N-Gage Dropped by ChartTrack

Flagging Nokia platform delisted.

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N-Gage Dropped by ChartTrack
Somewhat worrying news for Nokia breaks this afternoon, with the emergence of a UK chart stripped of its regular N-Gage listing, a bleak state of affairs for the beleaguered gaming phone.

This news comes in the wake of Christmas seeing off the very last N-Gage point-of-sale items at retail, with even the smallest independent cellular shop now bereft of said phone.

Speaking to ChartTrack today, we were told, ?The N-Gage chart, though still produced, is of little interest to anyone. Sales of the machine and its software have failed to make any impact on the market at all. We still keep sales charted and are available on monthly, quarterly and annual reports, though we have dropped the platform from the ELSPA chart following a lack of interest.?

Which is perhaps the most worrying news for Nokia?s ill-fated (albeit its first attempt) game phone to date. Nokia remained unavailable for comment at this time.

We?ll bring you updates as we see fit.


YenRug 11 Jan 2005 14:53
Maybe they'll let their N-Gage games appear on the rest of their phone range now? Seems pointless developing the games just for the one phone.
LUPOS 11 Jan 2005 16:06
I can't wait for these things to drop in price... i could us ea new cell phone... and 19.99 sound sjut sabout right :P

only problem... any body know if this thing works on sprint? (cdma instead of gprs?)
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hapwned 11 Jan 2005 17:45
Any Series60 nokia phone can play them as long as it takes MMC cards. Unfortunately, the games are designed for a handheld posture, so playing on a dull cell phone would be enormously annoying.

I'm sure they could easily port the games to other phones that use the Symbian OS, the phone would just need a MMC port or 20-25MB free space for the game.

Besides, the QD is free with most companies new account activation, and being such a terrific phone (that can play games too) for free is the best deal out there. Might as well just get the ngage...
Kaxxx 12 Jan 2005 15:19
The only problem with porting the games to other Symbian 60's is that they lack a d-pad.
Joji 12 Jan 2005 17:25
Hate to say "I told you so" Nokia. Now it's bargain bin fodder. Leave the consoles to the big boys.

What is really needed is a set standard mobile phone game tech that can be used across the various phone types. When this happens mobile phone gaming will have more of a chance to really take off.
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