Advance Wars 1+2 Re-Boot Camp, the Nintendo Switch remaster of Nintendo’s fan-favourite strategy games, has been indefinitely delayed beyond its April 8th 2022 release date due to the ongoing Russian invasion of Ukraine. Considering the game’s light-hearted take on warfare, this was probably the right call.
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.
— Nintendo of America (@NintendoAmerica) March 9, 2022
“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“, Nintendo of America advised on Twitter. “Please stay tuned for updates on a new release date“.
Advance Wars 1+2 Re-Boot Camp has not had the smoothest development period; the game was already delayed into this year when it required more time in the oven. The first game’s plot involves the nation of Blue Moon, which is styled after Russia/the Soviet Union, invading a neighbouring territory. Considering what is currently going on regarding the Russian invasion of neighbouring Ukraine, it isn’t unreasonable that Nintendo thinks that the game’s narrative and themes seem a bit too relevant at the moment.
This even somewhat echoes the original game’s release on the GBA, which had the ill fortune of releasing the day before the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Centre; the European release was consequently delayed by a year to create some distance from the tragic event.
We will probably find out what Nintendo’s plans for Advance Wars 1+2 Re-Boot Camp are before long. With the conflict in Ukraine continuing, it isn’t clear what time would be ideal for the game to be released. We will have to wait and see what new release date Nintendo chooses for the game later in the year.