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A Switch user has claimed they were able to play Advance Wars 1+2: Re-Boot Camp early after their preloaded copy appeared to unlock on the game’s original release date.
User @killetheth tweeted a screenshot from the game with the caption, “finally getting to play Advance Wars but only on my Switch Lite which had preloaded it prior to what happened!”
The user then posted several images and a video of the game in action.
Nintendo delayed the release of Advance Wars 1+2: Re-Boot Camp following the ongoing war in Ukraine.
In a reply to another Twitter user asking for footage, @killetheth posted a clip of the tutorial.
According to the user, they had preloaded the game on the Nintendo Switch Lite prior to the game’s delay, and then, having not connected it to the internet since the preload, seemingly worked around Nintendo’s rescheduling, as the preload was no longer able to update to the new release date.
Nintendo has yet to comment on an official release for Advance Wars 1+2: Re-Boot Camp.
The original Advance Wars was released on the Game Boy Advance in 2001, and was developed by Intelligent Systems.
It tells the story of the nation of Orange Star, which finds itself embroiled in a war against its neighbouring faction, Blue Moon, and the subsequent involvement of nearby nations Yellow Comet and Green Earth.
Players have to win each turn-based battle by either destroying every enemy unit on a map, or by taking over the enemy’s headquarters.
Nintendo’s Wars series actually dates back to the late ’80s, with Famicom Wars released on the Famicom in Japan.
Other entries were released on the Super Famicom, Game Boy and Game Boy Color, but it wasn’t until the series reached the Game Boy Advance that it was finally localised for the west.