Nintendo Life writes: "When all is said and done Advance Wars Days of Ruin is one of the best games available on the DS - it really is as simple as that. The system lends itself well to strategy titles, and Intelligent Systems has cut no corners while supporting that fact. Some may find the change in style unnerving, but additions like online play make the change more than worth bearing, and in all honesty the more sombre tone makes the message of the game - that war can destroy lives - a little easier to stomach. It's also a difficult game, but the gratification you get when a battle is finally won after possibly hours of relentless toil is priceless. We really can't recommend this title enough".