Nintendo has selected Metrowerks Corp.’s CodeWarrior Development Studio as the official tool suite for the creation of games for its new handheld Nintendo DS video game system.
According to Metrowerks, CodeWarrior Development Studio for Nintendo DS provides developers with a comprehensive, integrated development environment for producing games designed to fully leverage the handheld unit’s dual ARM core architecture and innovative features such as touch-screen input, voice recognition and wireless communication.
CodeWarrior’s features include a multi-core, thread-aware debugger that works simultaneously on the ARM 9 and ARM 7 processors; ARM linker overlays that reduce memory consumption by allowing developers to detect and remove unused code in linked applications; a command line interface, an easy-to-use graphical user interface and cache viewing capabilities that simplify the development experience; and an ARM compiler fully optimized to work with Nintendo DS hardware.
Nintendo has already distributed the Metrowerks CodeWarrior kits to more than 100 development companies worldwide. The Nintendo DS is scheduled for release in North America and Japan before the end of 2004 and in Europe during the first quarter of 2005.
Founded in 1985, Metrowerks (www.metrowerks.com) is an independently operating subsidiary of Freescale Semiconductor Inc. Metrowerks has corporate headquarters in Austin, Texas; Munich, Germany; Tokyo, Japan; and Singapore.