Last July, at the time of the launch of the new iPhone, we asked the question, where are the iPhone games? Looks like we have an answer: they are coming, and in a big way. Of course, you can already buy Tetris and grab Tap Tap […]

Last July, at the time of the launch of the new iPhone, we asked the question, where are the iPhone games? Looks like we have an answer: they are coming, and in a big way. Of course, you can already buy Tetris and grab Tap Tap Revenge, the No. 1 free app, for, well, free, but the big commercial games are going to be hitting the iTunes App store soon, according to news coming out of the E3 game conference down in LA.

As BusinessWeek points out, Apple made a big splashdown at E3 without even clocking in a presence. That reminds me of its looming presence at the CES trade show every year without setting a foot in Las Vegas. Electronic Arts executives said they’re going to be making Spore, Tiger Woods & Need For Speed for the iPhone platform. SEGA America president Simon Jeffery pointed out that iPhone was as powerful as the Dreamcast player. SEGA has released Sega Super Monkey Ball and plans on releasing more games.

We aren’t surprised, and we have consistently said that iPhone could cause a major tremor in the mobile gaming market. According to data collected by Cellufun, AOL’s designated mobile game portal, “iPhone gamers are generating four times the number of page views” or about “an average of 21 minutes of game play and 65 page views per iPhone player session, compared to 11 minutes and 15 page views for sessions on other phones.” Wagner had predicted that the Nintendo DS and iPhone are most certainly on a collision course, and looks like he is right on track. I think iPhone is going to eat into handheld console revenues, at the same time reignite interest in mobile games.

Bonus Link: Our pick of iPhone’s Most Wanted Games.

  1. [...] The iPhone a viable gaming platform? I just don’t see it [...]

  2. Agree. Every since I upgraded by kid’s iTouch and bought them some games from App Stores, they have not touched their DS.

  3. As a gamer, I don’t see the iphone as a gaming platform. It’s very limited, the controls for most games depend on tilting the thing, which is really ineffective and imprecise.

    At most, it will become the best cellphone for casual gamers, but the “hardcore” still would prefer a PSP, or a DS (depending on genre preferences) for their needs.

    The whole iPhone fad and such is making people talk about it as if it was the one gadget to rule them all: PDA, Phone, Mobile Internet Browser, Digital Media Player, etc… But it’s not the best at all (or any) of them… It’s just has all of them in one package.

    It’s not the best PDA, not the best phone and not the best audio player because of lack of essential features… As well, it will not be a gaming platform to be taken seriously imo.

    But then again, it wasn’t meant to be the best at any of those things. And its versatility/style is what sells.

  4. Ben, the iPhone is the best browsing experience. And I disagree, the i{hone may be top Mobile Internet Browser, Digital Media Player, gaming… for MOBILE. Don’t forget, we’re talking in the mobile domain.

  5. The iPhone/iPod Touch is certainly gonna have a hell of an install base for developers to sell to, but I just don’t see it being anything more than a casual gaming platform (puzzle games, etc.).

  6. [...] July 21, 2008 – 4:41 pm – En un artículo publicado el lunes en GigaOM, Om, Malik preguntaba “¿Es el iPhone la nueva plataforma de juegos?” La respuesta es probablemente un sí y competiría por sacar del mercado includo a la Nintendo [...]

  7. [...] Is iPhone The New Gaming Platform? The simple answer is no. The iPhone is good for puzzle/cards based games, but lacks the basic controls for your hardcore gamer. I bought Ms Pacman and the swipe novelty has already warn off. (tags: iphone gaming) [...]

  8. Dan Templin Monday, July 21, 2008

    @ben; The iPhone is hardly limited to accelerometer only games, that’s just what most of the games made so far are utlitizing, much like Wii games tend to utilize the motion sensors over the normal buttons-only approach. It can be very much the same with the DS… and as far as precision goes, the accelerometer is actually quite responsive in the games i’ve played. Another thing going for Apple is the fact the iPhone has a rumble pak basically, which could make for soem awesome FPS games.

    @michaelportent; It’s possible that the game development might not be relegated to casual gamers. I’m curious to see how Bioshock works out, that might end up being what helps to decide how feasible the iPhone is for serious gaming. What people are failing to factor in is that the SDK is free, making it quite a bit easier to obtain than the dev kits for the other two handhelds.

  9. iPhone is a great platform for a certain type of casual game, but to say that it will kill the DS seems a bit of a stretch.

    Without a stylus, control buttons, voice activation there are a lot of games that would be much harder to do well.. eg- Nintendogs, Brain Training, Ninja Gaiden.

    @Dan, I tried a couple of FPS on the first gen jail-broken iPhone and found them near impossible to control. As a proof of concept great, but as a workable game..not really. Any new ones that have managed to solve this problem?

  10. [...] Malik over on GigaOM asked the same question this morning, and noted figures from Cellufun that iPhone users are playing games at a rate four times that of [...]


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