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Building on the success of the GBA's acclaimed Advance Wars series, Battalion Wars brings the cartoon combat and sophisticated strategy to GameCube, in real-time. Originally titled "Advance Wars: Under Fire," Kuju Entertainment's take on Intelligent Design's whimsical war-gaming shifts the play to a much more action-oriented perspective.
Instead of a wide, static overview of the battlefield, players take control of a single character, who can issue orders to other soldiers and squads in the heat of the fight. Through a third-person control scheme somewhat reminiscent of the Pikmin games, the player can direct different units and groups toward different objectives, while blasting away at nearby enemies with their controlled character. Players can switch to control any friendly character in view with the press of a button.
The game is set on War World, and is designed to offer the same mix of cute characters and intense warfare that won fans for the handheld Advance Wars games. A number of familiar Commanding Officer characters are present, along with several new personalities — both friend and foe. ~ T.J. Deci, All Game Guide