Zoo Tycoon 2 roaming onto DS

THQ opening up Microsoft Game Studios' animal house for Nintendo's portable in early 2008.

In 2005, THQ brought Microsoft Game Studios' popular PC zoo-management sim Zoo Tycoon to the Nintendo DS. While not exactly a critical darling, the game did manage to move more than 500,000 units in the US alone, according to industry tracking group NPD. Those appear to be good enough numbers for THQ, because the publisher today announced it would be translating Microsoft's Zoo Tycoon 2 from the PC to Nintendo's portable.

As with the first DS game, Zoo Tycoon 2 is based on the PC game but offers distinct gameplay and new features. Players will be able to tend their virtual menageries in zoo designer or zoo director mode, as well as the new zookeeper mode, where animals can be tended in a 3D environment. The game features a wide array of creatures from every continent, and the DS version expands on the PC original with new animals and environments. The game also incorporates a multiplayer component, in which players who each have their own copy of the game can share zoo data.

Though Blue Fang Games developed both PC iterations and the first DS remake, THQ has tapped Nintendo handheld specialists Altron for Zoo Tycoon 2 DS. The game is slated to appear in early 2008.

With Microsoft currently out of the handheld market, Zoo Tycoon 2 joins a growing number of the software giant's titles to be ported to the handheld made by its console-war rival. Besides Zoo Tycoon, Microsoft Game Studios' Age of Empires: Age of Kings has also been ported to the DS. The psychedelic kids' game Viva Piñata is also coming to the portable.

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23 comments
davo208
davo208

didn't the 1st one suck

hathejoker
hathejoker

Why isn't there a roller coaster tycoon on the Ds?

the-very-best
the-very-best

It could be good though. I really hope THQ put some effort into this one.

stu576
stu576

ok i think its not bad, i played the first one and it did suck but this is looking better or sounding better

comthitnuong
comthitnuong

A game like this would go well with the DS.

Ubiseewaba
Ubiseewaba

thats a good thing they're putting this on the DS. Theres alot more people with DSes, especially the new generation, so their marketing sceem is perfect to get new gamers to get their products

Pazy160
Pazy160

Id love a good tycoon game on the DS. Ive they could out Rollercoaster Tycoon or Hospital Tycoon on DS without f'ing it up id be really into. I still play them both in PC.

dieworm
dieworm

I wonder if it will be good this time?

Pete5506
Pete5506

Thats cool, but I don't play that game

Acuatico
Acuatico

Smart move by Microsoft.

reichmtk
reichmtk

I hope its better than the first one.

Kenaue
Kenaue

I hated the first Zoo Tycoon for the DS. Hopefully they will adress the issues from the first one.

Travis281
Travis281

These sim games are kind of hard for me to love on the DS. I love sims on my PC, I love my DS, but combining the two makes for a difficult play session. However, if any portable platform is to get them, they belong on the DS. Stylus control is priceless.

-KinGz-
-KinGz-

If viva piñata is nearly as great as the 360 version I might consider it.

Adam_the_Nerd
Adam_the_Nerd

NIce nice. But, now that SimCity and Age of Empires are on the DS, look for almost EVERYmajor strategy brand to have a DS port, if not now, in the future.

MogFromLeipzig
MogFromLeipzig

Great =D Zoo Tycoon 2 and Viva Pinata for DS! Yay I love this stuff^^

AL13NK1LL3R
AL13NK1LL3R

mmm.. idk, i probley perfer sim city

el_carl
el_carl

I don't know, I won't mind the sucky graphics because it already looks cartoony, but the controls might get a bit frustating.

nickythenewt21
nickythenewt21

Good thing I didn't buy the first Zoo Tycoon for the DS.

DeathmageMokey
DeathmageMokey

I love Zoo Tycoon. It's always been one of my favorites. I've never played it on the DS, but I do plan on picking up number 2.