Nokia, perhaps seeing that its gaming console, the N-Gage hasn't gone as well as planned has decided to release the software to the rest of its SmartPhone platform.

"Over the past two years, we've seen the mobile gaming market grow by leaps and bounds both in terms of market interest and customer expectations," said Gerard Wiener, Director and General Manager, Games, Nokia.

The move will open up the audience to around 25 million users.

The first Nokia SmartPhones to support the new Nokia mobile gaming solution are expected to be in the market during the first half of 2006.

Nokia has promised additional information on the title launch portfolio is expected to be available in September 2005.

In addition, all mobile games available through this next generation Nokia solution will have advanced connectivity features including access to the N-Gage Arena, Nokia's global mobile gaming community.