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Well for a long time Nintendo and Sony have talked about the threat that mobile gaming poses to their ability to survive and keep their gaming dedicated handheld platforms on the market. Yet many users here on VGChartz have stated mobile gaming is not a threat at all to Nintendo or Sony siting lack of evidence to suggest that they are not.

 

Well recent research shows that mobile gaming is indeed killing Nintendo and Sony, I'm not talking a gradual slow death I am talking an all out slaughter. Analytics firm Flurry released their annual report on mobile and handheld console gaming based on both Flurry's research and NPD sales information. Their report is damning and painting a very bad picture for the survival of Nintendo and Sony's handheld operations in the United States.

According to Flurry's research "iOS and Android games have tripled their market share from roughly 20% in 2009 to nearly 60% in just two years. Simultaneously, Nintendo, the once dominant player, has been crushed down to owning about one-third of market in 2011, from having controlled more than two-thirds in 2009. Combined, iOS and Android game revenue delivered $500 million, $800 million and $1.9 billion over 2009, 2010 and 2011, respectively."

Flurry has a warning for Nintendo, if they do not adapt to the mobile markets increasing dominance by making the jump to cell phones or creating a handheld platform that offers services capable of competing with Smart Phones they could face a "Nokia-like" decision. Either adapt to the competitors or watch as their market share continues to erode until the business of handheld gaming platforms is no longer existent.

Personally I think Nintendo has a good chance of surviving in the future. Though I do agree they will need to adapt to compete with the competition or lose market share and profit margins steadily in the future. Though I wouldn't agree with the idea that handheld consoles will be completely eradicated as long as Nintendo's first party software remains exclusive to Nintendo's handheld hardware. But Nintendo's ability to bring in DS level profits and dominate the handheld industry might be over.

What do you think about this latest data? Do you think Mobile will kill handheld game dedicated platforms from Sony and Nintendo? Or can both live side by side in harmony?



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Pathetic. They combine the iOS, which also covers the more laptop-than-handheld-like iPad, and Android, but not the DS and PSP. They conveniently ignore the existence of the 3DS. And if they're using NPD numbers, chances are they're not including the DS's and PSP's download-based sales either. What a piece of junk.



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well frankly hand held gaming is sort of pointless now.

I think however you need to  remember the Ipod Touch, that is pretty much a handheld gaming device.


Pay 150-200 dollars and then buy 30-50 dollars for games.

Sooner or latter Phones will be able to play games with graphics as good as Pokemon and Super Mario and will pay like 1-10 dollars for them.



Damn you JC7 and all your threads! I can barely read the others ones before you hit me with another. J/K

I think as soon as more big games come out for iphones and ipads then there really will be a struggle.



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Instead of percentages, you should look at raw numbers. There's a good reason why percentages are used and that's because a certain agenda needs to be supported.

If you look at raw numbers, you will find that mobile gaming hasn't really cut into Nintendo's market at all. The DS declines in software revenue are perfectly normal for a platform that is beyond its peak (the same goes for the PSP, by the way). What you are actually seeing here is a market growing independently from handheld gaming, but certain folks don't want to see it this way and rather push the idiocy that mobile gaming is killing handheld gaming.

Up until this point these people have failed to show the necessary data to support their point and a survey conducted in March 2011 showed that handheld gaming experienced the largest growth in terms of playtime, out of all possible devices that play games. So the reality is the opposite of what these people want to see. Nintendo isn't losing marketshare to iOS and Android, because these things aren't even in the same market. It's a separate market just like PCs and home consoles.



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lordmandeep said:

well frankly hand held gaming is sort of pointless now.

I think however you need to  remember the Ipod Touch, that is pretty much a handheld gaming device.


Pay 150-200 dollars and then buy 30-50 dollars for games.

Sooner or latter Phones will be able to play games with graphics as good as Pokemon and Super Mario and will pay like 1-10 dollars for them.

for VITA it won't for sometime as graphics of VITA can't and won't be done on phones and tablets

plus both VITA and 3DS has their control schemes which won't  be matched by phones or tablets

plus the Games,big name titles like pokemon,mario,zelda,gt,mgs,uncharted will never come to phones or tablets.

 

though game prices could fall a bit

 

Ninty will have problems as they don't have an ecosystem

 

SONY is building their network to go with BRAVIA,PS3,PSVITA,PSP,Tablet and the recent aquisition of Ericsson which will enable they to do the same with phones.



Meh, I don't have any games on my iPhone 4S. I just have apps for reference and education. The only game-like app I have is a Sonic the Hedgehog one that updates me on the latest Sonic games, but has a playable demo of Sonice the Hedgehog 4. Other than that, I have Fandango, Netflix, Hulu Plus, Sea World & Busch Gardens Maps, etc. Nothing else. Plus it's hard as **** to play the Sonic game on the iPhone 4S. I would rather play a video game on a video gaming console than the iPhone or any other mobile device.



A mostly shitty bit of unscientific research, that will no doubt be ignored by companies like Nintendo (who have their own extensive research to rely on). If Nintendo responds to this, well then maybe they have an argument.



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megaman79 said:
A mostly shitty bit of unscientific research, that will no doubt be ignored by companies like Nintendo (who have their own extensive research to rely on). If Nintendo responds to this, well then maybe they have an argument.


Nintendo did respond, though they did so defencively and not in support of this research. The Regginator himself gave his response as shown in this thread!



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When flash games were free, it didn't kill pc/console gaming.
Now flash games cost a $1 or more, they expect pc/console gaming to be killed...