Nokia is going to re-launch the N-Gage gaming platform again. But this time around the games will work on a wide range of Nokia devices, so you don't need to worry about getting the old N-Gage phones. What's more important is that this time Nokia is rallying up some A-list game publishers to release new and old favs on the mobile gaming platform. You can try the games before buying them. Here is more info:
"Life just got more entertaining with the new N-Gage mobile gaming service. The service allows you to try all N-Gage games for free from any one of the tens of millions of compatible Nokia devices in the market. Once captivated, you can conveniently download and buy a game on your device or PC and continue the fun. You can also share the fun by connecting with friends, challenging players around the world, and participating in community activities in the N-Gage Arena.
?As we expand our focus from a dedicated game phone to a gaming service, we are making getting and playing games even easier,? said Jaakko Kaidesoja, head of the games business at Nokia. ?The N-Gage service combined with powerful devices, world class titles and brands, and interactive social networking features, takes the mobile gaming experience beyond traditional boundaries.?
The N-Gage service will be available globally in November 2007. At that time, the free N-Gage application can be downloaded from http://www.n-gage.com (PC or mobile) and installed in compatible devices. Later, the N-Gage application will be embedded in a wide range of Nokia devices, including the new Nokia N81 and Nokia N95 8GB, so consumers can play straight out of the box.
Furthermore, support for N-Gage continues to grow with EA SPORTS FIFA 08, The Sims 2 Pets, Tetris, and Tiger Woods PGA TOUR being developed for the platform as well as new publishers Capcom and Vivendi, and its famed Crash Bandicoot, on board. Nokia Publishing also announced new titles: Snakes Subsonic and Bounce Boing Voyage.
?With the new N-Gage experience, fans of some of our most popular franchises like FIFA or The Sims can play and stay connected with other fans. With millions of compatible Nokia devices already in the marketplace, we?re very excited to help bring quality mobile gaming expriences to the fingertips of a global audience,? said Barry Cottle, Senior Vice President and General Manager, EA Mobile.
The indicative pricing for N-Gage games sold through the N-Gage store will range between six and 10 euros excluding local taxes and can be bought with a credit card or charged through operator billing where available. Operator billing is supported in over 20 countries and credit card billing is available globally. Daily and weekly game licenses are also available at lower prices and all games are free to try before purchase. Moreover, whether you choose to get games over the air or over the internet, managing your games catalog is a breeze with simple store and sync to your PC."