Mark Marrow
13 May, 2004

E3 2004: Nintendo DS Software Demos

DS News | We give you an insight of all the details, and first screenshots, on some of Nintendo’s upcoming software for the new system.
Nintendo have already announced that the Nintendo DS already has more then 100 developers lined up to provide software for the DS and Nintendo were happy to announce that each of these games are in different development stages, meaning some are either complete or on there way of completion. Nintendo offers an impressive array of games, tech demos and videos to showcase how this hand-held wonder will revolutionise how people play games. Game information is subject to change.

The following games are in development, and offer a glimpse into the future that Nintendo DS will build. Each game represents just a fraction of the new ways to play. Many other games, besides those shown on the E3 show floor, also are under development for Nintendo DS.

Metroid Prime: Hunters:

Metroid makes an appearance to DS in an all-new first-person battle game, which uses wireless technology that connects four players at once. Each player will have a different coloured Metroid suit for their character, and then they’ll battle it our as they try to defeat all three opponents . Touch the stylus to the bottom screen to rotate the camera, aim and fire, or to transform into a Morph Ball. The game features the same artwork, sound, graphics, architecture and ambience found in the huge hit Metroid Prime. This game is mainly based around the new Metroid Prime 2: Echoes multiplayer feature.


Up to 16 players can use the wireless functions to link together and exchange instant messages or drawings. The bottom screen shows a standard keyboard, while instant messages from other users appear in the top screen. Players can type text messages using the keyboard, use the stylus to send messages in their own handwriting or simply draw and transmit a picture. If another user sends a picture, the recipient can modify it and send it back. Play a game of wireless virtual hangman or send covert messages to other users.

WarioWare, Inc. DS:

Yet another WarioWare makes appearance within the last year, and this time on the DS. The game will once again take advantage of both of the DS’s screen in each of the wild and amusing mini-games. Some of the mini-games will consist of gamers using the touch screen or microphone to complete them. An example of one of these mini-games is where you use the stylus and touch screen to drag a net and catch some fish, or to cut a rope to drop a cage around a duck. The game will once again be a fast paced game, which will rely the fast reactions of the gamer, which is a hallmark of the WarioWare Inc.

Super Mario 64x4:

I’m sure people will find the surround rather familiar, and if you did, well you’re correct. The screenshots shown reveal the Mushroom Castle shown in Super Mario 64, with a couple added editions to it this time. In this new remake of Super Mario 64 up to four players will be able to venture through the Super Mario 64 world helping each other out as they scale the 3D landscape, and all this is thanks to the Nintendo DS wireless capabilities. While one screen shows the player’s character position, the other provides an overall map of the area. Touch a spot on the screen to pop the camera over to another player’s position, or to take a close-up look at the castle.

Expect a bunch of DS action tomorrow, as Nintendo prepare for a big day of action in their E3 booth.

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