N-Gage jumps to the N-Series
We've known for ages that any old Series 60 handset – from the Nokia 6600 to the Siemens SX1 – is capable of playing N-Gage games, provided you have t
We’ve known for ages that any old Series 60 handset – from the Nokia 6600 to the Siemens SX1 – is capable of playing N-Gage games, provided you have the right software on board.
We’ve also known that Nokia has been considering rolling out that software – in an official version – on all of its new N-Series phones.
Well, it now looks like that’s going ahead with a date pencilled in for this January. In an interview with Reuters, the head of Nokia’s Multimedia division admitted that the purpose built phone-gamer’s been about as successful as a Man Utd Champions League run [story here]. After selling just a third of the numbers he hoped for, he’s decided it’s time to wave the white flag and call in the N-Series cavalry.
It’s hardly surprising. The Finnish firm’s already stated it won’t be building any new N-Gage replacements till at least 2007. With most people ditching their handsets every twelve months it would have left very few punters still buying the N-Gage games that Nokia says it’s still committed to making.
The question is whether gamers will really be interested in playing the games on a phone with a standard keypad and no dedicated controls. With the likes of the PSP and DS to compete with, we can’t see this sticking plaster move saving Nokia’s gaming skin.
Nokia not best pleased with N-Gage