Game database:   #ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ         ALL     Xbox One     PS4     360     PS3     WiiU     Wii     PC     3DS     DS     PS Vita     PSP     iOS     Android


Remedy: Sony, Nintendo must reinvent handhelds to compete


12:40 PM on 05.24.2011
Remedy: Sony, Nintendo must reinvent handhelds to compete photo



Alan Wake developer Remedy believes that Sony and Nintendo need to significantly overhaul their portable efforts if they're to compete against the rising popularity of smartphones and tablets. According to executive VP Aki Järvilehto, the DS and PSP concept just won't cut it.

"Right now you can buy tons and tons of fun on iOS with the price of a single handheld console game," he declared. "Heck, you can get tons of fun for free with advertising based concepts. So I do think the traditional handheld consoles will need to reinvent themselves if they want to compete."

Unlike some "traditional" developers, Järvilehto embraces the concept of mobile and social gaming, believing it to be a big part of the future: "Games and gaming as an experience is certainly changing - platforms are evolving and developers and consuming is evolving with it. On iOS we think it's totally awesome that you can buy a game like Death Rally, six hours of console quality gaming with high production values, with just $0.99."

While I think there's room for dedicated gaming systems, Sony and Nintendo definitely do need to step up. Sony's PSP Minis program failed to compete due to high prices, while Nintendo still hasn't gotten the 3DS' digital marketplace online. Nintendo and Sony look lost and stumbling in their half-hearted attempts to match what iOS can offer. 

Remedy's Take on the Booming iOS Market [Industry Gamers]






Comments not appearing? Anti-virus apps like Avast or some browser extensions can cause this.
Easy fix: Add   [*].disqus.com   to your software's white list. Tada! Happy comments time again.

Did you know? You can now get daily or weekly email notifications when humans reply to your comments.






3DS

2:00 PM on 04.16.2015
Nintendo Download: Donkey Kong 64

This week, the Nintendo 64 rides again with Donkey Kong 64 on the Wii U eShop. It's an incredibly bizarre, flawed, and all-around awesome experience that must be seen to be believed. Oh, and Tilelicious: Delicious Tiles ...more



10:15 AM on 04.16.2015
Could Street Fighter's Ryu be coming to Smash?

As many of you will be aware, Super Smash Bros. received a patch yesterday on both Wii U and 3DS adding Mewtwo to the game's already large roster and applying a number of smaller balance changes to the game. Far tech savvier ...more



10:30 PM on 04.15.2015
Mewtwo in Smash Bros. for the Wii U and 3DS is on the juice

A new era of Smash Bros. has arrived. Speculation about who's going to be next icon to join the all-star roster can become a daily part of our lives again. Starting today with the original uber-Pokémon Mewtwo, the age ...more



View all 3DS






Back to Top




All content is yours to recycle through our Creative Commons License permitting non-commercial sharing requiring attribution. Our communities are obsessed with videoGames, movies, anime, and toys.

Living the dream since March 16, 2006

Advertising on destructoid is available: Please contact them to learn more