The Nokia N-Gage is now being relaunched as a games service, not just a crappy handheld device.
The N-Gage is a failed gaming platform - this much everyone accepts, right? It didn't sell well, wasn't designed very well and didn't have very good games. Allegedly.
Still, Nokia are a big company with a helluva lot of money and they've insisted on pushing on with the product for the last four years. Now, Nokia is announcing the launch of the brand new N-Gage gaming platform, again.
Intended as more of a gaming service than a dedicated phone/handheld games console, the new Nokia N-Gage system will launch globally in November and will let you download the free client to your PC, according to Engadget
. From there, the client can then be moved to all compatible handsets.
The service will offer free demos, with full games costing around €10 to buy, as well as online tournaments, global rankings and other events for the hardcore mobile gaming community.
A number of major publishers and developers have pledged to support the system, including EA, Capcom and Vivendi.
According to the official website
, the system will allow players to create virtual profiles and gain achievements and points in a way that seems scarily similar to Xbox Live.
Officially, the first phones to be compatible with the new N-Gage system will be Nokia models N73, N81, N93 and N95, with more S60 handsets to be added at a later date.
Ever try the N-Gage, or do you prefer your nice PSP or DS? Is gaming-on-the-go really the future of the industry, or is it just a load of nonsense? Let us know what you think in the forums