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As our twitter channel followers will already know, Worms World Party has now reappeared as a "coming soon" game on the official N-Gage site. Nokia tends to only add "coming soon" games when they are about to be released, so perhaps Worms will be out soon on next gen N-Gage?
N-Gage is one of the few gaming platforms that has never had a magazine devoted to it, but all that's changed now as "Your Guide To N-Gage" has appeared. As far as we can tell it's just a one-off digital file, but for those of us who remember when magazines were the only way to find out the latest gaming info, it's nice to see this happen. You can download your copy from the official N-Gage Blog, just right click on the link at the end of the post. UPDATE: According to an advert in the magazine, Age Of Empires III for N-Gage will feature online multiplayer. The magazine also contains the first screenshots of Yamake and the N-Gage version of Tomb Raider Underworld.
If you go to the official Need For Speed Undercover N-Gage site, you'll see a competition section labelled "coming soon". Try clicking on the words "coming soon", and you'll see a contest which tells you how to get free activation codes for Pro Series Golf, Mile High Pinball or Reset Generation. According to the n-gage.com NFSU game page, the code you require is NE3D 4 5P33D, though the prank form says NE3D 4 S433D. (via mavilacivert on the Arena forums) (UPDATE: It appears that the competition has been taken down as the "coming soon" link no longer works. We suspect they activated the link too early, as a lot of people couldn't get the codes to work.)
According to an article on Reuters, Nokia says close to one million users have registered on the new N-Gage platform, up from 400,000 last October. October was of course the month that the first compatible phones started to be sold with the N-Gage client pre-installed, which implies that pre-installing the client is essential to getting people to use the service. Even more compatible pre-installed models should be appearing over the next few months, starting with the E75.
ClintonJeff's excellent ZOMGitsCJ site is based in India, and a recent article reveals that the Indian payment system OxiCash can now be used to buy N-Gage games, which should be very useful for Indian N-Gagers who don't have a credit card.
The official N-Gage Blog has reported that Bounce Boing Voyage will be the first N-Gage title to have motion control (where you tilt the phone to control the game) with a new upgraded version to be released in 2009. Existing Bounce owners can download the upgraded version free of charge, and users without a tilt-sensitive phone can play the old-fashioned way with buttons. Current N-Gage phones with tilt control are: Nokia N79, N82, N85, N95, N95 8GB, N96, 6210 Navigator, and some upcoming devices have tilt control too.
The San Francisco GDC conference is starting on monday and All About N-Gage's Ewan Spence will be reporting live from the event (there have been some interesting rumours regarding N-Gage news). To follow AAN's GDC coverage, you can visit our website of course, but we also have various other online presences such as our Twitter channel and our RSS news feed. And if we have any interesting vids to show you they should end up on our YouTube channel. Also see Ewan's personal Twitter feed.
The official site for the N-Gage version of Need For Speed: Undercover has gone live. It may take a while to load, but it features a rather elaborate desktop interface and is packed with videoclips. There's a competition coming soon (which we will add to our usual N-Gage contest round-up when it starts) and there are also ringtones, wallpapers and S60 themes to download if you look hard enough...
Long-time Arena user Clintonjeff has been one of the first in the world to receive the new business-oriented Nokia E75 smartphone. This is the first Eseries device to be compatible with N-Gage, and CJ has looked at how well it copes with gaming. Apparently not very well. There are quite a few "issues" such as the N-Gage icon being hidden too deeply in the menu system (in the "Media" folder!), restricted gaming key options, and a client that doesn't work in horizontal mode. Check the link out for more details and see below for CJ's E75 N-Gage video. It's a real shame that N-Gage is making such a disastrous debut on Eseries. If anyone from Nokia is reading this, take a look at CJ's article and make note of what needs fixing (the problems would mostly be very easy to fix too).
The Australian branch of Nokia is giving away a free seven day N-Gage game pass on a special website called gamefacepromotion.com. There are seven games to choose from, though rather weirdly three of them haven't been released yet, but they are apparently on the way soon. (via ZOMGitsCj)