The DS will be getting more software even in it’s twilight years. Ubisoft and Poptropica look to be bringing over a virtual world for DS and presumably 3DS users.

From the press release:

    Today, Ubisoft® announced a partnership with Poptropica®, the massively popular virtual world for kids, to develop a video game featuring the site’s best-loved characters and most popular Islands. The game will come to life for kids during the 2012 holiday season and will be available on the Nintendo DS™ system.

    “Through our exciting new partnership with Ubisoft, kids will now have another way to explore Poptropica’s story-based adventures and solve its challenging quests,” said Jess M. Brallier, publisher of Poptropica. “This is yet another milestone in the explosive growth of Poptropica as a global brand.”

    Named as one of TIME magazine’s Top 50 websites of 2011, Poptropica has been visited by more than 228 million kids worldwide since its launch in 2007. Players come from more than 130 different countries and have their web browsers set to more than 100 different languages, ranging from Spanish and Sanskrit to Vietnamese and Croatian. The recent debut of the site’s new Poptropica Friends social networking offering saw 10 million kids from across the globe connecting within the first two weeks of its debut. All Poptropica Islands are free-to-play, and each represents a unique theme and challenge.

    “Ubisoft is thrilled to have the opportunity to provide its audience with access to Poptropica’s wonderful narrative storytelling experience via the Nintendo DS and other handheld gaming consoles,” said Adam Novickas, senior director of marketing at Ubisoft. “The new Poptropica game is part of the growing trend of quality programming and storytelling extending its reach from an online environment to handheld devices.”