Over 600,000 new gamers have uploaded personal profiles to Nokia's N-Gage community pages since October last year. According to Reuters, Nokia claims to have nearly 1 million players with a huge rise seen in the last six months. This increase has been put down to the manufacturer's decision to pre-install their N-Gage gaming service in more mid and high-end handsets. Previously customers have had to download the service themselves which led to just the more hardcore of gamers bothering to do so.
The Nokia N96 is one such device that comes pre-installed with the N-Gage gaming application, with its dedicated gaming controls making it a popular handset among gamers. However, despite these figures reflecting positively on Nokia's gaming service, one handset that won't be N-Gage compatible is the Nokia N73.
Meanwhile Nokia has also announced that its N-Gage platform will soon introduce motion control gaming to its arsenal, putting it on par with the likes of the Apple iPhone's gaming prowess and that of the T-Mobile G1.