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
- 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.
- In order to insert the game, gamers had to remove the cover and the battery to get to the slot.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- The screen was tall but not very wide.
- 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".