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 N-GAGE NEWS

N-Gage dies. Again

Ovi is the next of kin

Product: N-Gage news | Manufacturer: Nokia
 
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Nobody who pays any attention to the mobile gaming world will be surprised to learn that N-Gage, Nokia’s beleaguered games platform, has been pronounced dead for a second time.

In an interview with Mobile-Ent.biz, Nokia’s Mark Ollila explains, “We are not releasing any more games on N-Gage, although the store - the ability to buy N-Gage games - will remain open until at least September 2010, and the N-Gage service will run through to the end of 2010."

From the off, the N-Gage platform has faced unexpectedly severe handset compatibility issues, and when Apple’s App Store went live and promptly revolutionised the world of mobile gaming, the imminent demise of N-Gage became inevitable.

This doesn’t spell the end for Nokia’s mobile gaming ambitions, though. A dedicated gaming platform may have died, but the broader App Store-style Ovi platform is ready to take up the slack.

"The message is that Ovi Store is the place to find and purchase mobile games. It's our one-stop shop for games."
 

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Rob Hearn 30 October 2009
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klouud | 19:51 - 30 October 2009
Nokia did a great job with everything but:

1. PR/Advertising
2. Subsidizing handsets - no hardware sales = no software sales
3. 3rd party support
4. took too long to go from N-Gage 1 to N-Gage 2 thus upsetting the community and everyone jumped ship (to include me! to Apple)

they made the same mistakes that they made back in the QD days. great idea but poor execution.

tim
Anonymous | 17:33 - 30 October 2009
What is N-Gage??
Anonymous | 17:07 - 30 October 2009
Well...we all have known ealier thant N-gage will loose this battle N-gage vs Iphone, because iphone was much more better with its new games and N-gage 2(2008) games actually downgraded from N-gage 1(2004). So its ok.
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