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'N-Gage QD' Now Available In North America

by Judy on July 27, 2004 @ 7:04 a.m. PDT

Nokia 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 TourĀ® 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.

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