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Nokia N-Gage

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Nokia 5510 on steroids.
Developer: Nokia
Release Date: October 7th, 2003 (Original model)
May 2004 (QD)
Competitors: Game Boy Advance
Generation: Sixth generation


The Nokia N-Gage, nicknamed the "taco phone" for its shape, 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. Actually, it isn't a handheld console. It's just a mobile phone with handheld console design slapped on it, since it needs a SIM card to work.
  2. 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.
  3. In order to insert a game in the original model, gamers had to remove the cover and the battery to get to the slot. Fortunately, they fixed this in the N-Gage QD by adding a hot-swappable memory card slot on the bottom of the device.
  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.
    • According to an engineer who worked in Nokia, the inspiration for the N-Gage system’s design was actually goatse.[1]
  6. The screen was tall but not very wide, it has a size of 2.1' and a resolution of 176 X 208, which is the common size and resolution for Symbian S60 phones at the time until early 2006.
  7. Unlike Nokia 3300 (which is based on this phone's design), 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".

Redeeming Qualities

  1. To be fair it did have some good games from good franchises like Rayman 3: Hoodlum Havoc but it is actually a 2D game unlike its console versions and Sonic N, which is actually a port of Sonic Advance for the Nokia N-Gage.
  2. The concept of the gaming phone was creative but sadly, it's poorly executed.
  3. The phone has 3D capabilities, which is pretty impressive for a phone from 2003.
  4. The QD model fixed most of the issues that the original model had, like it has a hot-swappable memory card slot, better button layout and a new theme that replaced the generic S60 theme.
  5. It uses normal MMC memory card slot rather than proprietary cartridge slot, meaning you can install N-Gage games if you want on a memory card.

Trivia

  • The N-Gage sponsored a monster truck in 2004 that ran in Antwerp, Belgium for one show.[2]

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Comments


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SpazJR61

16 months ago
Score 9
This phone has unique design, which most of the phones nowadays are bland.
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Ivan97Miraheze

12 months ago
Score 6
Too bad the phone's design was inspired by a disgusting meme.
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SpazJR61

12 months ago
Score 5
Yeah but still, back then, every phone has a different feel due to they're used different operating systems and designs.
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Mr. Dready

9 months ago
Score 2
Even Nokia made consoles, wow!
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SpazJR61

9 months ago
Score 3

2000's are really weird era for technology.

There's lots phones with bizzare, obscure and weird designs.
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Paprika

9 months ago
Score 2
Weird era in general. Anyone remember the commercials from this era?
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ThePCGamer

7 months ago
Score 2
I never expected Nokia making a console, or should I say, Console-Phone
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SpazJR61

7 months ago
Score 2
It's not a console. It's a phone but with console design slapped in it, since Nokia phones needs to SIM card to work.
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SpazJR61

7 months ago
Score 2
At the time at least.
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SpazJR61

3 months ago
Score 0
Back then, phones were fun. Unlike nowadays, that most of the phones feel bland and just focuses on performance.
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JDM4678

2 months ago
Score 0
A minor dissapointement Nokia made, atleast there are some games you might want to play, like Asphalt 2
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JaguarByte Productions

one month ago
Score 0
Phone was a pretty cool experiment and the infamous unique design is still better than 7 inch phones we have right now which makes old tablets look like a joke
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DoubleJumpMan

29 days ago
Score 0
The earliest gaming phone I know. Gaming Phones are still a thing though with the ASUS Rog Phone series, but none are as unique as the Nokia N-Gage when it comes to the design

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