The N-Gage (hardware) is dead, long live the N-Gage (platform). While not a surprise
, Nokia has officially unveiled its new mobile gaming incarnation.
The service will launch globally this November, where you can download the free client to your computer and subsequently installed onto compatible Nokia devices. According to the press release
, all games will be free to demo, cost between six and 10 euros (approx. US $8 to $14) and feature online play against friends or random opponents via the N-Gage Arena.
Electronic Arts is currently showing the most support
to the system, with Capcom and Vivendi also pledging to provide mobile titles.
According to the website, each player will have a their own profile with achievements and points. Most everything about the new service reeks of Xbox Live, in a very good way. The first phones to be compatible
will be Nokia models N73, N81
, N93 and N95, with more S60 models to be compatible at a later date.