How One Player Accidentally Got a Hold of Advance Wars 1+2: Re-Boot Camp Early

Thanks to a feature on the Nintendo Eshop, one player managed to access the upcoming game Advance Wars 1+2; Re-Boot Camp early. Although the game would be released on April 8, Nintendo announced in March that the game would be delayed indefinitely. Despite this delay, one player managed to get the game up and running by pre-loading the game on her Switch before the delay.

How One Player Accidentally Got a Hold of Advance Wars 1+2 Re-Boot Camp EarlyAdvance Wars 1+2: Re-Boot Camp has experienced a bumpy road towards release. The game, which features enhanced remakes of the first two Advance Wars games, was originally planned for December 3, 2021. The developers delayed the game twice. The first delay was for “a little more time for fine-tuning.” Following the initial delay, Nintendo announced in March that they would postpone the game indefinitely. Although they cited “recent world events,” the company implicitly referred to the Russian invasion of Ukraine. However, it appears that one player managed to accidentally circumvent the delay and access Advance Wars 1+2: Re-Boot Camp early by pre-loading the game onto her Switch.

Twitter user @killetheth posted on April 9 how she was “finally able to play Advance Wars,” as it had loaded on her Switch prior to the game being delayed. She pre-ordered the game on February 21st and received a download link for the game the day after. After downloading, the game became playable per the original date, meaning that by April 9 she had access to the full game. When fellow Twitterers asked her for proof of her access, she shared a 30-seconds capture of the game’s tutorial. The reason killetheth could play Advance Wars 1+2 Re-Boot Camp early is that she didn’t access the internet on her Switch since she downloaded the game. Her Switch did not register the delayed access to the game and thus granted her access on the original release date.

The leaked footage of Advance Wars 1+2: Re-Boot Camp

According to killetheth, Nintendo already sent her an email to cancel and refund her purchase. She shared limited details of her early access information, partially out of fear of legal repercussions by Nintendo. That said, she did share two short gameplay videos of 30 seconds each, as well as a few screenshots. The gameplay clearly shows the updated 3D-Graphics that developer WayForward is injecting into the franchise. The gameplay, on the contrary, appears to be closer to the original. Interestingly, killetheth was able to confirm the presence of the Blue Moon Faction and its commander, Olaf. This Russia-inspired faction serves as an antagonist in the series. Various other studios did remove Russian elements from their games. However, it’s important to note that the game could still change before the final release.

As of yet, there are no other known cases of people getting access to Advance Wars 1+2 Re-Boot Camp early. The game currently has no scheduled release date. 

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