Handheld Game Consoles

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 console in 1989, 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.

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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Game Boy

The Game Boy is an 8-bit handheld gaming console developed by Nintendo. It is the first handheld device in the Game Boy family and was released between 1989 and 1990 around the world. This was Nintendo’s second handheld gaming console and features a green dot matrix screen with adjustable contrast, five control buttons, two game buttons, and a single speaker with an adjustable volume dial. The Game Boy is available in the colors grape, teal, kiwi, berry, dandelion, atomic purple, and neotones ice. The Game Boy was sold individually or bundled with a game like Super Mario Land or Tetris. The Game Boy was discontinued in 2003.

The Game Boy has a height of 5.8” (148 mm), width of 3.5” (90 mm), depth of 1.3” (32 mm), and approximate weight of 7.76 oz (.22 kg). The display size of the Game Boy is 2.6” (66 mm) with a resolution of 160 x 144 px.

Dimensioned drawings of the Game Boy with height, width, and depth labeled in elevation
The Game Boy is an 8-bit handheld gaming console developed by Nintendo. It is the first handheld device in the Game Boy family and was released between 1989 and 1990 around the world. This was Nintendo’s second handheld gaming console and features a green dot matrix screen with adjustable contrast.

The Game Boy has a height of 5.8” (148 mm), width of 3.5” (90 mm), depth of 1.3” (32 mm), and approximate weight of 7.76 oz (.22 kg). The display size of the Game Boy is 2.6” (66 mm) with a resolution of 160 x 144 px.

Dimensioned drawings of the Game Boy with height, width, and depth labeled in elevation
Game Boy
Height:
5.8” | 148 mm
Width:
3.5” | 90 mm
Length:
Depth:
1.3” | 32 mm
Display Size
2.6” | 66 mm
Resolution
160 x 144 px
Weight:
7.76 oz | .22 kg
Area:
Designer
Nintendo
Year
1989-2003

Drawings include:
Game Boy front elevation, top, side

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Wii U GamePad

The Wii U GamePad is a single-touch LCD gamepad designed by Shigeru Miyamoto for Nintendo’s Wii U home video game console. Unlike the original prototype which resembled a cellphone and had circular pads, the revised gamepad features ideas from tablets such as touchscreen controls, upfront facing cameras, and dual analog sticks.

The gamepad touchscreen provides users an option to play games on the Gamepad screen or supplement a game by using a second screen. Besides, the gamepad can work with other controllers such as the Wii Balance Board and Wii Remote Plus. The Wii U Gamepad can also function as a remote control for television with the Nintendo TVii app, provide other content or even send handwritten messages.

The Wii U GamePad has a height of 5.3” (13.5 cm), width of 10.2” (25.9 cm), total depth of 1.98” (50.2 mm), and approximate weight of 17.3 oz (.49 kg).

Collection of drawings of the Wii U GamePad with height, width, depth and screen resolution dimensions
The Wii U GamePad is a single-touch LCD gamepad designed by Shigeru Miyamoto for Nintendo’s Wii U home video game console. Unlike the original prototype, the revised gamepad features ideas from tablets such as touchscreen controls, upfront facing cameras, and dual analog sticks.

The Wii U GamePad has a height of 5.3” (13.5 cm), width of 10.2” (25.9 cm), total depth of 1.98” (50.2 mm), and approximate weight of 17.3 oz (.49 kg).

Collection of drawings of the Wii U GamePad with height, width, depth and screen resolution dimensions
Wii U GamePad
Height:
5.3” | 13.5 cm
Width:
10.2” | 25.9 cm
Length:
Depth:
1.6” | 40.6 mm; 1.98” | 50.2 mm (Total)
Weight:
17.3 oz | .49 kg
Area:

Display Size: 6.2” | 157.5 mm
Resolution: 854 x 480 px

Designer
Nintendo
Released
2012

Drawings include:
Wii U GamePad front elevation, top, side

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New Nintendo 3DS

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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Game Boy Advance (GBA)

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
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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Nintendo DS Lite

The Nintendo DS Lite, the second model of the Nintendo DS family, is a redesign of the original Nintendo DS that is slimmer and more lightweight. It was released in June of 2006 following its March announcement after receiving demand for the original model.

Although the Nintendo DS Lite is compatible with Gameboy games, DS games, and the DS headset, it uses an AC power adapter that differs from its predecessor. Changes and features of the Nintendo DS Lite include: four levels of brightness, softer feeling buttons, and the relocation of the microphone, start, and select buttons.

The Nintendo DS Lite has a closed height of 2.9” (74 mm), open height of 5.47” (139 mm), width of 5.2” (133 mm), depth of .85” (21.5 mm), and approximate weight of 7.7 oz (.218 kg). The display size of the Nintendo DS Lite is 3.8” (97 mm) with a resolution of 256 x 192 px.

Set of dimensioned elevation drawings of the Nintendo DS Lite measured with height, width, and depth
The Nintendo DS Lite, the second model of the Nintendo DS family, is a redesign of the original Nintendo DS that is slimmer and more lightweight. It was released in June of 2006 following its March announcement after receiving demand for the original model.

The Nintendo DS Lite has a closed height of 2.9” (74 mm), open height of 5.47” (139 mm), width of 5.2” (133 mm), depth of .85” (21.5 mm), and approximate weight of 7.7 oz (.218 kg). The display size of the Nintendo DS Lite is 3.8” (97 mm) with a resolution of 256 x 192 px.

Set of dimensioned elevation drawings of the Nintendo DS Lite measured with height, width, and depth
Nintendo DS Lite
Height:
2.9” | 74 mm (Closed); 5.47” | 139 mm (Open)
Width:
5.2” | 133 mm
Length:
Depth:
.85” | 21.5 mm
Display Size
3.8” | 97 mm
Resolution
256 x 192 px
Weight:
7.7 oz | .218 kg
Area:
Designer
Nintendo
Year
2006-2014

Drawings include:
Nintendo DS Lite front elevation, top, side

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