I worked in an EB Games back in 2003 during the time the N-Gage was reaching its (very small) peak in the gamer consciousness.
We had one small end cap with the 10 or so games that we had in stock and a demo system available.
I only ever knew of one person who owned one and actually bought games for it. He would come in every few weeks and ask if we had any new games for it. We never did.
Despite its failings in the market, it was a novel innovation in portable gaming. It was a phone as well as a portable gaming systems. Its major flaws and the reason it was so panned by the gaming community as well as the phone buying community were the convoluted way you had to change out games and the way you held the phone to your ear. (more…)