Nokia and Sega Take on Nintendo

At its annual mobile Internet conference, this time held in Munich - Germany, Nokia unveiled its new project, N-Gage, aimed directly at the handheld gaming console market. Nokia have also taken on a patner with some experience in the field, announcing a deal which will see Sega developing games for N-Gage.
The handheld segment of the gaming market has long been Nintendo's playground. Nokia however, in a move that surprised most analysts, decided, not only to produce the phone/console but to begin developing games for it as well. Based on an established business model in the games industry, Nokia plans to change mobile gaming by utilizing the full potential of mobility. As mobile network capacity increases over time, mobile gaming interactivity will also reach new levels together with game optimized mobile devices that offer consumers a truly rich, interactive mobile gaming experience.

Games are an exciting way to communicate and connect with a larger community of like minded people. Rich mobile games, combined with connected near distance multiplayer gaming over Bluetooth and wide area gaming using cellular networks, opens the door for totally new gaming concepts. Mobility will add a whole new dimension to innovative and creative games concepts and will provide opportunities for the games and telecom industry alike, said Anssi Vanjoki, Executive Vice President, Nokia Mobile Phones.

Rich mobile gaming represents an appealing business opportunity for game publishers and operators. Nokia will be working with top games publishers and developers to provide the most appealing games catalogue for consumers. The rich games will be distributed on memory cards, and Nokia will also act as a game publisher. Operators will gain new revenue streams through increased data use and outbox memory game cards will complement operators' current game business by bringing rich quality games to game optimized mobile devices.

As an initial step in the converging trends in enabling technologies, and also in devices, Nokia will introduce the first game optimized device in its mobile game deck category, the Nokia N-Gage mobile game deck device, together with branded game titles from top games publishers and developers in February 2003. The Nokia N-Gage mobile game deck will run on the Nokia Series 60 platform and the Symbian OS (Operating System).

SEGA

Nokia and Sega, announced their collaboration to provide branded games for Nokia's new mobile game deck device category. According to this collaboration, Sega will develop games for Nokia N-Gage, mobile game deck. The branded outbox games will be available separately on memory cards.

Nokia believes that games is the next big thing in mobility. The mobile game deck devices takes us to a new level of mobile interactive gaming, offering totally new and unique possibilities that were not previously available in this quality for publishers or end-users. We are excited to provide rich, high quality games from world known game publishers such as Sega. Sega offers an excellent variety of games with several genres, said Ilkka Raiskinen Senior Vice President, Entertainment and Media Business Unit, Nokia Mobile Phones

It is our pleasure to join hands with Nokia for their innovative project, said Tetsu Kayama, Chief Operating Officer, Sega Corporation. We promote a multiplatform strategy to supply content to all type of hardware globally and we believe that Nokia and us will create the new-genre of mobile games.

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Nokia and Sega Take on Nintendo

I think we all should give it a chance before we let it down, everybody let the Dreamcast down, but it was a wonderful machine (i hear you thinking yeah right) but it's true, it has great gamesand i think this thing CAN be good, but only if it's powerful enough against the GBA and with good developers it could worki'll just wait and see

Nokia and Sega Take on Nintendo

this MEANS war!! :PPNintendo get your nukes ready cos Nokia is coming to get ya !!!Just think how it be to play a game like mario or something.. and at the same time make a call to mom!!Moreover imagine if it is a game that u cant win (in the moment), and u get pissed off?EG.: "hi mom... damm W*** the f**k.. could u repeat that mom, i didn´t get it!.. oh nothing son.. ok.. what kind of s**t is this!?!?!.. mom r u ok?.. wait son im finishing the game here.." LoL :PpPNow seriously, Nintendo is going to have a hard time, because Nokia is going to do some serious damage, with their hand held!But i suggest we wait for hard results before any comments!(maybe they will include a vibrating game.. and if u get to win the whole game it would vibrate all night (lol), and if u put it on a codom maybe u would get a funny thing!). period

Nokia and Sega Take on Nintendo

Hey people, its not out yet so you don't know if it will be crap or no.Besides 5 people do not speak for the rest of us in the world.People thought Medal Of Honor was crap and so as Everquest and I can mention Infantry, people thought these games were crap, but a certain few game them a chance; and now they are big hits.

Nokia and Sega Take on Nintendo

i don't remember anyone saying medal of honor was going to be bad. i always loved that game even when it was on psONE. but yea, i just think that sega and its video game consoles are a whirlpool of death, sucking in anything in its reach. *EEEEK!* RuN aWAy chILDrEn!!!

Nokia and Sega Take on Nintendo

Well, look at it... A handheld with a screen that small was not meant to "take on Nintendo". I believe in the scale between gaming device and phone, this item lies closer to "phone". I don't think Nokia even intends for this to be a replacement for the Game Boy.

