Nintendo yesterday announced that the Advance Wars remake has been delayed until further notice. In the tweet from the Japanese video gaming giant, it said this was due to “recent world events”. Given the events unfolding daily in Ukraine, this is a prudent, and welcome decision.
The announcement to delay Advance Wars 1+2 Re-Boot Camp came in a short statement from the official Nintendo Twitter account. Until yesterday afternoon, the game was penciled to launch in just under a month, on 8th April. You can see the full tweet from Nintendo below.
Nintendo announces the delay to Advance Wars on Twitter
This of course follows the announcement from Nintendo to suspend its Russian eShop, which is now in “maintenance mode”. Currently, no payments can be made, so no games are available to download in that region. This follows action taken by a number of companies suspending activity in Russia following the invasion of Ukraine.
For those unfamiliar with the long-running series, Advance Wars is a tactical war game involving the control of various tanks. One particular faction, “Blue Moon” thematically represents Russia and the former Soviet Union. Art, or in this instance, “game” is imitating life a little too closely.
It is unquestionably the right decision from Nintendo. Furthermore, many other companies in the gaming industry are withdrawing their services from Russia. Just last week, PlayStation pulled its release of Gran Turismo 7 from Russian stores at the last minute. Shortly after that, all sales of software and hardware were pulled completely.
To end on slightly more uplifting news, a PC games bundle sold via itch.io in support of Ukraine has now raised over $2.5m in just over 24 hours.
“Video games are great. I should know, I’ve played some.”
Olly S, July 2020