The game will not be a port, according to PopCap Vice President Greg Canessa, but "an adaptation with new and exclusive features," including all-new levels unique to the DS. The game is being developed by Q Entertainment, whose previous efforts include Lumines for the PSP and PC. Despite the size of its casual gaming catalog, Peggle will be PopCap's first game for the DS, but won't be the last.
"We are super excited," Canessa said. "It's just the beginning of great things to come for PopCap and Nintendo on the DS platform."
While the official announcement of the game was made today, PopCap founder John Vechney accidentally revealed the game's existence in February at Casual Connect Amsterdam, although according to a Develop report it was unknown at that time that PopCap would seek the assistance of a "prestigious Japanese studio" in making the game.
Peggle for the Nintendo DS is scheduled for release in late 2008.