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Nokia and Hudsonsoft Announce Bomberman for N-Gage

Nokia and Hudsonsoft announce that the Arcade Classic "Bomberman" is N-Gage bound in Q2 2004. It's heavily pushing Bluetooth Multiplayer, although the threat of Unique 3D Worlds might worry the purists.

-- Press Release Follows --

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
www.nokia.com

"i-mode" is a trademark of NTT DoCoMo, Inc. in Japan and other
countries.

Copyright © 2004 Nokia. All rights reserved. Nokia and N-Gage are
trademarks or registered trademarks of Nokia Corporation. Bluetooth
is a registered trademark of Bluetooth SIG, Inc. Some features and
services are dependent on the network, supported digital content
formats, the compatibility of other devices and applications, and
other factors. Please refer to the user guide for complete
information.
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