5 Years Later… Japan Gets To Play Advance Wars: Days of Ruin As An eShop Download

By Ishaan . October 29, 2013 . 10:24pm

Nintendo’s last Advance Wars title before the series disappeared was Advance Wars: Days of Ruin. Set in a post-apocalyptic future, Days of Rune was released in North America and Europe in 2008, but its Japanese release was cancelled after numerous delays.


Japanese players that still want to play game are in luck, though. All these years later, Nintendo are going to release Advance Wars: Days of Ruin in Japan as a Club Nintendo Platinum Reward, similar to how Wii racer Excitebots was made available in Japan.


More interestingly, the game will be distributed as a Nintendo eShop download for 3DS and it uses 426 blocks of storage space. This marks the first time that Nintendo have made a Nintendo DS game available for 3DS via the eShop.

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  • JustThisOne

    Yay! I’m glad they finally get this.

    I wonder if IS ever plans to bring back this franchise, considering how well Fire Emblem did.

  • KuroNathan

    Wow poor guys, hopefully it’ll do well enough for a days of ruin 2.


  • DAT Bird From DAT Cage

    “Whether or not we have plans to bring out a new entry in the Advance Wars series is a secret.”


  • Rafael Monteiro

    I think it was because of an earthquake, wasn’t it? The post-apocalyptic world could be taken as offensive because of it

    • Go2hell66

      can’t tell if being serious or…

      • mirumu

        Some have said it before and believed it. Perhaps it’s an urban legend of sorts, but the earthquake happened after the game was cancelled, so…

        • GH56734

          Disaster Report 4 was cancelled for this precise reason, this and another anime with similar strangely-accurate premonitions about a tsunami and earthquakes.
          But you see, this game was out in 2008, and the tsunami disaster happened around 2011, so for this precise case, to say there is a connection is ridiculous to say the least.

          • mirumu

            Yep. I believe the anime you’re referring to is Puella Magi Madoka Magica too. It was eventually broadcast, but the last episode was delayed for while they reworked it.

          • GH56734

            Nope, something other than that entirely, about an apocalypse in Tokyo with tsunamis and earthquakes. It hasn’t even aired one single episode, just scans exist of it.
            It’s terribly obscure.

          • Armane

            It sounds like you’re talking about the anime adaptation of Coppelion, but that got revived and just started airing.

          • GH56734


      • $36598391

        There was another game that was cancelled because of that earthquake, the one where you have to escape a city while an earthquake is occuring

      • Rafael Monteiro

        I remember reading something about it, but it has been too long to remember where

  • Wow, been a long time…

    Wonder if this is a sign though of Nintendo looking into DS releases onto the 3DS eShop?

    • Leon_Tekashi

      If that’s the case, better prepare the hype train.

      • I would totally get onto that hype train, and ride it until it crashed.

  • Go2hell66

    we need more gba games as well. i’m dieing to play some battle network

  • NightzeroAX

    Any of the DS Castlevanias or Megaman ZX games would be appreciated.

  • Max

    It’s interesting to note it looks slightly better than the regular DS and DSiware games on an original 3DS.
    Some optimization was done.

  • Audie Bakerson

    Wonder if Go Go Cosmo Cops (which shares the same fate of never being released in Japan but having a Japanese script locked away in the English release) will be next.

    DS games on e-shop is an interesting development.

  • GH56734

    The Japanese version of Days of Ruin was already released actually… It’s just buried deep in the European and American version but can be re-enabled (only with cheat codes) to restore the Japanese language.

    … That’s one possible way to release a Ninokuni DS localization (as the fan project doesn’t have any translators right now, thus stalled).
    Or, God forbid, the DS Ace Attorney games (I’m not asking for the impossible, like an AAI2 localization that won’t happen)

    • Ziko577

      You’re joking right? If that’s the case then, why didn’t they do that first and then we get it later on? Kinda stupid on their end. But still, they got it so why not?

      • GH56734

        Not really.


        Vesperia PS3 Japanese version has already English text internally, too. All that remains are the PS3-exclusive bits.

        Aaand Advance Wars GBA (the first one) was actually cancelled in Japan. It got a release way later as a compilation with the second game.

        • Ziko577

          Must be the case for a lot of games then.

  • $36598391

    The 3DS eshop is getting a DS game?!
    Even if it’s on Japan’s eshop
    Nintendo of Japan is going to look bad if they start putting up DS games on there but not GBA games that are available for everyone to buy
    It’s been long enough already, Nintendo needs to make the 3DS Ambassoder gba games available to all 3DS owners

  • hazelnut1112

    So since Japan finally gets Advance Wars: DoR after all these years, will this mean that we can get Mother 3 over here in NA and EU?
    Seems like a fair trade, don’t you think?
    I played the fan translation, but I really do want to buy a legitimate copy to show support of that game and knowing Nintendo didn’t waste any resources localizing the game.

  • Making DS games available on 3DS eShop is a step I highly approve of. Now, uh… where are those GBA games, exactly?

    • Hairee Pothead

      I rather have SNES cause it has the same graphics but better SOUND QAULITY,

    • ronin4life

      Officially, they were never coming to 3ds in the first place…

      Though I have a sneaking suspicion they are being kept Ambassador exclusive until people 100% forget about the ambassador program… and would have been released if they hadn’t needed a price drop.

      Or they are spending all their time now fixing WiiU. Either one.

      • They’ve said that GBA games are coming to Virtual Console… on the Wii U. Not one part of me can comprehend the logic behind this.

