Advance Wars Live Stream

Long before war got its “groove” back, Nintendo paved the way for turn-based strategy games with mainstream appeal with Advance Wars! You won’t need a time machine to relive the fight. Just watch the VOD as we play through the first few levels and have a great chat about the Nintendo Direct that hadn’t happened just yet at the time of recording, games that expanded our horizons, our favourite tactics games and more!


We got our Extra Life 2018 Medal!

Why I trade in and sell old games

How I fell in love with Advance Wars

My wife’s bougie Chess origin story

My Gameboy Advance SP NES Classic Edition

Playing Gameboy Advance during class

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A Look Back at WarioWare Inc.: Mega Microgame$!

From R.O.B. the Robot, to Wii Music, to ARMS, Nintendo is no stranger to all things weird. Back in 2003, their most unusual contribution to gaming was WarioWare, Inc.: Mega Microgame$! In a time when mini games were still hot, Wario and his new friends starred in a Gameboy Advance game would push the genre to ridiculously short lengths.

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Jett Plays Fire Emblem

Finally got around to doing a video for one of my most cherished video games. I go in-depth on the differences between Fire Emblem and Advance Wars, why Awakening isn’t the best Fire Emblem game despite how awesome it is, and some of my hopes for the recently-announced title on the 3DS.

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Have I told you lately that Advance Wars is awesome?

Just beat Advance Wars again. This time on the Wii U Virtual Console. Holy cow that game is good. Even after all of these years, it still holds up as a brilliant turn-based strategy game. Hopefully its inclusion on the Wii U means that more people will get to continue to enjoy this underrated Nintendo classic!

For more on why Advance Wars is so great, check out this piece I wrote from a while back!

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Fire Emblem is Out Now on the Wii U Virtual Console

Fire Emblem first appeared on the Gameboy Advance. It was the first in the series released outside of Japan. Back when this came out in 2003, I was already a fan Nintendo’s turn-based strategy games thanks to Advance Wars. However, I was not ready for how unique Fire Emblem was compared to its sister strategy game, nor was I ready for how freaking awesome it would be.

What separates the two besides the obvious thematic differences is that Fire Emblem is much more of a role-playing game. Instead of managing an army of disposable units, each of the characters in your party has a name and story arc. You equip them with weapons and other gear. Best (or worst) of all, if they die in the game, they die forever. The strategic joy from Advance Wars is certainly here, though it’s only amplified by how high the stakes are when you’re managing a team of characters you care about that could die if you screw up.

Intelligent Systems and Nintendo have improved on the formula over time, though this first international release is still a masterpiece that is as fun to play now as it was in 2003. For die-hard fans of the series like me, owning this new version on the Wii U Virtual Console gives me a way to play the game again on a modern platform. If you haven’t played any in the series yet, this is a relatively affordable entry-point, since the game is under $10 on the eShop. If you’re ever going to give the series an honest try, this is a great place to start!

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Jett Plays Advance Wars

Rival armies go toe-to-toe in a battle for land and sea supremacy. This is one of my all-time favourite games and one you should check out too!

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Out Now: Gameboy Advance Games for Nintendo 3DS Ambassadors

For those of us suckers ambassadors that bought a Nintendo 3DS at launch price a few months back, I’ve got good news for you. Those 10 Gameboy Advance games that Nintendo promised its “ambassadors” are now available for download on the Nintendo 3DS eShop for free. If you don’t know what games you’re getting, click through for the full list!

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