Classic 80s synthesizer, the Korg MS-10, is currently being recreated inside the diminutive Nintendo DS handheld console. Far from being some cheap hack ported on to a SD card and slapped into a dodgy machine, this is fully functioning, absolutely 100% official synth, drum machine and sequencer. It's called the Korg DS-10 - can you see what they've done there?
AQ Interactive is handling development of this DS adaptation of the technology. They were the ones responsible for Vampire Rain, which isn't exactly encouraging, but at least this project is a very different kettle of fish. Clearly game making isn't their forté anyway. You'll control the DS-10 software using the touch-sensitive screen, natch, and you'll have access to real-time sound control, a keyboard interface and a matrix screen.
Connectivity aspects sound a little sketchy at the moment, but it is believed you'll be able to "exchange sounds and songs and play multiple units simultaneously through a wireless communications link." It certainly paves the way for greater things, possibly even an entire band made up of shoulder-pad wearing robot women. Oh god yes.
The DS-10 software is launching in July. Unfortunately there is some bad news: it will only be available in Japan. However, if it's successful, who knows what the future may hold for the DS as a bona fide musical instrument. And once Activision find out, you know that sooner or later there'll be a Synth Hero.