Nokia today announced the latest addition to its N-Gage mobile gaming platform is now available for the U.S. market. The N-Gage QD game deck comes bundled with Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater and boasts a compact package, a new ergonomic design and enhanced gaming features. And with a price tag as low as $99.99, the device should better compete in the handheld gaming market than the pricier original N-Gage unit.
Nokia has given the N-Gage QD game deck a hot-swappable multimedia (MMC) slot, longer battery life, improved gaming controls, a brighter screen, powerful smart-phone features and the new N-Gage Arena launcher application. Gamers can play all of their favorite N-Gage titles, connect to the worldwide mobile gaming community over mobile networks via the N-Gage Arena and take part in close-range mobile multiplayer gaming via Bluetooth wireless technology.
The device can be activated on T-Mobile USA’s GSM network and soon on AT&T Wireless’ GSM networks. A GSM phone with hands-free loudspeaker, the N-Gage QD game deck also supports advanced smart phone features such as personal information management (contacts, calendar and notes), XHTML browser, e-mail and the ability to download and install additional Series 60 applications.
The N-Gage QD game deck supports existing N-Gage titles such as Spider-Man 2, The Sims: Bustin’ Out, and Tiger Woods PGA Tour 2004, as well as upcoming exclusive N-Gage games like Pathway to Glory and Pocket Kingdom: Own the World.
Owners of the N-Gage QD game deck will have the opportunity to enter the “N-Gage QD Unleashed Adventure Sweepstakes,” where the grand prize is a choice of one of four ultimate adventures: mastering Oahu’s North Shore, off-road racing through Baja, braving the Costa Rican jungle or sea kayaking in the San Juan Islands. Thousands of other instant-win prizes range from mountain bikes and surfboards to game coupons and free games. More details on the sweepstakes are available at www.n-gage.com.
The N-Gage QD game deck can now be purchased nationwide at dedicated game shops like EB Games and GameStop or online at EBgames.com, Gamestop.com, Walmart.com and Buy.com. More retail outlets are expected to follow.