CTIA Gaming News

Posted by jgaudiosi :: Mobile Gaming

TonyWhile most game publishers have made the leap into mobile cell phone games, Activision remains on the sidelines. But the publisher does have its key franchises out on the mobile market. Tony Hawk was on hand in Los Angeles to demo InfoSpace's "Tony Hawk Mobile Dissent," a new portal to all things Tony Hawk. In related Tony Hawk news, Activision inked a licensing deal with InfoSpace that includes the two most recent Tony Hawk videogames. It's part of a multi-title, multi-year deal that also includes games like "Gun" and an "Atari 2600 Anthology Collection."

Just how popular are classic arcade games on mobile devices? Konami Digital Entertainment announced the three Frogger mobile games, "Frogger," "Frogger Puzzle," and "Frogger for Prizes" have exceeded $10 million in gross sales to date. In celebration of Frogger’s 25th anniversary, Konami will launch "Frogger 25th Evolution" this fall.

“At 25 years and going strong, the frog’s still got it. By pairing a beloved icon with simple, yet compelling gameplay, we’ve hit on the winning formula for what people want in a mobile game – simple, classic, casual,” said Joe Morris, vice president, mobile content, Konami Digital Entertainment.

In other casual games mobile news, RealNetworks launched the RealArcade mobile content Web site, www.realarcade.com/mobile in partnership with PlayPhone. Through the partnership, Real and PlayPhone will provide customers access to an extended catalog of more than 150 games and thousands of ringtones and wallpaper graphics for mobile phones. It's a one-stop shop for mobile entertainment.

Nokia and Electronic Arts announced a collaboration that will see EA become a major supplier of mobile games to millions of Nokia mobile device owners through Nokia Content Discoverer. This solution allows mobile customers easy access to downloadable content through a collection of shopping mall "stores" on their mobile device. Initially, customers will be able to download seven EA titles, "Tetris," "Tetris Mania," "The Sims 2," "Doom," "FIFA 06," "Tiger Woods PGA TOUR 06" and "FIFA Street 2" this holiday seasonStarting in mid-2007, EA intends also to support the launch of the Nokia next generation mobile games platform with top EA titles that will be custom-designed for Nokia S60 devices.

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