The Nokia N-Gage (also called the N-Gage) was a handheld console made in 2003 by Nokia and attempted to beat Nintendo's Game Boy Advance as being both a video game console and a mobile phone. It also had an MP3, Real Audio/Video playback and PDA features. It could play standard Series 60 software and Java MIDP applications.

Why it Flopped

  1. The buttons for the phone were not well suited for gaming, and gamers were uncomfortable using the phone feature. It wouldn't be until one year later, 2004, when the N-Gage QD would fix this problem, but by then, the brand had gained a poor reputation.
  2. In order to insert the game, gamers had to remove the cover and the battery to get to the slot.
  3. It had a price of $299 at launch. Due to very poor sales, retailers lowered the price to $199. Meanwhile, the launch price of the Game Boy Advance was only $99.
  4. By the time the N-Gage was discontinued, it had a library of 58 titles, with 56 of them released to North America. By then, though, Nokia had started working on smartphones and started the N-Gage service, putting the N-Gage into smartphones. This lasted until 2010, when the service was discontinued.
  5. The N-Gage was mostly infamous for its appearance, which resembled a taco and was "remembered as a mildly humorous internet joke" according to GameTrailers.
  6. The screen was tall but not very wide.
  7. The speaker and the microphone were located at the side of the phone. This resulted in many calling it a "Talking Taco" or a "Sidetalking N-Gage".


  1. There was actually a Sonic The Hedgehog game on the system called "Sonic N" which was basically a port of Sonic Advance.
  2. The N-Gage sponsored a Monster Truck in 2004 that ran in Antwerp, Belgium for one show. However, even that didn't help make the console successful.