Social networking games installed on smartphones are the rage at a game show in Tokyo.
The displays by leading social game company Gree Inc. and industry giant Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. are taking the centre stage, drawing a large crowd that tries some of the latest games.
Other social game firms such as Bushiroad and Gloops, are also boasting a larger display space than the past.
Of more than 1,000 software items on show, 407 games, or about 40 percent, are played on smartphones, marking a big boost from about 20 percent last year.
Industry professionals note that the market of games sold through discs and other media has been on a downward trend.
In Japan, most online games are intended for smartphones and cellular phones.