It's Lara's first excursion on a Nintendo console, and the DS to boot.
SCI Entertainment, Eidos' parent company, unexpectedly announced today that upcoming current and next-gen title Tomb Raider: Legend will be featured on GameCube, Game Boy Advance, and the Nintendo DS. The GameCube will likely receive a port of the 3-D version available for PS2 and XBOX 360, among others, while the GBA game will probably feature 2-D gameplay similar to past GBA Tomb Raider games, following the same storyline as its 3-D counterparts. More mysteriously, a Nintendo DS version will be released concurrently. No word on whether this will be a 3-D port, 2-D version, or something completely unique. There also was no mention of features used, though touch screen functionality is more than likely. The move is even more surprising since Tomb Raider has never before been featured on a Nintendo console. Stay tuned for gameplay details as they're released.
"Tomb Raider Legend is the first version in the Tomb Raider series to be
developed by the Group's Crystal Dynamics Studio in the United States. The game,
which is based on a completely redesigned engine, has attracted very strong
reviews and has been featured on the front covers of over 100 magazines
worldwide over the past months. The product will be launched with a worldwide
TV advertising campaign and extensive outdoor advertising. As well as being
available on Playstation 2, Xbox and PC, Tomb Raider Legend will be
simultaneously launched on the Microsoft Xbox 360 and, in May 2006, will be
available on the Sony PSP. With further versions available on mobile as well as
the Nintendo DS, GBA and Gamecube platforms later in the summer, this will be
the first time that a Tomb Raider product has been available to customers on so
many key platforms."