September 2nd, 2004, 09:35
Nokia has announced that shipments of its N-Gage game decks have surpassed a million units worldwide, with strong uptake of the new N-Gage QD hardware driving significantly improved sales in the past months.[br][br]The company's senior vice president for games, Ilkka Raiskinen, announced the achievement at the European Games Network trade show in London yesterday - where the firm is also showcasing its forthcoming N-Gage line-up.[br][br]While the figure represents shipments rather than sell-through, company spokespeople indicated that channel inventories are quite low, so the installed base isn't far behind the million mark.[br][br]Raiskinen also revealed that around 150,000 N-Gage users have signed up to the N-Gage Arena service, representing around 15 per cent of the installed base of the system, and that the game deck has had a global tie ratio of "more than one, but less than two" software units.[br][br]One slightly surprising revelation was the fact that the N-Gage has performed most strongly in the United Kingdom, with sales of the system here far outstripping sales in any other territories. Europe remains Nokia's strongest territory overall for N-Gage, but the company believes that early figures from N-Gage QD suggest a reversal of fortunes in the USA, where N-Gage has so far failed to gain a foothold.[br][br]Nokia also chose the European Games Network event to unveil a new addition to its Christmas software line-up, with Gameloft's Asphalt Urban GT providing the platform with a 3D racing title which features over 20 licensed cars which can be fully customised by buying new parts in the game.