Flurry: Nintendo DS Game Software Revenue Marketshare Sliding Rapidly as Smartphone Revenue Rockets Upward

Data source: Flurry.
Data source: Flurry.

Flurry, an analytics company that focuses on the mobile world, published their data of portable game software revenue marketshare from 2009 to 2011 (using projections to estimate November and December revenue). In it, the compare game revenues for the Nintendo DS, Sony PSP and the combined revenue for Android and iOS (iPhone/iPad). Based on this, Flurry asks:

Is it Game Over for Nintendo DS and Sony PSP?

Flurry presented the data in a series of three pie charts. I used their data to create an area chart to give a better sense of change over time. You can see that Nintendo DS game software revenue dominated as recently as last year (2010) with a 57% marketshare. However, its game software revenue marketshare had already dipped from 70% in 2009. Its estimated marketshare for 2011 is down to 36%.

The Sony PSP (Playstation Portable) had a small 11% game revenue marketshare in 2009 and is nearly half of that in 2011 (6%).

Flurry’s data indicates that the combined Android and iOS smartphone market held a mere 19% of the game software revenue marketshare in 2009. This is not surprising since apps for iOS (the iPhone) were not available until mid-2008 (18 months earlier).

The combining of Android and iOS game software revenue probably masks iOS’ dominance in mobile gaming today. I would not be surprised in iOS alone accounted for 40 to 50% of mobile game software revenues.