Nokia today launched its revamped N-Gage mobile games services, as it steps up its offering of services to compliment its devices.
The N-Gage website will allow Nokia owners to purchase games from their mobile device and connect with other gamers through the N-Gage Arena community.
The launch of the service follows poor take-up of its cumbersome gaming device, the N-Gage, which was released five years ago and failed to make an impact on the market, selling less than half of Nokia’s target of six million devices globally.
Nokia has since opted to pursue the gaming market via its Nseries handsets, and devices compatible with the new platform include the N81, N82 and N95.
Nokia’s vice president of games, Jaakko Kaidesoja, said: ‘We're very excited to get this into the hands of our customers, because with them we will shape the future of mobile gaming.’
Today’s launch follows an eight week trial period where N81 users tried out the service and gave feedback to the manufacturer.
The first set of games includes Fifa 08, Brain Challenge and World Series of Poker Pro Challenge, and games are expected to cost between £4.50 and £8.