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Capcom: Gamers no longer use handhelds

Smartphones have taken over.

Both core gamers and casual PC users are no longer interested in dedicated handheld consoles and are happy to get their portable gaming fix via a smartphone, reckons a top Capcom exec.

Taking a healthy bite directly out of the hand that feeds, Midori Yuasa, president of Capcom Interactive, the publisher's mobile gaming wing, told MCV, "The casual gamer that used to play on the PC and the hardcore gamer that used to play on a dedicated gaming portable now plays on their smartphone."

Elsewhere in an interview that's surely set to win her lots of new friends among internal teams behind the publisher's forthcoming DS and 3DS titles Okamiden, Super Street Fighter IV 3D and Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D, she went on to explain that mobile gaming was set to be a big focus for the company in 2011.

"The iPhone and larger smartphone markets are extremely important to Capcom as, like no device before, smartphones have the potential to become a universal game platform.

"We have a lot of stuff on the horizon for both hardcore and casual gamers, so 2011 is shaping up to be huge on Capcom's mobile front."

Well, what with the recent MaXplosion plagiarism furore, the division has certainly got off to a cracking start.

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