According to a new report, Japan’s domestic smartphone gaming market was worth JPY 546.8 billion (US$5.4 billion) in 2013, up a staggering 178 percent from 2012.
Ugh... That's all I have to say about this.
Lol, yea the microtransactions in all their games are profitable. It is scary because seeing these stats, almost everyone would follow through in the mobile market. Pay to win future, here we come
i am starting to understand why japanese gaming industry went into hibernation all of a sudden. it all started with Wii and initiating the gamers into the casual market. since 2006 all the jap developers converted into making stupid casual games almost exclusively.
@abzdine It actually happened a lot earlier, just before last gen started and we still had PS2 around. They went this route because they want a lot of money without having to put much into it. This may be working well now but I have to wonder wht they'll do when the music stops.
Write anything about Japan and its guaranteed you'll get hits.
ewwewweww. i hate everybody right now... -_-
Looks like it's only going to get worse: http://n4g.com/news/1484226... Dark times.
we must sabotage this somehow
God no wonder they barely like consoles anymore. I need a shower.
This market is huge because its much easier & cheaper for smaller budget devs to create games & be a success to a mass audience. This audience are not even gamers. In my whole life of gaming, not once in my life have I ever thought to myself, "Why Is Der A Need For Consoles When We Can Play Games On Our Phone?" Its great that small devs can benefit from this but for me, i'll pass. Consoles for life. Edit: Those girls are prolly getting a strip tease & is why they are happy lol jokes.
More so because Japan has become a very mobile culture. Many Japanese gamers game on the go. Most of their day is spent on some sort of public transport, so mobile games in the form of the DS, 3DS, Vita, and cell phones (some of which put non-Japanese cell phones to shame) do extremely well.
I don't think it's because of they are cheaper to produce. All the most popular titles have the backing of publishers that are common names in even console markets. It's more a case the people are fine paying for micro-transactions and it fits their life-style playing them. Payments systems are made even more convenient when they partner with cellular providers to charge it all on the phone bill later.
Wow, japan should also support PSVITA all the way. And release more RPGs and action games to revive the 50/50 handheld
I feel japan supports the vita way to much, I would love to see more shooters like killzone mercenarys and unit 13 but its flooded with JRPG.
The JRPGs are what make the PSVITA great! Its what me and ALOT of ppl I know bought it for. Personally, I'm happy the Vita doesn't have alot of shooters.
And people wonder why developers are leaving big studios to make small studio that make mobile games. Less effort, more money.
Let the losers have their fill. We will sit in our throne high above those fools enjoying pleasures they cannot even fathom with their pathetic souls.
Um. Isn't that what PC gamers generally think of console gamers?
Not really. When we ask 'did you play Mass Effect?' we do not ask 'did you play it on console or pc?' it does not matter that much because the gameplay experience is basically the same, we play the same league, the AAA league, and thus our hearts belong in one HIGH PLACE. But shame on those whose heads are forever bent when they "play", they look at tiny screens, a good representation of their attention span, their apps require only one input, representing their simple minds. Their apps are free, representing their devotion to their app, they spent in small nicle and dime, showing their financial countenance. One might think we hate them, but we do not hold such discord, nor is it in our nature, rather we pity and feel sorry those weaklings and wish that they knew TRUE GAMING.
And Capcom can't even get a look in. They probably don't realise that most of these users will be happy with some bit of fluff garbage that requires no skill, concentration, or brain power whatsoever. Seriously, I was walking round my local Bic Camera today just observing the waves of zombies staring into their phones while moving around the place.
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