Release Date for Track Mania on the DS

by: Nathan -
More On: TrackMania DS
When TrackMania for the DS was announced it seemed only two people were excited about it and I know one of them (me ) doesn't even own a DS. I admit when it comes to some games I spend more time in the level and character editors than actually playing the game. Sometimes it's pointless, like in Mass Effect, because no matter what you do creatively the game pretty much plays the same. In other games creating content is at the heart of the game like in Viva Pinata and more recently Spore. What gets me excited about TrackMania is that not only is it a potential Mario Kart killer title but it has one of the most interesting track creating modes in a handle held I've ever seen. That is exciting because I'm hoping for the day I can play Tony Hawk's pro whatever or Skate it world travel tour and create skate parks and share them wirelessly with other players. That would be awesome. Enough Rambling now for the news.
Ascaron and Focus Home Interactive have annouced that TrackMania(developed by Firebrand) will be relased in November 2008.

News release

17th September 2008






TrackMania, one of the most popular racing series of all time, will soon be available on Nintendo DS. Ascaron and Focus Home Interactive will release TrackMania DS in November 2008, providing the millions of players worldwide who enjoy it on PC, with a whole new experience of racing on a thoroughly addictive handheld version.


TrackMania DS allows players to drive at mind-blowing speeds in hi-octane racers on incredible tracks made of jumps, loops, turbo boost pads and many other crazy design elements. More than a hundred circuits in three distinct single-player modes are available. Players will also be able to create their own tracks and race against friends who have a DS without them having to own the game through the DS’s wireless communication capabilities.


Users racing on TrackMania DS will enjoy:


·   Three single player modes - Race, Platform and Puzzle provide a variety of challenges for even the most experienced racer

·   Single cartridge multiplayer - Players can compete with up to four friends using one cartridge for a more personal and competitive race

·   An incredible 3D track editor - A huge collection of track sections, including loops, jumps and twists, is available as players create their own tracks for the most insane races

·   Three TrackMania environments – Desert, Rally and Stadium environments offer unique styles of gameplay, each with their own vehicle type to ensure the best racing experience


Fast facts:

Publisher: Ascaron Entertainment / Focus Home Interactive

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Developer: Firebrand

Release date: November 2008

Price: £29.99

PEGI: 3+ (Expected)

Format: Nintendo DS

Genre: Racing


About Ascaron Entertainment
From Day One in 1989 Ascaron Entertainment has become one of the leading European “boutique” developers and Publishers of games for the PC, with many successful titles including Patrician, Port Royale, DarkStar One and SACRED.

Ascaron maintains development studios in Berlin, Gutersloh and Aachen (Germany), as well as an international department in Birmingham (UK). Ascaron currently markets its products in more than 40 countries and over 15 languages.

Ascaron Entertainment (UK) is an independent office and is highly regarded on a domestic and global scale. With a professional reputation, full-service product management, and a wealth of experience in the games industry, the UK operation manages the international releases of Ascaron's entire catalogue, whilst also providing a bespoke publishing, sales, PR and marketing function to selected affiliate label partners. Ascaron Entertainment (UK) continues to be responsible for successfully launching titles into the UK market from developers and publishers worldwide. Titles include the popular UFO, Panzers, Cossacks and Blitzkrieg series of games, as well as critically acclaimed hits such as Call of Juarez, TrackMania United, and City Life 2008.


About Focus Home Interactive
Founded in 1996, Focus Home Interactive is a French publishing and distribution company based near Paris, France. Known for the diversity, quality and originality of its catalogue, Focus now publishes and distributes many of its titles throughout Europe and also world-wide in both boxed retail and digital distribution formats. The last five years have been very successful for Focus in France, with many of its PC licenses becoming top-sellers. Focus has also published several original titles, including the adventure game Runaway, the renowned Cycling Manager and the much-loved TrackMania. The coming months will be exciting and full of surprises with the release of high-quality games such as Blood Bowl, TrackMania DS, Runaway: A Twist of Fate, Sherlock Holmes and sport games dedicated to major events such as the America’s Cup or the Tour de France.

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