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    A report by Flurry Analytics, the mobile applications research firm, shows that iPhone OS-based games are increasing rapidly in popularity, encroaching on the dominance of the Nintendo DS and Sony PSP. 19% of all the money spent on mobile games last year was for the iPhone or iPod, up almost four times from the previous year's total of 5%. Given that 2009 was the first full year games were available on the App Store, Flurry's analysis indicates that the increasing number of games is strongly attracting users.

    "From what we calculate, consumers are downloading iPhone games in droves," Peter Farago, VP of Marketing at Flurry, wrote on the company's blog today. "Comparing iPhone against Sony and Nintendo games sales shows that Apple has taken nearly one fifth of the portable market in 2009, largely at the expense of Sony PSP."

    Flurry's report used data from Apple and from leading consumer research firm NDP, and calculated that iPhone game revenue was $500 million US in 2009 compared with $115 million in 2008. To put this in perspective, Flurry's estimate of the total mobile game market was $2.25 billion in 2008 and and $2.55 billion in 2009. Flurry's Farago quoted Michael Pachter, the managing director at Wedbush Morgan Securities as saying that the "iPod touch is the most dangerous thing that ever happened" to game publishers, because prices for the device itself, as well as individual games, are still coming down, bringing the device into the reach of younger and younger gamers.

    The iPhone's gains came mostly at the expense of the Sony PSP, which saw its marketshare drop by almost half: from 20% in 2008 ato just over 11% in 2009. The Nintendo DS held fairly steady, dropping just 5 percentage points from 75% in 2008 to 70% in 2009. Even in the overall gaming market (which includes home consoles like Wii and Xbox), the iPhone improved its marketshare: from 1% of all game sales in 2008, the iPhone grew to to 5% last year.
    This article was originally published in forum thread: iPhone/iPod Taking Sales from PSP/Nintendo started by Paul Daniel Ash View original post
    Comments 30 Comments
    1. mikerlx's Avatar
      mikerlx -
      First awesome iPhone rules gaming world
    1. zamansimba's Avatar
      zamansimba -
      Great news. Now can we have some real games?

      Maybe maybe maybe maybe some platform exclusives of big franchises?

      LBP, or Resistance please?
    1. Bluprint's Avatar
      Bluprint -
      I'm willing to bet that psp will bounce back.
    1. rhekt's Avatar
      rhekt -
      those other gaming systems will still dominate the market. i dont believe they have too much to worry about with the iphone/itouch.
    1. iTitoThemes's Avatar
      iTitoThemes -
      What? not really i love my Nintedno DSi and play more on it then my iPhone.
      Plus Nintendo has dominated the Handheld market for a long time and has never been beaten.
      Nokia,Sega and other companies fail, so why you guys think apple will?
    1. TheDirtyDiddler's Avatar
      TheDirtyDiddler -
      Nintendo needs to stop making products that primarily appeal to children and the mentally challenged.
      And who really wants to buy a plastic controller add-on for every other game they buy?
    1. sziklassy's Avatar
      sziklassy -
      IMO this is a tough comparison. Most iphone games are under $10. The majorty are under a dollar. That can't really be compared to the $30-$40 games on the PSP/DS IMO.
    1. TheOrioles33's Avatar
      TheOrioles33 -
      Quote Originally Posted by TheDirtyDiddler View Post
      Nintendo needs to stop making products that primarily appeal to children and the mentally challenged.
      And who really wants to buy a plastic controller add-on for every other game they buy?
      And Mario really needs to be laid to rest. Enough already!
    1. zamansimba's Avatar
      zamansimba -
      Lol
    1. MetallicaFan1991's Avatar
      MetallicaFan1991 -
      iPhone games are better because it's like a DS but doesn't have DS's crap graphics and it's graphics are a bit better than the PSP. So its a DS and a PSP and a Phone all in one

