Handheld Game Consoles

Handheld Game Consoles

Description
Description

Handheld game consoles are a form of portable video gaming that can be carried and played without the need for an additional screen or stationary setup. In order to be truly mobile entertainment options, handheld consoles integrate built-in screens, controls, and speakers within the handheld unit and can often be augmented with additional optional accessories and add-ons. Popularized by Nintendo’s release of the standalone Game Boy, handheld game consoles continue to be reinvented and improved with greater capabilities including internet connectivity, higher resolution displays, touchscreens, and can even double as hybrid home consoles—as demonstrated by the Nintendo Switch.

History
History

Handheld game consoles kicked off with simple LED-based games in the 1970s. Nintendo's Game Boy, launched in 1989, truly revolutionized the scene, making gaming portable with interchangeable cartridges. The 90s and 2000s saw competition heat up with the likes of Sega's Game Gear and Sony's PlayStation Portable (PSP), offering color screens and multimedia features. Nintendo stayed a step ahead with the dual-screen DS and the 3D-capable 3DS. More recently, consoles like the Nintendo Switch blur the line between home and portable gaming, offering console-quality titles on the go. Throughout, these gadgets have brought beloved games to players anytime, anywhere.

Future
Future

The future of handheld game consoles seems bright and innovative. As technology advances, we can expect even more powerful devices, capable of running games with graphics akin to those on high-end home consoles. Integration with augmented reality (AR) could bring immersive experiences, transforming real-world surroundings into interactive game environments.

Cloud gaming might become a norm, allowing gamers to stream top-tier titles without the need for powerful hardware. Social connectivity will likely enhance, making multiplayer and community engagement seamless. Handheld consoles could also become more versatile, serving as all-in-one entertainment devices. Their cultural impact will continue to grow, shaping how we play, interact, and experience storytelling.

Common Questions
Common Questions
What is the best-selling handheld game console in history?

Nintendo has long dominated the handheld gaming industry with both its best selling Nintendo DS line at 154 million units sold, and the original Game Boy and Game Boy Color lines at 118.7 million units sold worldwide. The Nintendo DS is the 2nd most sold console behind Sony’s PlayStation 2 console, with the Game Boy and Game Boy color at 3rd place all time.

What is the best-selling handheld game of all time?

Nintendo’s original Game Boy handheld game console boasts many titles that compete for the best-selling game, with the standalone Tetris (1989) selling 35 million units, while Pokémon Red/Blue/Green/Yellow (1996) sold a total of 47.5 million units combined. Pokémon Gold/Silver comes in 3rd place having sold 23.1 million units on the Game Boy Color.

What is the best handheld game console?

Because the competition in the handheld gaming market has long been dominated by Nintendo’s line of consoles and games, the current Nintendo Switch is easily the best handheld game console on the market. Offering both the Nintendo Switch hybrid console and the Nintendo Switch Lite for purely handheld experiences, the Nintendo Switch lineup offers the best graphics, gameplay, and library options for handheld gaming today.

