Nintendo announces Solatorobo for DS

Namco RPG heading West.

Nintendo is teaming up with Namco Bandai to release DS RPG Solatorobo: Red the Hunter in Europe.

Due for release "later this year", it's developed by .hack studio CyberConnect 2 and a sequel of sorts to 1999 PSone adventure Tail Concerto.

The game sees you taking on the role of Red Savarin, an anthropomorphic dog with the ability to take on human form. You'll be scrapping it out with giant mechs on the mythical floating islands of the Shepherd Republic.

First released by Namco Bandai in Japan in October last year, Nintendo will be responsible for sales, marketing and distribution throughout Europe, Russia, Turkey, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand. There's no mention of a US release.

Check out the rather lovely Japanese trailer below.

Looks like there's a little bit of life left in the DS yet, following the launch of the 3DS last month.

Late last year, Nintendo suggested that it planned to keep the system alive by localising successful Japan-only titles - a banner that Solatorobo would certainly fall under.

When quizzed further on its future plans for the system, a Nintendo spokesperson recently told Eurogamer "we still very much plan to continue to range and sell Nintendo DSi and Nintendo DSi XL as long as retail and consumer demand exists for both products."

Solatorobo DS launch trailer

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