I recently read of the woes Japanese developers are having over the capabilities of the PSP. Most notably: they are worried about the final screen resolution; they don't have any idea how long the battery life will be (and assume it won't be much); they will need console-game-sized teams to develop games on it (expensive); and it has yet to prove that it can sell, and so may prove to be too small. These fears are not removed by the success of the PS1 and PS2, as Japan has also recently bore witness to the failure of the PSX DVD/game thing, leaving Panasonic way ahead as the market leaders.
However (and this is the Nintendo bit), many of the Japanese developers cited the Nintendo DS as a more realistic console for development at present due to its slightly less processor/battery intensive graphics, and for its celebrated networking capabilities. Oh yes, and its (very likely, yet unannounced) realistic price tag.
I am not one of these Nintendo marketing people who really believes that the Nintendo DS and Sony PSP will not be in competition with each other. It's clear to most ordinary people that they will be competing for your money. American developers may be upset that they weren't given a good look at the Nintendo DS before E3, but in Japan, at least, it looks like Nintendo has the support of developers - and even on a worldwide basis, such a move can be vital to the survival of a console.
I saw a much smaller pic of the new design straight after I wrote this post. It's also been confirmed that Nintendo DS will be its release name as well, which is nice. That probably means I won't have to change the filename for the system and its games.
Oh yes, and apparently there's 20 Nintendo games in development, and 100 third party games. That sounds pretty good to me!
Nintendo of Japan has updated their website with a massive listing of plenty of titles in development for the DS. Here goes:
New RPG (GameArts) Living High Killing Low (Genki) Shutokou Battle / Tokyo Xtreme Racing (Genki) Goemon (Konami) Vandal Hearts (Konami) Survival Kids (Konami) Boktai (Konami) Jikkyou Powerful Pro Baseball series (Konami) Castlevania (Konami) Winning Eleven series (Konami) Jissen Pachislot Hisshouhou Hokutonoken (Sammy) Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles New Work (Square Enix) Seiken Densetsu (Secret of Mana) New Work (Square Enix) Dragon Quest Monsters New Work (Square Enix) Slime Mori Mori Dragon Quest New Work (Square Enix) Sonic Dice (Sega) Rakugaki Kingdom Series (Taito) Puzzle Bobble Series (Taito) Mysterious Dungeons (Chun Soft) Action Game (D3 Publisher) Monster Farm Latest Work (Tecmo) Team Ninja New Work (Tecmo) Naruto (Tomy) Zoids (Tomy) New RPG (Namco) New Mr. Driller (Namco) Tengai Makyou Series (Hudson) Nintendogs (Nintendo) One Piece (Bandai) Meteos (Bandai) Dragon Ball Z (Banpresto) Harvest Moon DS (Marvelous) River King series (Marvelous) Original RPG (Marvelous) Wrestling (Yukes) Chobi Island 3 (Rocket Company)
Now the real question is: will the nintendogs make it into the next Smash Brothers? Will you actually be able to beat the crap out of a chihuahua with Jigglypuff?
Blimey, that's one big bucketload of games! Some nice big names in there as well.
I would imagine it to be a new Seiken Densetsu game... as I am curious as to what other console has two screens and a touch-screen stylus from which it could be ported.
Unless all the RPG maniacs are thinking, "Hey, why don't we just make all the old games, but use the stylus and bottom screen to operate all the same menus?"
BECAUSE!! THAT'S WHY!!
And while I promised to remain silent on the subject (should the evil overlords of gaming hear me) I fear an overabundance of card-battling games could be heading to the DS. But looks like most have opted for RPGs! Hooray! Come oooon network Pokemon!