The SimCity franchise is making a welcome return this summer with the release of SimCity DS, developed specifically for the Nintendo DS.

"We are very excited to bring the SimCity experience to the Nintendo DS platform," said Takahiro Murakami, Producer of SimCity DS. "The unique Nintendo DS functionalities inspired us to incorporate many new features to delight the most dedicated SimCity fans. The game is filled with fun surprises that will appeal to new and existing fans of the franchise."

Players will be able to create and control their city in the palm of their hands, using the stylus and built-in microphone to interact like never before: blow in the microphone to put out fires and use the stylus to sign off on mayoral proclamations. The game will also enable fellow SimCity DS players to wirelessly exchange data, although details of this feature are currently a little sparse.

SimCity DS is scheduled for release the world over this summer.