The iPhone is the Best thing to Happen to the Handheld Market Since Pokemon

GotGame: You may not be aware of this, but the dedicated handheld market is doomed. The market has been killed by the iPhone. With its free (sorta) games, its mass popularity, and the fact that everyone needs a phone, the 3DS and Vita can’t hope to compete. The iPhone market has long ago surpassed the traditional handheld market, and in recent months, Google Play has also become bigger than the 3DS.

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Gimmemorebubblez1727d ago (Edited 1727d ago )

I think it’s the worst. I far preferred the days when mainstream handheld had games more depth then Angry Birds. Not to say that mobile phone games can’t become better but I wish more people were more tempted to buy gaming handhelds to encourage developers to make even richer gaming experiences on dedicated gaming hardware like the 3ds and the Vita instead of trying to make a quick cash-grab on Android, IOS and WP8.

TongkatAli1727d ago (Edited 1727d ago )

I take the train in NYC everyday and barely see anybody on the train with handheld gaming systems, only Ipad, Iphones and other smartphone devices.

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negative1727d ago


OMG me too LIRR

Never see any handheld gaming systems. NEVER!! Only smartphones.

KonsoruMasuta1727d ago

I see a couple of handheld systems where I live. Mostly 3DS though. I think I've seen like probably 2 people with a Vita.

givemeshelter1727d ago

This is the sad truth :-(
Dedicated handheld gaming is on its last legs. I think this sucks big time but you cannot escape the numbers and the signs.
More and more people especially the ages 16+ want a all in one convergence device. Dedicated handhelds do not fit that picture.
You almost never see a dedicated handheld gaming unit on transit systems or on plane travel etc. When you do its mostly the 3DS being played by demographics under 16. The other forms of mobile gaming is mostly done on Android, IOS Smartphones and Tablets.
Its a sad state of affairs for core gamers however this is the trend and dedicated handhelds are on its way out IN ITS CURRENT FORM.
They will evolve into a device more like a Smartphone or something like the Nvidia shield, but the Vita and 3DS business model is almost dead....

iamnsuperman1727d ago (Edited 1727d ago )

It did push the indie movement to crazy new heights. That was never going to happen without phones like this. These phones have made indie games on handhelds important. It also got a lot more people into making small games

Gimmemorebubblez1727d ago

I think my original my comment was too harsh......because what you said is so true.

alejandroelputo1727d ago (Edited 1727d ago )

I live in Puerto Rico and the smartphones have practically taken over the whole country. Everyone has one and uses one all the time. At the beach, at parties, on the road -.- even at their homes. I see people game on their phones instead of their consoles at home :( it makes me so sad.

3-4-51727d ago

Creating thousands of copied games and watered down trash is a good thing ?

since when ?

Hardly any good ideas are coming from ios games, just more re-hashes and copies, and other Bs "games".

Most of them are glorified distraction apps at best.

There are a few really good ones, but the audience for THOSE particular games are NOT using ios to play games.

EX: " There are millions of JRPG fans, lets put this game on ios, even though 95% of those JRPG fans have a Vita/PSP/DS/3DS.

makes no sense.

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Ramon3MR1727d ago

I think there's a lot to be said both on the positive and negative sides to mobile gaming and its effects on the handheld market. I do like though that Nintendo and Sony have given into digital downloads on their handhelds.

xxPillsxx1727d ago

Seriously? Whatever you say, if I want to game on mobile, I will use HANDHELDS. I'll wait until you can have GAMING experience on smartphones(without buttons).

Ripsta7th1727d ago

Hells nooooo!!!!!! Overpriced and a locked OS,you have so much more options w an android but most of these rich kids just buy them because of their "friends"

iamnsuperman1727d ago (Edited 1727d ago )

But you have to bare in mind the ios was there before android. The app store was there pushing mobile games before the play store. Android maybe doing things better right now but would any of that exist if the iPhone never happened? (especially so soon). Don't shoot down what Apple has done to the mobile space and specifically the smartphone. I prefer Android but Apple has done something pretty incredible

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alejandroelputo1727d ago

But this generation is full of lazy a$$ that they rather game on their phones since its easier, faster and more convinient.

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