Russia’s Invasion of Ukraine Forces Nintendo to Postpone the Advance Wars Remake

The Russian invasion of Ukraine now affects game releases. In view of “recent world events” – that is, the war — Nintendo has delayed the release of Advance Wars 1+2: Re-Boot Camp beyond its initial April 8th date. The company said it was still working on a new release date and advised players to “stay tuned.”

It’s a turn-based military strategy game, like its predecessors, in which you take cities and participate in all-out (yet kid-friendly) warfare. During a time when the invasion of Ukraine has resulted in very real suffering, Nintendo may not want to be associated with glamorizing war for children.

These changes come as a direct result of Nintendo’s decision to discontinue digital downloads in the Russian market. Game publishers such as Ubisoft and Take-Two have also withdrawn from the Russian market.

The Switch is unlikely to suffer a severe setback as a result of the delay. Nintendo still has a robust slate of titles planned for 2022, including Kirby and the Forgotten Land (which will be released on March 25th) and Pokémon Scarlet and Violet (which will be released later in the year). More developers may, however, choose to delay the release of military-themed games as a show of solidarity with those who have been affected by the conflict in Ukraine and its victims.

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