Frak! Seriously. Infinity Blade, a mobile game that was born on the iPhone, from Epic Games is the most profitable game it has released. Yes, more than mega-hit Gears of War on the Xbox. There is a but (I think).
Given the investments versus returns, IB does provide Epic a better return than GoW. However, I reckon GoW, given its volume, likely generated more profit.
Having said that, Apple's iPhone and iPad has done a number on the sweet racket that Nintendo and Sony has had with portable gaming, it's interesting to hear that it is also beginning to affect how a powerhouse developer like Epic sees mobile gaming.
And with all the rumors swirling around about Apple's HDTV plans (or not) and possibly of bringing iOS gaming to the Apple TV, I'm sure Epic, EA, and others eagerly look to bring more of their game craft to the home via mobile devices.
The question that mobile gamers would like to know is that with increasingly sophistication in game play and graphics, will be be paying more?