The Nintendo 3DS and PlayStation Vita are by far a favorite platform choice of mobile gamers. Why then are games, sales numbers and other key ingredients of gaming success going to smart devices?
But somehow 3DS is outselling DS, which is the best selling handheld/console
one simple answer....convenience. The quality of the games on a mobile device may pale in comparison to that of a dedicated portable but it is generally more convenient to carry your phone with you when you leave the house. I dont always take my 3ds or psp with me unless it is on long road trips. Not to mention that the games on mobiles are cheap and simple to learn but will keep you addicted for hours (depending on the game). Nintendo struck gold with the original gameboy and especially the inclusion of tetris. Now that smart phones have tetris (among others) the very generation that grew up with the gameboy have grown into mobile games on their phones/tablets. There is still a place in my heart and my collection for a dedicated portable but i am finding my phone to be just as entertaining on a daily basis when it comes to playing quick and easy games on the go. The tech and the games will continue to evolve just like they did from the gameboy to the vita.
Because of the time spent playing mobile games? It is not impressive to think a smart phone and tablet can die out and cease to do all these other things it was built for because battery life was spent playing on a touch screen. On the other hand, VITA has all the processors and battery of a iOS device but one can rest assured that time on VITA will be used for gaming. Even though VITA has apps, they all tie into gaming (see Near and Welcome Park). But ultimately, it comes down to pocket space and who can monopolize that edge of a pocket or back pack. I am pretty comfortable with using my iPhone a lot but still chillin with my VITA when I want to get my game on. : )
@jujubee88 The average time spent on more than most mobile games is 15 to 20 minutes. Maybe less. That is why most mobile games are these quick 99 cent games and not these in depth games like you find on Vita or 3DS. Most people when out don't have time to put in on a handheld when at the DMV, doctors or PTA meeting which is why a mobile device is so convenient.
only about 40 million times more people have smart phones... i take my vita everywhere i go tho cause when i do play games, they are of high quality.
so okay right now the 3ds is facing competition (according to apple fans) from iphones, ipads, android devices when the DS launched it had no "competition" so naturally the ds did better than 3ds right? WRONG! the 3DS is OUTPACING the ds (best selling handheld) it broke the ds's first year record in only 9 MONTHS and this with the ios devices SUPPOSEDLY EATING AWAY at dedicated handheld install base
"and this with the ios devices SUPPOSEDLY EATING AWAY at dedicated handheld install base" that's because it is eating away at the market and not just smartphones are doing it Tablets are also adding to that! Look I like dedicated Game Handhelds just as much as any other Hell i have a DS-XL and a PSVita, Gameboy advanced SP. but the truth of the matter is the market for dedicated Handhelds will not go away, but on the same token dedicated game handhelds are no longer the leader's for mobile Gaming. As in this is not about the Quality of software because that is quite subjective. There is many Mobile games are already being made that are big dedicated game publisher's making games for smartphones and Tablets. When you have Game companies like Rockstar games putting their 3D accelerated games on smartphones and tablets but not on the PSVita or the Nintendo 3DS, that kinda tell's you something. Never mind their old games it just shows that they can make alot of money on non dedicated Game HandHelds just as much if not more than they can on dedicated Game handhelds. you say the 3DS breaks the DS sales record, which no argument, it is..but think about this in one sales Quarter the fact that Sony is selling 9.5 MILLION Xperia smartphones in just 2 sales Quarters they just sold over what Nintendo has taken the 3DS all year to sell! And Sony is not even 1st in smartphone sales. despite Nintendo's fantastic software and very reliable hardware; They are like Sony no longer #1 selling Game Handhelds! you know its a change in the market when even game review sites has reviews and there is even a section on smartphone gaming. This is not the Nguage coming into the market trying to change the perception of "what is a game handheld" Smartphones have already done it in many consumer's eyes. when you can get a wireless or wired game pad for your smartphone or Tablet the control issue is no longer a problem. Microsoft's Surface is going to prove exactly that. Gaming for mobile is coming to a full circle. Being a Game handheld anymore is pretty much Moot in its description. If the games and applications are made for the device does it really matter if it is indeed a smartphone or not? both the 3DS and PSVita do more than just play games dedicated Game handheld stream music, watch streamed Movies...surf the internet you can now update the firmware on these new Handhelds. to allow more Games and Non gaming Application's. the point is the dedicated Game handheld really does not exist in a pure form anymore anyway. that's just the truth of the matter.
