Nintendo Confirms DS Launch Titles
First-party line-up takes shape
The DS' appearance at E3 hinted at some fairly obvious games for the Nintendo handheld, and now the official line-up of first party titles has been confirmed. The selection is largely as expected, but this ought to be sufficient to generate considerable consumer interest in time for the official launch later in the year. As long as Mario and Metroid are involved, quality is pretty much assured.
The official launch titles are as follows:
Animal Crossing DS
This should ably traverse the various functions of the DS with wi-fi chat facilities, stylus-manipulated customisation, extra menu displays and the traditional AC blend of bug catching and fossil hunting.
Mario Kart DS
It's Mario and friends precariously ensconced in miniature motor vehicles. Great things are hoped for.
Using the stylus control to emulate mouse like FPS controls and tapping the screen to fire weapons should lend the Metroid series an extra twist of 'DS-ness'.
'New' Super Mario Bros. Game
A totally new Mario game, possibly related to the E3 demo of a baby Mario falling through the sky, with players 'drawing' clouds to cushion his fall.
Definitely by Nintendo and probably involving dogs - little more is known about this title at present.
This software will utilise the stylus and wi-fi functions, facilitating anything from amateur Pictionary, to slanderous back-row-of-the-classroom maths lesson rudeness sessions.
Super Mario 64x4
As promised, a four-player Mario game, closely related to its N64 counterpart.
A double dose of crazy mini-game shenanigans, this is sure to emphasise the DS' novelty value
Expect more news on all things DS as soon as it becomes available.