Nokia and Sega Take on Nintendo

i seriously cant see this selling well. if nokia includes all the shit they usually include in phones this is going to cost SHITLOADS, like 10 times as much as a GBA. nintendo and gba own the handheld market, the only serious competitor is the wonderswan colour and since thats jap only it'll never beat it. i cant see many other third party developers making games for this either. i agree with hawk, this seems to be more a phone than a console, and just another bad mistake for the godly sega :'(

Nokia and Sega Take on Nintendo

Lets all face it. Nintendo has had this market for over 15 years I can't see it falling. It has a huge game library and it would be impossible for another company to come in and succeed. Nokia and Sega should give up before it flops. After all its a phone not a gaming machine.

Nokia and Sega Take on Nintendo

u might say nintendo rules the handheld market but wait till stinky sony releases a handheld psx (which they said they would because of the ps3 only having ps2 backwards compatability) then you qould get all those mindless drones (ps2 fanboys) buying this and then microsoft will join in and again will be arguring which handheld is the best.e.g. GBA IS THE BEST BECAUSE ITS 2d AND FUN!oh no psx is the best because it already has a big libray of games and is 3d.yeah but the handheld xbox has a 1ghz processor and has a built in mini harddrive.dont get me wrong i support all consoles and pc but you know this will happen.

Nokia and Sega Take on Nintendo

****I thinks this thing is going to make it¨. only nokia don´t have to put all that xtra functions on it. they always do that and that costs a LOT of MONEY. Sega is an good company en nokia also. so i think that this thing is going to make it if nokia doesn´s put al that xtra sh*t on it.P.S. Pietje is FAT/Niek is AAP/Stefan is STOK/JAN is an sh*thole!!!!

Nokia and Sega Take on Nintendo

Why build a handheld when instead they can incorperate old sega genesis games into cell phone games. The handheld market is slammed with too many cheesy systems so why not build on the cell phones with support for better games. Nokia should be more concerned with improving on their phone service instead of making a cheap deal with sega.

Nokia and Sega Take on Nintendo

K, if they make this purely a handheld console and not a phone, it should be awesome. To compete with Nintendo tho, it better have at least psx graphics or better, and online play! and if it had force feedback too that'd be f**king awesome! Oh ya, a f**kING LIT SCREEN FOR f**k SAKES too, my piece of crap gba is useless unless i use a 2000 watt bulb hooked up to a generator pointed slightly north during the northern lights in a field of grass beside a gray house with 2 residents who have a dog tied to a leesh made out of an extension cord in their backyard with a yellow submarine in a hot tub beside their brown deck.

Nokia and Sega Take on Nintendo

sega and atari have experimented with back lights and look what happened...i have no doubt that this handheld will be good. nokia and sega are fully capable of making a GOOD handheld. what they are not capable of is making a COMPETITIVE handheld

Nokia and Sega Take on Nintendo

i don't think that it is a bad idea. as a matter of fact i think it's a great idea i'm not a niteno fan. but i think they will have a prob with 2 things. 1 that nokia tends to hav high prices not like nintendo. and 2 that a parent would now have to think about not only having a portable game consol for their on but if he is responsible to be carrying a phone. ??????

Nokia and Sega Take on Nintendo

Heres the thing. nintendo is not flying as high as it should in the states. however it's japanese market has rocketed past both The Playstation series and the X-box. As for handhelds, It has alot more going for it and has it's own fully developed sector for. This means that Nokia/Sega will need something great the first time around or else Nokia(which is really just useng Sega for this) will pull out its funding and we'll have another case of the "Handheld Jaguar"the good thing.With Nintendo's prices already at a much lower than a Nokia cell's price, the nokia thing will have to cost less then $100. so we can all get a good cell cheap.also good- the new GB is coming out in about a year, so this means that in order to keep their title of Supreme Ruler of Handhelddom , we'll be able to get an awesome handheld( of slightly less then N64 graphics) For about 50-60 bucks.In the end, nintendo will probably win, because it can afford to lose a liitle this time and we'll then get no new cell's from nokia until they can generate enough capital to recover their losses from research,production, advertising, and developement.so in the end of all this shit. Nintendo Rules AS King And God of handhelds. and Nokia ought to stick to suped up Telegraphs

Nokia and Sega Take on Nintendo

Yeah sounds like an awesome little toy, maybe i will finally get me o mobile phone *shudders*yeah well it would be mad but i bet none of us can afford the damn thing, then it will be cancelled because they claim there is no demandif its a good price ill get one.

Nokia and Sega Take on Nintendo

Yeah, luck is the only thing that will save this odd-allianced catastrophy. I mean, it is a good idea but sega has failed at every console attempt that they have ever tried... well... ever. Sega, when will you learn??? Nintendo is smarter faster and better than you in every way. Just give up and do what you are good at, third party software.

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