The future of smartphones is games; and the future of games is smartphones.
Handango is one of the top smartphone content delivery providers. Capcom is one of the gaming industry’s top game manufacturers. Put the two together, and you have some very happy smartphone users.
The gaming industry is a multi-billion dollar industry, as the apparently much-justified hype surrounding the Microsoft XBox 360, the Sony PlayStation 3, and the Nintendo Wii attests. Now, as the teens of yesteryear who played the first video games become parents themselves who are every bit as addicted as their kids to the latest in video games, and as the smartphone market now includes the entire family, it only makes sense that that the two industries would inevitably find a happy marriage in one another.
While EA Games is busying bringing its blockbuster titles to European smartphones, Handango and Capcom will be partnering to release many of Capcom’s top franchise games via Handango’s popular online store and on-device content delivery client for smartphone users is North America. The first games to be distributed will be:
- Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?
- Are You Smarter than a 5th Grader?
- Street Fighter
- Mega Man
And that’s sure to be only the beginning.
Capcom is the latest of Handango’s over 16,000 content partners. Capcom video games distributed via Handango will initially be made available for RIM BlackBerry and Microsoft Windows Mobile smartphones. Handango AMPP is one of the most preferred content platforms for AOL, AT&T, HP, Microsoft, T-Mobile, Verizon Wireless, and many more of the smartphone industry’s leaders. Supported devices include:
- AT&T Tilt
- HTC Touch and HTC TyTN II
- BlackBerry 8830 World Edition, BlackBerry Curve and BlackBerry Pearl
- Verizon XV6800
- Palm TX
- Nokia E90 Communicator and Nokia N95 vivo v20
Other Capcom games that smartphone-using video gaming enthusiasts will no doubt be clamoring for next include Ghosts n’ Goblins, 1942 and the Resident Evil, Breath of Fire, Onimusha, and Devil May Care series’.
Meanwhile Nokia also added Konami, maker of the espionage video game Metal Gear Solid, to its mobile gaming platform, N-Gage. The popular racing game BMW Racing will be available on smartphones as well, this thanks to a licensing agreement with Hands-On Mobile.
EA hasn’t left U.S. smartphone users out of its picture altogether, incidentally, as many of its games are already available for download via the EA Mobile platform, including: Monopoly Here & Now, The Simpson’s Minutes to Meltdown, Tiger Woods PGA Tour 07, NBA Live 08, Elves & Orcs, and several different the Sims games.