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Nokia to shut down N-Gage gaming platform, focus on games for the masses

30 Oct

Nokia has decided to shut down its gaming platform N-Gage and will instead merge games with its Ovi Store. This was Nokia’s second attempt at addressing gaming on cellphones after its two dedicated gaming phones – N-Gage and N-Gage QD – failed to deliver volumes.

Unlike the iPhone, which has the largest number of high-end game titles for any handheld device, Nokia has struggled to make the N-Gage platform popular beyond the niche crowd. N-Gage games were specifically designed for a few Nokia phones that had high graphics processing power and the games were of a much better quality than those available for Java. Nokia will now focus entirely on games for the masses that will be available on its Ovi Store.

However, users with N-Gage compatible phones will be able to download N-Gage games till September 2010 though Nokia will not publish any more N-Gage games from now. The handset vendor will ship devices pre-installed with the N-Gage platform for a while (read till stocks last) but it won’t be pre-installed on newer devices.

Typically, on most application stores, games are among the top three categories of popular downloads and things don’t seem to be going good on this front for Nokia, especially a time when the iPhone is taking on dedicated gaming consoles like Sony’s PSP and Nintendos DSi.

You can read the official statement here

Buy N-Gage games without a credit card via Oxicash in India

23 Mar

Nokia 5730 XpressMusic gets demoed on video

11 Mar

Nokia announces 5630 XpressMusic, the slimmest N-Gage device

10 Feb

Nokia today revealed yet another handset in its XpressMusic series — the Nokia 5630 Xpress Music. Running on the Symbian S60 third edition platform, it brings back the ‘say and play feature’ that came on the 5320 XpressMusic. 
Justifying its XpressMusic branding, it comes with a 3.5mm headphone connector, a 4GB microSD memory card, stereo Bluetooth, FM radio and Internet Radio.
Also thrown in for good measure is compatibility with the N-Gage gaming platform. At a thinness of 12 mm, it is the slimmest N-Gage compatible device yet. The phone supports a new contacts bar that allows to scroll through icons for upto 20 contacts and interact with them on the home screen itself. 
Other features include a 3.2 megapixel camera with dual LED flash and 4x zoom and HSUPA connectivity. The 5630 XpressMusic will be launched in select countries in the second quarter of 2009 for around 199 Euros (Rs 12,550 approx) before taxes and subsidies.

Nokia to distribute N-Gage games in India via retail PoS

9 Dec

Yet another slide from Nokia’s Capital Markets Day reveals the handset giants plans for launching N-Gage gaming service in India. The company has lined up 15,000 to 20,000 retail purchase points in the country, which indicates that games will be available as scratch coupons rather than the online store where one has to pay via a credit card. Makes complete sense, considering that there are not many plastic weilding kids in the country who can max their credit limit by shouting ‘charge it’ a time too many.

Nokia N97 to support N-Gage games

2 Dec

Here we have the official confirmation that the N-Gage gaming platform is coming to touchscreen phones based on the new Symbian S60 5th edition platform. The N97, which was announced today at Nokia World 2008 in Barcelona, will support N-Gage games when it hits the shelves sometime early next year as the product specification sheet indicates.

Nokia launches N-Gage platform

4 Apr

Nokia has quietly launched the N-Gage platform for its range of N-Gage compatible devices. The company had just ended a trial run of its mobile gaming platform that will succeed its N-Gage handhelds. Nokia is expected to make an announcement about the launch in the coming days.

Users of the N95, N95 8GB, N81, N81 8GB and N82, can download the N-Gage platform fromhere.