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Mobile gaming evolves – Ovi Store is here

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We’ve been busy evolving our mobile gaming service and building up the portfolio of games in Ovi Store. Currently, we have more than a thousand games available in Ovi Store supported by 100 Nokia device models and are growing the platform and portfolio as quickly as possible.

If you haven’t checked out Ovi Store lately, we suggest you stop by store.ovi.com/games for the latest mobile games for your Nokia device. And what’s best, not only will you be able to get a wide variety of games like Pac-Man, The Sims 3 and Guitar Hero World Tour Mobile in the Ovi Store, but you will have access to hundreds of new ones like Sky Force Reload and EA SPORTS FIFA 10 from a wide range of publishers from 65 countries.

As we continue to move Nokia’s services under the Ovi umbrella, Ovi Store is the one-stop-shop for all your mobile content. If you’re looking for the latest apps, games and other mobile content, Ovi Store is available in more than 180 countries. And remember, content is for everyone so start downloading today.

So, you might ask, what will happen to the current N-Gage platform?
N-Gage games can be purchased until the end of September 2010. While the N-Gage.com site together with the N-Gage Arena and other community features will remain in operation throughout 2010, the Ovi Store will be the new central place for all the mobile games that Nokia and other publishers offer from this point forward. We will no longer publish new games for the N-Gage platform.

What will happen to N-Gage Arena?
N-Gage Arena will remain in operation throughout 2010 and players can e.g. keep posting their high scores until then. We understand that people value the ability to manage their games and communicate about them, and we are working on offering such community elements through Ovi. Games publishers are free to use community features of their choosing in their apps, the feature set is not defined by Nokia. Social Networking applications are some of the most downloaded on Ovi Store, emphasing the power of connecting people.

What will happen to my games?
Your games are safe – all your purchased N-Gage games will continue to work on your N-Gage compatible mobile device and they’re yours to keep. However, community features of the games will not be functional after 2010.

Do you have plans to bring community elements to the Ovi Store gaming experience?
Yes, we understand how important community is to our gamers. You can already post reviews of games and other apps in the Ovi Store. We are actively working on offering more community elements through Ovi and we encourage developers to use community features in their applications. Stay tuned – there’s more to come on this.

Why doesn’t Nokia keep N-Gage as a separate gaming platform?
As mobile gaming evolves and begins to encompass social gaming, we want to offer one store front with an even broader portfolio of games – games for everyone. It’s much more convenient to have one place to get all your mobile games, and this it what Ovi Store https://store.ovi.com/games provides. Mobile gaming is one of the most popular activities in the Ovi Store, with games being the #2 most downloaded category for premium content. And besides having all mobile games in one place, people can access other services like Mail, Maps, Music and many more via www.ovi.com.

What will happen to N-Gage.com?
The N-Gage.com site will remain in operation throughout 2010, with the exception of the N-Gage Store which will remain open until the end of September 2010. However, we recommend people to visit Ovi Store to play the latest games – many familiar games and so much more.

Will you stop shipping devices with the N-Gage application pre-installed?
We will continue to sell devices with N-Gage application pre-installed for some time, however we will no longer ship new devices with the application pre-installed.
Games will be available through the Ovi Store which is already supported by 100 Nokia device models and growing. Ovi Store will be pre-installed on most new compatible Nokia devices including Symbian S60 & Series 40 from Q4 2009.

Thank you for being part of the N-Gage community and your participation over the years. It is important we share this information with you first as we know how much the N-Gage Community means to you, and that being up to date on the latest gaming information is of importance.

We appreciate your contributions and loyalty to the N-Gage community and service, and we hope to continue to hear from you via Ovi. See you in the Games!

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Nokia Games team

Powerboat Challenge is Released!

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Pimp up your powerboat and go full throttle to compete against cool dudes and hot chicks in high-speed racing on twisted rivers. Prove your drive style and pass the buoys along the course to fill up your boost bar and to unlock additional tuning options.

Tee It Up with Tiger Woods PGA TOUR!

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Play as Tiger and challenge other leading PGA TOUR pros with the most realistic championship golf experience on mobile! Bringing an unprecedented level of authenticity and game features, this is the must have golf game for both seasoned vets and first time players. Do you have what it takes to become a golfing legend?

