Or why it's actually better than Nintendo's GBA. A nice New year's Day read over at GameSpy for all you unbelievers. As for the converted, well, it just confirms what we already know. For all its faults, the N-Gage is a fine piece of kit.
Matt Croydon, over at Mobitopia, points out that the trade in second hand MMC Game Cards for the N-Gage has started. Whether it is because people are getting rid of bad games, or have played them to death and are switching to other titles remains to be seen...
Got yourself a Symbian Smartphone? Found All About Symbian? Then you need to read our First Steps with Symbian article - a whistle stop tour of recommended software and links to other sites you should find interesting. And I'm sure the regulars will add comments on all the things we've not mentioned.
Oh dear. Puzzle Bobble may have a long and noble line of covnersions in the past, but the N-Gage version isn't one of them. Ewan reviews the MMC Game Card, and decides a Zeppelin award is the least he can offer.
YewNes is a NES emulator for S60. In other words, it lets you play Nintedo 8-bits games on a Nokia S60 mobile - including the N-Gage. You can play any NES game on you mobile, and play anytime and anywhere.
Want to get some N-Gage games for Christmas? If so consider using Allack, an independent online N-Gage retailer. Up to £10 the full price of games. But hurry if you want an order to arrive pre-Christmas; the site advises ordering before 3pm on Thursday. Remember you can always accidentally leave a piece of paper with the URL and the game you want circled somwehere obvious.
Woolies (aka Woolworths - a UK high street chain) are selling limited numbers of N-Gages in some of their stores for £129.99. This is the lowest price seen in the UK so far, and brings the N-gage within £30 of the RRP for the Gameboy.
An interesting Open Source J2ME Library has been released via SourceForge. The J2ME Game Libary is targeted at MIDP1.0 devices (such as the N-Gage), and provides classes for dealing with repainting, sprites and movement. Let's see what the Java programmers can do with that.
Over on Russell Beattie's Weblog, he points out not only that it's been 10 years of DooM, but after a long courtship, he's starting to really enjoy portable gaming on his N-Gage... perhaps not in the way that Nokia intended, though.
UK Newspaper The Guardian talks about the speed in which mobile gaming has taken off in the last 18 months. The article is available at Guardian Online, and while there are some steps that seem a bit illogical, it's a nice read.
Tapland, a site for the Tapwave Zodiac (Palm OS powered Gaming Device) is reporting that Stunt Car Extreme multi-player is cross compatible between the N-Gage and the Zodiac. So if you have one of the devices, it can multi-player with the same device, or the other one! Now this is the way forward. With the Zodiac acceptting MMC cards (like the N-Gage) perhaps we'll see MMC cards with versions for both Palm OS and Symbian OS shipping in the future? Imagine that...