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3.17” | 80.6 mm (Closed); 5.89” | 149.5 mm (Open)
5.59” | 142 mm
.85” | 21.6 mm
8.82 oz | .25 kg
2015
New Nintendo 3DS
14.950
14.200
21.600
0.250
2015.00
11000
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New Nintendo 3DS
3.68” | 93.5 mm (Closed); 6.81” | 173 mm (Open)
6.3” | 160 mm
.85” | 21.5 mm
11.64 oz | .33 kg
2015
New Nintendo 3DS XL
17.300
16.000
21.500
0.330
2015.00
8300
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3D
New Nintendo 3DS XLView of the New Nintendo 3DS XL in 3D available for downloadView of the New Nintendo 3DS XL in 3D available for download
5” | 127 mm
5.66” | 144 mm
.8” | 20.3 mm
9.2 oz | .26 kg
2013
Nintendo 2DS
12.700
14.400
20.300
0.260
2013.00
32000
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3D
Nintendo 2DS3D model of the Nintendo 2DS viewed in perspective3D model of the Nintendo 2DS viewed in perspective
3.4” | 86.4 mm (Closed); 6.4” | 162.6 mm (Open)
6.3” | 160 mm
.85” | 21.5 mm
9.2 oz | .26 kg
2017
Nintendo 2DS XL
16.260
16.000
21.500
0.260
2017.00
20000
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3D
Nintendo 2DS XL
3.33” | 84.7 mm (Closed); 6.3” | 160 mm (Open)
5.85” | 148.7 mm
1.13” | 28.9 mm
9.7 oz | .275 kg
2004-2013
Nintendo DS
16.000
14.870
28.900
0.275
2004.00
76000
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Nintendo DS
2.9” | 74 mm (Closed); 5.47” | 139 mm (Open)
5.2” | 133 mm
.85” | 21.5 mm
7.7 oz | .218 kg
2006-2014
Nintendo DS Lite
13.900
13.300
21.500
0.218
2006.00
17000
GUIDE
3D
Nintendo DS Lite
5.8” | 148 mm
3.5” | 90 mm
1.3” | 32 mm
7.76 oz | .22 kg
1989-2003
Nintendo Game Boy
14.800
9.000
32.000
0.220
1989.00
23000
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3D
Nintendo Game BoyView of the Game Boy in 3D available for downloadView of the Game Boy in 3D available for download
3.2” | 82 mm
5.7” | 144 mm
.96” | 24.5 mm
4.94 oz | .14 kg
2001-2010
Nintendo Game Boy Advance
8.200
14.400
24.500
0.140
2001.00
19000
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3D
Nintendo Game Boy AdvancePerspective view of a 3D model of the Game Boy Advance (GBA)Perspective view of a 3D model of the Game Boy Advance (GBA)
4.01” | 102 mm
9.40” | 239 mm
.547” | 13.9 mm; 1.13” | 28.7 mm (Total)
.88 lb | .4 kg
2017
Nintendo Switch
10.200
23.900
2.870
0.400
2017.00
2100000
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Nintendo Switch
3.58” | 91 mm
8.18” | 208 mm
.55” | 14 mm; 1.12” | 28.4 mm (Full)
9.77 oz | .277 kg
2019
Nintendo Switch Lite
9.100
20.800
28.400
0.277
2019.00
241000
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3D
Nintendo Switch LiteView of the Nintendo Switch Lite in 3D available for downloadView of the Nintendo Switch Lite in 3D available for download
4.02” | 102 mm
9.53” | 242 mm
.55” | 14 mm; 1.12” | 28.4 mm (Full)
14.81 oz | .42 kg
October 8, 2021
Nintendo Switch OLED
10.200
24.200
2.840
0.420
2021.00
1400000
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3D
Nintendo Switch OLED3D model of the Nintendo Switch OLED viewed in perspective3D model of the Nintendo Switch OLED viewed in perspective
2.9” | 74 mm
6.7” | 170 mm
.9” | 23 mm
9.88 oz | .28 kg
2005-2014
PlayStation Portable
7.400
17.000
23.000
0.280
2005.00
86700
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3D
PlayStation Portable
5.3” | 13.5 cm
10.2” | 25.9 cm
1.6” | 40.6 mm; 1.98” | 50.2 mm (Total)
17.3 oz | .49 kg
2012
Wii U GamePad
13.500
25.900
5.020
0.490
2012.00
11000
GUIDE
3D
Wii U GamePad
Nintendo 2DS XL
Scaled size comparison drawings of the Nintendo 2DS XL in relation to related handheld game systems

The Nintendo 2DS XL, the sixth system of the Nintendo 3DS family, was released in July of 2017. It features an 82% bigger screen than that of the other 2DS systems, an easy fold design, and compatible gaming (can play Nintendo 3DS and New Nintendo 3DS games).

