The NPD Group has revealed the unsurprising news that smartphone and tablets are the most popular gaming platform for children aged 2-17 in the United States. The NPD Group’s recent report titled Kids and Gaming 2015 mentioned that 63 percent of kids said they play games on a mobile device. As we already know Nintendo has teamed up with DeNA to produce Nintendo branded IP for smartphones. We also know that the Pokemon Company has a brand new Pokemon title in development exclusively for smartphones titled, Pokemon Go. The first of Nintendo’s mobile and tablet games will be coming later this year.
- 63 percent of kids said they play games on a mobile device.
- 45 percent of kids use a home PC for gaming, a drop of 22 points since 2013.
- The decline is most prominent among children ages 2 to 5.
- Video game consoles are also losing ground — used by 60 percent of kids surveyed compared with 67 percent in 2013.
- Around 41 percent of the kids surveyed by NPD said they spend more time playing games on mobile devices than they did a year ago, with the average amount of time per week growing to six hours.
- The amount of money kids spent on digital games over the past three months climbed by $5 to $13.