Prepare to wreak havoc with Mega Monsters!

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Wreak havoc in the biggest monster smash on mobile. Smash, crush and stomp your way through fully destructible 3D cities to gain more power, strength and speed. With a few surprises along the way – who knows what these cute, cuddly and colossal creatures are capable of! This is what happens when a mad scientist gets his hands on a borrowed gene splicer, a surplus government nuclear reactor and a supply of adorable animals – Mega Monsters! Choose your monster and prepare to wreak havoc for those who get in your way!

Dirk Dagger and the Nuclear Zeppelin is out!

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Dames! Crimes! Mad Scientists! The murder of New Heaven’s favorite Mayoral candidate sees Dirk Dagger framed and on the run. Can you solve this diabolical mystery before New Heaven suffers its worst crisis since it was invaded by penguins? Play as Dirk or play as his housefly-reincarnated partner, Harry, and detect your way through ingenious puzzles, brain-thumb coordination minigames, and the bizarre, crime-ridden streets of New Heaven.

Key features: • Comic, film noir styling. • A storyline with more plot twists than a snake cemetery. • Ingenious thumb-coordinated minigames with global high score Rankings. • Unique camera-based controls.

Ducati® Moto is out!

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Feel the rush as you race across the globe with Ducati® Moto!

Race on 15 tracks across five thrilling locations. Tear through the streets of Hong Kong, burn up the roads in the deserts of Morocco, and coast around the dizzying cliffs of Amalfi! Do you have what it takes to become the ultimate Ducati Champion? Become a Ducati champion on your N-Gage by Nokia now!

Is Your Phone Ready To Rock?

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Guitar Hero® World Tour Mobile is ready to rock your phone! The sequel to the award-winning and best-selling Guitar Hero® III Mobile is a whole new game with tracks playable on both the drums and guitar! Play as Judy Nails or Axel Steel as you unlock achievements and shred your way through three new rockin venues. With a guitar and drum track for every song Guitar Hero® World Tour doubles the gameplay of the original and adds a whole new degree of difficulty. *Number of songs varies by handset.

Tomb Raider Underworld Released

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Tomb Raider Underworld is now available for the N-Gage platform. As fearless adventurer, Lara Croft embarks on a perilous journey around the world to retrieve the mighty Thor’s Hammer.

The game is available through the N-Gage application showroom and will be available on N-Gage.com early next week.

Top 5 Games

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The best-selling N-Gage games for July 20-26

Ranking Title PEGI Rating* Publisher
1. Tetris® 3+ Electronic Arts
2. Worms World Party 7+ THQ Wireless
3. The Sims 3 N/A Electronic Arts
4. Million Dollar Poker
12+ Gameloft
5. Hooked On: Creatures of the Deep
3+ Nokia

Platform: N-Gage

Reach: Global

*PEGI: is the The Pan-European Game Information (PEGI) age rating system established in 2003 to help parents make informed decisions on buying games.

Top 5 Games
The best-selling N-Gage games for July 13-19

Ranking Title PEGI Rating* Publisher
1. Tetris® 3+ Electronic Arts
2. The Sims 3 N/A Electronic Arts
3. Worms World Party 7+ THQ Wireless
4. Hooked On: Creatures of the Deep
3+ Nokia
5. Bounce Boing Voyage
3+ Nokia

Platform: N-Gage

Reach: Global

*PEGI: is the The Pan-European Game Information (PEGI) age rating system established in 2003 to help parents make informed decisions on buying games.

Nokia N97 with N-Gage

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The highly anticipated Nokia N97 has new software available, making Nokia’s flagship mobile computer N-Gage compatible.

Along with a tilting 3.5″ touch display, QWERTY keyboard and a fully customizable home screen, the Nokia N97 will offer instant access to the full range of Ovi services.

The Nokia N97 is Nokia’s first device to feature a personalizable home screen, which can be customized with a range of widgets which bring live information directly to the device. These widgets include key social networking destinations like Facebook and Hi5, news services like the Associated Press, Bloomberg and Reuters, as well as shopping and weather information.

Update

The N97 software can be downloaded from the Get N-Gage section of the Website.

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