Unlike the Nintendo 2DS, the Nintendo 2DS XL includes a C stick and ZL/ZR buttons as well as a power saving mode. In basic summary, it is the combination of the 2DS and New Nintendo 3DS XL made more ergonomically and aesthetically. The Nintendo 2DS XL is still in worldwide production as of 2020.

The Nintendo 2DS XL has a closed height of 3.4” (86.4 mm), open height of 6.4” (162.6 mm), width of 6.3” (160 mm), depth of .85” (21.5 mm), and approximate weight of 9.2 oz (.26 kg). The upper display size of the Nintendo 2DS XL is 4.88” (124 mm) with a resolution of 400 x 240, while the lower size is 4.18” (106.2 mm) with a resolution of 320 x 240 px.

Collection of drawings of the Nintendo 2DS XL with height, width, and depth dimensions
The Nintendo 2DS XL, the sixth system of the Nintendo 3DS family, was released in July of 2017. It features an 82% bigger screen than that of the other 2DS systems, an easy fold design, and compatible gaming (can play Nintendo 3DS and New Nintendo 3DS games).

The Nintendo 2DS XL has a closed height of 3.4” (86.4 mm), open height of 6.4” (162.6 mm), width of 6.3” (160 mm), depth of .85” (21.5 mm), and approximate weight of 9.2 oz (.26 kg). The upper display size of the Nintendo 2DS XL is 4.88” (124 mm) with a resolution of 400 x 240, while the lower size is 4.18” (106.2 mm) with a resolution of 320 x 240 px.

Collection of drawings of the Nintendo 2DS XL with height, width, and depth dimensions
Nintendo 2DS XL
Height:
3.4” | 86.4 mm (Closed); 6.4” | 162.6 mm (Open)
Width:
6.3” | 160 mm
Length:
Depth:
.85” | 21.5 mm
Display Size
4.88” | 124 mm (Upper); 4.18” | 106.2 mm (Lower)
Resolution
400 x 240 px (Upper); 320 x 240 px (Lower)
Weight:
9.2 oz | .26 kg
Area:
Designer
Nintendo
Year
2017

Drawings include:
Nintendo 2DS XL front elevation (open), front (closed), top, side

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Nintendo Game Boy Advance (GBA)
Series of scaled illustrations comparing the size of the Game Boy Advance (GBA) to other related handheld game systems

The Game Boy Advance is 32-bit handheld gaming console developed by Nintendo. It is the successor to the Game Boy Color. The Game Boy Color was released in 2001 and is a sixth-generation gaming console. It originally did not have an illuminated screen, but Nintendo later incorporated it into the design. The Game Boy Advance offered portable entertainment with a classic design, had a headphone jack, used a pair of AA batteries. The Game Boy Advance was available in the colors Artic, Black, Orange, Fuchsia, Glacier, and Indigo. Later additional colors were released. The Game Boy Advance was discontinued in 2006.

The Game Boy Advance (GBA) has a height of 3.2” (82 mm), width of 5.7” (144 mm), depth of .96” (24.5 mm), and approximate weight of 4.94 oz (.14 kg). The display size of the Game Boy Advance (GBA) is 2.9” (74 mm) with a resolution of 240 x 160 px.

Set of dimensioned elevation drawings of the Game Boy Advance (GBA) measured with height, width, and depth
The Game Boy Advance is 32-bit handheld gaming console developed by Nintendo. It is the successor to the Game Boy Color. The Game Boy Color was released in 2001 and is a sixth-generation gaming console. The Game Boy Advance was discontinued in 2006.

The Game Boy Advance (GBA) has a height of 3.2” (82 mm), width of 5.7” (144 mm), depth of .96” (24.5 mm), and approximate weight of 4.94 oz (.14 kg). The display size of the Game Boy Advance (GBA) is 2.9” (74 mm) with a resolution of 240 x 160 px.

