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Sega confirms receipt of Nintendo DS dev kits

Publisher Sega has confirmed that it has development hardware for Nintendo's Dual Screen portable console at its offices, but says that it is still only evaluating the system and is not committed to creating games for it as yet.

Publisher Sega has confirmed that it has development hardware for Nintendo's Dual Screen portable console at its offices, but says that it is still only evaluating the system and is not committed to creating games for it as yet.

The news, which comes via comments made by company president Hisao Oguchi in Japanese business paper Nikkei Keizai Shimbun, follows last week's comments from publisher THQ, which said that it had not yet seen anything related to the new handheld.

THQ's statement came as a surprise because the company has been a close partner of Nintendo's on the GameBoy and GameBoy Advance platforms; however, it would appear that the company is giving first preference to Japanese publishers when it comes to the DS, with Konami and Namco already confirming that they are planning to support the console.

Sega has previously announced plans to support Sony's PlayStation Portable when it launches later this year. Although a final decision on the NDS hasn't yet been made, it's unlikely that the company - which develops games for every other platform, including the N-Gage and other mobile phone platforms - would choose not to support a new console from an important business partner such as Nintendo.

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Rob Fahey is a former editor of GamesIndustry.biz who spent several years living in Japan and probably still has a mint condition Dreamcast Samba de Amigo set.