I just bought back into Nintendo after 2 years. When the Wii came out people said it was underpowered and would be a fad. They were sold out for more than a year. With the DS, I see kids playing these things everywhere. I don't see kids playing Iphones or Ipod Touches. I see adults buying up the Iphone games like crazy though. The games are limited in depth and are simple, yet fun. Even a DS game has more depth that Iphone games. I think there is room for both until the Iphone games get more depth and have characters that the "kids" care about. Pokemon is selling huge right now. Mario sells huge every time it comes out. Add 3D to the mix and consider almost all kids movies that come out are 3D, every kid that watches 3D movies is going to ask for one. I see this selling out here in the U.S. fast and if Nintendo can keep making enough we may be up 50% or more by the end of the year, just like when I bought this stock as the Wii came out. Kids just don't use Iphones much compared to the DS. Go to the local mall and watch them... ages 5-12 is who I'm talking about. It's a gamble for me, and I may be wrong, but I've got to buy based on what I see out there. It's rewarded me in the past.
They don't need to use the iphone. The itouch and the ipad are enough. The real issue is that apple's products are so common, people are pretty comfortable buying apps for them, and are more likely to have an IOS compatible product around with them due to the fact that they need it as a phone and for the many other things it can do ... in addition to play games. Don't underestimate people's need for simplicity (or people's inertia). I don't see the market going away per say, I just see a big player coming in and splitting up the pie in an unfavorable way.
Uhh no... iphone is filled with crappy games, and there is barely any real income to be made by developers. You have through a sea of crap and sell your work for less than a dollar.
This won't help the gaming industry at all, nor does it help entertain the public. Why do you think angry birds became so popular? Compared to a standard DS game, it's relatively crap, but for an iPhone game it's half decent.
Besides, the only platform you can play Nintendo first party titles is well on Nintendo platforms.
I don't believe smartphone gaming will steal market share in any significant way.
The biggest competitor to gaming on phones is social networking. People rather chat with their friends than play games on their spare time while using their phones.