Remember that absurd news doing the rounds recently, telling of several games for Nintendo’s DS in the works at the Microsoft-owned Rare development studio? Well, it’s complete poppycock. Some days ago, Microsoft released the following statement that somehow evaded our radar:
“Microsoft and its studios are focusing all efforts on developing quality games for the Windows and Xbox platforms. Neither Microsoft Game Studios or any of its developers are involved in developing games for DS at this time. Rare has developed, and is continuing to develop, Game Boy Advance games. At this time, there are no plans to support the DS.”
The truth is that the continued Game Boy Advance support stems from the sale agreement of Rare drawn up between Microsoft and Nintendo, which stipulated that certain GBA projects must be completed. It is unlikely that any mention of pre-conception DS was made.
Certain US Nintendo fansite editors really need to clean out their ears. Or stop eating Mexican fungi.
At this point, we should tip our hats to Nintendo Japan’s press office, and the crafty pen of a certain Yasuhiro Minagawa who, when we asked, “Is Rare developing for the Nintendo DS?” replied, “DS is a big hit with developers and many are either already developing games or looking at developing games. However, we are unable to confirm the details, including whether each specific company has entered into an agreement with Nintendo or not.”