Launched in Q4 of 2003, Nokia N-Gage was the first mainstream gaming smartphone in existence. The concept of cartridge-based games on a mobile phone was clearly unique and way ahead of time.
Thanks to a developer you can now convert your Android smartphone into a modern version of the Nokia N-Gage. Using the EKA2L1 emulator you can emulate the Symbian mobile operating system. So here’s everything you need to know about the Symbian emulator.
EKA2L1 Symbian Emulator
The EKA2L1 Symbian Emulator for Android smartphones supports the three major (S60v1, S60v3, and S60v5) Symbian versions. Furthermore, the most compatible devices are N-Gage, 5320, and 5800.
Mostly written in C++17, the emulator has been in development for well over two years now. In the past, the Android version of the emulator was available on Github but recently it got published on the Google Playstore.
Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater, Pathway to Glory, Red Faction, and Call of Duty are some of the most famous titles that were available for N-Gage. In order to emulate two-decades-old titles, you have to download the system files for the Symbian devices. Additionally, you will have to acquire different game ROMs.
For flawless performance, the minimum system requirements are a 64-bit Android device with 3GB of RAM, a GPU supporting OpenGL ES 3.0, and a “good” CPU. Unquestionably, modern-day smartphones offer far better performance than N-Gage and as a result, you will notice FPS improvements in most titles.
Lastly, since it’s an open-source project the emulator is free to use and completely advertisement-free.
In addition to games, the emulator can also boot many EKA2’s apps. At the time of writing this article, the developers are working on offering N-Gage 2.0 support that was launched in 2008 and supported high graphic titles.