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You’re not going to convince Iwata that handheld gaming is threatened

The question, of course, is whether or not gamers still seek the kind of ‘rich’ handheld experience that portable games consoles offer. One man who has always thought and still thinks the answer is yes is Nintendo president Satoru Iwata. He’s heard all the arguments, read all the dooms of …

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Smartphone gaming is "the biggest content revolution we’ve ever seen"

The handheld video games market is being killed off by the smartphone sector, metrics firm Flurry Analytics believes. It claims that in 2009 the iOS and Android games software market accounted for 19 per cent of the total $2.7bn handheld and mobile games market in the US. In 2001 it …

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Neo Geo has another crack at the handheld market

Reports from the East suggest that SNK Playmore is to have another crack at the handheld market with the release of a new Neo Geo portable. Andriasang reports that the device has a 4.3 inch screen and 2GB of internal storage, as well as an SD card slot. It has …

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Vita UMD Passport announced

Sony has revealed a fresh initiative that it hopes will encourage PSP owners to make the step up to PlayStation Vita when it is released in Japan in a month’s time. Andriasang has first word of the ‘UMD Passport’. Once downloaded it will allow gamers to purchase digital version of …

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Steve Jobs – the man who changed handheld gaming

There are several moments that can rightly be called ‘pivotal’ throughout the history of gaming. The Magnavox Odyssey. Space Invaders. The NES. Game Boy. Sony’s PlayStation. Xbox Live. The iPod Touch has certainly earned its place on that list. The savageness with which Apple has reshaped the handheld sector is …

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Sony on why 3DS has struggled

It’s a weird world we live in where a person has to explicitly say they’re not commenting on a rival’s device before they’re able to comment on a rival’s device. Nonetheless, SCEE’s senior studio director Mick Hocking did exactly that when asked about the early struggles of the 3DS. So …

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Pachter: Vita will rob Nintendo market share

US analyst Michael Pachter believes that the PS Vita will achieve what the PSP did not and eat into Nintendo’s handheld market share. However, it’s not all good news – he also predicts that the overall portable games market will decline at the expense of smartphone gaming growth. "We continue …

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Sony hints at portable 3D

Sony is not ruling out the use of 3D technology for PlayStation small-screen devices such as NGP, the company has said. Yet the firm told Develop that its current strategy for the PSP successor is to build a pure gaming device”. Mick Hocking, the director of Sony WorldWide Studios’ 3D …

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