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Focus Home Interactive announces TrackMania for DS

After four successful outings on Windows platforms, Focus Home Interactive has announced that the Trackania franchise will be racing onto the Nintendo DS. Developed by Firebrand Games (the firm behind the excellent Race Driver: Create & Race), the title allows players to build and race on an array of madcap courses. Nintendic has acquired first teaser trailer for your viewing pleasure.

Far and away from the realism of the likes of Race Driver: GRID (announced yesterday and also being developed by Firebrand Games), TrackMania allows players to race on tracks full of umps, lopos, turbo boost pads and a number of other fantastical features. Like its PC counterpart, the Nintendo DS version of TrackMania will include a custom track editor, which Focus Home Interactive promises will provide near-infinite replay value.

“We are very happy with this partnership with Firebrand,” said Cédric Lagarrigue, CEO of Focus Home Interactive, “Their technology and background guarantee TrackMania DS will be a solid adaptation of the PC game, while also making the most of unique features of the DS. The fact that some members of the Firebrand team are true TrackMania fans definitely convinced us to trust them, and the first results are spectacular. We believe that the Nintendo DS console is well-suited for more casual games than to realistic simulations, and TrackMania DS, with the fun it brings in solo as well as in multiplayer mode, along with its well-known track editor, should find itself quite a nice place on Nintendo’s handheld.”

TrackMania DS is scheduled for release in the fourth quarter of 2008. You can check out the first teaser trailer above.

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