Set of dimensioned elevation drawings of the Game Boy Advance (GBA) measured with height, width, and depth
Nintendo Game Boy Advance (GBA)
Height:
3.2” | 82 mm
Width:
5.7” | 144 mm
Length:
Depth:
.96” | 24.5 mm
Display Size
2.9” | 74 mm
Resolution
240 x 160 px
Weight:
4.94 oz | .14 kg
Area:
Designer
Nintendo
Year
2001-2010

Drawings include:
Game Boy Advance front elevation, top, side

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New Nintendo 3DS XL
Size comparison diagram of the New Nintendo 3DS XL compared to other handheld game consoles

The New Nintendo 3DS XL, a larger variant of the New Nintendo 3DS, had its North American release date in February of 2015. Known as a revision of the Nintendo 3DS XL, this new model alongside its New Nintendo 3DS companion, features a faster processor, face tracking for 3D viewing, and interchangeable faceplates. Production of the New Nintendo 3DS XL was discontinued in July of 2019.

The New Nintendo 3DS XL has a closed height of 3.68” (93.5 mm), open height of 6.81” (173 mm), width of 6.3” (160 mm), depth of .85” (21.5 mm), and approximate weight of 11.64 oz (.33 kg). The upper display size of the New Nintendo 3DS XL is 4.88” (124 mm) with a resolution of 400 x 240, while the lower size is 4.18” (106.2 mm) with a resolution of 320 x 240 px.

Dimensioned drawings of the New Nintendo 3DS XL with height, width, and depth labeled in elevation
The New Nintendo 3DS XL, a larger variant of the New Nintendo 3DS, had its North American release date in February of 2015. Known as a revision of the Nintendo 3DS XL, this new model features a faster processor, face tracking for 3D viewing, and interchangeable faceplates.

The New Nintendo 3DS XL has a closed height of 3.68” (93.5 mm), open height of 6.81” (173 mm), width of 6.3” (160 mm), depth of .85” (21.5 mm), and approximate weight of 11.64 oz (.33 kg). The upper display size of the New Nintendo 3DS XL is 4.88” (124 mm) with a resolution of 400 x 240, while the lower size is 4.18” (106.2 mm) with a resolution of 320 x 240 px.

Dimensioned drawings of the New Nintendo 3DS XL with height, width, and depth labeled in elevation
New Nintendo 3DS XL
Height:
3.68” | 93.5 mm (Closed); 6.81” | 173 mm (Open)
Width:
6.3” | 160 mm
Length:
Depth:
.85” | 21.5 mm
Display Size
4.88” | 124 mm (Upper); 4.18” | 106.2 mm (Lower)
Resolution
400 x 240 px (Upper); 320 x 240 px (Lower)
Weight:
11.64 oz | .33 kg
Area:
Designer
Nintendo
Year
2015

Drawings include:
New Nintendo 3DS XL front elevation (open), front (closed), top, side

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Nintendo Switch OLED
Size comparison diagram of the Nintendo Switch OLED compared to similar handheld game consoles

The Nintendo Switch OLED was launched in late 2021. Its most attractive features are the enhanced audio, improved storage capacity, built-in wired LAN port, and the large OLED screen for a more immersive experience. It also comes with a wide adjustable stand. This gaming console is an upgrade of the Nintendo Switch having all the base switch games and accessories. The best part about it is its three-in-one feature where you can use it in tabletop mode, handheld mode (as it comes with Joy-Con controllers), and TV mode. The important apps to find in it include Nintendo eShop, Nintendo Switch Online, and news streaming services.

The Nintendo Switch OLED has a height of 4.02” (102 mm), width of 9.53” (242 mm), screen depth of .55” (14 mm), total controller depth of 1.12” (28.4 mm), and weight of 14.81 oz (.42 kg). The display size is 7” (177.8 mm) diagonal with a resolution of 1280 x 720 px at 210 ppi. The dock for the Nintendo Switch OLED has a height of 4.09” (104 mm), width of 6.81” (173 mm) and depth of 2.12” (53.8 mm).