      PSP rarely has any good games and DS is just for kids and people who can't play proper games. Not played my PSP in ages and Sony should port Fat Princess for PS3 over to iPhone, its a really fun game you know. Sony need a touchscreen PSP.
    1. sziklassy's Avatar
      sziklassy -
      Quote Originally Posted by TheOrioles33 View Post
      And Mario really needs to be laid to rest. Enough already!
      You have got to be kidding. Mario is the iconic video game mascot. Without Mario Nintendo is next to nothing. Getting rid of Mario would be the stupidest move any company could ever make.
    1. lolcats1's Avatar
      lolcats1 -
      Quote Originally Posted by sziklassy View Post
      You have got to be kidding. Mario is the iconic video game mascot. Without Mario Nintendo is next to nothing. Getting rid of Mario would be the stupidest move any company could ever make.
      he was kidding. (i hope)
    1. ForumSnoBorderRK's Avatar
      ForumSnoBorderRK -
      this actually is not true believe it or not. let me direct you all to an article that clearly shows nintendo had record profits just this last season through last month. in fact, they're having trouble keeping their inventories stocked.

      this is just Nintendo though. Dont know about Sony.

      Reggie Fils-Aime: "We sold 600,000 DSs in the month of February. Best ever handheld month on record. I don't think they're having an impact."
      click to read the rest
      scroll down about half way to read all the apple - nintendo questions.

      Quote Originally Posted by TheDirtyDiddler View Post
      Nintendo needs to stop making products that primarily appeal to children and the mentally challenged.
      And who really wants to buy a plastic controller add-on for every other game they buy?
      I am also going to have to agree with you as far as the appeal to children. I love Nintendo, dont get me wrong, but its just, the only games I have been buying are only mario and zelda because they are classics. Im hoping for big things, and I know they will come up with something huge.
    1. unison999's Avatar
      unison999 -
      This applies to me about gaming on iPhone..
      The games are cheap, so I would spend money on a game without hesitation. But then many of the games are cheaply made and do not keep my attention, I would delete them from the phone after a few days and would not think twice about it.
      Nintendo DS and PSP games are more expensive than iPhone, so many times I would think twice before buying a game. Because throwing away a buck or two means nothing to me, but when it is twenty or more I would then have think twice on.
      I believe this explains the game sales for iPhone, but if I really want to play a game I would go for quality which would be Nintendo or PSP.
    1. southfrisco's Avatar
      southfrisco -
      Quote Originally Posted by lolcats1 View Post
      he was kidding. (i hope)
      I think he was being sarcastic. Needed a face though. If we are killing mascots I think the BK King needs a swift beating. Who is with me?
    1. lolcats1's Avatar
      lolcats1 -
    1. extremzocker's Avatar
      extremzocker -
      i used to be a big PSP fan. custom firmware, homebrew and all.
      but the iPhone is always with me and has tons of cheap and fun games.
    1. GellBrake'rrrr's Avatar
      GellBrake'rrrr -
      southfrisco Posts: 220
      Quote from lolcats1
      he was kidding. (i hope)
      I think he was being sarcastic. Needed a face though. If we are killing mascots I think the BK King needs a swift beating. Who is with me?


      Absolutely!!!! I don't see how the marketing team for B.K let that one buy.... He's kind of a creepy stalker type of character. That marketing move is as stupid of a move by a company, well next to Quizznos' deformed rats  why would people want to relate their food with deformed rats???
    1. steve-z17's Avatar
      steve-z17 -
      Not a huge gaming fan when it comes to the iPhone, definitely think other companies will continue to be bigger.
    1. NakedFaerie's Avatar
      NakedFaerie -
      I think its just more Apple propaganda crap.

      I've never brought a game from the app store but I buy all my games for my PSP GO. I have about 30 games in the GO and I have about 30 games on the iphone but I never play any of the iphone games, they are just sitting there.
      The controls on the iphone suck, the gameplay on the iphone sucks and the way Apple does its business just sucks thats why I will never buy any games from them.