Less than 5,000 units of Nokia N-Gage hardware were sold in the United
States in the system's first week of release, according to independent
research firm Arcadia Research. That figure takes into account all retail
locations that sold the N-Gage, including both videogame specialty retailers
and cellular phone retailers.
Nokia has not released official figures regarding how many N-Gages were
shipped to retail, or how many pre-orders were placed by customers in
advance. However, Arcadia's figures indicate that fewer consumers purchased
N-Gages than placed pre-orders for the $299 "mobile gaming deck," which
combines a cellular phone, videogame player, MP3 player, and PDA.
When contacted for comment, Nokia representatives could not confirm or
deny the above-mentioned sales figure.
Disappointing sales of the N-Gage in the United States would neatly
coincide with early figures from the United Kingdom, however, where market
research firm Chart-Track counted approximately 500 N-Gages sold at
videogame specialty retailers in the UK during the system's first week of