I’d love to say I could say ‘I told you so’ but since I never once wrote about the inevitable demise of Nokia’s N-Gage gaming platform on this blog I really can’t. But alas, the gaming unit has met its end. The news actually comes as no surprise. First it was all about the N-Gage phone, which at best was like talking into a stack of stale hard tacos. That hardware obviously failed. Then Nokia had an epiphany and decided to make N-Gage less about hardware and more about an app store for a select set of Nokia handsets – they had to have the computing power. Course, then the iPhone came along and pretty much upstaged anything Nokia had done from a gaming stand point for mobile handsets.
But like all things Nokia, the N-Gage store will stay open until September 2010, with service running through the end of next year. Then Nokia will just offer all its gaming content through their Ovi store, So to reiterate, Nokia ain’t getting out of the gaming biz, they’re just simply rebranding it.