Quotes from Nagoshi, Naka, Super Takahashi Bros., and more.
GameScience has translated an article from Famitsu Weekly, in which Japanese game developers gave their initial feedback on the Nintendo DS. In a poll, 93% of developers said they have high hopes for the system, while about 60% of retailers and consumers had high hopes. (Note that Japanese developers have had development kits for the system since some time in 2003.)
Several famous game creators offered specific comments on the system and its surprise announcement:
"It should allow the birth of a whole host of new ideas and play experiences that haven't existed before" - Amusement Vision's (Toshihiro) Nagoshi
"We would definitely like to release something for the launch" - Sonic Team's Yuji Naka
"In a game industry that is feeling more and more penned in, this should create a few openings." - Camelot's Hiroyuki Takahashi
"Because the handheld market is so important for the "Super Robot Wars" series, we are thinking of ways to put something out as soon as possible" - Banpresto's Terada
Hit GameScience's website to read the rest of the comments and poll results.