The Nokia N-Gage was a console phone. A revolutionary product at the time that failed miserably. What would have happened if it had been launched in 2020?
With the popularity of video games on mobile phones, not a few brands are trying to sell us their own gaming devices. Smartphones with cutting-edge specifications and certain additions to make playing a better experience such as a do not disturb mode, cache cleaning or performance improvements when we start a game. Examples? ASUS ROG Phone 2 or Xiaomi Black Shark 3.
Now, the mobile video game is not something new. Many years ago, before smartphones came into our lives, a major firm wanted a mobile phone with a built-in game console. The idea was tremendous but the execution was not entirely good. ** We are talking about the legendary Nokia N-Gage **, a console phone that did not succeed, but that undoubtedly laid the foundations for what mobile gaming had to be. Now, was Nokia wrong with this device?
What if Nokia decided to revive its N-Gage in 2020?
Although to this day except Nintendo Switch, there is no renowned portable console, years ago they were quite common. Of course Nintendo has always been the undisputed leader in this market Since since he launched his legendary Game Boy, no one has been able to match his success.
Back in 2003, when almost all video game lovers had a Game Boy Advanced in our homes, Nokia, which at the time was one of the most renowned telephone companies, decided to launch a rival to the console on the market. The N-Cage was a technically superior product to the Game Boy and to top it off we could send messages and phoneBut the truth is that in the end it happened without pain or glory.
Not only its price, which was much higher than the Nintendo console, did nothing to help its success but it was also not the most comfortable platform to play thanks to an impractical button placement. Of course we cannot forget that Nintendo games had a much higher quality than those that came out for the Nokia phone?
Now, was Nokia wrong to launch its N-Gage in 2003? The idea was not bad and portable consoles were booming. However the public of mobile phones was not the same as today. Back then, few teenagers had a terminal and those who did did not use these products to play. Obviously nothing to do with what we find today.
Today almost everyone has a smartphone, whether young or old. And unlike years ago, mobiles are used for almost everything except calling. Social networks, surfing the internet, watching series and of course … to play video games. So we ask ourselves, What if Nokia had released the N-Gage today? Well, it could not have been a disaster like it was at the time. There are more and more followers of mobile games and the fact that there are gaming phones confirms this.
Nokia failed with its N-Cage phone, but it certainly laid the foundation stone. Surely if it hadn’t been for this device, mobile games would not be as they are today.
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