I guess Enterbrain is making an RPG Maker for the Nintendo DS. Scheduled release date is January 28, 2010 and recommended retail price is ¥5,460 (which equates to the usual $60 USD).
Early indications show that it is a minimalized version of the RPG Makers we already know and love, but making use of the NDS’s touch screens and stylus. And using that modus operandi the maps can be created with a “feeling of paint on a canvas”, which should be interesting.
One of the things I’m not sure about is their considerations on limiting the parameters of items, equipment and monsters to only two – name and attack power (and I assume HP and SP also).
I think though, from what I can gather, that the reasons behind this is primarily to introduce RPG Maker to an entirely different market, in the hopes that eventually they will want to purchase the “next gen” ones, like RMXP or RMVX or the ones available on the PlayStation.
It’ll be interesting to watch for the outcome of this latest venture, and may or may not get it for the NDS when it’s eventually released.
Further details – as sparse as they are at the moment – can be found here. Note that this is the Google-translated version, so you can expect the grammatical and syntax errors to raise those hackles, but at least there are screenshots on the page to mellow things out.