Nintendo takes solace in the growing number of mobile developers approaching it with the hope of porting their titles to 3DS, but for these studios it's really icing on the cake. According to business intelligence and analyst firm App Annie, mobile gaming was already doing plenty fine on its own, with revenue from iOS and Android titles outpacing those from "game optimzed handhelds" (namely 3DS and Vita) for at least three quarters of 2013.
The most successful mobile games were free-to-play with microtransactions, i.e. freemium, accounting for a whopping 93 percent of the total mobile revenue. App Annie credits this to developers getting creative in how to "incentivize in-app purchases." Mobile games which actually cost money up front contributed to the remaining seven percent.
|1.||Puzzle & Dragons||GungHo Online|
|2.||CandyTM Crush SagaTM||King.com|
|3.||Clash of Clans||Supercell|
|5.||The Simpsons: Tapped Out||Electronic Arts|
|10.||Kingdoms of Camelot||Kabam|