Bomb Away With Bomberman On The N-GageTM Mobile Game Deck

March 1, 2004 -- Nokia, together with Hudson Soft, today announced Bomberman for the N-Gage game deck. Join Bomberman in his journey through eight unique 3D worlds to rescue the Golden Statue and return it to Bomberman City. Using Bluetooth wireless technology, Bomberman fans can battle against one another in five unique battle stages only available in the two-player mode.
 
"It's great to be working with Hudson Soft to bring a classic like Bomberman to the N-Gage game deck," said Pasi Pölönen, Director of Game Publishing, Games Business Unit, Nokia.  "With the two-player mode over Bluetooth wireless technology, Bomberman fans can compete against each other and share in the action-packed 3D world."  
 
Bomberman on the N-Gage platform is the first time on any platform that Bomberman players can compete against each other without having to connect complicated cables. The two-player mode over Bluetooth wireless technology means that mobile gamers can enjoy the addictive Bomberman action together!
 
Bomberman is expected to be available in the second quarter of 2004.
 
About Bomberman
Bomberman is an action game that has become synonymous with the Hudson brand. The first game, which was released in 1985 for the NES, went on to sell over one million copies. Bomberman boasts a simple and addictive game system where the players set bombs to knock out enemies.  The game's endless strategic possibilities have made it a critical success. Multiplayer gaming has become the Bomberman series' forte, and over 40 titles have been released for most home console systems.  In total, it has become one of the greatest multiplayer games ever and sales have reached over 10 million copies. 
 
About Hudson Soft Co., Ltd
Hudson Soft was established in 1973. It has used its advanced development expertise to market a wide range of products, including console and PC software, accessories, LSI, operating systems and other critical technologies.  The company became an early first third-party publisher for Nintendo's NES, and has continued to provide a variety of game content to all game platforms since then.  Representative titles include Bomberman, the popular board game Momotaro Dentetsu, and the epic RPG Tengai Makyo (Far East of Eden), among others. Hudson is actively involved in online game development and mobile phone content development.  In March of 2000, game-oriented content was launched for NTT DoCoMo's i-mode service.  Following this, mobile phone content for Ezweb and Vodafone Japan were also introduced.  Currently Hudson has over 120 game mobile games in distribution.  For more information, visit http://www.hudson.co.jp/
 
About N-Gage
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.
 
Media Enquiries:
 
 
Haruhiko Ikeda
Mobile Entertainment Division
Hudson Soft Co., Ltd.
Tel: + 81-(0)3-3542-4847
Fax: +81-(0)3-3542-4647
E-mail: hikeda@tk.hudson.co.jp
 
Nokia Corporation
Multimedia
Communications
Tel: +358 7180 45667
E-mail: press.office@nokia.com
 
Americas Press Desk
Tel: +1 972 894 4573
E-mail: n-gage.media@nokia.com
 
Nokia Communications, Asia Pacific
Tel: +65 6723 2323
E-mail: communications.apac@nokia.com
 
 
www.n-gage.com/press
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