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No New NGage Device Coming

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Nov 28, 2005, 2:23 AM   by (staff)

Nokia's VP for corporate strategy has confirmed the company will not release any new NGage devices in the near future. Antti Vasara said the company will focus on music and mobile television until 2007, at which time screen technology should improve enough to make gaming a priority again. Nokia will continue to push their game platform by integrating NGage software into all S60 phones in the coming year, and will continue to produce the current NGage models for China and India.

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Nov 28, 2005, 6:39 AM

Original was good, second was bland...

I hope if they ever come up with a third that they consider making the screen landscape orientation, stereo, higher class speed edge (or 3G), trans-flash (or dual card slots one for games and another for apps), talk on the backside of the device (so people don't smudge the screen when speaking on it), and more usable memory than the average phone when released. I thought the old Ngages were poorly marketed (market it as a smartphone/ipod like device not a gamer phone), poor ergonomics, and in the case of the first gen the price was too high for what was being marketed.
Good observations. I do miss the stereo lacking from the QD as I have a GB in it some of which I could be using for music along with the movies, apps, and games.

Something that drags the whole Symbian category down still is that you still have to ...
i agree with you on most of that. price, speaker on the back of the phone, landscape an higher edge or 3g next time. i don't know about marketing it as a ipod like phone. smartphone YES, gamer phone YES. i not to sure about the i pod like thing.


Nov 29, 2005, 2:29 PM


It seems that one of the major features now in portable gaming (i.e. Gameboy, PSP) is WiFi. Nintendo and Sony both have the experience and liscences to put out quality products, whereas Nokia has no gaming experience whatsoever outside of the NGage. Since the only real advantage to the NGage is online play, I don't think it will ever be able to hold its own now that the others are capable of it as well. I think its time to throw in the towel on the NGage for good.

On a somewhat related note, it would be really smart of them to contract with sony or nintendo to provide the chipsets for the eventual development of any gaming handheld w/ wireless data capability.

Nov 28, 2005, 4:03 PM

if there is no new n-gage because of music devices then......

where is the up-grade to the nokia 3300. i want a new and improved version of that. i have to let mine collect dust while my se 710a, moto v551, and rokr get all the attention. i love those phones but i really loved my nokia the best. qwerty keyboard is a big plus. surveillance camera device (expensive but hot). i know they can make one with a camera, bt, edge, and more exciting features.

Nov 28, 2005, 2:09 PM

As a N-Gage owner I have to say...

Some of the problems with this phone is how to market.

The average EB Games and Game Stop employee are not phone sales. And the average guy at the World-Of-Phones or Phones-R-Us kiosk in the mall are not game sales people.

This phone is not a hard core gamers phone. And Nokia should have tried to relies that. It is a great phone to kill a few minutes when you are stuck somewhere with out your PSP or GBA. But it could never become a primary game system.

But if anybody doubts the power of this phone I say go to ngage.com and take a look at the specs. It is pretty good deal for free (after rebates and stuff)

And the sybian os is great www.my-symbian.com shows some of the great software that will turn this phone into everything from...

Nov 28, 2005, 3:49 AM

Don't think it'll be missed..

I own an' love a Nokia phone (the 6256i), but the N-Gage never really caught on, no matter how Nokia tried ta spin it. Jus' did not have the goods. ☹️

I'm a gamer, but even I never saw no real need fo' the NGage unless it could game in the same league as the Gameboy Advance or the PSP or the DS. It didn't.

Still I wish Nokia luck when they try again in 2007. Maybe they'll get it right next time.
Definitely agree. That junk was horrible.
SystemShock said:
I own an' love a Nokia phone (the 6256i), but the N-Gage never really caught on, no matter how Nokia tried ta spin it. Jus' did not have the goods. ☹️

I'm a gamer, but even I never saw no real need fo' the NGag

Nov 28, 2005, 9:41 AM

nokia will get it right next time

that is a good thing that nokia is not making the n-gage anymore. it was a great idea but it never blew up like nokia thought it would. u know they are studying the PSP and other handheld systems to see what they can put in the new one. the ngage to me was like a redone nokia 3300. it had the same shell of the 3300. i hope they get it right with the new one in 2007.
3300 was actually smaller, and the idea of that was for the full keyboard. not a bad phone compared to the ngage (no taco talking). I have an Ngage, it's not a bad device, but it's no surprise it failed:

the target market is 14yr old boy's whose ...
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