Collection of drawings of the Nintendo Switch OLED display with measured dimensions and resolution
The Nintendo Switch OLED was launched in late 2021. Its most attractive features are the enhanced audio, improved storage capacity, built-in wired LAN port, and the large OLED screen for a more immersive experience. It also comes with a wide adjustable stand.

The Nintendo Switch OLED has a height of 4.02” (102 mm), width of 9.53” (242 mm), screen depth of .55” (14 mm), total controller depth of 1.12” (28.4 mm), and weight of 14.81 oz (.42 kg). The display size is 7” (177.8 mm) diagonal with a resolution of 1280 x 720 px at 210 ppi. The dock for the Nintendo Switch OLED has a height of 4.09” (104 mm), width of 6.81” (173 mm) and depth of 2.12” (53.8 mm).

Collection of drawings of the Nintendo Switch OLED display with measured dimensions and resolution
Nintendo Switch OLED
Height:
4.02” | 102 mm
Width:
9.53” | 242 mm
Length:
Depth:
.55” | 14 mm; 1.12” | 28.4 mm (Full)
Resolution (Max)
1280 x 720 px; 210 ppi
Weight:
14.81 oz | .42 kg
Area:

Screen Size: 7” | 177.8 mm
Dock Height: 4.09” | 104 mm
Dock Width: 6.81” | 173 mm
Dock Depth: 2.12” | 53.8 mm

Storage
Designer
Nintendo
Release
October 8, 2021

Drawings include:
Nintendo Switch OLED front elevation, top, side

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New Nintendo 3DS
Series of scaled illustrations comparing the size of the New Nintendo 3DS to other related handheld game systems

The New Nintendo 3DS, the fourth system of the Nintendo 3DS family of handheld consoles, was released in September of 2015. Changes in design and new features included: colored face buttons, face recognition, additional control options, a screen size 1.2 times bigger than its predecessor, and an improved 3D image quality due to an added feature called “Super Stable 3D.” Production ended for the New Nintendo 3DS in July 2017 leading up to the release of the Nintendo 2DS XL.

The New Nintendo 3DS has a closed height of 3.17” (80.6 mm), open height of 5.89” (149.5 mm), width of 5.59” (142 mm), depth of .85” (21.6 mm), and approximate weight of 8.82 oz (.25 kg). The upper display size of the New Nintendo 3DS is 3.5” (88.9 mm) with a resolution of 400 x 240, while the lower size is 3.02” (76.7 mm) with a resolution of 320 x 240 px.

Set of dimensioned elevation drawings of the New Nintendo 3DS measured with height, width, and depth
The New Nintendo 3DS, the fourth system of the Nintendo 3DS family of handheld consoles, was released in September of 2015. Changes in design and new features included: a screen size 1.2 times larger and improved 3D image quality due to an added feature called “Super Stable 3D.”

The New Nintendo 3DS has a closed height of 3.17” (80.6 mm), open height of 5.89” (149.5 mm), width of 5.59” (142 mm), depth of .85” (21.6 mm), and approximate weight of 8.82 oz (.25 kg). The upper display size of the New Nintendo 3DS is 3.5” (88.9 mm) with a resolution of 400 x 240, while the lower size is 3.02” (76.7 mm) with a resolution of 320 x 240 px.

Set of dimensioned elevation drawings of the New Nintendo 3DS measured with height, width, and depth
New Nintendo 3DS
Height:
3.17” | 80.6 mm (Closed); 5.89” | 149.5 mm (Open)
Width:
5.59” | 142 mm
Length:
Depth:
.85” | 21.6 mm
Display Size
3.5” | 88.9 mm (Upper); 3.02” | 76.7 mm (Lower)
Resolution
400 x 240 px (Upper); 320 x 240 px (Lower)
Weight:
8.82 oz | .25 kg
Area:
Designer
Nintendo
Year
2015

Drawings include:
New Nintendo 3DS front elevation (open), front (closed), top, side

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