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'Nintendo DS' - Western Hemisphere Lineup

by Judy on Aug. 10, 2004 @ 7:10 a.m. PDT

Nintendo DS will rock the Western Hemisphere with an amazing lineup of games, as the video game industry's heavy hitters prepare to support Nintendo's revolutionary dual-screened hand-held innovation. Many of the industry's biggest software companies confirm that they will deliver names like Madden NFL, Viewtiful Joe, Rayman and SpongeBob SquarePants to the Nintendo DS, so players can enjoy their favorite franchises in ways never before possible.

"Publishers worldwide have taken the unique creative tools of our dual-screened Nintendo DS and used them to invent completely new ways to play," says Reggie Fils-Aime, Nintendo of America's executive vice president of sales and marketing. "Just imagine the possibilities that a touch screen, voice recognition and wireless multiplayer action bring to video games."

Upcoming games from publishers like Electronic Arts, Square Enix, Capcom, Atari, Sega, Activision, Konami, Namco, Ubisoft, Vivendi Universal Games, THQ, Majesco and others demonstrate the broad range of support that Nintendo DS enjoys.

"EA's studio teams are working on a lot of great titles for the Nintendo DS," says Steve Chiang, General Manager of EA's Tiburon Studio, which makes Madden NFL.

"With the wireless feature, Madden players will be able to battle one another head-to-head like never before on a portable system."

"From the first time we saw the abilities of the Nintendo DS, we knew we had something extraordinary in our hands," says Will Kassoy, Activision's vice president of global brand management. "Our developers dove right in and made the most of the unique features of this revolutionary new system."

"THQ will be a big supporter of the hand-held Nintendo DS," says Brian Farrell, THQ's president and CEO. "The untapped capabilities demonstrate an exciting leap in hand-held video game technology."

Software companies around the globe have more than 120 Nintendo DS games in development. The following list includes a partial sampling of publishers and Nintendo DS games in development for the Western Hemisphere, with more to be announced in the future. Note that many are working titles, and that the information is subject to change.

  • Atari, Inc.
    • Atari Classics
  • Atlus USA
    • Caduceus
    • Snowboard Kids DS
    • Plus three additional titles in development
  • Bandai Entertainment Inc.
    • Meteos
    • Mobile Suit Gundam Seed
    • Plus one additional title in development
  • Capcom Entertainment, Inc.
    • Mega Man Battle Network
    • Viewtiful Joe
    • Plus one additional title in development
  • Electronic Arts
    • GoldenEye
    • Madden NFL
    • Need For Speed Underground
    • Tiger Woods PGA Tour Golf
    • The URBZ: Sims in the City
  • Hudson Soft Co., Ltd.
    • Bomberman
  • Koei Co., Ltd.
    • Dynasty Warriors (working title)
    • Plus two additional titles in development
  • Konami Digital Entertainment
    • Boktai (working title)
    • Castlevania (working title)
    • Dragon Booster (working title)
    • Frogger 2005 (working title)
    • Survival Kids (working title)
    • World Soccer Winning Eleven series (working title)
    • Vandal Hearts (working titles)
    • WINX (working title)
    • Yu-Gi-Oh! Nightmare Troubadour
  • Majesco
    • Moonlight Fables
    • Nanostray
    • Plus at least three additional titles in development
  • Namco Hometek Inc.
    • New Mr. Driller (working title)
    • Pac 'n Roll (working title)
    • Pac-Pix (working title)
  • Orbital Media
    • Four titles in development, including the genres of action platformer, strategy role-playing, combat racing and family.
  • SEGA of America, Inc.
    • Project Rub (working title)
    • Sonic DS (working title)
  • Square Enix Co., Ltd.
    • A new story of Secret of Mana
    • A new story of Slime Morimori Dragon Quest
    • Dragon Quest Monsters series
    • Egg Monster Heroes
    • Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles series
  • Summitsoft Corporation
    • Air Assault 2
    • Organizer Plus
  • Tecmo, Inc.
    • Monster Rancher
    • Plus one additional title in development
  • Telegames, Inc.
    • Ultimate Brain Games
    • Ultimate Card Games
    • Ultimate Pocket Games
  • THQ
    • SpongeBob SquarePants
    • Plus five additional titles in development
  • Ubisoft Entertainment
    • Asphalt GT
    • Rayman
    • Plus additional titles in development, including a major movie license for early 2005
  • Vivendi Universal Games
    • Robots

The worldwide leader and innovator in the creation of interactive entertainment, Nintendo Co., Ltd., of Kyoto, Japan, manufactures and markets hardware and software for its popular home and portable video game systems. Each year, hundreds of all-new titles for the best-selling Game Boy® Advance and Nintendo GameCubeTM systems extend Nintendo's vast game library and continue the tradition of delivering a rich, diverse mix of quality video games for players of all ages. Since the release of its first home video game system in 1983, Nintendo has sold more than 1.9 billion video games and more than 170 million hardware units globally, creating enduring industry icons such as MarioTM and Donkey Kong® and launching popular culture franchise phenomena such as Metroid®, ZeldaTM and Pokémon®. A wholly owned subsidiary, Nintendo of America Inc., based in Redmond, Wash., serves as headquarters for Nintendo's operations in the Western Hemisphere.

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