The Settlers arriving on DS

The PC strategy franchise will make its console-gaming debut this November on Nintendo's portable.

A long-running PC strategy-game franchise is about to settle on the Nintendo DS, marking the first time the series has ventured onto a console or handheld system.

The Settlers for the Nintendo DS, the latest entry in the series of PC strategy games that began in 1993, will see release on Nintendo's handheld in November, publisher Ubisoft said. Making use of the system's unique functions, you can swap the dual screens of the DS to use the DS stylus on both game views.

The Settlers is an economy-building strategy game, in which players control a group of pilgrims who arrive on an island. There, they must build roads, connect towns, forage for food, construct buildings, mine for resources, build a strong military to take on invading forces, and perform other civilization-building tasks.

The Nintendo DS version will feature four races of people (Asian, Nubian, Roman, and Viking) who can spread out across seven continents. The different land environments range from forests and lava to ice and swamps. Two campaign types--world and Roman--and a free-play mode round out the list of announced features.

The franchise began on the Amiga--an early hybrid of a personal computer and video-game console released in the 1980s--before adopting the PC platform with a string of releases starting in 1996. Last year's Heritage of Kings: The Settlers was the series' most recent game release.

The Nintendo DS version of The Settlers is not scheduled to be the series' only appearance this year, though. A graphically redone version of the first Settlers sequel, to be called The Settlers II: The Next Generation, is planned for release in the fourth quarter of this year.

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44 comments
swimmi_34
swimmi_34

might be a great way to spend the day, but all i see is german in the screenshots............

Genexi2
Genexi2

Hope Ubisoft doesn't rush this title into oblivion like 90% of their DS games. This has great potential if given a good team and budget.

coltACP
coltACP

Settlers on the Amiga back in the day was a good game(i bought it on day one^^), and more amiga games should be made on the DS imo, there are alot of games that would just work on the DS-Hired guns, Battle isle, Mercenary, syndicate, Hunter, Sabre Team, Gunship 2000, K240, Power monger, Mega lo mania, Last samurai and loads more. The DS could add real tilt to some of these titles and using the WiFi for multiplayer would be just brilliant. Hired Guns simply needs a sequel and DS is perfect for that game-goddammit that liscence needs picking up again!

KDarK276
KDarK276

I always wanted a game that had elements of Sim City and Civ. looks like i found one. can't wait.

lilweightlifter
lilweightlifter

This game sounds really cool. I just might buy it when it comes out. :)

darkwater12
darkwater12

All I can say is OMG!!! I loved this game on the Amiga and the PC. Oh and I would exspect it to be real time. It was on the amiga and I remember upgrading my Amiga to 1mb of RAM. The DS has more power. Can't wait!!!!!!

thebill1979
thebill1979

Can't wait. I love these types of games.

boblighte
boblighte

Sounds like an awesome game. Hopefully it's not turn-based.

rokkuman09
rokkuman09

dude i have settlers 2 gold on my phone lol

Our_VA
Our_VA

I hope they would make it a wifi settler.....wifi settler...lol.

WackerJr
WackerJr

I am a huge Settlers fan and The Settlers II is still my favourite game in the series. I hope that the DS version is an all-new game and not simply a remake of Settlers II (which is could be judging by screenshots). I can't believe so many people out there haven't played Settlers! You owe it to yourselves to give one of the earlier Settlers games a try! Build a woodcutter near a forest to produce logs for your lumbermill, which can then be used to build other buildings. Build a farm to produce wheat for your pig farm which then be used for your butcher, which provides food for your miners... It's alot of resource management!

OfficialBed
OfficialBed

never heard of this game, even on the pc....but ill look into it

Maquis_UK
Maquis_UK

the more DS, the happier this Maquis is.

khfffan13
khfffan13

I haven't heard of settlers but it sounds interesting. The way they describe it makes it sound like civilization but in real time.

blackIceJoe
blackIceJoe

I think the PC ones where good so I hope the DS one will be good too.But I think it would have been cooler to see a game like this on the PS3 or even 360 but the DS will have to do.

damz
damz

oh my freaking god, i loved that game!, i must have it!!!

carpathianrogue
carpathianrogue

Settlers II was such great fun on the PC. I really enjoyed all the cute animations, as well as the strategy and resource management way of that game. It should be even more enjoyable on DS. :) NIce one, Blue Byte!

nramsey34
nramsey34

real-time on the DS is certainly a possibility, i mean heck, it has to have more power than the PC we all first played warcraft II on...

calvinx6
calvinx6

This game is going to be better than Age Of Empire. and even going to get better Score than, the PC version. Thank You Ubisoft!!!!! THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

need_id07
need_id07

The question iswill this b turn based like the other Strategy games or will thye pull together some sort of real time engine that can run on the DS. Remeber it takes a lot of computing power to run the A.I. for 3 computer players and make a bunch of units move.

plonker19
plonker19

cool i'v always liked the settlers series and it appering on the ds is the coolest thing this year, since setters 2 doesn't work porperly on my pc

Swampthing
Swampthing

"The franchise began on the Amiga--an early hybrid of a personal computer and video-game console released in the 1980s" ........... WTF?? The Amiga was no such beast! The author is either confusing the Coleco Adam computer or the AmigaCD32 with the Amiga computer. Just because the Amiga computer had advanced graphics for it's time did not mean it was an attempt to cross videogames with computers. I owned an Amiga 500 and Amiga 1200 for years as my central computing platforms and the Amiga's primary use was for computer graphics via the NewTek Video Toaster software. It took several years for the PC side to catch up and surpass the Amiga in this arena.

Mocl
Mocl

isn't it a sign of the times when you have to explain what the 'Amiga' was? Makes me feel very old suddenly...

IamMrFahrenheit
IamMrFahrenheit

Settlers of Cataan or Deceidler Van Cataan was and IS an AWSOME board game. I member one X mas playing it like 15 times w/ all my bros. Sadly, I only won once.....=( If they made a WiFi version of Deceidler, I would buy it and a copy for four friends and MAKE them play it. that would ROCK

big_squig
big_squig

give us wifi settlers of cataan!

mrvl912
mrvl912

I never played settlers. My friends have, so maybe i'll catch up.

Reetesh
Reetesh

Games Like this and Rollercoaster tycoon Should come to handhelds now(specially Ds) as they have enough power and also will be very much fun to play:D

meimnobody
meimnobody

Settlers of Cataan is a completely different thing. The settlers doesn't have any combat per say and is based more on the building and exploring rather then the conquering found in other RTS empire builders.

Luigi_Vincetana
Luigi_Vincetana

I played a demo of the settlers IV, it was really cool. However, looking at the scores that this series has been getting, this game will not score well.

bulldog7
bulldog7

looks interesting enough

LiveByMeDieByMe
LiveByMeDieByMe

Question... is this like the board game Settlers? (The settlers of Cattan)

books84
books84

sounds like the original sim city games

kriptonzz
kriptonzz

I :lol: at the first and second posts here. And although I've never played or heard of Settlers, it sounds like quite an interesting strategy game.

EyeNixon
EyeNixon

YESSSS!!!!@#%#%^$# SETTLERS! THE BEST SERIES EVER! Oh, and to clear it up, Settlers is NOT a strategy game like Age of Empires or Command & Conquer, it's MUCH dfifferent.

ujinyumeno
ujinyumeno

Well, after the Age of empire and Advance wars, more and more strategy game like settlers are eyeing the DS.. Finally they discover the merit of the dual touch screen for more flexibility of different type of games.

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RpGamerzzz

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ujinyumeno

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