TGS 2012 – over 70% of games at show are for mobile, tablets

Saturday, 22nd September 2012 16:35 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

TGS 2012 is still in full swing this weekend, and while quite a bit of gaming news has come out of the event, it seems that the majority of titles on-hand are for platforms other than handheld, console and PC.

According to figures calculated by IGN, over 70% of the games at the show are for mobile and tablets. While this may sound a bit disconcerting to core gamers, it’s really not surprising in the least considering the Japanese mobile market has been growing by leaps and bounds over the last three years.

Granted, many of the games on display at the event are or will be available for multiple formats. Still, with 507 out of 715 games at TGS 2012 available for platforms other than the traditional gaming device, it proves that mobile is the most popular format in Japan at present. Titles on hand for consoles, PC and handhelds numbered 208.

Here’s the official breakdown from IGN:

  • iOS/Android Phones & Tablets: 365
  • Other smartphones: 142
  • PlayStation 3: 57
  • Nintendo 3DS: 34
  • PC: 32
  • PSP: 30
  • PlayStation Vita: 24
  • Xbox 360: 24
  • Wii: 5
  • Wii U: 2

Genres available at the show were also broken down, and unsurprisingly, there are more RPGs at the show than any other genre. It’s widely known Japan favors the genre, but action games are also popular, as you can see via the figures below.

  • Role-playing: 148
  • Action: 118
  • Others: 116
  • Simulation: 96
  • Online Card Game: 48
  • Sports: 31
  • Tactical Role-playing: 24
  • Card game: 23
  • Online role-playing: 21
  • Shooting: 21
  • Adventure: 14
  • Puzzle: 11
  • Racing: 11
  • Action adventure: 8



  1. xino

    completely stupid, dunno why the publishers are all pushing mobile games.

    Because everyone is going mobile and many all have smart phones?

    I guess in Japan, everyone is always on the move and on the go. Not many have time to be at home to play console games:/

    #1 2 years ago
  2. ps3fanboy

    mobile, tablets games…. HAHAHAHAHAHA!… its a joke.. HAHAHAHAHA!

    #2 2 years ago
  3. OlderGamer

    I think it will be the samething in the west in a few more years. I think we will have tablets and smart phones that can hook up to a HDTV and use wireless controler inputs. Prolly still a few years away, but I think it is coming. Esp if cloud gaming takes off and can be streamed onto said mobile devices. It would like having a game console you can fit in your pocket and take anywhere to use anywhere(so long as you have a data plan or WiFi connection).

    Remember arcades? And how they used to be amazing. Remember how when you got your MD/Gen or SNES copy of a game it paled next to the full blown one in arcades? Remember how you could get the EXACT game you just played in the arcade at home. It was even Pixel per Pixel perfect.

    You don’t remember that?

    I do, all I had to do was buy a 700usd NEO Geo AES and then spend 150usd-500usd on each game. And bang I was playing the same big, amazing and awesome Arcade game right at home on my TV. King of the Monsters, Metal Slug, and Fatal Fury ftw!

    The thing is, some of you don’t remember doing that, because you didn’t. Most people didn’t. Because as high end as that experience was, it was just too expensive for most folks to even think about. You folks all settled for your SNES and MD/Gen systems. Me too if I am being honest, tho I bought an AES when the price droped after the 32bit system were out.

    In a nut shell that is where consoles are at for a lot of folks. Very expensive hardware, expensive games, pricy DLC. Kind of like looking at the NEO GEO back then. Now along comes mobile, cheaper games. Along comes freee2play model PC gaming, score. People have Smart phones alrady(many need them for work). And many have PC already. So they game on those.

    And where people buy games, the market will evolve. If no one bought mobile games, no one would be able to sell them. But that market is exploding.

    We really need new hardware(consoles) asap. And they have to affordable, with affordable and compeling games. They also need lots of non gaming services like MSs new TV service they hope to roll out.

    People just need value.

    #3 2 years ago
  4. OrbitMonkey

    Who hasn’t got a smartphone in their pocket? What’s easier to use in the toilet or on the bus?

    Mobile gaming has the same ‘one more cookie’ appeal of CoD deathmatch. Designed to last ten mins a time, but you can’t seem to stop yourself having another go.

    #4 2 years ago
  5. OlderGamer

    “Designed to last ten mins a time, but you can’t seem to stop yourself having another go.”

    And when you do get tired of it, another buck and you have a whole new game experiences.

    #5 2 years ago
  6. ps3fanboy


    yeah nickel and dime you to death… sheeps here you go fill our pockets!

    #6 2 years ago
  7. OrbitMonkey

    ^ Yep, just like Dust 514 :-)

    #7 2 years ago
  8. Moonwalker1982

    It’s all good with me as long as i can indeed hook it up to my plasma, and still have controllers. SCREW touch screen gaming.

    #8 2 years ago

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