Nokia opens online games shop

Nokia has enacted phase one of its plan to resurrect the N-Gage by opening an online download store that sells games.The shop is more symbolic than re

Nokia has enacted phase one of its plan to resurrect the N-Gage by opening an online download store that sells games.

The shop is more symbolic than revolutionary at the moment – it contains a paltry nine titles, and only N-Gage owners can download them onto a memory card and play them.

Downloading this way lets users avoid big phone bills, and the games' prices are showing signs of coming down to respectability – prices start at 20 euros (£14), with newer titles like 'game of the month' Glimmerati  going for 30 euros (£20).

The big masterplan – which Nokia talked about at the CES show in January – is to turn the platform into a value added feature for high-end N-Series phones like the lovely N93, which features 3D graphics acceleration.

It's likely that the store will eventually – though not until 2007 – welcome N-Series owners through its doors, and provide access to N-Gage Arena, which will let players frag each other with abandon in multiplayer matches and provide community messaging.

You can pay a visit to the store here. It may still be on respirators, but N-Gage is on its way back...

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