Nyko revealed one at E3 for droid based devices. http://www.techradar.com/ne...
If you believe this, then you must also believe that PCs are eating away at console market share.
I basically felt the same about my VITA.
I used to care about handhelds, but they just lack games in my opinion now....
I think the 3DS is doing pretty good now, before the price drop however the releases were MISERABLE. Now out for 3DS that are good games: Super Mario 3D Land Mario Kart 7 Pushmo (downloadable amazing title) Resident Evil Revelations Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D Kid Icarus Uprising Metal Gear Solid 3D Snake Eater Coming Soon: New Super Mario Bros. 2 Luigi's Mansion :Dark Moon Kingdom Hearts 3d Paper Mario: Sticker Star Theatrhythm (no that's not a spelling error) Final Fantasy Animal Crossing I think Nintendo now is getting the content out to the players at a pretty regular pace
yes the smartphone market is growing yes the wii sales are dropping and DS (not 3DS) sales are declining and people go oh this is growing and this is declining so naturally this growing thing is causiong this diminishing thing to fail.... WRONG wii sales are down because the WIIU is coming ds sales are down because the 3DS IS HERE look at the mcdonalds value menu cheap 1 dollar burger go to chillis (or any other non fast food restaurant) you get a 15 dollar burger yea the other burger cost 1 buck but you dont get the same satisfaction as you do from the 15 dollar burger that is what app store games are DOLLAR BURGERS has mcdonalds killed bigger resaurants that sell burgers JUST BECAUSE MILLIONS BUY DOLLAR BURGERS????? no BECAUSE there is room in this 6 billion people poppulated earth for MANY THINGS TO CO EXIST $1 burgers have not gotten rid of $15 burgers neither will $1 games be able to get rid of 40 dollar games
Wii sales were down even before the Wii U was announced. XperiaRay
Well, isn't strange that there are more people in the world buying devices to make calls, instead of dedicated gaming devices? That's weird, cant figure why it happens. Also, if in terms of sales the 3ds and vita are getting screwed, in terms of gaming quality the phone users are getting screwed. Really hard. But the normal user assumes Angry Birds is a hell of a game.
Good comment. The article however did not say that it was strange that people buy smart devices over gaming handhelds. I was trying to get across that cell phones have a certain advantage specifically because more people have to buy them. I do agree with you on the game quality. Most of the time mobile games are not that great. I usually start off loving them, but maybe play them for a week or two and never play them again.
You right. To be honest, I've been thinking about it for a while. But you know? It's all about what people are buying. Sounds weird and stupid, I know, but when people are looking for a phone to buy, they're looking exactly for that: A phone. I looked people around me too -btw, my cellphone doesnt even have touchscreen. is really old-. When they buy a smartphone, the second thing they ask is if the phone has some other kind of connectivity. Be it WiFi, 3G, facebook, MSN, Pin, whatever is called. Third, the camera. But no one care about the games. The only reason I can think for it, is that our old phones just had like three games: solitaire, blackjack, and Snake. I wont deny Snake in the Nokia 5125 and Nokia 1100 was a real blast, but people still think that phones can only do that kind of games. A friend of mine is a gamer, have a Galaxy S2, he knows what the phone is capable of. And... surprise! The only game he play, like, once in a week, is that game where the alligator wants a bath. The reason? Another bottleneck: "If I keep playing more demanding games, the battery drains out quickly, and maybe I'll lost important calls if it die. Plus, I'm busier answering to the chat" My conclusion: It's not like the phones cant do decent gaming, or companies dont want to bring decent games to phones. Problem is, phones are what they are: Phones. People buy phones. And, if a gamer wants good portable games, he/she will think on buying a dedicated device, because that will be worth the money. Sorry about the wall of text. And my bad english.
