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Katamari Damacy, Age of Empires II headed to DS

Namco's Katamari Damacy, Ensemble's Age of Empires II: Age of Kings and EA's GoldenEye: Rogue Agent are all on the way to the Nintendo DS, according to Nintendo's official organ for North America, Nintendo Power.

The magazine's latest issue reveals a list of forthcoming games for Nintendo DS, and amongst them are a number of previously unannounced titles - with Katamari Damacy appearing simply as a text listing, but AOE2 and GoldenEye both backed up with screenshots and detailed information.

Katamari Damacy is a Namco PS2 cult classic that involves rolling a ball around and gathering up a variety of objects - ranging from ants and beetles at the start of the game to suspension bridges and tower blocks by the end - to increase its size. No one's been prepared to comment on the new DS version so far.

Other Namco games on the list are previously confirmed titles Baten Kaitos, XenoSaga and Pac'n Roll - the latter, which involves rolling Pac-Man around 3D landscapes, could well be a clue to how any Katamari DS port might handle.

More information is available about Age of Empires and GoldenEye, however. Age of Empires is said to be a port of the second game in the series - due out from Majesco in the US in Q4 of this year - and reportedly features five civilisations, 15 types of building, more than 50 unit types, a combat advisor to help plan tactics, and wireless multiplayer for four players. The top screen appears to be given over to stats while the bottom focuses on the action.

GoldenEye: Rogue Agent meanwhile uses its top screen for the first-person shooting, while the bottom serves in a similar way to the bottom half of Metroid Prime Hunters, with HUD information and tools for hacking devices. GoldenEye is also said to support wireless multiplay, but for up to eight players, and should be out in June according to Nintendo Power. Online options haven't been touted for any of the titles.

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