Rare used to be Nintendo's behemoth, their go-to guys when it came to crafting first-party masterpieces. They really made their name on the N64, but afterwards their relationship with the Big N got a little more complicated and they now reside under the Microsoft umbrella. However, last year they released the rather sensational Viva Pinata: Pocket Paradise, a game which regrettably undersold considering its huge quality.
Anyway, whether influenced by this or not, the decision was taken not to develop any more handheld games for a while, but Rare recently spoke out about this and wanted to let you Nintendo fans know not to count them out:
“I don’t think it’s fair to assume that we’ve permanently quit DS development, but yes, we are focusing on other things at the moment. Natal is a pretty big deal and needs a lot of attention.”
Of course, it probably doesn't help they're also working on bringing N64 classic Perfect Dark to Xbox Live Arcade, but all the same, it's good to know those boys and girls at Rare haven't forgotten about you Nintendo fans. Just keep calm, stay cool and be patient. Sit on your fingers if you have to - the Magic 8 Ball suggests they will return.