Top Gear shifting onto DS

Developer of last GBA installment brings the long-running racing series onto Nintendo's newest portable.

The Top Gear series is revving up to make its debut on a new system. Tantalus Interactive today announced that it is developing Top Gear: Downforce for the Nintendo DS, and that Kemco will publish the game upon completion.

Previously, Kemco and Tantalus worked together on Top Gear Rally for the GameBoy Advance (although it was ultimately published by Nintendo). Tantalus has prior experience developing for the DS with SpongeBob SquarePants: The Yellow Avenger.

The developer is promising that the game is being built "from the ground up" to take advantage of the DS's hardware features. In addition to support for wireless multiplayer and data sharing, the game will have a top-down view of the action with 3D models and players will be able to use the touch screen to drop hazards across the track.

Top Gear: Downforce isn't scheduled for release until late this year, but more details will be unveiled next month at the Electronic Entertainment Expo.

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peeweeshift
peeweeshift

best racer ever on snes hopefully they dont make it like new ones. it had great music and gameplay. i forgot i owned 1 and 2(but not 3000:( )i think i'll write a review for it

dcl1993
dcl1993

Is it made by Top Gear the car show?

alberto2045
alberto2045

Nice man Top Gear was a cool game!!!

GBA456
GBA456

Ohh, sounds good, hope we hear more from this soon. Hoping for a few screen shots or a vid soon.

dragonmaster136
dragonmaster136

i dont know about the series but it sure sounds exciting

DurhamNC
DurhamNC

Amazing games -- I hope they translate well. The DS is so up and down about these things.

Konfusion
Konfusion

If this games follows Top Gear 2 and Top Gear 3, I'm sold.

RykuXr
RykuXr

"rewing up?" If they say so, but I am interested in seeing how this turns out.

DrKill09
DrKill09

I always liked the Top Gear series (except the newest console ones) I have all 3 on the SNES, and both Top Gear Rally games on N64.

Kwiksilva
Kwiksilva

Good stuff more great DS games

RUSKULL
RUSKULL

Top Gear was amazing on both SNES and N64 (I was just playing the SNES one again a few weeks ago). However, there were later incarnations of the series on N64 that were extremely frustrating in terms of bugs. I hope that doesn't turn out to be the case here. Here's hoping they have some re-mixed versions of the SNES tracks! :)

sugreev2001
sugreev2001

I was the owner of the top gear games on my SNES and i recently lost my SNES,this will atleast help me get back some of my favourite racers that i was missing so much.

Hellisunreal
Hellisunreal

lets hope the make agood translation of this racing game. it seems the only good racer on the DS is mario kart

datadyne51
datadyne51

ohhhhhhhhhh i though they meant the tv show oh well

harry2k5
harry2k5

Nah i don't like Ds Racers but Mario kArt ds was superb.

marcocat
marcocat

The 2nd game was great too, and the N64 games were average, I hope this one to be great, cause I'll get it! :D

snarple_basic
snarple_basic

1st Top Gear on the snes was a classic, i didn't care for the sequal but I thought the 1st game was 1 of the best racing games on the snes.... was addicted to that game!!!

NnyCW
NnyCW

...I'm just impressed they didn't name it DownShift... Cheesy "DS" names have been all the rage for lots of Nintendo DS games it seems...

Sc0rp1on
Sc0rp1on

Sounds cool, I'll prolly rent it first though.

BoogieManZero
BoogieManZero

Why would I buy a top down racer for $35 when I can get the same graphics for less than $20 and still be able to play it on the DS.

mariokart64fan
mariokart64fan

i think itll be like snes 2d action with 3d models if you look real good at snes top gear 1 -3000 they were nicly done kemco hasnt done one for nintendo i hope rev is home to top gear 4 a true sequal and continue on there rally was good for n64 gba overdrive and hyperbike were fun but the 2 recent ones on ps2, xbox have lacked hopfully the ds one is a true sequal

sinceps1
sinceps1

I hope that the top down view is just for the bottom screen. Then it would be sort of like taking mario karts action a step forward. bombing people with the touch screen and 3rd person action(not top down?) on the top screen. That would be luscious.

joeamis
joeamis

One of the best racers, arguably the best, on gba was top down... So don't diss top down racers...

Superzone
Superzone

Hmmm... let's just hope this doesn't end up like the DS version of Burnout Legends.

Eglsgmr7
Eglsgmr7

Top down view?!? They can't be serious. I was iffy about the game from the start, but now this top down thing...

gameloverx
gameloverx

good we need more racing games .stupid PSP thinks its so special with its graphics and buck teeth

Jerkov
Jerkov

has top gear got anything to do with the british bbc program top gear? if so does it include jeremy clarkson?

cyprus646
cyprus646

Top Gear!!! im deff gona buy this , reminds me of my snes days playing as the white car with good milage i hope they leave the gas stop station in it. No other game does that any more : (.

chibi-acer
chibi-acer

Top Gear was one of my favorite SNES racing games. Though I guess the bar has been raised quite a bit since then, the potential for fun is totally there.

MiKaNoH
MiKaNoH

lets see if it will be good...

wordtoyomama
wordtoyomama

Hopefully this will go the way of MarioKart and not Ridge Racer

LordelX
LordelX

Top Gear Rally was an awesome game for the GBA. I hope this version is decent. Not so sure about this top-down view. Hopefully the action will be able to be viewed from multiple angles.

ZebethOrZebes
ZebethOrZebes

Top Gear 2 was a kick-ass game for SNES. If this game doesn't suck and has some sort of customization features involving the touch-screen, I might just get it. Not if it comes out at the same time as Contact, Mario Bros., or Phantom Hourglass though.