According to new data from mobile analytics firm Flurry, Apple's iOS and Google's Android devices have now taken command of the US portable gaming market. Together, they control 58 percent of the industry's revenue in 2011. That's a huge jump from just two years ago when the Nintendo DS held 70 percent of portable gaming revenue.
It's time for Nintendo to announce another loss, and we weep for the falling giant, as this Thursday the gaming group reports a net loss of $925 million net loss for six months through September of this year. Nintendo reports that it's slashed its full year through March forecast to a $263 million net loss - though just this July they'd predicted an annual net profit of essentially that same size. Is this the mobile age of gaming coming to crush the group that essentially started the trend with the original GameBoy? Or is Nintendo just losing touch with the market that they've held strong for the vast majority of your humble narrator's lifetime?
The first Nintendo console had back in the day came with this robot that you could control with one of the games. The idea was that the bot would lift these things that looked like tops and open the gates in the game for your characters to move though levels. The reality of that game was that it was only fun for about three minutes. Nintendo has a new game that is for the DS coming soon called Wappy Dog. Wappy Dog is possibly the worst game title ever.
Smartphone gaming continues to ratchet up the pressure on traditional mobile platforms like the Nintendo DS and Sony PSP, with market analysts Flurry releasing stats that show iOS and Android gaming almost doubled their market share against the old-school consoles. The Nintendo DS dived from 70-percent in 2009 to 57-percent in 2010, while the PSP share slipped from 11-percent to 9-percent, judged by revenue.
Nintendo must be jumping for joy now that the gaming device is well on its way toward populating the hands and hearts of gamers all around the world. Especially in the UK, where this launch is now Nintendo's most successful EVER. The company has sold a ginormous 113,000 3DS handheld consoles in its opening weekend alone, this trumping even the Nintendo Wii which sold 105,000 units in the same amount of time at launch.
Usually, you would expect the latest and greatest version of a device to deliver faster loading times, but in the case of Nintendo's 3DS, loading times are actually slower than the regular DS. The 3DS does offer glasses-free 3D video, but loading times for old DS games are not so great. GameSpot was able to get a 3DS when it was released in Japan on February 26th, and compared loading times on several different games with the DS Lite.
Even if some people may be bored with the first-party titles that Nintendo has released for the Wii videogame console, there's no doubt that the Nintendo-branded consoles have a way of flying off the shelves and into the homes of millions of people. In the United States, Nintendo is happy to announce that they've managed to continue their sales strengths with not only the Wii console, but also the DS handheld videogame console.
At the moment, there are a few games that have reached 5 million sold for Nintendo's portable game console family. However, there's only one that can claim the prodigal 6 million seller title, and how fitting that it's Nintendo's own pride and joy, Mario. Famitsu.com has reported that New Super Mario Bros. for the Nintendo DS family of devices has officially crossed the 6 million sold mark in Japan.
Oh those people at Apple, they're'a waging war on the world of handheld gaming, of that you can be sure. And it's not just iOS, according to recent research done by a firm by the name of Interpret, mobile phones (all of them, but "particularly the iPhone") are now responsible for around 44% of handheld gaming, up over 50% of what they had last year. On the other hand, use of systems like Nintendo DS or PSP have gone down 13% in the same time period. Questions in this report were aimed at people who owned any kind of handheld gaming device, but also asked those who owned several to answer questions that ended up leading to the fact that nearly 25% of those that use a mobile phone exclusively for gaming have a Nintendo DS and/or PSP but never end up using it.
Pirates of the Nintendo DS version of the new Michael Jackson; The Experience game are in for an ear-splitting extravaganza as developers have implanted a chorus of vuvuzelas into the game's soundtrack. You'll more than likely find this terrible blast of sound if you download a ROM of the game, Ubisoft creators loling at you as you also find on-screen prompts removed, rendering the game completely and hilariously unplayable.