New Spider-Man swinging onto DS, GBA

Activision announces that a new webslinger adventure, Spider-Man: Battle for New York, will ship for Nintendo's portables this fall.

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By now, virtually any Marvel Comics fans worth their salt have seen the trailer for Spider-Man 3. But while the third installment in the Sam Raimi-directed blockbuster film series isn't due until May 2007, gamers will get a new webslinger adventure later this year--on portables, anyway.

Today, Activision announced an all-new title, Spider-Man: Battle for New York, for the Nintendo DS and Game Boy Advance. Developed by Australia-based Torus Games (Fantastic 4 for the GBA), the game has not yet been rated or priced but is slated for release this fall.

Based on the Spider-Man comic books, Spider-Man: Battle for New York pits the red-and-blue-suited super-arachnophile against his old foe, the Green Goblin. However, unlike other Spider-Man games, this title will let gamers play as either the titular superhero or his armored nemesis. Their respective goals will be to save and destroy New York City using gravity-defying acrobatics and missile and web attacks.

Heavy on action, Battle for New York will offer gamers an assortment of combination moves to use in combat. It will also incorporate role-playing elements, allowing players to customize their villain or hero with various powers. Gameplay on the DS will take advantage of the handheld's touch-sensitive screen, where players will engage in "spider sense" minigames, and its Wi-Fi connectivity, which will allow for head-to-head ad hoc multiplayer battles.

For more on Spider-Man: Battle for New York, check out GameSpot's exclusive preview.

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