Game music of the day: Advance Wars Dual Strike

Welcome to GamesRadar's daily blast of all things pertaining to the ever-growing field of game music. Each post will introduce new sounds, games, composers and fan-made remixes of gaming's greatest aural achievements.


March 23, 2010

Game: Advance Wars Dual Strike

Song: Black Hole Power

Composer: Yoshito Hirano

Earlier today Nintendo unintentionally revealed its next handheld - the Nintendo 3DS, a device that will employ 3D effects without any fancy glasses. Word is it arrives in 2011 (and will probably be teased during this year's E3), which got me thinking about the launch of the original DS. Specifically, how shit the first year was (Canvas Curse aside) and it wasn't until mid 2005 that we saw the first wave of ass-kicking titles. The first of which was Advance Wars Dual Strike.

"Black Hole Power" erupts from your speakers every time you finish a turn and hand control over to the evil Black Hole army. It's classic Advance Wars through and through, with hard, eclectic beats and a character-specific feel (i.e. the good guy music is chipper and inspirational, while bad buy music is haunting and creepy). Every single track in Dual Strike is outstanding, but this one really got me pumped - and nervous as well, because anytime it was playing, your precious units were at risk of being annihilated.

Advance Wars has been around for nine years in the US, but in Japan it started all the way back in the NES/Famicom days with Famicom Wars (seen above). The term "Advance" Wars comes from its Game Boy Advance release, while in Japan it always keeps "Famicom" in the title, despite the platform it's on. Even this DS edition is called Famicom Wars DS.



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  • YuGiOhisbetterthanMagic - March 24, 2010 5:43 p.m.

    Omg, i rember when i found out dual strike was comeing out... i refused getting a psp just to get a ds to get dual strike... still cant beat it sadly... cant blow up the fuggin black crystal. but either way, i love me some advanced wars.
  • philipshaw - March 24, 2010 2:55 p.m.

    Love that song and game was like you said Brett the first wave of great DS games
  • goochbiscuit - March 24, 2010 1:42 a.m.

    Hey Brett I love this music of the day thing, I hope it keeps up on GR.
  • michaelmcc827 - March 24, 2010 12:47 a.m.

    Advance Wars is definitely one of my favorite games for the DS...I also like that you're not just picking really famous or iconic songs that everyone knows, these are some interesting picks.
  • Ridgley - March 23, 2010 10:39 p.m.

    Great choice! Really like this segment and the description made me totally want to play this now.
  • GamesRadarBrettElston - March 23, 2010 10:24 p.m.

    Fixed! Thanks for pointing that out.
  • BodyDamage - March 23, 2010 10:18 p.m.

    im getting a weird username/password prompt from "gamesradar security" which is preventing the first video (but not the second) from loading correctly.

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