iPhone Gaming Controller Could Mean "The End Of Nintendo", Claims Investment Site
Posted by Damien McFerran
"Apple is already more important than Nintendo"
The site's reasoning is that the iPhone owns the casual gaming audience, and with a proper controller, it can claim the hardcore sector of the market, too.
On paper, the figures seem solid — there are around 125 million "mobile gamers" compared to 35 million 3DS owners and the mobile market is worth a lot more in terms of revenue, too. However, such a prediction fails to note that physical controllers on smartphones aren't a new concept — Android has seen several examples already, and the iCade "arcade-style" gaming unit already supports iOS.
The Fool also ignores the fact that Sony's attempt to make a gaming phone, the Xperia Play — surely the one thing that could have destroyed Nintendo's market share — failed to strike a chord with players.
Physical controls on smartphones are all well and good, and will unquestionably lead to better games — we've already seen that with the Nvidia Shield Android-based handheld — but most mobile players don't want to have to carry around a separate controller with them.
The beauty of smartphone gaming is arguably its simplicity; you have your phone on you at all times, so it's easy to pull it out for a quick game — a snack between "proper" gaming sessions which won't ruin your appetite for more complex titles on dedicated handhelds and home consoles.
Android bolt-on control pads have been around for years and have so far struggled to make a massive impact, and there are more Android devices out there than iOS ones — proving the Fool's prediction false.
At the end of the day, mobile and handheld gaming are two very different beasts, and we're pretty confident that it will take a lot more than an external controller to kill Nintendo's business. What are your thoughts?