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Mobile games outsold handheld games from Nintendo and Sony in Q4

By Shawn Knight
Feb 21, 2013
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  1. We’ve known for a while now that mobile games were having a serious impact on the traditional handheld industry. This was evident when Nintendo was forced to slash the price of the 3DS to make up for lower than expected...

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  2. m4a4

    m4a4 TechSpot Addict Posts: 517   +138

    Mobile games outsold, or mobile "games" outsold?
    Because if you compare $1 mobile "games" to $20+ handheld games, then this is just BS...
    Lateralus462 likes this.
  3. Timonius

    Timonius TechSpot Booster Posts: 578   +32

    "During the fourth quarter of 2012, consumers spent more money on mobile games from Apple?s App Store and Google Play than they did on dedicated handheld systems from Nintendo and Sony."

    So yeah, if read correctly, mobile games really did outsell handheld when looking at straight dollar value. Of course the average price being cheaper on mobile games usually means they also outsold in volume too. Just saying...
  4. They only paid just to get rid of all the ads
    tehbanz likes this.
  5. cmbjive

    cmbjive TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 496   +82

    Mobile games on smartphones will always outsell handheld games for one reason only: More people have smartphones than people have 3DS and PS Vita combined. It's obvious that games on smartphones will outsell games on 3DS and Vita based on that fact alone.
  6. Lateralus462

    Lateralus462 Newcomer, in training

    I completely agree, when browsing games on a mobile device, it takes very little effort to cough up .99 cents once or even twice a week for a new game that catches your eye.
    m4a4 likes this.


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