Minyanville reports:

The 3DS’s predecessor, the DS, was the best-selling handheld gaming device ever made, moving over 146 million units.

So what happened in just one generation that has Nintendo scrambling in a way it never has before?

The answer that that question is right in your pocket. The flop of the 3DS stems from the emergence of smartphone mania, kicked off in 2007 by the first Apple (AAPL) iPhone.

I’ve always been a fan of portable gaming, but my interest in Nintendo’s offerings vaporized with the rise of iOS.  Will pigs fly before WarioWare is ported to the iPhone?  Probably, but that would be cool.

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