Last Updated on October 9, 2023
The Finnish Museum of Games is hosting a new exhibition on the N-Gage, the 2003 mobile game console made in Tampere, Finland. The exhibition, titled “A Fantastic Failure,” offers a nostalgic but thought-provoking look at this turning point in the history of the Finnish game and technology industry.
Even though Nokia invested hundreds of millions of euros in the N-Gage, it was a commercial failure. However, the N-Gage laid the foundation for the later achievements of the Finnish game industry. Nokia’s investment made Finland a hotbed of expertise in mobile gaming, which helped to create hit games like Angry Birds and Clash of Clans.
The exhibition features rare, never before seen material on the development of the N-Gage and its games, as well as its marketing and reception. Visitors can also play on original N-Gage consoles.
The Finnish Museum of Games opened in January 2017. It was established as a collaboration between the City of Tampere, the Media Museum Rupriikki, the Arctic Computer and Console Museum enthusiasts Pelikonepeijoonit, gaming journalism veterans, and the University of Tampere. The museum’s main exhibition aims to provide as many games as possible in playable form, as well as to show the history of the gaming culture in Finland and where the games and the developers come from.
The museum also hosts regular gaming events, lectures, fan gatherings, games industry conferences, and other meetings for both the public and professionals.
The museum is open every week Tuesday-Sunday from 10am to 6pm at the Vapriikki museum center in Tampere, Finland.
The N-Gage Exhibition at the Finnish Museum of Games is a must-see for fans of video game history and Finnish culture. The exhibition offers a unique perspective on a pivotal moment in the Finnish game industry, and it is sure to be of interest to gamers of all ages.
For more information, visit suomenpelimuseo.fi. If you fancy playing some N-Gage games but don’t have the hardware, the EKA2L1 project emulates Symbian games on modern platforms.