  • Ethan_Twain

    I hope Nintendo says something about how this game fares… I thought it was a completely excellent refinement of the Advance Wars formula. A lot of the excessive clutter was cut out, CO powers were powered back and charging them became actually strategic, and the story was WAY more ambitious than anything the previous entries had messed with. Sure it fell apart a little bit at the end… but remaining compelling for 80% of the experience was such a step forward for Advance Wars storytelling it feels churlish to complain.

    If we jump into speculation then:

    1. A DS game getting released on the eShop is a sign that we can look forward to more library transfer to the 3DS, and sooner rather than later.

    2. Intelligent Systems been on an absolute roll lately (revitalizing Fire Emblem, doing Nintendo’s first DLC and knocking it out of the park, creating super successful pushmo and crashmo, creating divisive but still financially successful Paper Mario 3DS) so a long awaited localization of the previous Advance Wars game surely is a sign that they’ve gotten the go ahead to make another entry into that franchise too. Maybe a direct Days of Ruin sequel?

    • pekikuubik

      They’re free to mess with the storytelling, but I’d rather have a game set in the Wars World again. They had a unique thing going with it(s aesthetics) and it’d be a real shame if they completely scrapped it. Keep the grittiness of war in Fire Emblem.

  • British_Otaku

    A reward eh? I can’t say I don’t appreciate the motion, but it is still a few steps behind either a retail release or a digital release you can buy for a bit of money. You can’t really “buy” enough copies to convince them to release more as much as collect points to get something for free.

    I hope we see actual releases soon both GBA and DS and I still need to start Advance Wars 2.

  • Heisst

    Oh man I hope this leads to a new AW game.

  • Warboss Aohd

    dey didn’t get dis?

    wow, dis iz as weird as dat Inuyasha JRPG for da DS dat only da west got (that still amazes me)

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  • Solomon_Kano

    By the heavens. 5 years is a long time to wait and it seems like something that ordinarily would have been given up on, so this has to mean one of the following:

    – new Advanced Wars incoming!? PLEASE!

    – more DS games coming to eShop?

    I’d prefer the former, since I’d be much more interested in us getting GBA games on eShop.

    • Magicks


  • Tiduas

    I recieved a happy surprise this morning when opening my mail box to find that I just recieved a free copy of this game. The thing is, I’ve played all the other “Advance Wars”-games except this one since I played through most of them at the same time some years ago and got a little fed up on the whole thing. Now a few years later, this couldn’t have arrived at a better timing. Thanks Nintendo! ^^

    • Nameless App 1989

      How did you get a free copy?

      • Tiduas

        Just like the article says, if you’re a platinum member at Nintendo of Japan. That’s what the whole article is about, that this game is finally released in Japan but also at no cost at all! :)

  • sakusakusakura_nyo

    This is my favorite DS game, I hope they make a new one for 3DS someday.

  • Ladius

    I feel sorry for the Japanese AW fans, Days of Ruin was wonderful and it made no sense to avoid releasing it in Japan. At least some of them will finally be able to enjoy it.

  • I wonder if it’s a DS game ported to run natively on 3DS or if it runs in DS compatibility mode? I’d prefer the former, and it would be great if more DS games could get released on the eshop and be made to run in native 3DS mode, although I suppose that is just an extra step that makes the entire scenario more and more unlikely.

  • Göran Isacson

    I wonder how well this sold, or if the change in mood turned off the fanbase and the series was just put out to pasture… but even if it did sell well, I wonder if Nintendo plans to just focus Intelligent Systems on Fire Emblem now that THAT franchise has struck it big in the West, or if they dare split their resources between FE and AW.

  • Shane Guidaboni

    I’m still at a loss to why Nintendo haven’t made more GBA games available on the E-Shop. It only means more money for them.

  • katamari damacy

    Days of Ruin was a North American Exclusive? how often do we see a japanese company produce North American exclusive games in this day and age?

    • British_Otaku

      North American, European and Australian exclusive.

      It is fairly unusual yes for a game to be developed by a studio, which doesn’t even have the game localised or released in that region regardless.

      Given that the Japanese translation was already there (but hidden) according to GH56734 below, it was an exclusive through poor circumstances similar to Doshin the Giant or Another Code R which are only released in Europe (perhaps Australia too) aside from Japan even if they had the languages ready for America.

      • katamari damacy

        Europe got DOSHIN THE GIANT on the N64? I’m jealous.

        • British_Otaku

          We got it on the GameCube, which I assume includes all of the N64 and N64DD stuff. The game is gloriously weird and dubbed by some British bloke, I haven’t had the time to play a God game or the storage to save it, so I haven’t spent too long with it though.

  • NimbusStev

    Wow, I noticed the more Western tone in the game itself but I had no idea it was never even released in Japan. Pretty wild for a game series that spent most of its life exclusive to Japan.

    It’s good that they’re finally getting the chance to play it though! The dialogue is still a bit cheesy and awkward at points, but I really appreciate the darker, more serious approach they took with this. Probably my favorite in the series!

    Now since we’re going all the way into the backcatalog, let’s pull a reverse move and make Mother 3 available on the NA eShop. :D

  • Zoozbuh

    Ahhhh, I have no interest in the game or series itself (sorry to say), but this somehow fills me with hope for the future! It shows that it’s POSSIBLE to put DS games on the eShop, so maybe someday Nintendo could start a ‘DS Classics’ range or something in the West? Would be a great chance for people to experience some old niche titles which are impossible to get hold of…. (the ‘Ace Attorney’ series springs to mind, and a certain untranslated title)..

    I know it’s never going to happen but I can dream, right? :/

  • IxisNaugus

    This is interesting. I wonder if there is any chance of the same thing happening in western territories, with first party titles that never saw release outside Japan. I wonder if they’d consider releasing titles such as Soma Bringer or Archaic Sealed Heat in this way. If I recall, these games were once considered for at least a US release at some point.

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