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Being jaded old bastards, we rarely let ourselves get overly giddy around the Crispy Gamer offices. But there are exceptions. Mention Advance Wars or its sequel, or the DS Advance Wars: Dual Strike, around any staff member, and he or she will start gushing like a teenage girl discussing Justin Timberlake's dance moves.So, in 2005, when Nintendo decided to transform their successful turn-based strategy game -- one of the great handheld games of all time -- into a full-on third-person action console game, instead of crying "Judas!" we crossed our fingers and hoped for the best.Battalion Wars wasn't a travesty, but it was dangerously close to being one. Nintendo, we figured, would declare this experiment a failure.But like finding a fly in your soup or a turd in a hat box, Nintendo gifted us with a sequel that we didn't really want, or need. Despite minor improvements here and there, Battalion Wars 2 proves to be yet another extremely pedestrian gaming experience, and beyond that, represe...
What's Hot: It's Advance Wars, rendered in three dimensions, with a new, fully Wii-ified control scheme
What's Not: More forgettable characters; More chaotic battles; More frustrating gameplay. (Call it "The Sequel We Needed Like We Need Another Hole in the Head.")