KONAMI will begin provisioning of "METAL GEAR SOLID MOBILE" for NOKIA's mobile game service, "N-Gage"(*1) scheduled to start in late June, 2008. "METAL GEAR SOLID MOBILE" is original content created exclusively for the mobile platform and based on the "METAL GEAR" series(*2).
3D graphics and camera work were used to reproduce the "Infiltrate without being seen by the enemy" tension that is characteristic of the "METAL GEAR" series. "METAL GEAR SOLID MOBILE" utilizes the handset's camera to incorporate gameplay that can only be experienced on the mobile platform. The camera function is used to change the color of the character's suit as well as provide an optional control for a portion of the game. The N-Gage release of the game supports five languages: English, French, Italian, Spanish and German.
"METAL GEAR SOLID MOBILE" was developed in conjunction with Ideaworks3D utilizing their Airplay 3.5 SDK(*3).
"METAL GEAR SOLID MOBILE" received top honours at the 2007 International Mobile Gaming Awards (IMGA)(*4), taking both the Grand Prix and Operator’s Choice Awards.
NOKIA's "N-Gage" is a mobile game service that began in April 2008 and is supported on "N-Gage" compatible handsets that are available worldwide. Users can compete with players from around the world and also participate in the "N-Gage Arena" game community.
In providing content for the "N-Gage" service, KONAMI will offer a new gaming experience to mobile phone users around the world.
*1 Regarding N-Gage
N-Gage is a mobile game service that is compatible with the NOKIA Nseries and also the S60 3rd Edition devices. In addition to it becoming simple to search, play, purchase, and manage mobile games, it will also be possible to connect to NOKIA's global mobile game community, the N-Gage Arena. http://futurewatch.n-gage.com
*2 "METAL GEAR" Series
The total worldwide sales of the game software has surpassed 22,000,000 units (as of December 2007).
The latest work, "METAL GEAR SOLID 4: GUNS OF THE PATRIOTS" will be released worldwide on June 12th.
*3 About Ideaworks3D‘s Airplay 3.5 SDK
Airplay 3.5 SDK is native mobile application development middleware that provides comprehensive console quality C/C++ game development environment, enabling efficient deployment of a single native binary across multiple platforms. http://www.ideaworks3d.com
*4 About International Mobile Gaming Awards (IMGA)
The International Mobile Gaming Awards (IMGA), launched in 2004 is the leading platform for Innovation in Mobile Entertainment worldwide. Each year mobile gaming studios, individual developers, students and researchers are challenged to come up with the most innovative concepts for tomorrow's mobile games. An international jury selects the 25 most appealing, original and creative ideas that seem to be technically feasible.
About KONAMI CORPORATION
KONAMI CORPORATION was established in 1973, and became a holding company on March 31, 2006. KONAMI CORPORATION covers the fields of "Digital Entertainment Business", "Health & Fitness Business" and "Gaming & System Business". KONAMI CORPORATION went public on Tokyo Stock Exchange in 1988, the Singapore Stock Exchange in 1997, the London Stock Exchange in 1999, and the New York Stock Exchange in 2002. Home Page URL: www.konami.co.jp. Konami Digital Entertainment GmbH is a wholly-owned subsidiary, responsible for popular franchises like Metal Gear Solid®, Silent Hill® and Pro Evolution Soccer™ amongst other top sellers. For more information concerning Konami Digital Entertainment GmbH and its products, please visit www.konami-europe.com/games.