Nintendo Selects Metrowerks CodeWarrior Development Studio

8/23/2004 - Metrowerks Corporation and Nintendo have signed an agreement and begun distributing a comprehensive tools suite for the creation of innovative, feature-rich games for the handheld Nintendo DS videogame system.

Nintendo has entrusted Metrowerks as a key provider of development tools which enable the creation of games that fully leverage the innovative features of the new Nintendo DS handheld, such as touch-screen input, voice recognition and wireless communication. CodeWarriorTM Development Studio for Nintendo DSTM provides developers with a comprehensive, integrated development environment for producing games designed to revolutionize the handheld entertainment market.

"Metrowerks has earned a worldwide reputation for offering high quality software development tools,” said Satoru Okada, research and engineering manager at Nintendo Co., Ltd. "The tools included in CodeWarrior Development Studio for Nintendo DS are no exception, and will allow game developers to create exciting titles that take advantage of the unique features found in the Nintendo DS."

The Metrowerks suite includes advanced functionality to help developers fully leverage the device’s dual ARM® core architecture, including:

"The Nintendo DS takes game play to a new level, and we are currently developing new games to take advantage of various abilities of this exciting new platform,” said Yuji Naka, R&D Creative Officer, SEGA Corporation. “CodeWarrior Development Studio for Nintendo DS has helped us quickly create prototypes during the early stages of development, and thanks to the detailed grammar check/alarm display functionality, we were able to identify issues at an early stage, significantly reducing the debug time."

"The Nintendo DS changes the way games will be played around the world, challenging developers to create the most sensory-rich experience possible for this device," said Pascal Lalancette, technical director, UBISOFT. "It's great that Nintendo has selected Metrowerks to ensure game developers have access to professional-grade development tools for the production of revolutionary games in time for the device's release."

Nintendo has already distributed the Metrowerks CodeWarrior kits to more than 100 companies worldwide to help ensure consumers can select from a variety of feature-rich games at launch and throughout the life of the Nintendo DS. The Nintendo DS is scheduled for release in North America and Japan before then end of 2004, and in Europe during the first quarter of 2005.

About Metrowerks
Metrowerks Corporation creates CodeWarrior software and hardware products and services for developers, with a particular focus on the following industries: consumer electronics; transportation; wireless; and networking and communications. The CodeWarrior product line includes hardware and software development tools and middleware that enable customers to decrease their time to market. The company also offers services, including training and custom software development. Founded in 1985, Metrowerks is today an independently operating subsidiary of Freescale Semiconductor, Inc. Metrowerks corporate headquarters are in Austin, Texas; Metrowerks Europe is headquartered in Munich; Metrowerks Asia is headquartered in Singapore; and Metrowerks Japan is headquartered in Tokyo. More information is available from

About Freescale Semiconductor
Freescale Semiconductor, Inc. (NYSE:FSL) is a global leader in the design and manufacture of embedded semiconductors for the automotive, consumer, industrial, networking and wireless markets. Freescale became a publicly traded company in July, 2004 after more than 50 years as part of Motorola, Inc. (NYSE:MOT). The company is based in Austin, Texas, and has design, research and development, manufacturing or sales operations in more than 30 countries. Freescale Semiconductor's 2003 sales were $4.9 billion (US). For more information:

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