They're not too strong, but they move well and can capture property. There are two tank types: tank A, which is expensive but has good mobility and firepower, and tank B, which is cheaper but can change battles with sheer numbers.
NES: Famicom Wars (Japan Only)
GB Advance: Advance Wars


Name Game Effect Characters
Max Advance Wars AttackArm+008TypeIcon(Hand).png Attack +8 All charactersRandomHeadSSBB.png
Sami Advance Wars AttackSpecialsIndirect+012SpecialsIndirect.png Attack +12 All charactersRandomHeadSSBB.png
Andy Advance Wars AttackSpecialsIndirect+006SpecialsIndirect.png Attack +6 All charactersRandomHeadSSBB.png
Jake Advance Wars: Dual Strike AttackArm+011TypeIcon(Hand).png Attack +11 All charactersRandomHeadSSBB.png
Hawke Advance Wars: Dual Strike AttackArmLeg+008TypeIcon(Hand).pngTypeIcon(Foot).png Attack +8 All charactersRandomHeadSSBB.png
Rachel Advance Wars: Dual Strike AttackAura+011EffectIcon(Aura).png Attack +11 LucarioLucarioHeadSSBB.png
Brawl Sticker Max (Advance Wars).png
(Advance Wars)
Brawl Sticker Sami (Advance Wars).png
(Advance Wars)
Brawl Sticker Andy (Advance Wars).png
(Advance Wars)
Brawl Sticker Jake (Advance Wars DS).png
(Advance Wars DS)
Brawl Sticker Hawke (Advance Wars DS).png
(Advance Wars DS)
Brawl Sticker Rachel (Advance Wars DS).png
(Advance Wars DS)

In Super Smash Bros. 4[edit]

Assist Trophy[edit]

Infantry and Tanks: Return as an Assist Trophy in Super Smash Bros. 4 and are functionally the same as in Brawl.


Infantry & Tanks

Ntsc Two units from the Advance Wars series, infantry are best for capturing bases and tanks for fighting the enemy. If summoned, these two form up on the player who activated them. Don't underestimate them just 'cause they're pixels—the infantry's gun and tank's cannon are formidable.
Pal Two units from Famicom wars. In this game, they'll appear in pixel form on both sides of the character that called them up. The infantry then fire their guns while the tanks use cannon fire and drive into people. Cute as they are, don't underestimate them or you'll find yourself in a world of hurt!
NES: Famicom Wars (Japan)

In Super Smash Bros. Ultimate[edit]

The Infantry & Tanks do not reprise their roles as an Assist Trophy, but do appear as a spirit, in addition to Andy, Eagle, and Olaf from the Advance Wars series.


Primary spirits[edit]

No. Image Name Type Class Slots Base Power Max Power Base Attack Max Attack Base Defense Max Defense Ability Series
Andy's Spirit Battle
★★ 3 1435 5744 696 2786 739 2958 No Effect Advance Wars Series
1 1006 5034 584 2920 422 2114 No Effect Advance Wars Series
1 953 4768 386 1931 567 2837 No Effect Advance Wars Series

Support spirit[edit]

No. Image Name Class Cost Ability Series
from the game's files
Tank & Infantry ★★ 2 Super Scope Equipped Famicom Wars Series

Games with elements appearing in the Super Smash Bros. series[edit]

Famicom Wars[edit]

  • Assist Trophy
  • Trophy
    • Super Smash Bros. BrawlSuper Smash Bros. 4 Infantry and Tanks appear as a trophy.
  • Spirits
    • Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Tank & Infantry appear as a spirit.

Super Famicom Wars[edit]

  • Spirits
    • Super Smash Bros. Ultimate The Tank & Infantry spirit uses artwork from this game.

Advance Wars[edit]

Advance Wars 2: Black Hole Rising[edit]

  • Stickers
    • Super Smash Bros. Brawl Andy uses artwork from this game.
  • Spirits
    • Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Andy uses artwork from this game.

Game Boy Wars Advance 1+2[edit]

  • Spirits
    • Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Olaf uses artwork from this game.

Advance Wars: Dual Strike[edit]