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N-Gage QD Ships

N-Gage QD Ships


Tuesday - July 27, 2004
OK everybody, get your $200 and your crowd-beating stick ready because the Nokia N-Gage QD has hit store shelves in the US. What's that? You don't need a crowd-beating stick because there is no crowd waiting to buy the QD? Well, that may be true but you can still use your stick to beat some sense into those confused few...it's your duty as a sensible American. Yes, the QD, of which I am not a big fan, does solve many of the problems that plagued the original N-Gage. Unfortunately for Nokia, I don't think it will solve the N-Gage's biggest problem: dismal sales.

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IRVING, Texas, July 27 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Nokia (NYSE: NOK) announced the latest addition to the N-Gage platform, the N-Gage QD game deck, is now available for the US market. Bundled with Tony Hawk's Pro Skater, and with a street price as low as $99.99*, the N-Gage QD game deck offers consumers unparalleled mobile gaming featuring a compact package, new ergonomic design and enhanced gaming features.

The N-Gage QD game deck is a pocketable device with a hot-swappable multimedia (MMC) slot for instant gaming, longer battery life, improved gaming controls, brighter screen, powerful smartphone 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.

Gamers can now purchase the new N-Gage QD game deck 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. The N-Gage QD game deck can be activated on T-Mobile USA's GSM network and soon on AT&T Wireless' GSM networks.

"The N-Gage QD game deck shows that Nokia is fully committed to the N-Gage platform," said Nada Usina, general manager, Games Business, North & South America for Nokia, "With our AAA Titles and the N-Gage Arena, the N-Gage QD offers gamers a true mobile gaming experience. Coupled with the level of support that the N-Gage QD is receiving from both the traditional games outlets and mobile phone outlets, we believe that we are creating something totally new."

The N-Gage QD game deck supports existing N-Gage hits like Spider-Man 2(TM), The Sims(TM) Bustin' Out, and Tiger Woods PGA Tour(R) 2004 as well as upcoming exclusive N-Gage titles like Pathway to Glory and Pocket Kingdom: Own the World.

The new N-Gage Arena launcher makes accessing the N-Gage Arena even easier than before, with access to the N-Gage Arena community directly from the game deck. N-Gage Arena allows gamers to communicate with one another, challenge each other in head-to-head multiplayer games, download exclusive content, access rankings statistics, participate in events and activities, and more.

The Adventure doesn't stop at retail!

N-Gage QD game deck owners also 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. In addition to the grand prize, there are thousands of other instant-win prizes, ranging from mountain bikes and surfboards, to game coupons and free games. More details on the Unleashed Adventure Sweepstakes are available at http://www.n-gage.com

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, email and the ability to download and install additional Series 60 applications.

*with contract or activation rebate About N-Gage

The N-Gage game deck is an innovative mobile device that is creating an entirely new market for the games industry. Built for active gamers, the N-Gage platform is the first mobile and connected game deck to feature online high-quality 3D multiplayer gameplay over Bluetooth wireless technology and GPRS. The N-Gage device also offers unique online games services as well as a comprehensive and growing games catalogue from the leading game publishers. Nokia is the world leader in mobile communications. Nokia and N-Gage are trademarks or registered trademarks of Nokia Corporation.

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