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Older arcade-style games became particularly popular on mobile phones, which were an ideal platform for arcade-style games designed for shorter play sessions.
Graphics improved as handsets became more powerful, as demonstrated by the mobile version of Ridge Racer in 2003, though such titles typically cost twice as much as other mobile games.
Ridge Racer was published by Namco, one of the most successful mobile game publishers at the time.
That same year, Namco also released a fighting game that uses camera phone technology to create a player character based on the player's profile, and interprets the image to determine the character's speed and power; the character can then be sent to a friend's mobile to battle.
Phone decorations are common, notably mobile phone charms and various stickers.
By 2003, a wide variety of mobile games were available on Japanese phones, ranging from puzzle games and virtual pet titles that utilize camera phone technology to 3D games with Play Station-quality graphics.
, literally "portable telephones," and are often known simply as keitai.
Much of the Japanese population own cellular phones, most of which are equipped with enhancements such as video and camera capabilities.
One example deals with the astrological symbol for Libra (♎).
It resembles a cooked and puffed mochi, and is sometimes used in a happy new year's message as mochi are often eaten then.
Users can browse text-only Internet sites, and many Japanese sites have sub-sites designed especially for cellular phone users.