If you wondering why companies are focused on mobile titles, it's not just because they're cheaper to make. It's also the fact that a successful mobile game can sometimes cause fans to seek out related titles. Case in point, Nintendo has announced that the 3DS was the best-selling console in July, according to NPD Group sales reports. The company cites the launch of Monster Hunter Generations and the Pokemon Go app for the push.
"The strong performance is in part thanks to the release of the Monster Hunter Generations game, continued momentum from the price drop of the Nintendo 2DS system and widespread positive public reception for the Pokémon GO mobile app, which has renewed interest in core Pokémon games on Nintendo systems," said Nintendo in its press release.
The 3DS sold almost 80 percent more than it did during the same period last year, with Monster Hunter Generations as the best-selling game for any system. Pokemon Go mania pushed sales of old Pokemon titles for 3DS way up: Omega Ruby/Alpha Sapphire's sales were up over 80 percent year-over-year and X/Y were up 200 percent. Those titles came out in November 2014 and October 2013 respectively, so you can see a clear boost. Omega Ruby ended up at number 8 on the software charts, while Alpha Sapphire was number 10, Pokemon X was number 16, and Pokemon Y was number 22.
Pokemon Go pushed the entire franchise into the public mindset again and that vastly helped the sales of past titles. This is what Nintendo is trying to achieve with its current push toward mobile. If the Fire Emblem and Animal Crossing games can do the same for their respective franchises, that's a good thing for Nintendo enthusiasts.
Nintendo wants to use mobile to convert gamers. Not everyone needs a dedicated console, but at least Nintendo can plant the idea via its mobile titles. And with the NX being the company's singular focus, any help is appreciated in making the system a success.