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Nokia's Got Game

Posted by: Olga Kharif on May 19, 2005

We’ve known that mobile games are taking off for several years. One sure sign of that was Nokia’s decision to release its N-Gage wireless gaming console/cell phone.

Now, the world’s largest cell phone maker just announced that it would start making its N-Gage games available for souped-up cell phones, called smartphones, as well. Considering that Nokia’s mobile games are among the most advanced out there, featuring 3-D action and real-time multiplayer gaming capabilities, I think the company could finally cause real pain to current handheld gaming consoles leaders Sony and Nintendo.

These portables will be increasingly going head-to-head with phones. Just on May 17, Nintendo unveiled its Game Boy Micro, a gaming console the size of a cell phone and, according to gamers who'd seen it, excessively cute.

Meanwhile, cell phones which, until now, have lacked the capabilities to offer cool graphics and multi-player functionality available on the portables, are now acquiring them. Nokia's gaming smartphones, expected to be released in early 2006, will offer 3-D gaming and multi-player capabilities.

The winners of this battle are yet to be determined, but Nokia will make a tough opponent. And it could end up doing in portables what Microsoft accomplished in regular gaming consoles: Microsoft's Xbox came out of the left field to grab the No. 2 position in regular gaming consoles, behind Sony.

Reader Comments

Alexander Smythe

May 20, 2005 12:42 AM

"We've known that mobile games are taking off for several years."

Several years? That is not take off. You are confusing knowledge with fiction.

"One sure sign of that was Nokia's decision to release its N-Gage wireless gaming console/cell phone."

Sure sign?!? N-Gage has been a miserable failure. Nokia literally couldn't give them away. What are you talking about? Has Nokia been buying you lunch or sending you airline tickets?


May 21, 2005 6:41 PM

I personally agree with you, i've been playing games all the time on my mobile device, on my cell phone while at the bus stop, on the bus, in class, in the elevator to work, i'm addicted, from my favorite bowling game to mini tetris, its all so addicting. As for this Nintendo device, I wish they would launch their games on cell phones instead of launching yet another device to carry around. I'd love to play Mario on my phone, well I'm just excited that finally all the classic coin-op games i've been hitting up at local pub, includying Monopoly, Goldenballs, Triple Towers, Snakes and Ladders, others will finally be launching here in the UK from the partnership between Sennari and Channel 1. Even better is that these games are gonna be linked up to prizes... so all those bills I'm gonna collect in monopology or all those vampires i'm gonna kill in Dracula are gonna translate into real prizes... talk about aweseom... and i thought all those hours I wasted at the pub were a waste of time... i can just see the riches now...

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