It's no secret that mobile games have been lacking creativity and originality for quite some time. I mean, let's be honest here, there's only so much Candy Crush and Angry Birds a person can take at one time. This sparks two questions, is mobile gaming dying, and if so, is there anyone that can help prevent this from happening? Well, after doing some intense research, I have found the possible answer to both of these questions.
Let's start by answering the question, is mobile gaming dead? No, mobile gaming is not dying. In fact, Newzoo, a video game research firm, was forced to raise its 2014 global revenue forecast from $21.7 billion to $25 billion. What does this mean? It means that the overall total is a 43% increase over mobile game revenues from 2013, which is actually quite impressive. Newzoo also predicted by the end of 2015, the total will increase to 51%, however, that's simply a rough estimate. While we do not have the exact estimate, we do have some proof that mobile game developers are still making a handsome profit.
According to ThinkGaming, one of the most popular mobile games, Clash of Clans, earned approximately $1,445,052 in revenue on October 25th, 2015. While another favorite, Candy Crush Saga, earned around $816,998 yesterday. Sure, these developers aren't anywhere close to making the same amount of money that console developers do, however, they're still making a good and impressive profit.
So, we have answered the first question and have come to the conclusion that they're still quite alive. Although, they're becoming redundant and a tad boring. That being said, let's move onto the next question, is there anyone that can help "spice up" the mobile gaming industry? The answer to that is a yes, but who? Nintendo can. Now, I know many of you are probably shaking your head at my answer, but listen to what I have to say.
Before the former Nintendo president Satoru Iwata passed away in early 2015, Nintendo and Japanese mobile gaming company DeNA stated that they will be launching the first Nintendo IP smartphone game sometime in 2015. Since the year is wrapping up, could Nintendo be revealing their new smartphone game soon? "Some analysts say news on the game—and whether it will feature Mario or other Nintendo characters—could come in the next few days," claims The Wallstreet Journal.
Where's the evidence? Nintendo announcing its first smartphone IP is a huge deal, and throughout the year, we never saw an article regarding the title being cancelled. In addition to this, Tatsumi Kimishima, the newly appointed president of Nintendo, will be addressing investors next week in Japan. In conclusion, it's more than likely we will hear more about the company's first smartphone game. Remember, we currently know absolutely nothing about this game. So for all we know, this could just be another Mario title, or something completely new and exciting. Whatever it is, let's just hope it will be enjoyable.