Nokia and Vivendi Universal Games today announced Crash Nitro Kart for the N-Gage game deck. The new game will transport users to the Crash Bandicoot world where multiple players can go head to head with the freedom of Bluetooth wireless technology on the N-Gage platform. Crash Nitro Kart on the N-Gage game deck ushers in one of the most advanced 3D Kart racing worlds ever developed for a portable gaming device, delivering connected, over the air features through N-Gage Arena.
“We are thrilled to be working with Vivendi Universal Games to evolve this incredibly popular franchise,” said Pasi Polonen, Director of Game Publishing, Games Business Unit, Nokia. “Fans of Crash Bandicoot will fall in love all over again with the features and performance that the N-Gage platform enables.”
“Crash Bandicoot is a hugely popular global franchise that lends itself to compelling gameplay on handheld platforms,” said Luc Vanhal, VU Games President and COO, North America. “We view Nokia as one of the leading global manufacturers of wireless handsets, and the opportunity to introduce the Crash franchise to the N-Gage audience is an exciting one.”
Crash Nitro Kart delivers a fast paced kart racing game with new 3D technology available only on the N-Gage game deck. Mobile gamers will also be able to select from new playable characters, new 3D levels and choose battle-mode or race-mode and unlock new levels and racers, with support for up to four simultaneous players via Bluetooth wireless technology. Crash Nitro Kart is expected to be available in the second quarter of 2004.
The Crash Bandicoot franchise has sold more than 30 million copies worldwide, making it one of the top character-based franchises in videogame history.