Nintendo has announced it is delaying the release of Advance Wars 1+2: Re-Boot Camp for Nintendo Switch due to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. The remake was initially set to release on April 8th.
Nintendo made the announcement in a Twitter post, stating, “In light of recent world events, we have made the decision to delay Advance Wars 1+2: Re-Boot Camp, which was originally scheduled to release on Nintendo Switch on April 8th. Please stay tuned for updates on a new release date.”
Advance Wars Plot Hits Too Close To Home
Advance War originally hit consumers in 2001 on the GameBoy Advance. The turn-based title takes place in a fictional world in which the Orange Star and Blue Moon nations are – once again – at war. However, the game begins with Blue Moon – a country and culture many believe to be based upon Russia – invading a neighboring country. With Russia’s current invasion of Ukraine, it’s no wonder Nintendo chose to postpone the release.
How future events may further impact the release of the game is currently unknown. The complete removal of Blue Moon, for example – if it becomes necessary – would involve a vast reworking of the game…
The Gaming Industry Continues To Support Ukraine
The gaming industry continues to show support for Ukraine since Ukrainian deputy prime minister Mykhailo Fedorov’s tweet urging the industry to put pressure on Russia. John Romero, co-creator of the Doom franchise, released a new map for the 1994 title, Doom 2. The new map is available via Romero’s website for €5 and all proceeds will go to charities to help Ukraine. Likewise, 11-bit studios is showing support by donating all proceeds from their war-time title, This War of Mine, for a limited time.
Tech giant and metaverse pioneer Microsoft is working to help prevent Russia from launching cyber-attacks on Ukrainian government, financial and IT institutions. The company has also paused sales in Russia, as are EA, Epic. Additionally, itcho.io is offering the Bundle for Ukraine, which includes almost a thousand games for $10.00, with all proceeds going to help Ukraine. The website is also offering the TTRPG Community Stands with Ukraine Bundle, which includes 112 games for $5.00.