yea, catscan, if you play on your micro more than your DS, then you're looking at the wrong format. BHR or the original advance wars (which is apparently better than the sequel, or so ONM/NOM says/said) are more your area to look at, if you can find them that is.
If you're new to it, then you're looking at getting the advance versions first, BHR is no different if you've not played the original, in fact, i've never played the original, i started on BHR. I find there's no real story that can follow on from one to another, other than the same armies, COs, units and a few references here and there, but other than that they almost seem seperate games.
I think really now realisticly you're looking at getting Dark Conflict. It is a more updated version of advance wars with a whole new story and co's, and i think it's probably what should have been done when advance wars went to the DS, rather than make a third wars world one. So, unfortunatley, you're gonna need to buy trousers with bigger pockets from now on...
As for the medals topic, hundreds, three for each different achievement, and then there's the major ones on top of that, and it depends if you include all medals from all titles.
As for fire emblem, i'm really not going to say either way cause i've never played it. I hear the Gamecube version wasn't that great though, and i think as far as an official scale goes, advance wars still takes the handheld console strategy crown.
Yea, i know the mode you mean moogle. I think it was Skirmish or something.
Yes, we need placeable turrets.
I miss the humble piperunner, now there was an indirect unit, although with the absence of pipes in the latest one, it wasn't possible. A plasma runner maybe?