Amazon touts game lineup as Kindle Fire launch nears

Amazon is promising that "several thousand" apps and games will be available for its Kindle Fire tablet when it launches in the US next week.

The company has tested the apps in question on the Kindle Fire, which runs on a modified version of Google's Android operating system. Available through its controversial download service Amazon Appstore, the launch lineup includes games from the likes of EA, PopCap, Gameloft and Zynga.

PopCap's Andrew Stein said: "We're excited to be bringing our massively popular games to Kindle Fire. It's a great gaming device, and consumers will love the touchscreen-optimised adaptations of top titles such as Plants Vs Zombies."

David Ko, Zynga's chief mobile officer, added: "Zynga strives to deliver the best mobile social gaming experiences that can be enjoyed with players anytime and anywhere. Teaming with Amazon to make Words With Friends a featured game on the Kindle Fire provides us with a great way to reach new and existing players on a fresh and exciting device."

Announced in September, Kindle Fire is a full-colour, seven-inch tablet with a dual-core processor that retails for $199, less than half the price of Apple's iPad. It launches in the US on November 15, though the UK release date is yet to be announced.