Capcom® today announced Resident Evil®: Deadly Silence for Nintendo DS™, a rendition of the original Resident Evil game that features both new and familiar gameplay, adapted to incorporate the handheld system's unique feature set. Resident Evil will celebrate its 10th anniversary in 2006, marking a decade since the birth of the series that has been credited with popularizing and defining the survival horror genre. The Resident Evil series has sold more than 26 million units worldwide and is Capcom's highest selling series. Resident Evil: Deadly Silence will carry an "M" rating for mature audiences by the ESRB (Entertainment Software Rating Board) and Capcom plans to release the game across North America in Q1 2006.

A secluded mansion in Raccoon City has been the center of top-secret biotech experiments - all funded by a mysterious corporation known only as Umbrella. When contact with the scientists at the mansion is broken and reports of gory attacks come in from areas nearby, the Special Tactics and Rescue Squads (S.T.A.R.S.) is sent in to investigate. The team is chased into the nearby foreboding mansion by a pack of monstrous creatures. Once inside the adventure begins.

Players control Chris Redfield or Jill Valentine as they embark on a horrific quest through a dark and mysterious mansion filled with unimaginable horrors. An entire arsenal aids them on their quest including bazookas, shotguns, pistols, health supplies and more. The heroes will need all the help they can get to survive a house filled with flesh hungry zombies, giant spiders, horrific amphibious creatures, mutant dogs and worse.

Players can relive the beginning of the Resident Evil saga in a newly revamped "rebirth mode." Whereas the original game focused more on puzzle solving, this new version will place a heavy emphasis on action with more enemies and ammo as well as improved visuals for intense enemy confrontations. Also, nearly half the puzzles have been freshly upgraded providing new challenges for fans. In addition, the rebirth mode includes enhanced controls and will incorporate the DS system's unique feature set, utilizing the touch screen and microphone functions.

Resident Evil: Deadly Silence includes the following features:

Dual screens offer a more accessible player interface

Top screen displays area map, ammo supply and color denoted health meter
Bottom screen features main action view and also switches to sub screen menus
Touch panel provides innovative gameplay variety
New battle elements using touch screen - control the knife with the stylus to slash enemies and even deflect jumping dogs
Fend off enemies - an effective maneuver for escaping an enemy's deadly clutches is to move the stylus quickly back and forth over your foe which will shake them off
Navigate sub screen menus by using either the touch screen or regular buttons
New enhanced controls

Reload function - allows players to quickly and easily refill their equipped weapons
Quick 180* turn - provides much needed agility to escape dangerous situations
Knife button - permanently mapped knife can be used at any time, reducing one item from the inventory
Microphone function - solve puzzles and even resuscitate your injured teammate by blowing into the microphone
Multiplayer network gameplay in specially created mansion map

Two to four players can play wirelessly
Vs. mode - players compete for high scores by defeating the most enemies and performing the quickest escapes
Cooperative mode - work together with others to solve puzzles, collect items and get out of the mansion