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Developer(s) Backbone Entertainment
Publisher(s) Eidos Interactive
Midway Games
Platform(s) Nintendo DS
Release date(s) NA TBD
Genre(s) Hack and slash
Mode(s) Single-player; 2 to 4-player cooperative, competitive modes
Rating(s) ESRB: T (Teen)

Gauntlet is an unreleased Nintendo DS hack and slash video game, based on the 1985 arcade game by the identical title (see Gauntlet). The game was originally announced in April 2008 by publisher Eidos Interactive to be developed by Backbone Entertainment, and was scheduled to be released later that year,[1][2] though as of 2010, it was still unavailable and may have been canceled.[3] The game has been stated to feature an entirely new 3D graphical engine, local wireless and online four-player mode, 40 maps, and voice chat capabilities.[2][4]


The possibility of a Nintendo DS Gauntlet title was first revealed by an ESRB listing in February, 2008, which was later removed.[5] The intended publisher, Eidos Interactive, officially announced the game on April 7, 2008,[2] with a projected release in "summer 2008".[1] This estimate was refined to a more specific June release date, which was later amended to October.[6]

The game was featured in a playable state at the Penny Arcade Expo in August 2008, with both single-player and multiplayer modes available.[7] At this time, the game was still expected to meet its October release date.[8] Additionally, a demo of the game was made available to the public in the United States via the DS Download Station service during the summer of 2008.[9]

By late 2008, the still-unreleased game had received several reviews in the gaming press, from magazines such as Nintendo Power, Official Nintendo Magazine,[10] and Retro Gamer.[11] In February of 2009, however, rumors began circulating that Gauntlet had been cancelled by Eidos, though no official statements were made by the involved parties.[3]

In June 2009, Gauntlet was found to be listed on the ESRB under a new publisher, Majesco Entertainment, implying that a release may still be a possibility.[12][13]


  1. ^ a b "Eidos Revitalizes a Timeless Coin-Op Classic with Gauntlet on the Nintendo DS". IGN. April 7, 2008. Retrieved 2010-01-16.  
  2. ^ a b c Boyes, Emma (April 7, 2008). "Eidos throws down DS Gauntlet". GameSpot. Retrieved 2009-01-09.  
  3. ^ a b Sliwinski, Alexander (February 4, 2009). "Rumor: Gauntlet DS has died". Joystiq. Retrieved 2009-01-16.  
  4. ^ Casamassina, Matt (April 23, 2008). "Hands-on Gauntlet". IGN. Retrieved 2009-01-09.  
  5. ^ Sinclair, Brendan (February 15, 2008). "ESRB: Eidos runs Gauntlet on DS". GameSpot. Retrieved 2010-01-16.  
  6. ^ Purchese, Robert (September 1, 2008). "Gauntlet DS crusades to October". Eurogamer. Retrieved 2010-01-16.  
  7. ^ Torres, Ricardo (August 31, 2008). "PAX 2008: Gauntlet Hands-On". GameSpot. Retrieved 2010-01-16.  
  8. ^ Hatfield, Daemon (September 2, 2008). "PAX 2008: Gauntlet Progress Report". IGN. Retrieved 2010-01-16.  
  9. ^ "What was on the DS Download Stations in the past?". Series 9 (Summer 2008). Retrieved 2010-01-16.  
  10. ^ "Gauntlet (ds) reviews at". Metacritic. Retrieved 2010-01-16.  
  11. ^ "Retro Gamer Magazine Archive". Retro Gamer. Issue 56. Retrieved 2010-01-16.  
  12. ^ RawmeatCowboy (June 13, 2009). "ESRB says Gauntlet is alive...and Majesco is publishing?". GoNintendo. Retrieved 2010-01-16.  
  13. ^ Gilbert, Ben (June 13, 2009). "Gauntlet DS found on ESRB website with Majesco as publisher". Joystiq. Retrieved 2010-01-16.  

External links

  • Gauntlet on developer Backbone Entertainment's web site
  • Gauntlet on Nintendo's web site


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