I know most people game on mobile phones these days. But back in the NES days a lot of people played on computers, yet it was still considered a Nintendo dominated market because PCs weren't technically "consoles".
There's no other big handheld system out now. The Vita is waning, and there's nothing else on the horizon. Is Nintendo temporarily the owner of the handheld market?
When it comes to handheld consoles - if you're not counting phones - I don't think they ever lost it.
The PSP sold over 80 million units. Honestly hard pressed to think of a system that sold as well as it did compared to what people think it did
Nintendo has never had a rival in the dedicated handheld space.
Vita probably sold <15M. Don't think it had much of an impact on their business.
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They'll likely never get the 250M of the Wii era, but they can probably continue to thrive as long as consoles are viable if they differentiate and have one singular platform
Monopoly make it sounds back when
1) they have been challenge before in the traditional space
2) and it is now being sieged from other monopoly / duopoly.
Their marker is shrinking rapidly. Mobile took over.
so they're not back, they never left
i want what OP is smoking
It's not just you. Mainstream consumers are actively choosing smartphones as their sole mobile gaming device at the expense of the entire handheld market.
I donít think you can compare the NES to a computer like you can with a 3DS to an iPhone but thatís just me. I donít think theyíve got the monopoly on anything at the moment.
Besides the PSP selling 80 million is not what a monopoly looks like. The 3DS failing to reach 50% of what the DS sold, and even selling less than the psp, is not what a monoply looks like. Being one of the last competitors left after having your market shrink so much is more just a sole survivor.
Master System and NES were really close and competitive in Europe. Nintendo never dominated the home console market until the Wii, really.
Are you serious? The second best selling console was the master system and the NES/Famicom outsold it by 600%*
*Rough estimate based on Wikipedia, cuz I'm lazy.