« on: September 10, 2015, 06:23:49 am »
It trimmed most of the excess gunk (stuff like Combat mode and Survival) in exchange for time spent making it the only title in the series with multiplayer worth playing, rock solid core mechanics and the absolute best incarnation of the map edit mode for the series.
It's a multiplayer title first and foremost, to be honest.
And no, the series is dead because Nintendo couldn't sell Advance Wars in Japan no matter how much the US and Europe liked it (DoR even sold the best of the localised releases, despite never being released in Japan apart from being a throwaway Club Nintendo Title there) because it's not an RPG with some semblance of "strategy" gameplay thrown on top *cough*3DSFireEmblem*cough*.
I completely agree with you. Unfortunately I'm interested in AW only for singleplayer so that incarnation was super disappointing to me. The removal of a hard mode campaign alone killed it for me. I could also rant about how bad Fire Emblem is all day, but it wouldn't fit the thread since it's not disappointing if it was always bad