Nintendo trumpets DS publisher support ahead of E3 unveiling

Over 100 companies worldwide scratching their heads over dual screen concepts

Japanese giant Nintendo has fired the opening salvo of its E3 publicity assault for the forthcoming Nintendo DS handheld, releasing a list of publishers supporting the device which includes most of the industry's biggest names. Over 100 companies worldwide have been sent development kits for the Nintendo DS, the company claims, including most of the industry's biggest publishers - both in Japan and in the west.

THQ, Electronic Arts, Activision, Atari, Ubisoft and Majesco are named as western publishers throwing their weight behind the DS, while in the Far East, Capcom, Sega, Konami, Hudson Soft, Namco, Bandai, Koei and Square Enix will all be developing for the new platform. That's an impressive line-up of support by anyone's reckoning, although it's not clear exactly how many titles will be forthcoming from each of those publishers in the early days of the console's life. Electronic Arts, for example, has committed to DS but has not said what its exact plans for the system are - in contrast to the PSP, for which it plans to have four titles at launch in the USA.

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