" I just think that, more so for Sony, they are underestimating the importance of new titles for a console. In the digital age we live in content is king and gamers need new releases. " Really? This starts off by saying against Smartdevices..well sparky Sony is not underestimating smartdevices. YOU CAN BANK ON THAT! Before Sony even made a dedicated Gaming Hand Held, Sony was making Dedicated PDA's, they had made alot of them. And the Smartphone made the dedicated PDA the minority to what Happened was absorbtion of the dedicated PDA into the SmartPhone. Sony knows this First hand! Nintendo has not! Why do you think Sony made the Playstation Mobile platform? why do you think Sony purchased 100% of sony ericsson? and is not making only smartphones powered by Android? the PSVita will be running the PlaystationMobile App. along with its own software that is exclusive to the PSVita! Nintendo has no such luxury, Because Nintendo has stated "Iwata Resists Calls for Smartphone Games" "This is absolutely not under consideration. If we did this, Nintendo would cease to be Nintendo. Having a hardware development team in-house is a major strength. It's the duty of management to make use of those strengths. It's probably the correct decision in the sense that the moment we started to release games on smartphones we'd make profits. However, I believe my responsibility is not to short term profits, but to Nintendo's mid and long term competitive strength." http://www.nintendolife.com... All the While Sony is instead embracing Smartphones. Tablets and smart TV's. Microsoft is doing the exact thing with Windows OS 8 THE ONLY ONE NOT DOING THAT IS Nintendo!
I think you may have misinterpreted that quote. What I was trying to portray there is that Sony is not releasing enough new content lately. I wasn't trying to say that they where underestimating the smart device market. They are underestimating the need for new content to be published on their new handheld. The points you make about Sony preparing the mobile market side of their business is correct in my own opinion. Sounds like they are bringing out a ton of cool stuff to the mobile market through their PlayStation suite. However if they pump resources into that then how much will they be focusing on the Vita?
Ok , people are cheap asses. If you could choose between a steak and a hamburger out of the fridge , what would you choose? STEAK fcourse. Same like: ps vita and the 3ds VS the iphone One thing is keeping me far far away from the iphone games: Buttons and analog sticks , since the iphone has no buttons and analog sticks for me it could never come near the experience of the 3ds ( and the vita)
"One thing is keeping me far far away from the iphone games: Buttons and analog sticks , since the iphone has no buttons and analog sticks for me it could never come near the experience of the 3ds ( and the vita)" and this is exactly what many are still overlooking, you pointed that very point out..but like i stated already, if you can already use a wireless gamepad or a wired game pad directly connected to your Smartphone or Smart Tablet. There is no drawback of other than it's not built right into the hardware! just like this lil doodad was not: 3DS Circle Pad Pro - GameStop Exclusive! by Nintendo of America http://www.gamestop.com/nin... example: The PowerA MOGA brings console-like game controls to Android phones http://www.gizmag.com/power... there is more than just that one being released for smartphones and tablets, better yet with Android 4.0 you have native game pad support for existing bluetooth gamepads..say like a DS3!
You think that turd in the second link is anywhere near as mobile as the 3DS or the Vita? Good luck jamming that in your pocket.
the Nintendo 3DS as being "aimed at younger consumer, the ps vita for mature audiences 14-50
Funny, because I saw more 14-50 yr olds with a DS than I did a PSP, and the 3DS and Vita are marketed no differently than their predecessors.
vita? just another economical fail like move/3dps tv/eyetoy ecc ecc today 15 years hold ppl want an ipad3 or the iphone 4s or galaxy s3 to play angry birds and stay on fb...not anymore an handheld im not saying that handheld r bad......r pretty good...but too expansive..and ppl r just not interested anymore this much in that things.... if i was sony i would never produce that.. ....or it should cost like 130 euro..something like this...coz with 190 u can have an xbox...so ...
and y'know x360 should cost 120 euro.. coz with 190 you can buy a hydromanipulator... so...
dont get ur answer... i repeat is an economical fail...coz is too expansive..... well i dont think it will never be a "sold out" piece of hw.... and for sure between an "hated" 360 and a vita..i would put my money for sure on a 360
Yet the ipad3 4 or 5 cost FN 800-900 dollars high end games like Angry Birds!!! Yay!!! No! Get that garbage outta here! Gamers play handhelds with high quality games! 3ds and Vita for the win for gd sure!
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