Today marks the global launch of the Nokia N-Gage mobile games service with more games, additional compatible devices, and an expanded online offering.

Millions of Nokia device owners can now find, try and buy made-for-mobile games directly from their mobile device.

Players can also connect with one another through the N-Gage Arena community. They can meet friends, find others to play multiplayer games, discuss topics on the message boards and via live chat, and participate in tournaments and hosted events.

"With N-Gage we're offering a seamless experience for people around the world to try and buy games that are engaging, accessible and have wide appeal", said Jaakko Kaidesoja, vice president of games, Nokia.

"We're very excited to get this into the hands of our customers, because with them we will shape the future of mobile gaming."

The N-Gage platform has exclusive titles that Nokia says are "among the most ambitious and graphically rich mobile games ever produced".

The first set of games include: EA Sports FIFA 08 by EA Mobile; Brain Challenge and Asphalt 3: Street Rules by Gameloft; World Series of Poker Pro Challenge by Glu Mobile; and Hooked On: Creatures of the Deep and System Rush: Evolution by Nokia Publishing.

These games will be followed by Tetris and The Sims 2 Pets by EA Mobile; Block Breaker Deluxe and Dogz by Gameloft; and Snakes Subsonic, Space Impact: Kappa Base and Mile High Pinball by Nokia Publishing.

Today's N-Gage compatible devices include: Nokia N81, Nokia N81 8GB, Nokia N82, Nokia N95, and Nokia N95 8GB. Games will cost between 6 and 10 euros - all of which are free to try before buying.