Nintendo has announced that its upcoming handheld system Nintendo DS has garnered the support of some of the largest game publishers worldwide, including Atari, THQ, Electronic Arts, Activision, Atari, Ubisoft, Majesco, Capcom, Sega, Konami, Hudson Soft, Namco, Bandai, Koei, and Square Enix.

"Nintendo DS is going to push hand-held technology to uncharted territories," says Yves Blehaut, senior vice president of Atari. "It's going to energize both developers and consumers with amazing new game mechanics and new game design. Once more, Nintendo leads the way with something unexpected and totally innovative."

"The Nintendo dual screen is something that we're really excited about developing for," says Nick Earl, vice president and general manager of Electronic Arts. "It's very innovative, which is classic Nintendo."

The company boasts that it has provided over 100 companies with software development kits, although it is unknown how many of those 100 are actually developing games for the system. Nevertheless, the fact that many major publishers are voicing support for the system is good news for Nintendo, as some sceptics are already comparing the DS with the ill-fated Virtual Boy, which was infamously unsuccessful.

"It's exciting to see so many publishers are as inspired about the Nintendo DS as we are," says George Harrison, Nintendo of America's senior vice president of marketing and corporate communications. "The creative contributions of the publishers will reinforce Nintendo's reputation as the industry's leader in innovation."

The Nintendo DS will be unveiled at E3 (the Electronic Entertainment Exposition), which takes place in Los Angeles from May 11-13.