So the Nintendo 3DS is probably the last of the big portable game devices, with stuff like the Switch taking over. But, of course, there’s also smartphones. On the other hand, I don’t know if a current smartphone will ever have the technical capacity to play, for example, a mainline Pokémon game as it exists on 3DS. By the time it does, gamers might be used to even better standards.
So are the nature of portable games going to change to accommodate smartphones? Have we seen the end of lengthy single player games you pay for up front in favor of online multiple play and micro transactions? There will always be that niche, I guess, but enough to support the industry/platform? Or maybe something like the Switch will fill that role? Basically, what I suppose I’m asking is, will the industry go all in on mobile, or will there still be a place for console style gaming in a iPhone filled future?