Android and iOS games outsell Nintendo titles

November 10th, 2011

iOS gamesAndroid and iOS games have outsold those for the Sony PSP and Nintendo DS series, mobile analytics firm Flurry have revealed.

According to the research, mobile and tablet games will own 58 per cent of the mobile gaming market and gross $1.9 billion by the end of 2011, while the combined total of Sony and Nintendo sales are likely to total $1.4 billion.

If accurate, this would mean that iOS and Android games have tripled their market share from roughly 20 percent in 2009 to nearly 60 percent in just two years. Simultaneously, Nintendo’s market share has dropped down to around 33 percent down from 66 percent in 2009, and the company is expected to post its first fiscal year loss since the company began reporting profits in 1981.

“Within the portable category, an abundance of digitally distributed free and $0.99 games, available on hardware, that is both comparably priced and more powerful than traditional portable game devices, better appeals to many consumers”, Flurry’s Peter Farago explains.

“As a result, the days of paying $25, or more, for a cartridge at a retail store may soon end.”

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[Source: Tech Crunch]