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Advance Wars Story

Hack of Advance Wars 2: Black Hole Rising


Advance Wars Story is an Advance Wars 2 hack by PlatinumSkink. It features a custom campaign that tells a story that serves as a sequel to the story of Advance Wars 2: Black Hole Rising.

It features CO and unit rebalancing, 34 custom campaign missions and an original story. VS maps and War Room are untouched. Hard Mode not featured.

It has been tested and reworked for a better gameplay experience! :D

ROM / ISO Information:

  • Database match: Advance Wars 2 - Black Hole Rising (USA)
  • Database: No-Intro: Game Boy Advance (v. 20210227-023848)
  • File/ROM SHA-1: 14DD0B22C894865867AFF89E8116B2DFFAE25605
  • File/ROM CRC32: 5AD0E571
  • "1060 - Advance Wars 2 - Black Hole Rising (U)"




ContributorType of contributionListed credit
PlatinumSkinkHackingStory, design, balancing, implementation. Everything unique to Advance Wars Story.
XenesisOriginal HackingMade defensedisplay, pointerhackultra, the script-editor, documented the AW2 rom, and more.
TequilaOriginal HackingMade ASM codes that were given to PlatinumSkink by ViviTheBlossom.

User Review Information

Undermined by blatant misbalancing almost immediately

Reviewed By: MKnightDH on 30 Jun 2022

This hack has a point of interest in introducing a couple of new naval units and generally improving navy balance, or at least attempting to. So okay, it starts with a map showcasing naval combat, and while it is a bit frontloaded, and while there is some definite surplus demand of AI exploitation especially for a 2 Star mission, at least setting up a micromanagement turn is able to happen to allow for working on chipping down the 2 MD Tanks whose only resistance on land is a single Artillery piece and some units that they already come close enough to 1HKOing. I manage to get results on this turn leading to isolating the Dreadnaught, effectively an MD Tank to the Destroyer’s Light Tank, and also chipping it, for only 2 Damage but I can take what I can get since I would have stopped the 1HKO since the 2 Damage would outweigh Drake’s 10% ATK boost to sea units in the hack. Solid. I end my turn and watch the Dreadnaught simply attack the Destroyer, but no problem, especially when I had also invoked Sonja’s CO Power for a counterattack boost for the land comb- …wait. Did the 8 HP Dreadnaught…seriously 1HKO….my Destroyer? …………..WHAT?!?!?

Unit 1HKOing is already something to handle with care. Game Boy Wars 3 has plenty of unit 1HKOs but it still adhered to as much in general with the bulk of the 1HKOs within minor or no attack boosts being against units that should have to worry about as much. A direct-fire combat boat is in a field where unit headcount is already going to be limited enough, and the Destroyer gave no indication that it should be fragile like the Gunboat from Days of Ruin. I fully agree that navy needs improvements, but navy VS navy combat would simply need better variety, not blatant power creep. The problem had been lying in navy VS land and to a lesser extent navy VS air.

I would recommend PlatinumSkink, the author of the hack, contact me for advice. I cannot in good faith recommend this patch in its current state, Version 1t.2, between the needlessly hard first level and the glaring imbalance of the Dreadnaught. First impressions are important, and players seeing a level deemed to be 2 Stars be difficulty for its own sake are going to get frustrated quickly, let alone when any attempt they could make at No Casualties Run would get so easily shafted because the involved balancing said so. My credentials include having the first single-segment Perfect S-Rank on Rivals AC in the first Advance Wars up on YouTube, so I can be sure that my points would be worth enough consideration.

Version 1t.2 Recommended - No

User Reviews
Pretty Fun, Maps need some balancingic102530 Jun 20221t.2Yes
Undermined by blatant misbalancing almost immediatelyMKnightDH30 Jun 20221t.2No
Lacks polish, but is good.Lunaria30 Jun 20221t.2Yes
A fresh breath of air with the upcoming Reboot HypeTrain!Kikiviejon3030 Jun 20221t.2Yes