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Saturday, 18 August 2007

Shockwave Mini FlashLite Games Soon On Nokia Phones!

MTV Networks has announced plans to release its Shockwave Mini Flash Lite games through Nokia's Content Discoverer application. You know, the one preloaded on various Nokia phones.

More than 20 will be available initially, including original titles such as Downhill Train and Happy Hours, with more games to come based on MTV shows.

The Shockwave Minis aren't new, as such. Over 30 of them are already available in the US on the operator Verizon Wireless, for example, with the likes of games based on SpongeBob SquarePants (pictured) and Pimp My Ride generating more than 1.5 million downloads.

However, as far as we can tell, it's the first time us Europeans will be able to get our thumbs on them. What's more, it's a shot in the arm for Flash Lite gaming, which has been slow to take off despite the Flash Lite player being preloaded on millions of mobiles.

On a related note, this week MTV announced plans to invest $500 million into games on all platforms over the next two years. Mobile is clearly part of that splurge, and besides Flash Lite we expect to see more Java games based on MTV's biggest shows.





Highlights of MTVN gaming properties in June and July Include

Casual Gaming

-- As part of MTVN's overall $500 million investment, last month the MTVN
Nickelodeon Kids & Family Group is committing $100 million over the
next two years in the development, distribution and creation of casual
gaming titles, sites and platforms, further establishing MTVN as a
leader in the casual gaming space.

-- The company's Kids & Family Group also has announced an agreement with
Nokia to deliver Shockwave's portfolio of Flash Lite mini-games to
Nokia customers in multiple markets around the globe.

-- Addicting Games attracted a record 9.2 million unique visitors
domestically for the month, and 14.7 million in total globally,
according to comScore.


Games Media

-- GameTrailers brought in a record 1.4 million unique visitors
domestically, and 4.7 million in total globally, according to comScore.
The site was propelled by its comprehensive video coverage of E3, with
more than 1,000 videos posted during E3 week alone, an exclusive
partnership with E3 Insider, as well as an enhanced design and all-new
features.

-- Xfire increased its number of registered users to more than 7.7 million
in July, and the site is up +139% in unique users per month over the
second quarter of 2006, according to comScore.


Console-Based and Handheld Games

-- At E3, MTV Games and Harmonix, in partnership with Electronic Arts,
premiered the highly anticipated "Rock Band", winning three Game
Critics Awards, including "Best of Show," and garnering critical
acclaim from the video game industry's top journalists.

-- Set to hit stores for Xbox 360(TM) video game and entertainment system
from Microsoft(R) and PLAYSTATION(R)3 computer entertainment system
this holiday, "Rock Band" will feature 40 songs, including Metallica's
incomparable metal song "Enter Sandman." "Rock Band" users will also
be able to access hundreds of tracks via digital distribution,
including The Who's classic "Who's Next" in its entirety.

[via: PocketGamer & CNN]

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