Nokia and Vivendi Universal Games break
new ground on the
N-GageTM Mobile Game Deck
First ever wireless head-to-head play via Bluetooth for Crash Bandicoot
Nokia and Vivendi Universal Games (VU Games) today announced Crash Nitro Kart(TM) for the
N-Gage game deck. The new game will transport users to the Crash Bandicoot® world where
multiple players can go head to head with the freedom of Bluetooth wireless technology on
the N-Gage platform. Crash Nitro Kart on the N-Gage game deck ushers in one of the most
advanced 3D Kart racing worlds ever developed for a portable gaming device, delivering
connected, over the air features through N-Gage Arena.
"We are thrilled to be working with
Vivendi Universal Games to evolve this incredibly popular franchise," said Pasi
Pölönen, Director of Game Publishing, Games Business Unit, Nokia. "Fans of Crash
Bandicoot will fall in love all over again with the features and performance that the
N-Gage platform enables."
"Crash Bandicoot is a hugely popular
global franchise that lends itself to compelling gameplay on handheld platforms,"
said Luc Vanhal, VU Games President and COO, North America. "We view Nokia as one of
the leading global manufacturers of wireless handsets, and the opportunity to introduce
the Crash franchise to the N-Gage audience is an exciting one."
Crash Nitro Kart delivers a fast paced
kart racing game with new 3D technology available only on the N-Gage game deck. Mobile
gamers will also be able to select from new playable characters, new 3D levels and choose
battle-mode or race-mode and unlock new levels and racers, with support for up to four
simultaneous players via Bluetooth wireless technology. Crash Nitro Kart is expected to be
available in the second quarter of 2004.
The Crash Bandicoot franchise has sold
more than 30 million copies worldwide, making it one of the top character-based franchises
in videogame history.
About Vivendi Universal Games
Headquartered in Los Angeles, Vivendi Universal Games (www.vugames.com) is a
global leader in multi-platform interactive entertainment. The company develops, publishes
and distributes interactive products across all major platforms including PCs, video game
consoles and the Internet. Vivendi Universal Games' portfolio of development studios and
publishing labels includes Black Label Games, Blizzard Entertainment, Coktel, Fox
Interactive, Knowledge Adventure and Sierra Entertainment. Additionally, Vivendi Universal
Games co-publishes and/or distributes titles for a number of strategic partners, including
Interplay, inXile entertainment, Majesco and Mythic Entertainment, among others.
The N-Gage game deck is an innovative mobile device that is creating an entirely
new market for the games industry. Built for active and hardcore 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.