French publisher Ubisoft has released the first officially licensed Nintendo DS title developed by a team in India, according to a report from SiliconIndia. The game, 100 All Time Favorites, was worked on by the company's studio in Pune, which Ubisoft bought in May 2008.

Before the acquisition, the studio functioned as a mobile developer for Gameloft, originally established in 2006. The group had a headcount of 120 programmers and testers when Ubisoft took over and has grown to 160 employees since -- its staff increased by 35 percent since January, adding artists and game designers.

"It was a very novel experience, we got a lot of help from our headquarters," says Ubisoft's HR manager Aurelie Busollo. "Three programmers went in for training as well to Quebec. We had a couple of expatriates, who came in from other Ubisoft studios to help us streamline the processes, and give guidelines."

Around 40 of Ubisoft Pune's workers pitched in to create 100 All Time Favorites. The team first spent six months on preparation and testing before devoting eight months on production work. The resulting title is a collection of 100 puzzle, board, and card games like Solitaire, Poker, Backgammon, Chess, as well as up to 30 original games, all packed into a 32 MB cartridge.

The studio was initially acquired to work on porting titles to handhelds, developing for DS, and assisting Ubisoft's testing teams, but it's also worked on Cell-Factor Psychokinetic Wars for XBLA/PSN and Just Dance for Wii. Studio head David Blanchard adds that Ubisoft Pune is looking into social network games and MMOs, too.

I should also mention that while this is the first licensed DS title out of India, there's at least one homebrew DS game that was developed in the country. Mumbai-based Yellow Monkey Studios entered an interesting looking adventure title called Mortley: A Stitch in Time into the 2009 IGF Mobile competition.

Though Yellow Monkey hasn't put out anything commercially, as far as I know, it is a licensed Nintendo DS, iPhone, and Android developer.