There’s a reason why big companies like Nintendo are hurting when it comes to mobile.Consumers are turning away from big, in-depth games and pricey portable systems in favour of casual gaming on their smartphones.
And with so many big-name games and developers making great titles for smartphones and tablets, it’s easier than ever to ditch your PSP or Nintendo 3DS in favour of your Android phone or iPhone.
We took a look at some premium game titles for mobile that are just as good as what you’d find on a traditional gaming systems. Keep reading to see our favourites.
Sega built a brand new Sonic game from the ground up just for smartphones. Sonic 4 Episode I (Episode II is coming soon) brings back all the classic side scrolling action from the original games with updated 3D graphics. Even better, you can play Sonic 4 on both Android and iOS.
Rockstar games, the company behind the insanely popular Grand Theft Auto series, ported the PlayStation 2 classic Grand Theft Auto 3 to all Android and iOS devices. The touchscreen controls take some getting used to, but if you want to relive the console classic, you can't go wrong with this affordable game.
Capcom made a brand new Street Fighter game designed specifically for the iPhone. This isn't just a copy of an old Street Fighter game. It has the same classic feel, but with better controls for the iPhone's touchscreen. You can also play against a friend over BlueTooth.
Price: $4.99 for iOS
Super Monkey Ball is a quirky puzzle game that began on the Dreamcast and has since made its way to several other gaming devices. When Apple launched the App Store in 2008, Sega was one of the first developers on board with Super Monkey Ball. The sequel, Super Monkey Ball 2, has even more levels for you to guide your character through using the iPhone's motion controls. It's a blast.
If you owned a Sega Genesis back in the day, you probably had NBA Jam. Now the classic has been updated for the iPhone with current NBA players, better graphics, and addicting game play.
Price: $0.99 for iOS
Since there's no chance Nintendo will bring its beloved Mario Kart franchise to smartphones, you'll have to settle for the next best thing. Instead, give Crash Bandicoot Nitro Kart 3D a try. It takes characters from the popular Crash series on PlayStation and pits them against each other in a quirky racing game.
Price: $2.99 for iOS
This Spider-Man action game from Gameloft quickly became one of our favourites for the iPhone. Spider-Man: Total Mayhem is a full-length action adventure game featuring everyone's favourite Marvel super hero.
Price: $6.99 on iOS
If you're a Halo fan, then you'll love the shooter N.O.V.A. 2. Yes, it borrows heavily from the Xbox classic, but it's still one of the best action games you can buy for your smartphone or tablet. It's also one of the highest-rated mobile games on several video game sites.