I always thought the idea behind the N-Gage was fairly strong.
Competing with Nintendo is another matter however. If it were pushed more as the mature person’s gameboy…aim it at the audience that, no matter how they pushed it, it was destined to be for anyway.
The idea of the link up with other players is great especially for free…. i actually thought they charged to play with your mates initially which put me off looking ast them. I had the cycnical oh thats sounds great but they’re milking us again type attitude!
Nokia’s main problem though is the stigma of “snake”. Everyone associates Nokia games with snake and its general pants-to-look-at-ness. Their lack of skills in creating games as of yet and their lack of experience in creating hardware to support decent games. They may be the best looking games handheld out there at the moment but I don’t quite trust them for some reason.
3-6 hours game play on the battery too is avery little. (only 2-4 hours talk time). Nokia should spend a bit of time working on the battery life for the next upgrade to the system.
Also take the battery out to change the game is a pain in the proverbials.
Anyway that all said I’d still buy one if I got a decent price on it (which you can’t in Ireland at the moment). It sounds like they could be great crack if they are retreated and some of the issues adressed. If I got one though I’d feel the urge to buy a few of my mates one too as I really am not a play with myself kind of guy :) This means of course it’d have to be EXTRA cheap!
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