Nokia banking on Smart move

18 May 2005 By Neil Long
Nokia has confirmed plans to bring N-Gage-powered mobile gaming to the masses with a new range of Smartphones, the first of which are due to be released early 2006.

“The N-Gage has led this movement to rich mobile games and the next logical step is for us to provide a simple solution based on the N-Gage experience that will deliver a rich, consistent, mobile games offering to millions of Smartphones” said Gerard Wiener, director and general manager of games at Nokia.

Amidst the unveilings of Sony, Microsoft and Nintendo’s next generation consoles at the E3 trade show in Los Angeles, Nokia said it’s N-Gage-powered Smartphones will be able to search, find and download mobile games more easily through a significant expansion of Nokia’s mobile gaming services.

Smartphone owners will be able to gain access to games through the handset itself or through a PC, and will be able to choose from a selection of Nokia-certified games aimed at ‘quick-fix’ and dedicated gamers alike. The new handsets will also be capable of connected gaming through Nokia’s existing N-Gage Arena.

Nokia said the standalone N-Gage hardware will continue to exist in parallel with the new devices.


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