Mobile games smash Tokyo Game Show

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According to calculations made by IGN, more than 70 per cent of the titles shown at this year's Tokyo Game Show were for mobile operating systems.

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Tokyo Game Show has come and gone for another year — but for 2012, the floor was absolutely dominated by mobile titles, according to a numbers breakdown by IGN. The following figures were provided to the video-game publication by the TGS organisers:

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  • iOS/Android Phones & Tablets: 365

  • Other smartphones: 142

  • PlayStation 3: 57

  • Nintendo 3DS: 34

  • PC: 32

  • PSP: 30

  • PlayStation Vita: 24

  • Xbox 360: 24<</p>

  • Wii: five

  • Wii U: two

That's 715 games in total, a massive 507 of which — or 70.9 per cent — were for a mobile OS.

Compare that to last year's statistics (PDF), where 715 games were also shown:

  • iOS/Android Phones & Tablets: 127

  • Other smartphones: 38

  • PlayStation 3: 39

  • Nintendo DS and 3DS: 103

  • PC: 132

  • PSP: 39

  • PlayStation Vita: 11

  • Xbox 360: 37

  • Wii: 11

  • Wii U: one

  • Other: 177

Only 165 of the 715 titles shown were for a mobile OS, or just 23 per cent. It's a phenomenal rise, and one that we can't help but attribute to a number of factors, which include the ubiquity of mobile devices, ease-of-purchase, casual learning curves and the free-to-play IAP model, which can rake in millions on a monthly basis.

But, while the ratio has definitely skewed heavily towards mobile for this year, that doesn't automatically mean a death knell for consoles. The PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 are six and seven years old, respectively — old enough that it wouldn't be unreasonable to suggest that they are near the end of their life cycle.

However, with mobile games easier, less expensive and less time-consuming to make, and with many game developers struggling to find work in major studios, a turn towards mobile gaming makes a boatload of sense.


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