Two Namco Games for Nintendo DS

Namco Hometek Inc. announced that it is supporting the launch of the Nintendo DS with two of its franchises, Mr. DRILLER Drill Spirits and Ridge Racer DS which will utilize dual screen support and wireless connectivity offered by the new Nintendo console (press 'read more' for details). The games will be available this winter - screenshots can be found here and here
NAMCO ANNOUNCES TWO EXCLUSIVE LAUNCH TITLES FOR NINTENDO DS? The Ultimate Action Puzzle-Solver Mr. DRILLER® And The Beloved Arcade Racing Favorite Ridge Racer® To Launch On Nintendo DS? This Holiday Season San Jose, Ca., (October 7, 2004) – Leading video games publisher and developer Namco Hometek Inc. announced today that it is supporting the launch of the Nintendo DS? with two of its cherished franchises, Mr. DRILLER® Drill Spirits? and Ridge Racer® DS. Taking advantage of the technology the new platform has to offer, both titles will utilize dual screen support and wireless connectivity to the fullest -- providing players with the ultimate Nintendo DS gaming experience. “The launch of the Nintendo DS marks an exciting time for the video game industry,” said Nobuhiro Kasahara, chief executive officer of Namco Hometek Inc. “The Nintendo DS offers a whole new approach to handheld gaming, and Namco is proud to bring two of its popular franchises to a system that will allow gamers to play these games in a truly unique way.” Mr. DRILLER Drill Spirits offers the ultimate in drilling action, where players utilize the stylus and innovative dual-screen interface to avoid falling blocks and scramble for air capsules, in order to rescue their fellow Drillers, or collect power capsules to destroy the menacing Destroyer Drill! Players can play anytime, anywhere with various quick play modes or battle head-to-head with up to four other players through the Nintendo DS wireless capabilities. From the arcade racing series gamers know and love, Ridge Racer DS delivers a whole new experience to racing fans by offering true analog steering through the Nintendo DS touch screen, up to six-player multiplayer races, a variety of exciting single-player racing modes and much more. Ridge Racer DS offers all the fast-paced action gamers have come to expect from the Ridge Racer name --- now in the palm of their hands on the Nintendo DS. Mr. DRILLER Drill Spirits and Ridge Racer DS will be available this winter exclusively on the Nintendo DS. For more information, please visit: www.namco.com About Namco Hometek Inc. Namco Hometek Inc. is the U.S. consumer division of Namco Limited, a Tokyo-based world leader in the high-tech entertainment industry. Based in San Jose, CA, Namco Hometek Inc. is an award-winning video games publisher for next generation game consoles. Namco has created some of the industry's greatest video game franchises: Tekken®, SOULCALIBUR®, Dead to Rights®, Pac-Man World?, Ridge Racer®, Time Crisis® and ACECOMBAT?. For more information about Namco and its products log onto www.namco.com . TEKKEN®, SOULCALIBUR®, PAC-MAN WORLD?, Ridge Racer®, Time Crisis® and ACECOMBAT? are trademarks or registered trademarks of Namco Limited in the United States and/or other countries. Dead to Rights? is a trademark or registered trademark of Namco Hometek Inc. in the United States and/or other countries. Mr.DRILLER® Drill Spirits?&©1999 2004 NAMCO LTD., ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. TM, ® and Nintendo DS are trademarks of Nintendo. © 2004 Nintendo