Fans of turn-based strategy games have waited forever and a day for a chance to bust open some heads Advance Wars-style, and the day is almost here. Chucklefish's Wargroove is coming to the Nintendo Switch at the start of February.
Wargroove kicked off Nintendo's January 23 Indies Highlights Showcase with a minute-long anime cinematic that reminds us why it's good to be alive. Though enormously inspired by Nintendo's long-neglected Advance Wars strategy game series, Wargroove contains strong fantasy and science fiction themes. Heroes wield swords and magic, and command dragons capable of wrecking ballistae (and pretty much everything else) with their fire-breath. The aforementioned cinematic insinuates the story revolves around some business with a mysterious magical lady. Advance Wars definitely appears to be the primary inspiration for Wargroove, but Fire Emblem's influence can't be denied. To quote USG features editor Caty, Wargroove is like if Advance Wars and Fire Emblem had a baby.
Wargroove's most delicious characteristic might be its map-making option, which allows players to construct and share their very own campaigns. If you're the type of person who responds to level-making challenges with gauntlets that force Mario across enormous pits while Hammer Brothers spray mallets everywhere, enjoy sending your friends to cartoon battlefield hell. If you prefer to keep your dragon-riding wartime experience sane and realistic, though, you can play through Wargroove's single-player campaign and then challenge up to four friends locally or online.
Fun and games, right? Sure. Don't forget those little dudes who fight for you might seem faceless, but every single one has hopes, dreams, and people who love them waiting back home. Play Wargroove on the Switch on February 1.