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Nokia launches N-Gage gaming service

Thirty titles announced so far, and more games and features are promised.

Nokia has launched the highly anticipated N-Gage mobile games service, allowing millions of Nokia owners to try and download games directly to their devices.

Players can also connect with one another via the N-Gage Arena community, where they can meet friends, find others to play multiplayer games and participate in tournaments and hosted events. At present, devices compatible with the N-Gage service include: Nokia N81, Nokia N81 8GB, Nokia N82, Nokia N95 and Nokia N95 8GB.

“With N-Gage we’re offering a seamless experience for people around the world to try and buy games that are engaging, accessible and have wide appeal,” said Jaakko Kaidesoja, vice president of games, Nokia.

“We’re very excited to get this into the hands of our customers, because with them we will shape the future of mobile gaming,” he added.

Nokia has announced over 30 N-Gage titles to date, with launch titles including EA’s FIFA 08, Gameloft’s Asphalt 3: Street Rules and Brain Challenge, Glu Mobile’s World Series Of Poker Pro Challenge and Nokia Publishing’s Hooked On: Creatures Of The Deep and System Rush: Evolution.

More titles will be added at a later date, including hits like Tetris, The Sims 2: Pets, Block Breaker Deluxe, Dogz, Snakes Subsonic, Space Impact: Kappa Base and Mile High Pinball.

The launch follows an eight-week trial service called First Access, which say thousands of mobile users from over 100 countries take part. “With N-Gage First Access we offered Nokia N81 owners the first chance to try N-Gage and solicited their feedback to help us further refine the experience,” continued Kaidesoja.

“Together with the N-Gage community we will keep developing the N-Gage experience further by adding new games and features that take advantage of rapidly evolving mobile technology.”

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