If you want to go back to the early 2000s, why not rediscover the games released on Nokia N-Gage? The old game console / cell phone from Nokia has indeed the right to its emulator on Android.

We are in October 2003. France is emerging from a deadly scorching summer, President Jacques Chirac has just been re-elected last year and the Concorde has made its last commercial flight.

To escape the vicissitudes of the world, Nokia is marketing its N-Gage, a hybrid machine between mobile phone and game console, which allows everyone to play Age of Empires, Call of Duty or Tomb Raider on the move. A crazy promise for the time which has not yet seen the arrival of modern smartphones and their swarms of 3D games.

The device was a commercial failure for Nokia, which sold only 2-3 million copies. But for those who wish to relish the gaming pleasures of the 2000s almost 20 years later, there is now a solution.

The Sims, Tony Hawk, Spiderman …

A Russian developer has indeed published on April 9, 2021 an emulator on the Google Play Store that allows you to rediscover the sensations of the Nokia smartphone of yesteryear. Soberly named EKA2L1, the software allows you to run ” a large number of games, with custom button mapping and adjustable framerate “. This means that you can find mythical titles like The Sims: Hangout, Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater or Spiderman 2 in the palm of your hand.

The appalling Nokia N Gage returns in the form of an - The appalling Nokia N-Gage returns in the form of an Android mobile emulator - Numerama
Source: EKA2L1

The project is open source and the code can be viewed on GitHub. As is often the case in the world of emulators, you will have to go and find the game ROMs yourself and even the system image of the NGage before launching hostilities. Nothing terribly complex for the regulars of the domain, but the adventure is not necessarily within the reach of everyone.

However, the app seems to be at a steady pace of development, so it is likely that these little youthful issues will be corrected quickly. In the meantime, players who wish can (re) discover the N-Gage, almost 18 years after its birth.

Photo credit of the one:
JP Kärnä – Wikimedia

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