Flashback: Nokia N-Gage - the gaming phone ahead of its time

18 August 2019
This phone was ahead of its time, offering MMORPGs during the height of the genre's fame, but it failed to vanquish Nintendo's GBA.

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  • Anonymous

Competitors always had more powerful/ahead of time features vs. Gameboys. Think of Sega Game Gear, Atari Lynx, Neo Geo Pocket etc. And yet it was always Gameboy that won people's hearts. Even the powerful PSP was outsold by DS.

  • Miguelos2

TuPapi, 19 Aug 2019Still waiting for a Xperia Play 2 since 2012 :/. I'm thinki... moreNo, you shouldn't. With the speed of the processors of these years, even a Samsung S8 is much better in value than an Asus if you want to use emulators, for example PSP. Tip free.

  • Anonymous

Nokia will never comeback! RIP

  • Carol

luvdebyn, 18 Aug 2019Yesss agree on it. .. . . Meego /maemo was something Nokia ... moreYeah, Nokias plans were great, to use Meego for flagships that will have cross-platform apps with symbian and they could also open a door for apk's if necessery...MeeGo was an linux based system' They had it all figured out till Eflop the Mole came in and dismembered the whole company while luring it's greedy shareholders towards a "great" future: Called, sell all, and take the money.

  • TuPapi

imparanoic, 19 Aug 2019nokia didn't understand what gamers wanted on their Nokia N... moreStill waiting for a Xperia Play 2 since 2012 :/. I'm thinking of buying the Asus Rog 2, it has everything I want but the physical game keyboard, great for playing emulators on the go.

nokia didn't understand what gamers wanted on their Nokia N-Gage, apple learnt the same thing with their failed apple pippin a few years before, it's only when sony ericsson released that xperia play that the design for gaming was sufficiently decent for gamers, shame, very little support, but it was a decent phone for gaming for emulation.

wasox, 19 Aug 2019Besides this model, there was another nokia device for gami... moreYou mean nokia ngage qd?

Besides this model, there was another nokia device for gaming, its name was a numeric one, I dont remember it, but I was able to handle it in a sam's club store, but it was expensive for me in those days...

  • Anonymous

Piracy. Piracy killed it.

and it doesn't heat up when playing games

  • Anonymous

Claudesp33d, 18 Aug 2019What's funny, is that most of games available for ngage are... moreJust install an emulator.
PS3, Xbox, Nintendo. Stop whining.

Franceso , 18 Aug 2019"Sometimes a company launches the right product at the wron... moreI summarized my feelings in a single phrase.
I hate Android games with its stupid ads and in-app purchases.

Nokia N-Gage: The perfect phone to have for Taco Tuesdays.

  • Amr

Nokia was so inovative remember n8 e7 all shaoes of sliding parts a 41m camera offline maps was no 1 for a long time until Android arrive a bit slow to move to Android made everything go bad

  • luvdebyn

Hemedans, 18 Aug 2019Elop pushed Symbian to death, it was neither Android nor io... moreYesss agree on it. .. . . Meego /maemo was something Nokia was developing. And if u look closely few of the hints in android were taken from Maemo/Meego. .I still remember using a Nokia N9 courtesy my friend and it was super smooth and fast with so low hardware. .
Ngage was one beast at that time . Badluck no proper gaming stuff at that time . .

What's funny, is that most of games available for ngage are much better than the whole playstore games library ....
Ashen, glimmerati, pathway to glory, virtua cop... crash bandicoot, high seize... one.. and several other games

Looks like the same thing these OEMs tryna do with the foldable phones, we are not there yet.

It's my one of the craziest phone😭😭😭

  • Anonymous

Hot cheap where the prices for gimmicks and cuting edge tehnology 15 years ago.
That deepens the delema why are smartphones so expensive nowadays?
At the biggining of the Samsun S Galaxy line the prices where much lower and at that time it was still cutting edr tehnology. Thaks to Apple all manufacturers now apply the same marketing theme.

Why no mention of the QD? I mean nokia must have had some reason for a successor, after all.