Age Of Empires to appear on Nintendo DS

Real-time strategy game, Age of Empires, is soon to be available for the Nintendo DS handheld system.

Best-selling strategy series for the Windows PC platform Age of Empires is to be made available for the Nintendo DS handheld system by Majesco Entertainment Company and Digital Eclipse.

The DS outing in the series, Age of Empires: The Age of Kings, is due to be released this summer. Age of Empires on the Windows PC platform is big business, the franchise shifting more than 16 million copies worldwide.

Ken Gold, vice president of Marketing for Majesco remarked, "Age of Empires has set the gold standard for real-time strategy games and its global audience continues to grow.

"Our portable version provides an exceptional game experience by taking advantage of the new DS features, and we are excited to have such a high-profile and well-regarded property spearhead our DS line-up for the back-half of 2005."

Players move from the Dark Ages through the Middle Ages with one goal in mind: domination of the known world. Features of Age of Empires - The Age of Kings include: commanding one of five different civilizations; controlling special 'hero' units such as Richard the Lionheart, Robin Hood, Joan of Arc and Genghis Khan, whose special 'hero' powers affect the entire battlefield; and researching over 50 different technologies like chemistry, ballistics, siege craft and spying to advance civilizations into the next age.