Tokyo Game Show TGS2005: Playstation vs Microsoft XBOX vs absent Nintendo DS

Nintendo wins on mindshare despite traditional absence from TGS Tokyo Game Show TGS2005: Battle of the console and handheld platforms, while native mobile game applis on the path to disrupt Here some highlights of this year’s Tokyo Game Show TGS2005: SONY vs Microsoft. At last year’s TGS2004 Microsoft’s XBOX exhibit was pretty low-key in a […]

US$ 0.5 Billion/year m-commerce on a single train line?!

We worked out that about US$ 0.5 Billion/year worth of train tickets for the Tokyo-Osaka Shinkansen train line are sold by mobile phone. Not a bad m-commerce record for a single train line. For details see our Mobile Payment report. The picture shows a Shinkansen train preparing to stop for 2-3 minutes in Nagoya on […]

Japan game software industry consolidation

Japan’s historically grown game companies are global superpowers Shrinking traditional home video game software market and paradigm shift to online games, network games and mobile games forces consolidation Japan’s mobile game software companies are global superpowers. They are all historically grown and linked to other industry sectors, such as characters, arcade games, pachinko (pinball parlor) […]

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