Games of Being Mobile: The Unruly Rise of Mobile Gaming in Japan

  • Larissa HjorthEmail author
  • Ingrid Richardson
Part of the Mobile Communication in Asia: Local Insights, Global Implications book series (MCALIGI)


This chapter explores the conflation of portable, handheld, and mobile gaming devices, and the particular relationship between mobile phone games and handheld consoles in Japanese media history. Through a case study of mobile game development in Japan (DeNA, GREE, Nintendo, and Sony), Hjorth and Richardson seek to rethink this conflation within the contemporary mobile mediascape. The colonisation of mobile gaming by smartphones and tablets, they suggest, may effectively negate the distinction between portable, handheld, and mobile gaming.


Mobile games Japanese mobile game history Casual games Mobile media 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Media & CommunicationRMIT UniversityMelbourneAustralia
  2. 2.Digital MediaMurdoch UniversityPerthAustralia

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