Statistics provided by the NPD group show that children these days are ditching Nintendo handheld products in favour of those designed by Apple. The NPD’s survey of more than 4,200 kids ages 2 to 17 found that 26% play games on iPhones, up from 11% in 2011. By comparison, 25% of kids surveyed play games on Nintendo’s DS devices, down from 37% two years ago. The survey also found that 21% of kids play games on Apple’s iPad, up from 5% in 2011, and 19% play games on the iPod Touch, up from 18%. Some 23% play games on Android smartphones, a device category not measured two years ago. The Nintendo 3DS is only being used by 9% of young people, after being on the market roughly 30 months.
“Kids are engaged with mobile devices as less expensive tablets and an increasing amount of hand-me-down phones create greater accessibility to these platforms than before.”
-NPD analyst Liam Callahan said in a statement.